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Lightroom Tip of the Week: “I” is for “Information”

Have you ever wondered how to turn off (or on) the information that displays over your photos when you are in Loupe view (single-photo view) in  Lightroom’s Library and Develop modules? The secret is to type the keyboard shortcut “I“, for “Information“. If no information is showing, typing “I” once displays one set of information about your photo: Typing “I” a second time displays a second set of information: And typing “I” a third time will hide the information. To change what information displays, in the menu bar in the top left, go to View>View Options. On the Loupe View tab, the three fields you choose under Loupe Info 1 display when you type “I” the first time; the three [...more]

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Video Tutorial: Create Printer Profiles for Use in Lightroom and Photoshop

I recently got a chance to try out X-Rite’s Colormunki Photo device. This allows you to not only profile your monitor (and projector), but also to create printer / paper profiles. What I particularly like about it is that it is very easy to use, and the process has very few steps. The Colormunki Photo runs about $450 on the street — compared to $170 for the Colormunki Display, which does monitor and projector profiling only. This is a significant price premium to be able to make printer profiles, but it is less than many other devices on the market. Note that in moving to the Photo from the Display, you do lose two monitor profiling features — Ambient Light [...more]

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Video Tutorial: Using Lightroom’s Print Module to Create Cool Custom Photo Layouts

My favorite layout style in Lightroom’s Print module is the Custom Package, which allows us to layout multiple photos on the page. These can be laid out on top of each other, they can overlap, text can be added, etc..  Here are a couple examples — a tryptic that I designed to print, and a collage that I started working on, sized for my computer monitor to use as a desktop background: My video series available for sale on DVD or by download, Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output, consists of almost 12 hours of training on 55 videos, on everything you need to know to make great prints, photo books, slideshows and web galleries — including not just “the how-to” [...more]

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Lightroom Quick Tip: Finding Your Missing Panel

About once a week I get an email from a Lightroom user who has lost a panel … most panels can go missing, but in my experience people seem to lose their Catalog panel in the Library module more than any other. To recover your missing panel, right-click (Ctl-click on a Mac) on the name of an existing panel in the same strip, and choose the panel you are missing, from the drop-down that appears. In this example, my Catalog panel is missing. I right-clicked on Folders to get the menu. I would then select Catalog, and the panel would appear.   Note that there are some panels that are not optional, and therefore you cannot right-click on them to [...more]

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Video: Overview of Lightroom’s Output Modules – Book, Slideshow, Web and Print

In this video tutorial, I give you an overview of Lightroom’s output modules, to give you an idea of what you can do with each. This is video #2 in my 12 hour series of 55 videos, Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output (A Workshop on Video) , available on DVD or by download. The series goes into detail on how to use each of the output modules, and also covers critical output concepts, such as monitor calibration and other color management topics, size and resolution, output sharpening, and much more. For higher quality, after you click on the Play button, click on the sprocket wheel symbol in the bottom right and choose 720 HD. Read more about Producing Great Output [...more]

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Sharpening in Lightroom Part Three: Output Sharpening

In this third article of a three-part series on sharpening in Lightroom, I explain output sharpening.  Here are the other two articles:   Part 1: Overview of the Three Step Sharpening workflow, and Capture Sharpening in Depth Part 2: Creative Sharpening – Sharpening Eyes and Other Local Elements To summarize the first two steps in the sharpening workflow, the first step, capture sharpening, is performed on your full size image in the Develop module, and is designed to cut through the haze that a digital capture produces, and make edges in your photos look crisper. Creative sharpening is then sometimes done to enhance or  bring focus to local elements in your photo. Output Sharpening — What It’s For When you [...more]

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How Large Can I Print My Photo? Understanding, Displaying and Managing Print Resolution

“How large can I print my photo?” is a question I get from Lightroom users all the time. The ultimate answer of course is – it depends. In the end you will need to do your own tests and find out what you are satisfied with. Below is some information that should help you with that process. It applies whether you do your own printing, or send your photos out to be printed. Your photo has a limited number of pixels, or squares of information, in it, based on what your camera captured or what you cropped your photo down to.  For example, a capture from an old 6 megapixel camera is 3,000 pixels wide x 2,000 pixels high.  (There [...more]

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Lightroom Quick Tip of the Week: Borrowing a Color from Your Photograph

Anywhere you see a color selection square in Lightroom, such as for page background color in the Print module, you can choose a color not only from the color picker that comes up when you click on it, but also a color from one of your photos. How?  Simply click in the main color selection area (shown above where the eyedropper is), hold the mouse button down, and drag out to your photo, either in the main window or down in the filmstrip. You can actually select a color from anywhere on your monitor, so if you want a color that is on a web page, for example, position it next to Lightroom, then just click, hold and drag out [...more]

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Making a Photo Collage Desktop Background Image or Screen Saver Using Lightroom’s Print Module

If you watched my video tutorial on the Custom Print Package in Lightroom, you know how to make a collage of photographs.  Here’s an example I put together quickly, leaving the background color white, and adding a grey stroke border to the images (the black frame is not part of the result): You could make your collage any size, and just let Windows or Mac OS X resize and stretch it to fit your monitor, but why not make it the exact size needed, so that it fills your monitor and there is no distortion?

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Free Lightroom Printing Video Tutorials

Several of my readers and Lightroom Fundamentals and Beyond DVD customers have contacted me to find out if I plan to produce a series on Printing with Lightroom.  I do, but I do not have a date for it at this point.  Therefore, I thought I would pull together a couple of video tutorials on printing that  I did a while back, for you to enjoy for free. The first video covers both Custom Print Package layout and watermarking capabilities in Lightroom 3.  I love the Custom Print Package — it allows me to layout multiple images on a page any way I want, and add some text to the page as well. The second video covers how to find, [...more]

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