September 3, 2009
Timothy Armes, author of many Lightroom plug-ins, has just released his first Web Engine.
iPhone users get a special treat too – the finger swipe gesture moves from one image to the next!
You can read more about Tim’s motivations for this gallery on his blog, see an example in action on his site and download the Web Engine from the Photographer’s Toolbox.
As with his plug-ins, this this donationware.
July 6, 2009
Timothy Armes has released LR/Mogrify 2.00, with a new, and much requested, compression feature which finds the optimum JPEG compression value to produce the best image quality for a specific output size.
Other features include:
- Watermarks can be scaled to the shortest or longest edge, ideal for same size watermarks on Landscape and Portrait images.
- Annotations now work the same way.
- Unnecessary punctuation will be removed as well.
April 23, 2009
X Equals have packaged all their free presets in to a bundle and it’s available via Adobe Exchange. It’s being called the X=IMAGE KIT because it includes all the foundation presets they use to bang out killer black and whites, mimic some great films, and alter the mood of any image. As always, these will remain free of charge, licensed under Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0 (USA). For support you can contact them via their webform.
April 13, 2009
Sean McCormack’s Lightroom 2 Made Easy book has just gone on sale recently.
Sean writes: “I guess it helps when the publisher tells you, but my Lightroom book is finally out! It’s not listed as available on Amazon.com, but is on Amazon.co.uk for a measly £7.49 (50% off list). It’s so cheap you should buy 2 :)”
March 4, 2009
Nik Software has that their Viveza plugin is now available for Lightroom, with other products coming on stream shortly. While Viveza retails at $249, Nik are offering a preorder plugin pack for $299 containing the 5 plugins Nik offer. This will bring Nik’s U-Point technology to Lightroom platform at last. Files sent to the plugins will be the Edit In.. menu and send a rendered Tiff to the program for processing, in a similar manner to Aperture.
Via Rob Galbraith
February 3, 2009
Here are some interesting things that are happening in the Lightroom world at the moment.
There’s a lot of interest in being able to export with a directory structure intact. Over at Lightroom forums, there’s a post on just such an export plugin. It does work, although it seems to add an extra folder called ers on Mac. Check it out!
Matt Kloskowski has posted new free presets over at Lightroom Killer Tips. These High Key presets come in 3 flavours and are worth checking out.
Speaking of free presets, my own batch of grunge presets LRB Dragan are now up on Adobe Exchange for Lightroom.
Rich Cooper aka mountainstorm has updated his Tether programs and is looking for feedback on them. While these work with most Nikons, Canon compatibility on newer cameras is not there due to Canon changing communication protocol recently. Any camera that has a PTP mode should work with it.
Timothy Armes is now distributing via The Photographers Toolbox. We interviewed Tim recently and wish him well as he takes his great products further. The distribution brings with it a serial number mechanism, to prevent confusion between trial and full versions.
As part of Photoshop World, Martin Evening and Jeff Schewe will be giving seminars. Both Martin and Jeff are members of the NAPP Photoshop Hall of Fame, as well as being editors in chief here at Lightroom News. There’s a $100 discount offer running currently until the 20th Feb, so time is running out.
July 31, 2008
The true stars of Lighroom 2 are the localized adjustment tools. For the first time, photographers can now edit their raw files using the adjustment brush and gradient filter tools. These allow you to apply all kinds of adjustments such as: darkening, lightening, coloring or sharpening an image. The following extract is taken from my new book in which I show how to work with the adjustment brush and auto-masking feature.
July 29, 2008
Photo: Jeff Schewe
This post comes from Chicago where I am working with Jeff Schewe on a joint Focal Press book project to do with Photoshop. Meanwhile, print copies of the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 book were delivered to the studio last week, so now that Lightroom 2 has been officially announced, I can reveal that the Lightroom 2 book print run is complete and shipped to the main warehouse, ready for distribution.
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 book contains 624 pages and has been fully updated for all the major changes since version 1.0. I’ll be publishing some extracts from the book here on Lightroom-news over the next few weeks and you’ll also be able to read some extra article extracts over on Peachpit.com. You can also read some of the back story to the cover photo shoot as well as a video podcast that George Jardine made earlier this year.
Now available for order at:
List Price: $49.99 (US)
June 30, 2008
All reportage photos © Jeff Schewe
Earlier, in March this year, George Jardine from Adobe and Jeff Schewe came over to London to help document a fashion photo shoot that I shot specifically for the next revision of my Lightroom book. The background to this is that the publisher, Peachpit and myself thought it would be a good idea to carry out a studio photo shoot in which I could use the photographs that were taken on the day to illustrate a complete Lightroom workflow, using the latest version of the program. As well as capturing some great looking images, I also hoped to find a new cover image for the book, and in addition to this, Adobe have also requested to use some of these pictures as demo assets for Lightroom and other Adobe product presentations. Incidentally, the finished book will now be ready to go on sale as soon as Lightroom 2 officially ships.
You can find out more about the shoot itself by checking out the video George Jardine made while he was in London, which shows the progress of the shoot from concept, through to model casting and creating the finished looks. There is also a separate video podcast that George produced which shows me going through the pictures at the editing stage and discussing which shots worked best and why.
June 22, 2008
With browser makers starting to see the light about colour management, we can finally see our colours as intended online. Safari has been doing this forever, but now Firefox 3 is colour managed. Except, it’s not on by default. So here’s how to do it.
In the address bar of Firefox, type in about:config.
Scroll down to gfx.color_management.enabled. By default it’s set to false. Double click on it to change it to true. Restart Firefox. Viola.
Version 3 is much faster, which of course is another bonus. Your Lightroom galleries and exports will now look better online.