Editing Tips

Lightroom Print Module Part 2

How to customize a template in Lightroom Print Module

Lightroom Print Module Part 2

In this article we are going to look at some basics on how to customize a template in Lightroom print module and create a unique look for your prints.

For Single Image/Contact Sheet layouts, you can modify the template using the controls in the Image Settings and Layout panels. For example, zoom to fill the photos in the cell, add a stroke border, and adjust margins and cell size. You can also drag the guides in the preview area to resize the cells.

Lightroom Print Module

Lay out of Lightroom Print Module

Lightroom Print Module

In this panel you can customize the zoom to fit and auto rotation of your photos

For Picture Package and Custom Package templates, you can drag cells freely in the preview area and specify options in the Image Settings panel. Use the Rulers, Grid & Guides panel to adjust the display of the work area. Use the Cells panel to add new cells or pages to the layout. I am going to cover this one later. So stay tuned for next article.

Creating a custom Single Image or Contact Sheet In Lightroom Print Module

Let’s take a look at how this is done. In this example I want to create a template for an 8.5 x 11 inch paper with spaces for four different photos.

Lightroom Print Module

Select photos and Lightroom will accommodate them in the print template automatically.

1. Select one of the Lightroom Print Module’s templates from the left side panel

Lightroom Print Module

You can adjust the size of the photo here to fill the page

2. In the right hand side panel under IMAGE SETTING tab, select “Rotate to Fit”, if you want the image fill the cell, select “Zoom to Fit”, and you can select “Stroke Border” if you want to add a stroke to your images.

Lightroom Print Module

In this panel you can customize the zoom to fit and auto rotation of your photos

3. Under Layout tab, select how many rows and columns you need. In this example I selected 2 rows and 2 columns.

Lightroom Print Module

Select how many rows or columns you need and Lightroom creates the cells for you

4. Under the “Cell Spacing”, adjust the spaces between each image horizontally and vertically. I didn’t want too much space in this example.

Lightroom Print Module

Lightroom automatically fills the cells, rotates and zooms the photos as needed.

5.And finally adjust the “Cell Size” to fit the page. Job is done and ready to go to the printer!

If you are going to use this template again later, you will want to save it. To save your new template go to the left panel and click on the “+” sign next to “Template Browser” and name your new template. In this example I called it “4UP”; clicked “Create” and Lightroom saves it for my future use.

Lightroom Print Module

Click the “+” sign to add your new customize template to Lightroom Print Module

Lightroom Print Module

Add the new template to Lightroom print Module and name it for future use

So next time you want this print layout, just select your custom Template from “Template Browser” and add photos. How is that for a time saving feature?

Lightroom Print Module

Name and save your customized template

Happy printing with Lightroom’s Print Module!  As always, if you have any questions we love to hear from you. Check our Upcoming Classes for Lightroom Workshop. Lightroom workshop is developed for beginners to intermediate users. You can also contact us for Private Classes if you wish to learn faster and in your customized topics and timing.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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Photoshop Layers Tutorial

Photoshop Layers tutorial

The Importance of Photoshop Layers

Photo Tip Friday February 27, 2015

Photoshop has many useful tools for editing and one of the most powerful and important tools to understand is “Photoshop Layers”.

In this tutorial I am going to show you one way, from hundreds of possible examples, of how Photoshop Layers can make your image editing easier and less time consuming.

For this tutorial I am going to use an example of a client who wants you to remove the background of his portrait and change to another background. Here is how understanding Photoshop Layers can save you lots of time.

1-I opened the photo in Photoshop and used the QUICK SELECTION tool to select the person.

Photoshop Layers the most powerful tool for editing

Photoshop Layers the most powerful tool for editing

2-Select the MOVE tool and drag the photo to the new background by holding the mouse key. (Don’t let go of mouse key until you get to the background image)

Photoshop Layers allows you to work on separate images individually or in a group

Photoshop Layers allows you to work on separate images individually or in a group

3-Now you see that you have two layers in the right hand panel. Select the background layer and select CROP tool to crop the background. Then go FILTER > BLUR > Gaussian Blur. In next window start to adjust the blur to your liking. In this photo I set it around 5 pixels.

In Photoshop Layers you can use filters for each layer individually

In Photoshop Layers you can use filters for each layer individually

Photoshop Layers in photo editing

Photoshop Layers in photo editing

3-Now you can move the background around to select the part that you prefer.

in Photoshop Layers you can move and modify each layers individually

in Photoshop Layers you can move and modify each layers individually

4-I thought it would be nice to make two photos/looks for the client, one with daytime and one with nighttime background. Since I am using Photoshop Layers I can easily drop another photo to the background and without any more editing I can have the second version done in no time!

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Do you want to learn more about the layers?

Our Photoshop Layers and Mask workshop is scheduled for April 16 and 17. Follow the link below to register for this fun and exciting workshop.

Photoshop Layer and Mask Workshop

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Lightroom Smart Collections

Lightroom Smart Collections

Practical uses of Lightroom Smart Collections

Photo Tip Friday December 19, 2014

One of the most exciting features of Lightroom is its ability to help you organize your digital photos. Lightroom Smart Collections is a powerful tool for organizing images without duplicating them. There are two types of collections in Lightroom: Regular Collections and Smart Collections.

