Adobe Makes Major Announcements on Lightroom and Photoshop


Yesterday, Adobe held their usual annual event in Las Vegas, Adobe Max where generally they make product announcements. During the event, they announced major upgrades to Lightroom and Photoshop CC. This comes after announcing Photoshop Elements 2018 and Premiere Elements 2018 a couple of weeks ago.

The big news yesterday was the renaming of Lightroom, to be called Lightroom Classic CC, and a new cloud-based version called Lightroom CC. I have been beta testing these two programs for the last several months.

As you may know already, photography websites and group forums are filled with the news and information about the new features added to all three programs. Normally, my blog posts concentrate on my personal observations and tips. However, there has been so many quality articles published yesterday, I am going to concentrate on providing links to three I found very helpful, which were written by the real experts. There are many more out there, and I am sure many more will be coming in the weeks and months ahead. This is a very exciting time for Photoshop CC and Lightroom users.

This article does a good job explaining the name changes and new versions of Lightroom. It is by Victoria Bampton, who is a well known expert and author of books dealing with Lightroom.

http://mailchi.mp/lightroomqueen/the-future-of-lightroom?e=ab0bb0ecfd

Likewise, Laura Shoe is another Lightroom expert who has written several books and authored courses. In her web post linked below, she also covers the pricing for the programs.

https://laurashoe.com/2017/10/18/whats-new-in-the-lightroom-world-huge-announcements-at-adobe-max-read-this-summary/

Colin Smith, of Photoshop Café, is both a Lightroom and Photoshop expert who writes extensively and has multiple videos describing how to use these programs. I have several of his videos. He also flies a drone, and has produced several videos on using it to create great photos and videos. I have taken advantages of these to improve my own drone photography. Here he explains the new features added to Photoshop CC, and Lightroom.

http://photoshopcafe.com/new_features_Photoshop_CC_2018?mc_cid=896b8fea75&mc_eid=dbe0d5fb0b

As you know my prime digital photography activity is with using Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. However, I do use Photoshop CC and Lightroom. I am getting closer to adapting my basic workflow and software to theses latter programs. yesterday’s announcements are moving me closer to that. How about you?

Look for more coverage on both Lightroom and Photoshop in the future.

Until next time.

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Working with Catalogs in Both Photoshop Elements and Lightroom


In Photoshop Elements

PSE Organizer

If you have used the Organizer in Photoshop Elements to manage your photos, you undoubtedly know the Cardinal Rules that you must not disobey if you want to avoid serious heartaches and frustration.

The rules are:

Once a photo has been imported into the Catalog…

Do not Delete the photo,

Do not Move the photo,

Do not Rename the photo,

Unless you use the applicable commands in Photoshop Elements. The same basic rules hold for the folders in which the photos are stored.

Remember, the Organizer’s Catalog is like a card catalog in a library. It does not contain the books. It only contains information about the books, including on what shelf the book is contained.

The PSE commands to move and rename photos are in the sub-menu under File.

 PSE File Sub-Menu

 To see comparable commands to modify folders, do the following:

  1. Open the left panel, by clicking on the Show Panel in the lower left corner of the screen.
  2. Click on Folders at the top of the panel.
  3. Click on the parallel lines button and then select View as Tree.
  4. Scroll to find the folder you want to modify, and then right click on it.
  5. Select the task you want to perform and follow the screen prompts.

PSE Folder View

You can also drag and drop folders to move them in this view, but I prefer to not to. It is too easy for me to move them to the wrong place.

In Lightroom

 LR Library Module

I suspect many of you who started out using Photoshop Elements to organize and edit your photos may be thinking about moving on to Lightroom, or have recently done so. There are many reasons to do that, not the least of which is you can rent Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC from Adobe for $10 per month!

The Catalog used in the Library module of Lightroom is essentially the same as the Catalog in Elements. That is, they are both databases. They do not contain the actual photos, only previews of them, with pointers to where the physical files are stored.

Because Lightroom was designed for professional photographers, it is more robust than the Organizer in Photoshop Elements and consequently somewhat harder to use. There are a multitude of websites and blogs that cover using Lightroom. One of the many Lightroom experts is Victoria Bampton.

Below is a sampling of her articles that discuss similar topics in using Lightroom. As you can see the tasks are a bit more complicated.

How do I move only my photos to another hard drive, leaving the catalog where it is?

How do I find and move or rename my catalog?

 Which Lightroom files do I need to back up?

