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The Complete Picture with Julieanne Kost

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[♪intro music playing ♪] ADOBE™ TV Presents "The Complete Picture" with Julieanne Kost Hi, welcome! My name is Julieanne Kost and in today's episode of The Complete Picture we're going to be talking about how to seamlessly integrate Lightroom in Photoshop more specifically we're going to take a look at how to export files out of Lightroom after you've created the perfect negative, hand them off to Photoshop and then run an action in Photoshop to process all of those files even further. All right, let's go ahead and get started: I've selected just 6 images here in Lightroom. Now, they are all horizontal. That was the only kind of requirement for this because I'm going to be taking them into Photoshop and running an action in order to add some edge effects. So, if I had some horizontal and some vertical, I would need to actually create two actions in Photoshop, one for the horizontal and one for the vertical, but for now we'll just stick with these horizontal images. What I need to do is I need to open one of these so that I can create the action in Photoshop. So I'm just gonna right mouse click or you could control-click on the Mac I'm going to say Edit In and then choose Photoshop CS4. What that does is that renders that DNG file, that RAW file, into a Photoshop document and here it is in Photoshop. Now, the action that I need to create needs to resize this image so that it's the correct size. It needs to select the image, copy it to the Clipboard, and then I'm going to open up the edge file and then paste this image in that will be on the Clipboard. So let's go ahead and walk through that. In my Actions palette I'm going to create a new set of actions and I'll just call this TCP the complete Picture and inside this set I'm going to create a new action by clicking on the New Action icon. We will call this Add Edge and save it inside of this set. Excellent. When I hit Record everything I do now Photoshop will keep track of and it will make it a part of this action. So the first thing I'll do is select Image and then Image Size and I'm going to change this to 6 by 4 at 300 pixels per inch. The reason I chose that is because that is the size of my edge file. Since all of these images were photographed with my digital camera, I happen to know that the aspect ratio is 2 by 3 and therefore I'm making this 6 by 4. If some of my images were different sizes, then I might want to use the Crop tool as opposed to the Image Size tool but for this the Image Size tool will work just fine. Go ahead and click OK. You can see on my Actions palette here that it has added that command and now all I need to do is a quick Select All to select the whole image. I'll go to Edit and copy this. That's going to copy it to the Clipboard and then we can do a File and then Close. Now I'm going to close this file without saving it. Now we can see all of those steps have been recorded. Now I need to open up the template so I use Command O or Control O on Windows to open and I will simply navigate to find my edge file and here it is. So we'll open that up in the Photoshop. You can see that it's a multi-layer document. Now all I need to do is paste so we can choose Edit and then Paste and it pastes in that photograph. Of course it is at the right size because we took care of that with the image size command. But I need to move it down in my Layers panel, I need need to move it down one layer so that's underneath the hue saturation. But I don't want to click on it and drag it because sometimes when you record actions when you click on a layer it records that layer's name and you don't always want that because layers don't always name the same thing so I use a keyboard shortcut instead. I'll use Command left bracket in order to move that layer down in my layer stacks and now it's down here at the bottom and it has this hue and saturation adjustment layer affecting it. Excellent. That'all I really want to do except of course I need to save this. So we'll do a Save As, otherwise it would save over that template file so I'll do a Save As for now. We'll save it as Test and we'll just save it to the Desktop. I'll click Save and now we'll close this file. Excellent. We're finished recording the action so on my Actions palette let's go ahead and click on the Stop Recording icon right there. Now, how do we get this action so that Lightroom understands it and can see it. Well, what we need to do is we need to turn the action into a droplet. Basically the droplet is what contains all of the batch commands and it's fairly simple. All we need to do is go to File, automate and then create the droplet. The droplet is its own file. It's an executable file and you can save it wherever you want. In a minute, we'll put it into the right location so that Lightroom can see it but for now, let's just save it on our desktop and we will save it as our Add Edge droplet so that we know what it is. We'll click Save and now we need to set up all of these different options. So, we need to tell it which action to play. So we want to play the Add Edge action in the complete picture set. Perfect. The Overwrite Action "Open" Commands we don't want to check that on because look at in our action we have an Open command. I need that to be part of my action so we'll leave this unchecked "Include All Subfolders" we don't need to even worry about that because we're not dealing with subfolders. "Suppress File Open Options Dialogs" I guess I could turn that on just because if there was an Open dialog box like I don't know sometimes if I start - really it's more if I start from Bridge it brings up the Raw Camera dialog box I want to suppress that. Since I'm starting with Lightroom it's kind of irrelevant but it won't hurt to check it on. And "Suppress Color Profile Warnings" that's just in case - you know - if I was batch processing like 500 images you know I'd start my action and then probably leave for the night and it would just be my luck that you know the 8th image would come up with a profile warning and stop the whole thing so I'd just say, suppress the color profile warning so that it can move on and batch process all the files even if there is a problem. All right, for Destination, I definitely want to save these images to a folder so let's go ahead and choose a folder on my desktop. We'll just create a new folder called