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Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 2 for Digital Photographers Only

Book Description

Veteran photographer Rob Sheppard finds that Lightroom 2 can give you back the control over color images that photographers once enjoyed in the traditional darkroom. Packed with secrets Rob has discovered and developed, this book shows you how Lightroom processes RAW and JPEG files non-destructively, how to navigate quickly through your photos in any module with Filmstrip, how you can optimize your photos easily with the adjustment brush and graduated filter tools, speedy and simple ways to process multiple images, and how to prepare images for print or online display.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. about the author
  3. credits
  4. foreword
  5. preface
  6. acknowledgments
  7. I. WHAT IS LIGHTROOM ALL ABOUT?
    1. 1. INTRODUCTION TO THE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM CONCEPT
      1. 1.1. What Is Lightroom About?
      2. 1.2. Designed for Speed and Efficient Processing
      3. 1.3. Non-Destructive Processing
      4. 1.4. Lightroom Compared to Photoshop
      5. 1.5. Can Photographers Forget about Photoshop?
      6. 1.6. Who Benefits from Lightroom?
    2. 2. THE BASICS OF LIGHTROOM
      1. 2.1. How Lightroom Is Organized
        1. 2.1.1. Modules
          1. 2.1.1.1. Library
          2. 2.1.1.2. Develop
          3. 2.1.1.3. Slideshow
          4. 2.1.1.4. Print
          5. 2.1.1.5. Web
        2. 2.1.2. Skip Between Modules
        3. 2.1.3. Panels
      2. 2.2. Adobe's Five Rules for Lightroom
        1. 2.2.1. Use the Module Picker to Choose Your Path Through Lightroom
        2. 2.2.2. Control the Modules Using the Panels
        3. 2.2.3. Navigate Your Photos Using the Filmstrip
        4. 2.2.4. Expedite Your Work by Learning Important Keyboard Shortcuts
        5. 2.2.5. Finally . . . Enjoy
      3. 2.3. The Craft of Lightroom and Photography
      4. 2.4. Customizing Lightroom's Identity Plate
      5. 2.5. Preferences
      6. 2.6. Q & A
  8. II. USING LIGHTROOM MODULES
    1. 3. LIBRARY MODULE BASICS
      1. 3.1. An Overview of Library
      2. 3.2. Importing Photos
      3. 3.3. Two Monitors for More Display Options
      4. 3.4. The Left Library Panel Revealed
      5. 3.5. Viewing Images in Library
      6. 3.6. Navigating the Filmstrip
      7. 3.7. The Right Library Panel Revealed
      8. 3.8. Searching for Photos: Library Filters
      9. 3.9. Exporting Photos
      10. 3.10. Q & A
    2. 4. ORGANIZING IMAGES IN THE LIBRARY MODULE
      1. 4.1. Managing Physical Image Files in the Past
      2. 4.2. Managing Files on Your Computer
      3. 4.3. Lightroom, File Cabinets, and Such
      4. 4.4. Setting Up an Organization System
      5. 4.5. Bringing Images into the Computer
      6. 4.6. Organizing the Images
      7. 4.7. Renaming Images
      8. 4.8. Using Collections
      9. 4.9. How Collections and Keywords Are Different
      10. 4.10. Quick Collection's Value
      11. 4.11. Saving and Exporting Catalogs
      12. 4.12. Q & A
    3. 5. BASIC WORKFLOW IN THE DEVELOP MODULE
      1. 5.1. An Overview of Develop
      2. 5.2. Using Crop and Straighten
      3. 5.3. The Importance of Black and White
      4. 5.4. Setting Blacks and Whites
      5. 5.5. Recovery and Fill Light
      6. 5.6. Adjusting Midtones
        1. 5.6.1. Tone Curve Work
        2. 5.6.2. Adjusting the Tone Curve by Dragging in the Photo
        3. 5.6.3. Using Clarity to Define Midtones
      7. 5.7. Histogram
      8. 5.8. Color Settings
        1. 5.8.1. White Balance Color Adjustments
        2. 5.8.2. Quick-and-Easy Color Correction
        3. 5.8.3. White Balance Controls in Basic
      9. 5.9. Vibrance and Saturation Adjustments
      10. 5.10. Processing Multiple Images: Using Sync, Copy, and Paste
      11. 5.11. Working with Sharpening
      12. 5.12. Working with Noise Reduction
      13. 5.13. Using Chromatic Aberration Corrections
      14. 5.14. A Specific Workflow in Lightroom
      15. 5.15. History and Snapshots
      16. 5.16. Q & A
    4. 6. LOCAL CONTROLS AND MORE IN THE DEVELOP MODULE
      1. 6.1. Why Bother with Traditional Darkroom Controls?
