We’re not and we know that almost all of the pictures that are found in modern fashion magazines, carefully processed before they go to print. All the wrinkles on the model’s face, that failed to cover cosmetics, mysteriously disappear, colors change, the picture is breathing, and the model and I want to get out of the magazine and to get acquainted (it is a pity that when you see her in real life – this desire is often lost). Of course, it is the work of Photoshop and other similar programs.
This time in the regular column “Our software” we present to your attention which photo editing service regularly is used. Moreover, it is a really remarkable program that has become a standard in the field of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (the key word here is Lightroom). Here you can read about The secret of beautiful photos – what’s left behind the scenes photography .
Recent years in the world of Apple once it became fashionable to berate Adobe, and for this criticism, mainly due to the “massively beloved” Flash technology, we began to forget that in fact, Adobe makes a lot of programs that do not have counterparts, especially among professionals. I’m not going to talk about Photoshop (although I hope in future I will have that chance), and talk about another wonderful program, recently updated to version 4. Many have already guessed that we are talking about Lightroom.
Overall, Lightroom is a cataloguing program for post processing digital photos (sometimes this process is called “developing digital negatives,” but that sounds too pretentious), and everything about her, and optimized. The main feature of LR (as well as its closest analogue) is the so-called “disruptive editing”, which is achieved due to the fact that all operations are carried out not over the originals, and on automatically generated copies, which are called “versions”. The file itself is the original (“master”) remains unchanged. This approach allows for each file to display a full history of all performed operations with it and to move freely through it. I think it is not necessary to describe how important it is for a photographer, so the originals remained intact.
In General, the program implies some cyclicality that is underscored by the interface.
This cycle contains the following stages.
sorting and organization
The program interface when you first start looks quite scary. Neither of which HIG-e it is not, but after getting used to (very small) — work is getting very comfortable and comes to an understanding of the logic of the interface. To achieve maximum effectiveness help great keyboard shortcuts, which allow you to implement almost any operation?
In fact, the window is divided into a large Central working part and the 4 panels on the sides of it. Each of the panels hide/show, increasing the useful working area of the screen.
The upper panel is responsible for navigation, allowing you to switch between different operations modes LR (about the modes later). In the bottom panel shows the “ribbon” with the contents of the current photo library, allowing you to select from.
The side panels serve different purposes and change depending on the selected mode.
Now actually talk about modes. The first is the Library. It is designed for cataloging and viewing your photos.
There are available various options of sorting and organizing photos. Also from this screen, you can perform simple editing operations using the panel “Quick Develop” on the right side.
Immediately clear and understandable what this mode is that it can be done and why. This is to offset developers.
Closely associated with the library import. In my opinion, import Lightroom made easier than in Aperture. By removing the extra settings from the main screen, the interface is perceived easier.
The following form is Develop. It is designed for more detailed editing. Again, I will not go here in details, since the tools very much. There are as trivial operations like cropping and adjusting exposure, white balance, and complex and intelligent like noise reduction and retouching skin.
You can view photos in split screen mode, showing the state of “before” and “after” to assess the degree of change.
There are presets that can be applied to one or more photos that significantly facilitates the mass processing.
The next section is called Map, and Lightroom, as the name implies, is designed for placement and edit geo tags. Here, too, everything is well designed. In the center of the screen it is located directly in the map where you can view your location. To install geo tag — you can just drag the photo to the desired place on the map (this will automatically fill in the address), or choose it from the settings manually.
Section Book is designed to create photo books and their further printing. Of course, there are wonderful settings and templates iPhoto, it’s a little ascetic, but is also available with options, including even counting the approximate print cost. The result can easily be exported to PDF for sending to a photo lab.
Section Slideshow will appreciate photographers who need to demonstrate their portfolio of work. Here you can create a slideshow to showcase the photos. Settings as well a lot, therefore, easily are adjusted by itself. The resulting video can be exported in the form of a film.
Also you can guess about the purpose of the section Print. It allows you to display a photo to print by selecting the paper, the layout and other settings.
The last paragraph of the Web is responsible for the ability to create pages with galleries of your photos for the Internet. There are options for using Flash and without it.
Separate kind words deserve excellent integration of Lightroom with social and photo service. Included is integration with FaceBook and Flickr, but a lot of other plugins you can download from Lightroom.