Edges Added. All right. So this is the folder where the edges will have been added. I'll select Create and then Choose. I need to overwrite the Action "Save As" Commands. I'm not even going to read that to you, I'm just going to say "Don't show again". Basically, what I'm doing is I'm overwriting this Save command. Now, when you record a Save command as part of an action, you're doing two things: First of all, you're saving to a specific location and second of all you're saving as a file format. So the file format will still remain but what I'm doing here is I'm overwriting where I'm going to save the file. So I'm going to save it exactly where it told it: right above in that Edges Added folder. I do need to rename these files. Because if we think about it: as the action progresses, it opens the files from Lightroom Lightroom is going to export the files they'll open in Photoshop. We'll do the image size, select all, copy and close the original file and then we'll open the template file. If I don't rename each one of these images it's just going to save over my original template document. So that would not be good. So what I'll do is I will keep the original document name plus then I'll go ahead and add something that makes this unique like maybe a 2-digit serial number or something. Or I could add some custom tags but I do need something that will change. So we will add a 2-digit serial number and then we will go ahead and put that extension back on there. And we get a little preview of what that would look like right up here in the example area. All right, excellent. So those are the batch processing settings that I'm storing inside of this droplet. I'll go ahead and click OK and now we can return back to Lightroom. So let's go over to Lightroom and I have now all of theses images we'll go ahead and select all of them actually and I want to export them so I will click on my Export button and then in the Export dialog box I'm going to export these to a specific folder because Lightroom has to actually build the files (the Photoshop files or tiff files, whatever you have you're set up to build) it's going to actually save them somewhere before it hands them off to Photoshop. So let's go ahead and choose our desktop as the place to save them and then maybe what we want to do is to put them in a subfolder that's called something like you know "Exported". And that way I'll know after I'm done exporting and Lightroom hands these off to Photoshop and the action is run the action will be saving the files in the process folder. So I can just throw away this Exported folder when I'm finished. OK. As far as file settings go, let's go ahead and leave them as Photoshop files, probably don't need 16 bit because we're doing this kind of edge effect that kind of lowers the quality anyway so let's do 8 bit. We're not going to resize it, we're not going to sharpen it, we don't need to minimise the embedded metadata, anything like that. But what we do need to do is somehow make Lightroom aware of that droplet. So right here under post processing I'm going to tell Lightroom to go to the Export Actions folder now. All that does is that it opens up the Export Actions folder in your operating system. This is where you need to put the droplet. So let's open up a new window here go to the desktop, there is my droplet. All I need to do: drag the droplet into the Export Actions folder. Great. We go back to Lightroom. We select the Add Edge droplet here and we click Export. What Lightroom is going to do it's going to export those 6 files and I can watch the progress bar right up here so we're exporting those 6 files. It has to do that first then, if Photoshop wasn't running, it would go ahead and launch Photoshop it's going to open each one of those files and run that action on it. One little word of caution: If you've never worked with droplets before, one of the things you might keep in mind is: the droplets refer to the action, so don't throw away the action. You still need the action. The droplet just points to the action. So don't get rid of it, it needs it. Alright, Photoshop is finished, let's go back to Lightroom. Aah, we see the original files! Why is that? Because we didn't reimport the processed files. We had the option to reimport the exported files from Lightroom but I don't think we need to bother with that. Instead what I want to do is I want to make Lightroom aware of the new files. So let's go to the desktop. We will then go to that folder that we just created which was called Edges Added and click Choose. We got our dialog box, we could add things like our metadata bringing in our copyright although I tell you because these came from Lightroom that copyright is already in the file. Let's go ahead and apply the metadata as well as some keywords, in this case San Francisco, and the reason that I'm adding these keywords is because remember we exported the files from Lightroom. Lightroom exported them with all of our copyright information, all the keyword information, all of that data. But then remember, when we ran that batch process in Photoshop we actually copied the photo into a new document so we would have lost all of that copyright and keyword information. So, as you bring them back in, or as you make Lightroom aware of those files, you definitely want to add back in your metadata. Then click Import, and now we can see here it's importing the files, it has now imported those files in the Lightroom, we can double-click on it, we can see this cool little edge effect that I added, move from one image to the next, and there you have it. So I think you can see how tightly integrated Lightroom and Photoshop are, and if you do any batch processing in Photoshop, the key is making that droplet so that Lightroom can hand off your files and then continue processing, automating your workflow and making you much much more productive. Excellent. That wraps up this episode of The Complete Picture, my name is Julieanne Kost, thank you for joining me and I hope to see you again here on Adobe TV. [♪ music playing ♪] ADOBE™ TV PRODUCTIONS

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Duration: 13 minutes and 2 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: None
Views: 120
Posted by: adobetv on Jun 26, 2009

Discover the new features in Adobe Bridge CS4 as Julieanne walks through the new features, tools, refined interface and integration with Photoshop.

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