Lightroom Regular Collections:

Regular Collections are collections you populate with photos you choose to put in them. Images remain in these collections until you remove them. Regular Collections are very useful when you want to group images for a particular reason. For example you want to create an album for Jane and John’s wedding. You can create a Collection and populate all their wedding photos within this collection and when you are done with the project you simply remove the collection.

Lightroom Smart Collections:

Smart Collections are populated according to filters which you define to identify images you want to add in that collection. For example, a Smart Collection might be defined as 5 star images which have keywords which include the words “Jane and John’s Wedding”.

Lightroom Smart Collections are dynamic so if an image no longer matches the filter you have defined for that Smart Collection it will be removed automatically from it. Likewise, newly imported or edited images which fulfill the criteria will be added automatically to that Smart Collection.

Lightroom Smart Collections Vs regular collections

Lightroom Smart Collections Vs regular collections

Let’s take a closer look at some practical aspects of using Lightroom Smart Collections.

How to create Smart Collection:

In Lightroom Library go to collection and click on “+” sign to add a Smart Collection.

Add Lightroom Smart Collection by clicking the + sign

Add Lightroom Smart Collection by clicking the + sign

How to set filters or rules for Smart Collection:

Here is the most important part of creating a Smart Collection: you should set the rules or filters precisely to narrow down the images to just those you need for your project. In this example I wanted to see all the photos I took with my iPhone and had the keywords “Workshop”. I set the first rule as the “Camera” and by clicking on “+” sign I added another rule which is “Contain Keyword Workshop”.

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Add rules or filters to Smart Collections

Add rules or filters to Smart Collections

You can add as many filters as you need to refine the list of images inside the Smart Collection.

What do you mean by “Smart Collections are dynamic”?

As you set the filters, Lightroom Smart Collections monitors the Library and as soon as the rules apply to a photo, Lightroom Smart Collections will add the photo to this collection for you. Or as soon as any photo inside the Smart Collection loses one of the filters, it will be removed from the collection!  It’s like having an assistant working along side you, adding or removing content as you go!

Lightroom Smart Collections brows your image Library and picks up the images that contain the filters

Lightroom Smart Collections brows your image Library and picks up the images that contain the filters

For instance you create a Smart Collections and set the filters as “Rated 5 stars, Year 2014, Lens 24-70” and – Voila!  All the photos you took in 2014, rated with 5 stars and taken with the 24-70mm lens will be included in this Smart Collection!

Lightroom Smart Collections are dynamic.

Lightroom Smart Collections are dynamic.

I hope you enjoyed this tip about working with collections. If you want to learn more about Lightroom 5 join us for our Lightroom Techniques workshops in 2015, or inquire about private lessons which tailor the learning to the techniques you are most interested in.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team


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Creating a Beautiful Photoshop Pencil Drawing

Creating a Beautiful Photoshop Pencil Drawing 

Photoshop Tutorials

Photo Tip Friday, July 11, 2014

This week’s tutorial is about creating a beautiful Photoshop pencil drawing. There are times that you want to create something different or perhaps experiment with something new, stretching your artistic vision to the next level. Adobe Photoshop provides plenty of tools for you to explore digital art and extend your artistic vision to a new horizon.

Photoshop is not just about cleaning the image or making some enhancements; it shows your creativity and unique perspective of art.  A few months ago, I wrote an article about Colourize Black and White Photos in Photoshop. For this tutorial, I will show you an easy way to create a pencil drawing from a digital photograph.

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Photoshop Pencil Drawing can take your artistic vision to the next level

Photoshop Pencil Drawing can take your artistic vision to the next level.

You can even extend your creativity by adding background and texture to make the photo even more visually dynamic.

Original photo. It is a nice photo, but let's see what Photoshop can do to this photo

Original photo. It is a nice photo, but let’s see what Photoshop can do to this photo.

Adding Photoshop Pencil Drawing and a little texture created a whole new image!

Adding Photoshop Pencil Drawing and a little texture created a whole new image!

Let’s get started creating Photoshop Pencil Drawing:

1- Open an image in Photoshop

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2- Copy the Background Layer (In Mac Command + J and Windows Control + J)

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3- Select the Background Copy Layer (top Layer) and make an Adjustment Layer for Hue/Saturation, then make the Saturation to -100% (you will have a Black and White image)

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4- Now select the Background Copy Layer again and go to Blend Mode and select Colour Dodge

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5- While the Background Copy Layer is selected, go to IMAGE > ADJUSTMENTS>INVERT

At this point, you get an almost blank (white) page.

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6- Now go to FILTER> BLUR> GAUSSIAN BLUR and start adjusting the amount of Blur to your liking.

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8- Job is done! By adding a LEVELS Adjustment Layer, you can tweak the density of the image.

Photoshop Pencil Drawing tip

Photoshop Pencil Drawing tip

Have fun creating beautiful Pencil Drawings in Photoshop!