Reasons to choose LightRoom
1. Lightroom was created specifically for photographers!
Adobe Photoshop was originally designed for printing, and photographers have adapted its capabilities for image editing, as photoindustrie from the film increasingly began to figure. Initially Lightroom was designed for photographers and tested by people like Scott Kelby and other experts from the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), which have had feedback from Adobe Systems and tells you what you need to do to ensure that the photographers were more comfortable to work with. Here we have for you Best Photoshop manipulation ideas to try .
2. Easy sorting
Tools for marking the images make it easy to find the desired pictures. In LR you can use flags, ratings from 1 to 5 stars, and color labels. You can sort and filter images on any of the labels, and combinations thereof. You can also create collections, which are virtual groups, and the same image can be in different collections and may be differently processed. This is useful for things such as sorting photos into different collections, for example, “Birds”, “Ocean”, “cityscape” and others. Collections are used to sort images for different purposes, e.g. print, website, photo book.
3. Great tools for cataloging
Lightroom has powerful tools for searching and cataloging the images, even if they are now on a different hard drive and Lightroom has lost contact with them. This means that you can easily find your images even after reinstalling operating system or transfer them to another hard disk or even a computer. Some people use more complex cataloguing system, such as ACDSee or Photo Mechanic, but I prefer not to complicate your life using only LR that has all the necessary features.
4. Lightroom supports many plugins
I do a lot of HDR photos. But to collect HDR, I don’t need to run a separate program Photomatix. There is a plugin for LR, which makes the whole process very comfortable. I select image in Lightroom, then select the Photomatix plugin, perform tonemapping in the opened window, and saving the resulting HDR image, automatically return to Lightroom where I see this picture.
5. The ease of uploading pictures to social networks and websites
Using the publishing features or specific plugins, such as Zenfolio, you can perform the following actions:
Easy to upload images to the gallery your site
Send photos to social networks like Google+ and Facebook.
You can change the size and add watermark.
Saving publish settings in a preset, you can quickly use them again for other images.
And of course you can sale you pictures after retouching with higher photo editing prices
6. Weapons of mass destruction – PRESETS!
Photoshop users are familiar with shooter, in which you can record a procedure and apply to other images with one click. Lightroom also uses a similar, but different system, which is called presets or presets. This is the saved settings of all sliders and tweaks that can be applied to the image in a single mouse click.
There are literally thousands of free presets for Lightroom, most of which are designed to Develop module, that is, for image post processing. Try typing in the Google search query “free presets for Lightroom” and see what I mean. Just do not forget to specify the version of the program, for example, if you have Lightroom 4, and the need to specify. I got about 1.2 million results in the search! Below you can find information how to add a preset to Lightroom.
Even more interesting and powerful feature is that presets can be saved and for other modules and functions, for example, to import images, export, print options, slide shows, web galleries, adjustments brushes and gradients, metadata, keywords, copyright and so on. The following example uses the same photo 7 different presets. The first picture obtained by manual processing, and to the remaining seven species I used the presets just by clicking on them with the mouse. For a couple of seconds – seven versions of the images!
How to add presets to LightRoom
A software product from Adobe, is known as Lightroom, is a professional tool for photo editing. Its main advantage over Photoshop is the ability to batch process images. Treating one you can apply settings to a large number of pictures in a matter of seconds. But there is another way to speed up processing. Is the use of Presets? Of course, each preset will have to bring for each specific shot, but the immediate application of the whole set of settings of which will have to adjust just a couple – it is a significant time savings.
What are presets for LightRoom? LightRoom Develop Presets
LightRoom presets are visible in the left side panel in Develop mode. All the wonderful cropping, correction, toning and vignetting etc. etc which you did with one photo you don’t want to call and save for the future. That’s just LightRoom Preset is a saved setting. It’s simple!
How useful are presets for LightRoom?
LightRoom presets allow you to save time; you can apply the saved preset to the pile of photos. But most importantly, the presets allow the photographer to determine in which direction to go when processing photos. It’s easy enough to do even without applying presets to the pictures and moving the mouse on the presets list and observe the changes in the Navigator window (top left corner).