      2. 6.2. Using the Vignette Controls for Edge Burning
      3. 6.3. Local Adjustments and the Graduated Filter
      4. 6.4. Local Adjustments and the Adjustment Brush
      5. 6.5. HSL/Color/Grayscale
      6. 6.6. Click and Drag in the Photo for Color Control
      7. 6.7. Camera Calibration
      8. 6.8. Converting Color to Black-and-White
      9. 6.9. Using Grayscale in HSL/Color/Grayscale
      10. 6.10. Giving Black-and-White Some Color
      11. 6.11. Develop Module Presets
      12. 6.12. Making Your Own Presets
      13. 6.13. Exporting Photos
      14. 6.14. Q & A
    5. 7. PRESENTATION POSSIBILITIES IN THE SLIDESHOW MODULE
      1. 7.1. The Slideshow Module Layout
      2. 7.2. Slideshow Workflow
      3. 7.3. Selecting and Grouping Photos for a Slide Show
      4. 7.4. Organizing and Editing Your Images
      5. 7.5. Giving Your Show a Unique Look
      6. 7.6. Collections
      7. 7.7. Making Your Images Pop, Adding Backgrounds, and More
      8. 7.8. Changing the Background of the Image Display
      9. 7.9. Working the Design of the Image Display
      10. 7.10. Timing and Music
      11. 7.11. Working with Text
      12. 7.12. What Overlay Options Do You Need?
      13. 7.13. Making Your Own Templates
      14. 7.14. Playing and Exporting
      15. 7.15. Playing on a Second Monitor
      16. 7.16. Q & A
    6. 8. MAKING A BETTER SHOW IN SLIDESHOW
      1. 8.1. Starting the Organizing Process
      2. 8.2. Ways to Organize a Slide Show
      3. 8.3. Timing a Slide Show
      4. 8.4. Working with Music
      5. 8.5. When You Need Black
      6. 8.6. Title Slides
      7. 8.7. Working the Background of Your Slide Display
        1. 8.7.1. Creating a Backdrop for Your Slides
        2. 8.7.2. Using Options Effectively
      8. 8.8. Setting Up Layout Controls
      9. 8.9. Q & A
    7. 9. MAKING SENSE OF THE PRINT MODULE
      1. 9.1. The Print Module Layout
      2. 9.2. Printing Workflow
      3. 9.3. Selecting Photos for Printing
      4. 9.4. Page Setup Choices
      5. 9.5. Preparing the Page for Printing
      6. 9.6. Using Image Settings and Layout Engine
      7. 9.7. Positioning Your Photo with Layout and Guides
      8. 9.8. When to Use Overlays
      9. 9.9. Print Job
        1. 9.9.1. Choosing Print Resolution
        2. 9.9.2. Print Sharpening
        3. 9.9.3. Working with Color Management
      10. 9.10. Using the Template Browser
      11. 9.11. Print
      12. 9.12. Q & A
    8. 10. FROM GOOD TO GREAT PRINTING WITH PRINT
      1. 10.1. Monitor versus Print
      2. 10.2. Why You Need a Work Print
      3. 10.3. Evaluating a Work Print
      4. 10.4. Refining the Work Print
      5. 10.5. The Principle of Visual Balance
      6. 10.6. Creating a Promo Sheet I
      7. 10.7. Creating a Promo Sheet II
      8. 10.8. Q & A
    9. 11. THE WEB MODULE
      1. 11.1. Web Module Layout
      2. 11.2. Choosing Your Web Gallery Type
      3. 11.3. Setting Up the Gallery Page
        1. 11.3.1. Choices in the Template Browser
        2. 11.3.2. Organize Your Images
      4. 11.4. Making Titles for Your Gallery
      5. 11.5. Changing Colors
      6. 11.6. Changing Appearance
      7. 11.7. The Importance of Color for the Web Gallery
      8. 11.8. Using Image Info Settings
      9. 11.9. Choosing Output Settings
      10. 11.10. Working with Upload Settings
      11. 11.11. Using the Export and Upload Buttons
      12. 11.12. Q & A
  9. III. THE PHOTOSHOP PARTNERSHIP
    1. 12. GOING BETWEEN LIGHTROOM AND PHOTOSHOP
      1. 12.1. Moving Between Lightroom and Photoshop
      2. 12.2. When Photoshop Might Complement Lightroom
      3. 12.3. Layer Benefits and Using Layers
      4. 12.4. Working with Layer Masks
      5. 12.5. Layer Masks with Pixel Layers
      6. 12.6. Local Adjustments and Photoshop
      7. 12.7. Using the Cloning Tool Missing from Lightroom
      8. 12.8. Q & A
  10. Pro Glossary