In future posts, I will cover using Lightroom in much more detail, but hopefully the above articles will get you started on the right foot.

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Download Nik Collection Software From Google For Free


You may have seen this announcement elsewhere, but just in case you haven’t, Google is providing the complete Nik Collection of plug-ins as a free download.

For those of you not familiar with the Nik Collection, it is a suite of several plug-ins that integrate with Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Lightroom that adds a variety of effects and advanced settings for enhancing your images.

These tools include:

  • Color Efex Pro
  • Analog Efex Pro
  • Silver Efex Pro
  •  Viveza
  • HDR Efex Pro
  • Sharpener Pro
  • Dfine

You can find out much more about the plug-ins and download the complete suite from the link below.

https://www.google.com/nikcollection/

You really should take advantage of this opportunity. Up until this announcement, the software package  sold for about $150, and was one of the most popular packages of its kind.

I will have more to say about the Nik Collection in future posts.

 

Demonstrating Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC Tomorrow


As part of the PVNET open house tomorrow, I will be demonstrating Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC.  This is part of an huge event being presented by PVNET at the Peninsula Center immediately below the  Regal Theaters.

THE SPECTACULAR TECH ARCADE
OPEN HOUSE – Free Family Activities

– PVNet at the Promenade on the Peninsula
Saturday May 30th 12:00pm-9:00pm

Come to the Open House and try your hand at flying a quadcopter or racing a slot car!

Click on the figure below to find out more.

5-30-15 Promenade

I will be teaching both Photoshop and Lightroom classes at PVNET’s Peninsula Center location this summer.

Stay tuned for more details.

PVNET Open House at the PV Peninsula Center


 

PVNET has secured a huge space (about 15,000 square feet) on the Promenade in the Rancho Palos Verdes Peninsula Center for the summer. It is located immediately below the Regal Theaters, where a book store was a few years ago.  Included in their facility will be a netted area to fly quadcopters and race RC cars. There are multiple class rooms being set up which will include 24 computers.

They have big plans for all kinds of technology activities and training this summer for all ages as illustrated in the poster below. There will  an Open House on May 23rd and May 30th.

I will be giving a free workshop on using Photoshop CC and/or Lightroom 5 on May 30th.  When more details become available, I will post them here and on my Facebook page.

Stay tuned!

PVNET Open House resampled

Convert Lightroom Presets to ACR Presets


As part of the recent Lightroom class I recently taught, we covered using the Develop module presets that came with Lightroom 5, and couple of the hundreds of Lightroom presets that are available online, many for free. I have found several that I like to use, at least for starting points for my own photo editing.

However, I use Photoshop and Photoshop Elements more than Lightroom, so I would like to easily convert a Lightroom preset into an Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) preset that I could use in Photoshop. In a video from www.photoshopcafe.com, Colin Smith describes how to do this. Here are the basic steps.

  • Open a photo in the Lightroom Develop module.
  • Apply the desired preset.

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  • Open the image in Photoshop as a Smart Object, via Photo > Edit In > Open as a Smart Object in Photoshop.
  • In Photoshop, double click on the Smart Object icon in the Layers pallet.

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This opens the photo in the ACR, where you can see the positions of the sliders that were applied in the preset.

Convert 3

  •  Now click on the small parallel lines icon to the right of Basic in the ACR, and select Save Settings.

Convert 4

  1. Name the preset setting as desired.

Convert 5

  • Now when you open an image in ACR that you would like to apply the preset to, click on the Presets icon, and select that preset to apply it.

Convert 6

The preset effect will vary from photo to photo, but at least it gets you in the ball park for the look you wanted. You can tweak the sliders from that point. True, you need both Lightroom and Photoshop to do the above, so why would you bother with the conversion? Personally, I like using ACR better than the Develop module of Lightroom for most things.

Maybe you do too? Let me know what you think of this technique, Ok?

Photoshop CC Classes Coming to PVNET


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A few weeks ago I wrote that PVNET had acquired the complete Adobe Creative Cloud suite. This includes Photoshop CC (2014) and Lightroom 5.

I will be teaching two Photoshop CC classes, Level 1 and Level 2 beginning April 3rd. To find out more about the classes, and how to register for them, CLICK HERE.

Remember, you can get a subscription for Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for $10 a month from Adobe. Your subscription allows you to install both programs on two separate machines.

Currently, PVNET is the only adult oriented educational facility that has Photoshop CC on their computers. However, you need to register early, because each of the two classes can only accommodate eleven students.