Emphasize that all the power application presets in the nuance! There is no universal preset for all photos! Every photo after applying a preset, you must bring to mind for manually making adjustments. Below you can find more useful information how to install presets in Lightroom 6.
How to create a preset for LightRoom?
In Develop mode moving the sliders, make tonal and color corrections as you like, and then in the left pane, the Presets press the “plus”.
Where to take ready-made presets for LightRoom?
On The Internet! Google can help you! 99% of the presets are free, so if you offer a preset for the money, it is very suspicious. Links I do not give, as they change frequently.
And again, the universal presets do not exist, and what is good for one photo — looks horrible for another! Preset it only saves time when selecting the direction of post processing, any preset will still have to bring for each photo. Do you want to know how to import presets into Lightroom 6 or how to import presets into Lightroom cc? So read further.
Installing presets in LightRoom
Presets are stored in files that have the extension “lrtemplate”. Sometimes defined optics creates the same distortion, for example, vignetting. Once is enough to fix it and save a preset with the settings. Then, when you again awake to pictures on this lens, you’ll know that I will be able to cope with the vignetting just a couple of clicks.
If you want to use presets from other photographers, you should understand what they’ve done to certain images, so not all your photos will look magical. And of course you should understand how to install presets in Lightroom 6. Sometimes a preset will only spoil the picture, but that’s okay, because LightRoom does not perform destructive editing and you can always go back.
In the Internet you can find many sets of presets. Most often they are distributed in archives. To install the program should be removed from the archive.
How to add presets to LightRoom
Offer you two ways to solve issue “how to install presets in Lightroom 6” but first I want to warn you that if you decide to make installing presets in Lightroom created by other photographers, then the result is not always satisfied in a single shot it will be good, and the other is just terrible. In each case, you need to pick up something different (for sunsets one preset for still life – the other, plus fine-tuning to the mind on each photo).
Different sets of Lightroom presets you can download from the Internet (a problem finding should arise). They are usually arranged in files, and before installing them you need to decompress. The majority of presets in Lightroom are absolutely free. But what do you know about installing presets in Lightroom? Read further.
The first way how to add a preset to LightRoom
Before using presets it is necessary to import them into LightRoom. So how to import presets into Lightroom cc or how to import presets into Lightroom 6?
1. For starters, you need to go to the tab “Develop”
2. Open the side panel, “Settings presets” and click anywhere the right mouse button. You should select “Import”
3. Select the desired folder a file with the extension “lrtemplate” and click “Import”.
Over time you may accumulate a large number of presets, therefore, it is better to systematize them, placing them into folders. Here you should understand more thoroughly how to import presets into Lightroom cc. You should create a new folder; choose from context menu “New Folder”. Now select “Import”. Before you open the window, it is necessary to specify the place where you stored the new presets. Selecting presets press “Import”. The same it is for how to import presets into Lightroom 6.
This method allows you to add one or more presets. There is also another way that enables you to import large number of files with predefined settings.
The second way how to add a preset to LightRoom
Here we will work directly with the storage location of the presets on disk. We can move native presets to another location and add your.
Go to menu Edit – Preferences. You can also press “Ctrl +,”
Next, go to layout “Presets”.
There you can find item: Store presets with catalog “Store presets with catalog”. If we mark the item with a checkmark, then Lightroom will store all the presets on the disk with the catalog. This is quite convenient, since you’ll know the place to store all program data and you will not have to travel through the countless folders on hard disk to find the desired files.
Now press the button to Show the folder of presets “Show Lightroom Presets Folder…”, the Program will open the folder with presets.
It contains presets for the Develop module post processing. In it we find presets of the Users. Here you can manually copy new presets.
After restarting the program preset menu appears you added.
Lightroom is very useful for cataloging photographs to do this, when you import (or afterwards) to photos to add key words, but then finding the right pictures takes a few seconds, very conveniently implemented tools crop photos (you can change the trimming frame in accordance with the rules of composition), the blockage of the horizon, even removed a couple of clicks.
Ideal for wildlife photography, remember that many defects pictures impossible to correct in a photo editor (strong digital noise, blur or blurred image), so take care of the correct camera settings in advance… Well, in order that the pictures were beautiful from an artistic point of view, use the “rule of thirds in photography” or “the Golden ratio” and other tips on the basics of composition in photography.