October 10, 2007
Although Lightroom is advertised as being a member of the ‘Photoshop family’, Lightroom and Photoshop do at times feel more like distant cousins rather than close relatives. People are often puzzled about the relationship between Lightroom and Adobe Bridge and why it is you can browse images easily via Bridge, but in the case of Lightroom, you have to import everything first.
The following tips do assume that you already own Phtoshop CS2 or later, and therefore have access to Adobe Bridge which is the browser component of the Creative Suite (Adobe Bridge comes with Photoshop whether you buy the entire Suite package or just the standalone program). So let me show you how you a few ways you can improve the workflow between working in Bridge and working in Lightroom.
October 4, 2007
A little while back we posted a story linking to an article on the Luminous Landscape website (Do curves throw you a curve?) in which author Mark Segal offered some interesting perspectives on the nature of curve adjustments in Camera Raw and how these compared with traditional RGB composite curve adjustments made in photoshop. In this feature article for Lightroom-News I have concentrated on analyzing the difference between Tone Curve adjustments made in Lightroom and Photoshop curves. I show you here a method for testing curve comparisons between the two programs and some observations on how and why they differ.
September 14, 2007
Lightroom 1.2 and Camera Raw 4.2 are now available. Lightroom customers will receive an update notification through Lightroom and Photoshop CS3 users will be able to download the Camera Raw 4.2 update through the Adobe Update Manager. This update also includes the DNG Converter 4.2. Details as well as direct links for all updates are listed below.
July 25, 2007
Source: Luminous Landscape
Author: Mark Segal
The Luminous Landscape website has posted an essay by Mark Segal, who is a member of the Applied Color Theory List (ACTL), on the subject of Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) tone curves. This essay offers a detailed analysis of how the tone curve adjustments that you can apply in Camera Raw or Lightroom compare to the traditional approach of using RGB composite curve adjustments in Photoshop. Over on the ACTL list, Dan Margulis has suggested that it is better to use Camera Raw adjustments to make minor corrections only and use Photoshop Curve adjustments to make the major tone edits. Dan has also argued that in some cases ‘opening the range in Camera Raw actually damaged the image to the point where it was no longer possible to get a good result without excessive effort…’ In response to this claim, Mark has tested his own hypothesis, which is that Camera Raw adjustments applied to a raw capture in Photoshop ACR or Lightroom are not any more destructive than Photoshop and if anything, tone and color edits are easier to make in ACR, but Photoshop edits are still very useful for minor tone and color edits on a rendered raw image.
To access the PDF document and join the discussion you will need to read the full story on the Luminous Landscape website.
May 31, 2007
Tom Hogarty (Lightroom and Camera Raw product manager) has written a blog post on the Lightroom Journal. The post reveals the reason behind the disconnect between the release of Camera Raw 4.1 and the upcoming Lightroom update.
April 4, 2007
Over on the Pro Imaging forum, Chris Terry asks if it is possible to integrate using the Pixel Genius Photokit Capture Sharpener with Lightroom, or does he have to Develop, Export as a PSD or TIFF, apply PhotoKit Sharpener and then re-import the image back into Lightroom again? Or is there an easier method?
Well, in Lightroom version 1.0 you can ‘almost’ completely automate this process, but there are a number of gotchas that might limit the ease with which you can do this, as things stand in Lightroom 1.0 right now. But here is a brief outline of how you could go about automating the process for single images only. The following steps will assume that you already have PhotoKit Sharpener installed in your current version of Photoshop. Although what you will learn from this tutorial can equally be applied to running other types of Photoshop action routines in conjunction with Lightroom exports.
March 8, 2007
If you haven’t heard, Adobe has announced that Photoshop CS3 will come in two versions, Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended.
PhotoshopNews.com has three stories on the two versions: Adobe Announces Two Editions of Photoshop CS3,
Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended FAQs
and Announcing two flavors of Photoshop CS3
February 22, 2007
Source: Bluefire Blog
Bluefire Blog have published a series of tips and tricks on how to customize Web template designs in Lightroom. Click on the links to go directly to the link pages to read more about each tip.
Customizing Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 Flash Galleries with XML
The controls within the Web tab allow you to customize the Lightroom Flash Gallery templates in a lot of ways. However, you can customize them much further by editing the XML files that are generated when you export a gallery. This requires almost no knowledge of Flash or HTML, and can be done with almost any text editor.
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January 24, 2007
Adobe has updated Bridge CS3 to address a variety of issues. To install the Beta 2 you must have the original Photoshop CS3 beta installed. You will need to use your Adobe ID to log on in order to download the update. The Mac version is 157MBs while the Windows version is 72MBs.
The download and additional info is available on the Photoshop CS3 product page.
To read more about the Bridge Beta 2 release, check out this post on the Bridge CS3 forum.
January 24, 2007
From WhattheDuck.net and Aaron Johnson comes this poignant bit of reality.