Laura Shoe

Oct 302008
 

I showed you in my first clarity post how to use negative clarity in Lightroom or Camera Raw to soften skin. For a creative look, try heavy negative clarity on the whole image:

Before

Before

Minus 100 Clarity

Minus 100 Clarity (click on the Image to see larger)

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Oct 292008
 

Scrubby sliders are one of Photoshop’s great time saving features that you may not discover on your own. In many places in Photoshop, when you click and drag left or right on the name of a numeric setting, it adjusts the setting down or up — with no need to go into drop down boxes or to type in numbers. As an example, you may have worked with layer opacity, a setting in the layers palette that allows you to reduce the strength or opacity of a layer. The slow way to adjust the opacity is to click on the right facing drop down arrow to the right of 100%, and then adjust the slider that appears:

Drop down opacity slider - the slow way

Drop down opacity slider - the slow way

Th quick way is to click on the word Opacity and drag the slider to the left to reduce it. Notice that as soon as you hover the mouse over the word, a hand with a double arrow appears … this is your indication that a scrubby slider is present:

Another scrubby slider is found up in the options bar for the text tool. You can type in the font size, or instead, click on the Tt symbol to the left of the size and drag!

Set text size with the scrubby slider.

Set text size with the scrubby slider.

You will find many scrubby sliders in numeric options for your tools. Look for them everywhere!

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Oct 282008
 

This is a digital photography post, rather than Photoshop or Lightroom, but it has me fascinated enough that I must send you over to Luminous-Landscape to see for yourself. Michael Reichman was shooting with the new $500 Canon G10 point and shoot along with his $40,000 Hasselblad/Phase 1 digital medium format system and found that image quality is pretty much comparable, on screen and for small and moderate size prints (up to 13″x19:).

Please, read for yourself:

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/kidding.shtml

This is a great site to monitor — excellent articles, reviews and training material.

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Oct 282008
 

If you are using the adjustment brush to make local image enhancements, you can hover over the pin to see the mask that you have drawn, but it shows for just a moment. To keep it on as you brush, type the letter O, for Overlay. To turn the overlay off, type O again.

If instead you use the adjustment brush in Camera Raw, simply check the Show Mask check box to see the mask. (Why isn’t this check box in Lightroom?)

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Oct 272008
 

The clarity slider was introduced in Lightroom 1.1, and is also now in Camera Raw. A positive clarity value punches up an image, makes it look a little more three dimensional, by enhancing contrast along edges. The changes are concentrated in the midtones, and do little to highlights and shadows. Here is an example, a portion of an image with Clarity set to 0, and then set to 60.

Before Clarity Adjustment

Before Clarity Adjustment

Clarity of +60

Clarity of +60

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Oct 272008
 

If you are committed to Lightroom being the foundation of your digital workflow, then my answer is an unequivocal absolutely! And if you are on the fence about Lightroom being the foundation of your workflow, I also say absolutely. I expect that this release will get you off the fence and clearly on the Lightroom road.

Lightroom 2 introduces the ability to make local corrections to your images. With the new graduated filter and adjustment brushes you can burn and dodge, and make local saturation, contrast, brightness, exposure, color, clarity and sharpness changes. You are not able to make sophisticated selections and masks like you can in Photoshop, but for most local changes where a brush tool or a gradient mask is sufficient to specify the area to be worked on, you no longer need to go into Photoshop. For me this means huge efficiency gains in my workflow. Now I go into Photoshop on maybe 5% of my straight photographs. In my opinion, this is well, well worth the $99 upgrade price. My only word of caution is that these new tools are resource intensive. If your system is already struggling to run LR1, you will find that using the adjustment brush in LR2 is an exercise in patience.

Below are the minimum system requirements for LR2, as listed by Adobe. Of course, more and faster is always better.

Windows

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise (certified for 32-bit and 64-bit editions)
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 1GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1,024×768 display
  • CD-ROM drive

Mac OS

  • PowerPC® G4 or G5 or Intel based processor
  • Mac OS X v10.4 or 10.5
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 1GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1,024×768 display
  • CD-ROM drive

Here’s a Julieanne Kost video on the graduated filter and adjustment brush: http://www.workshopsondemand.com/ps_lightroom/lr2_p02/

Of course LR2 introduces other changes as well, including dual monitor support, improved management of multiple drives and libraries, and improvements to the interface. Here’s an Adobe blog post with more information on these and other changes. http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2008/07/

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