Soft Proofing in Lightroom 4 with the Original Next to the Proof

(Updated 1/30/12) Soft proofing is new in the Develop module of Lightroom 4 (the Beta at this point). It allows you to get a better idea of what your photo will look like in print when printing with profiles, and what it will look like when you export to sRGB or another color space. If your photo has richly saturated colors, for example, when you soft-proof you will see them become muted, since many printers and papers, as well as sRGB, can’t display them so saturated. When you print to paper, your photos will also lose contrast, as paper whites are never as bright as monitor whites. Soft proofing allows you to preview this, and then if necessary, make further […more]


Recorded Lightroom 4 Beta Webinar Now Available

In this 65 minute video from my January 11 Lightroom 4 Beta webinar, I give you a tour of the new features, and explain the basics of how to use them. I wish the audio quality were better, but it is what it is — rest assured that my Lightroom DVD products have higher quality audio and video. For even more details, check out my new Lightroom 4 Fundamentals & Beyond Workshop on Video, available as soon as Lightroom 4 releases. Table of Contents (also shown on video web page with start times) 1. Introduction 2. Develop Changes 3. Map Module 4. Book Module 5. Saving Output – Book, Print, Slideshow, Web 6. Video Editing and Exporting 7. Integrated Email/Webmail […more]


Using the Lightroom 4 and 5 Basics Panel – Recommended Workflow and Video

UPDATE: While this was written during the Lightroom 4 beta release, these instructions and video are completely applicable to the official Lightroom 4 release and Lightroom 5! The Basics panel in the Develop module of the Lightroom 4 Beta may not be the sexiest feature, but the improvements are quite powerful, and the new controls are one of the few new features that you will use many times every day. Working successfully with them requires that you change how you work with the sliders. The keys to successful work are to (1) understand that Exposure is now midtone brightness rather than the white point, and (2) that the sliders are designed to be worked from top to bottom. Here is […more]

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