Dec 072008
When HSL Rules Over the Adjustment Brush

The adjustment brush and the graduated filter tool are wonderful additions to Lightroom 2 for making local changes. But there are often quicker ways to make local changes. I will talk about HSL in this post. In the image below I want to darken the sky. Yes, I can get the adjustment brush, set the exposure to a negative amount, and paint the sky. But since the only blue in the image is the sky, it is alot faster accomplish my goal by darkening the blues in the HSL/Color/Grayscale panel: click on HSL, click on luminance (luminance refers to brightness), and slide the blue slider to the left. Let’s say I now want to saturate the grass and tree more. […more]

Dec 032008

I showed you how to use the spot removal tool in Lightroom and Camera Raw, and how to copy your spot removals from one image to others in Lightroom in my spot removal video. However, I didn’t mention how to copy your spot removals from one image to others in Camera Raw. (Thanks, Teri for this question.) So here it is: Open your first image and fix your spots. Click Done to close the image. In Bridge, select all the other images that have spots in the same places (i.e. dust on the sensor). Right-click, choose Develop Settings>Paste Settings … From the drop down box in the dialog that appears, choose spot removal. Hit OK. As I recommended in my […more]

Dec 022008
Before and After in Lightroom

In the Lightroom Develop module, there are different ways to look at Before and After for changes that you have made. One of my favorites is to use the backslash key to toggle between Before and After. The default Before state is the first step in the History panel, usually your file import. So by default, you are toggling between “before all changes” and “after all changes”. Sometimes though, you may want to look at Before and After just the last change you made, or the last few changes. Fortunately, you have the flexibility to set which step in your processing will be the Before state: in the History panel in the Develop module, simply right-click (ctl-click for one button […more]

Dec 012008
Painting with Color in Lightroom

If you have used the adjustment brush in Lightroom, you may have noticed that you have the ability to paint color on your image. After clicking on the adjustment brush to make it active, click on the color square next to the word Color to choose your color. In this case I chose blue. Here is the image I am going to work on: When I paint over the flower with blue, blue is added to the existing red, and the result is a bluish red: What I really want to do is to replace the red with blue. Here’s the secret: in addition to selecting the color blue, I also reduce the adjustment brush saturation slider to -100. Then […more]

Nov 292008
Simulating Shallow Depth of Field with the Lens Blur Filter

Let’s create the perception of a shallower depth of field in this image, with the police cars sharp, and the background more out of focus. Duplicate the background layer (Ctl/Cmd-J), and add a layer mask to it ( circle-in-a-square symbol at the bottom of the layers palette.) We will blur the duplicate layer, and then mask off the foreground that we want to keep sharp. This particular image has alot of noise, as the close up below shows. It was shot at ISO 800. If we blur the background, the blur will eliminate the noise and look unrealistic against the foreground unless we bring the noise back. Notice also in the full size image that there are blown out highlights […more]

Nov 272008

I would be willing to bet quite a bit that Adobe will not be offering anything in terms of Black Friday sales, but you can still save: if you buy the full or upgrade versions of Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4 at the same time through, Adobe will give you 30% off of your Lightroom purchase. If you are a member of NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) you can save an additional 15%. First go to the NAPP site and in the Discounts for Members section under software get your promo code. Then enter this promo code when you purchase the software from Speaking of NAPP, in my opinion being a member is well worth the annual […more]

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