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The Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 Book for Digital Photographers

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Since Lightroom first launched, Scott Kelby’s The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers has been the world’s #1 best-selling Lightroom book (it has been translated into a dozen different languages), and in this latest version for Lightroom 4, Scott uses his same award-winning, step-by-step, plain-English style and layout to make learning Lightroom easy and fun.

Scott doesn’t just show you which sliders do what (every Lightroom book will do that). Instead, by using the following three simple, yet brilliant, techniques that make it just an incredible learning tool, this book shows you how to create your own photography workflow using Lightroom:

  • Throughout the book, Scott shares his own personal settings and studio-tested techniques. Each year he trains thousands of Lightroom users at his "Lightroom Live!" tour and through that he’s learned what really works, what doesn’t, and he tells you flat out which techniques work best, which to avoid, and why.

  • The entire book is laid out in a real workflow order with everything step by step, so you can begin using Lightroom like a pro from the start.

  • What really sets this book apart is the last chapter. This is where Scott dramatically answers his #1 most-asked Lightroom question, which is: "Exactly what order am I supposed to do things in, and where does Photoshop fit in?" You’ll see Scott’s entire start-to-finish Lightroom 4 workflow and learn how to incorporate it into your own workflow.

  • Scott knows first-hand the challenges today’s digital photographers are facing, and what they want to learn next to make their workflow faster, easier, and more fun. He has incorporated all of that into this major update for Lightroom 4.

    It’s the first and only book to bring the whole process together in such a clear, concise, and visual way. Plus, the book includes a special chapter on integrating Adobe Photoshop seamlessly into your workflow, and you’ll also learn some of Scott’s latest Photoshop portrait retouching techniques and special effects, which take this book to a whole new level. There is no faster, more straight-to-the-point, or more fun way to learn Lightroom than with this groundbreaking book.

    Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Dedication Page
    4. Acknowledgments
    5. Other Books By Scott Kelby
    6. About the Author
    7. Table of Contents
    8. Seven (or So) Things You’ll Wish You Had Known Before Reading This Book
    9. Chapter 1. Importing
      1. Before You Do Anything, Choose Where to Store Your Photos
      2. Next, Do This: Set Up Your Folder Organization (It’s Really Important)
      3. Getting Photos from Your Camera Into Lightroom
      4. Importing Photos Already on Your Computer
      5. Save Time Importing Using Import Presets (and a Compact View)
      6. Importing Video from Your DSLR
      7. Shooting Tethered (Go Straight from Your Camera, Right Into Lightroom)
      8. Using Image Overlay to See if Your Images Fit Your Layout
      9. Creating Your Own Custom File Naming Templates
      10. Choosing Your Preferences for Importing Photos
      11. The Adobe DNG File Format Advantage
      12. Creating Your Own Custom Metadata (Copyright) Templates
      13. Four Things You’ll Want to Know Now About Getting Around Lightroom
      14. Viewing Your Imported Photos
      15. Using Lights Dim, Lights Out, and Other Viewing Modes
    10. Chapter 2. Library
      1. Folders and Why I Don’t Mess with Them (This Is Really Important!)
      2. Sorting Your Photos Using Collections
      3. Organizing Multiple Shoots Using Collection Sets
      4. Using Smart Collections for Automatic Organization
      5. Keeping Things Tidy Using Stacks
      6. When to Use a Quick Collection Instead
      7. Adding Specific Keywords for Advanced Searching
      8. Renaming Photos Already in Lightroom
      9. Adding Copyright Info, Captions, and Other Metadata
      10. If Your Camera Supports GPS, Prepare to Amaze Your Friends
      11. Organizing Your Photos on a World Map
      12. Finding Photos Fast!
      13. Creating and Using Multiple Catalogs
      14. From Laptop to Desktop: Syncing Catalogs on Two Computers
      15. Backing Up Your Catalog (This Is VERY Important)
      16. Relinking Missing Photos
      17. Dealing with Disasters
    11. Chapter 3. DSLR: The Movie
      1. Working with Videos
    12. Chapter 4. Customizing
      1. Choosing What You See in Loupe View
      2. Choosing What You See in Grid View
      3. Make Working with Panels Faster & Easier
      4. Using Two Monitors with Lightroom
      5. Choosing What the Filmstrip Displays
      6. Adding Your Studio’s Name or Logo for a Custom Look
    13. Chapter 5. Editing Essentials
      1. Upgrading from an Earlier Version of Lightroom? Read This First!
      2. Setting the White Balance
      3. Setting Your White Balance Live While Shooting Tethered
      4. How to Set Your Overall Exposure
      5. Adding “Punch” to Your Images Using Clarity
      6. Making Your Colors More Vibrant
      7. Using the Tone Curve to Add Contrast
      8. Two Really Handy Uses for the New RGB Curves
      9. Adjusting Individual Colors Using HSL
      10. How to Add Vignette Effects
      11. Getting That Trendy High-Contrast Look
      12. Creating Black-and-White Images
      13. Getting Great Duotones (and Split Tones)
    14. Chapter 6. DJ Develop (Part Deux)
      1. Making Your RAW Photos Look More Like JPEGs
      2. Seeing Befores and Afters
      3. Applying Changes Made to One Photo to Other Photos
      4. Virtual Copies—The “No Risk” Way to Experiment
      5. Editing a Bunch of Photos at Once Using Auto Sync
      6. Using One-Click Presets (and Making Your Own!)
      7. Using the Library Module’s Quick Develop Panel
      8. Using Soft Proofing to Make Your Images Look Good in Print and on the Web
    15. Chapter 7. Local Adjustments
      1. Dodging, Burning, and Adjusting Individual Areas of Your Photo
      2. Five More Things You Should Know About Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush
      3. Selectively Fixing White Balance, Dark Shadows, and Noise Issues
      4. Getting Creative Effects Using the Adjustment Brush
      5. Retouching Portraits
      6. Fixing Skies (and Other Stuff) with a Gradient Filter
    16. Chapter 8. Problem Photos
      1. Fixing Backlit Photos
      2. Reducing Noise
      3. Undoing Changes Made in Lightroom
      4. Cropping Photos
      5. Lights Out Cropping Rocks!
      6. Straightening Crooked Photos
      7. Great Trick for “Dust Spotting” Your Photos
      8. Removing Spots and Other Nasty Junk
      9. Removing Red Eye
      10. Fixing Lens Distortion Problems
      11. Fixing Edge Vignetting
      12. Sharpening Your Photos
      13. Fixing Chromatic Aberrations (a.k.a. That Annoying Color Fringe)
      14. Basic Camera Calibration in Lightroom
    17. Chapter 9. Exporting Images
      1. Saving Your Photos as JPEGs
      2. Adding a Watermark to Your Images
      3. Emailing Photos from Lightroom
      4. Exporting Your Original RAW Photo
      5. Publish Your Images with Just Two Clicks
    18. Chapter 10. Jumping to Photoshop
      1. Choosing How Your Files Are Sent to Photoshop
      2. How to Jump Over to Photoshop, and How to Jump Back
      3. Adding Photoshop Automation to Your Lightroom Workflow
      4. Mixing the Old Lightroom 3 Fill Light with the New Lightroom 4 Power
      5. Stitching Panoramas Using Photoshop
      6. Creating HDR Images in Photoshop
    19. Chapter 11. Book of Love
      1. Before You Make Your First Book
      2. Building Your First Book from Scratch
      3. Adding Text and Captions to Your Photo Book
      4. Four Things You’ll Want to Know About Layout Templates
      5. Custom Template Workaround
    20. Chapter 12. Slideshow
      1. Creating a Quick, Basic Slide Show
      2. Customizing the Look of Your Slide Show
      3. Getting Creative with Photo Backgrounds
      4. Working with Drop Shadows and Strokes
      5. Adding Additional Lines of Text and Watermarking
      6. Adding Opening and Closing Title Slides
      7. Adding Background Music
      8. Choosing Your Slide Duration and Fade Length
      9. Sharing Your Slide Show
    21. Chapter 13. The Big Print
      1. Printing Individual Photos
      2. Creating Multi-Photo Contact Sheets
      3. Creating Custom Layouts Any Way You Want Them
      4. Adding Text to Your Print Layouts
      5. Printing Multiple Photos on One Page
      6. Saving Your Custom Layouts as Templates
      7. Having Lightroom Remember Your Last Printing Layouts
      8. Creating Backscreened Prints
      9. The Final Print and Color Management Settings
      10. Saving Your Page Layout as a JPEG
      11. Adding Custom Borders to Your Prints
    22. Chapter 14. The Layout
      1. Here Are Some of My Layouts for You to Use
      2. Bonus: 24 Cool Lightroom 4 Develop Module Presets
    23. Chapter 15. My Portrait Workflow
      1. Workflow Step One: It All Starts with the Shoot
      2. Workflow Step Two: Right After the Shoot, Do This First
      3. Workflow Step Three: Finding Your Picks & Making a Collection
      4. Workflow Step Four: A Quick Retouch for Your Selects
      5. Workflow Step Five: Emailing Your Clients the Proofs
      6. Workflow Step Six: Making the Final Tweaks & Working with Photoshop
      7. Workflow Step Seven: Delivering the Finished Image(s)
    24. Index