Did you know that our next Photoshop Bootcamp is scheduled for September 6?  If you enjoy exploring the many exciting possibilities of image editing, this hands-on class is for you.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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Create a Film Strip in Photoshop

Photoshop Tutorial

Create a Film Strip in Photoshop

Photo Tip Friday June 13, 2014

Photoshop can be very confusing if you don’t understand the tools and their functions. Our next Photoshop Bootcamp is coming up in September – be sure to check the course description for more info on how you will discover the hidden power of some popular tools.

One of the most neglected features in Photoshop is the “Transform” option. In this Photoshop Tutorial I am going to show you how to make a Film Strip and use this feature to create a 3D looking image.

Create a Film Strip in Photoshop

Create a Film Strip in Photoshop

 

1- Create a New canvas and select 800 pix for width, 600pix for height, 300 PPI, and Black background.

 

Create a new document

Create a new document

 

2- Copy Background layer and change the fill colour to White (Command/Control I)

Create a Film Strip in Photoshop

Create a Film Strip in Photoshop

 

3- Select the new layer and go to EDIT> FREE TRANSFORM (Command/Control T)

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4- Hold down OPTION/ALT key and drag the mid top handle down to around 70%

 

Free Transform and Hold down the OPTION key

Free Transform and Hold down the OPTION key

 

5- Do the same and drag the mid vertical handle to around 90%. You should have something like this image.

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6- You now have two layers one in black and the other one in white. Select both Layers and merge them together by going to LAYER> MERGE or (Command/Control E) to make a single Layer. Select all and copy this Layer in your clipboard (Command/ Control A, Command/Control C)

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7- Create another blank Layer to the size and background colour that you like.

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8- Paste the copied layer in to this new canvas (Command/Control V)

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9- Repeat the Paste to have another block.

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10- Move them together to create a 2 cell block like the image below

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11- Now select both layers for the cells and merge them together

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12- Now you have a 2 cell block in one layer. Copy it and Paste it in to a new layer. You should have something like this image

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13- Move to blocks together and create a 4cell block and then merge the layers to make one Layer. Go to QUICK SELECTION tool and Click on one of the white cells inside the frame, hold down the Shift key and click on each of them to select all the white colour cells. Now press DELETE to remove the white colour and make them Transparent

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14- For ease of seeing the effect I changed the Background colour to Blue

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15- Select the ERASER tool and go to Brush size and select Square Brushes and then select the last square brush (Choose the largest one)

 

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16- Adjust the size of the brush to fit the black strip nicely. Then go to Brush Property Panel then select BRUSH TIP SHAPE, then go to SPACING and set the value to around 300.

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17- With ERASER tool selected, one click at the far left hand side of top black strip, then hold down the Shift key and one click at the far right hand side of the strip. Do the same thing for bottom strip as well.

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18- Copy and paste images that you want to use inside each frame. You need to resize them as well. I use FREE TRANSFORM for each layer to adjust them. Now you get this image

 

Create a Film Strip in Photoshop is easy and fun

Create a Film Strip in Photoshop is easy and fun

 

19- The image are on top of the strip layer, we have to reverse it by selecting layer with the strip and move it above all the other layers.

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20- Now select all the layers (I usually do not select the background layer as I may want to change the colour later) and merge them together.

 

Film Strip template created in Photoshop

Film Strip template created in Photoshop

 

21- Now the film strip is ready you can move it, rotate it, resize it, etc. Use your creativity and imagination!

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22- You can change the background colour or add more 3D effects by using different tools

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That’s all for this week. If you want to learn more about Photoshop, register for our Photoshop Bootcamp today! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

 

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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Photoshop tutorials

How to create a digital backdrop in Photoshop Elements or CC

Photo Tip Friday February 21, 2014

We all know how important it is to shoot portraits against a nice backdrop. But we may not always have access to different colours or patterns for backdrops. Thanks to digital capture and editing processes, we can create our very own customized backdrop in Photoshop Elements or CC in no time. For those of you who haven’t yet worked out how and have been searching for the answer – please read on!

There are many ways to create backdrops and one of the most popular is the canvas Old Master style. Photoshop Elements and CC has a quick and easy way to create one of these using the “Render Clouds” filter.

First create a new canvas and make it a suitable size: I chose 18×12, with 300 DPI resolution (most of my images are at 300 DPI). You may want to name the file too; I named it Canvas BG.

Open a New document

Open a New document

Next select a foreground and background colour you would like to use. I’ve gone for a medium orange brown, with brown as the background. Neutral colours are best, with brown, gray or blue being the most popular choices in the canvas world. But there is virtually any number of colours and you only have to use them once, so be creative if you like. Just make sure the background colour you choose matches/compliments your subject.

Select Background and Foreground colours

Select Background and Foreground colours

 

Once you have selected your two colours go to Filter>Render>Clouds and the canvas will turn like this.

Render Cloud Filter in Photoshop

Render Cloud Filter in Photoshop

 

Now at this stage I feel the pattern is too tight and fussy. The easiest way around this is to stretch the clouds over the canvas by making them larger.

Go to Select>All and then to Image>Transform>Perspective.

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This puts a frame around the picture with squares in each corner and centre of each edge. Drag these outward to make the frame bigger than the canvas. So you can see what you are doing reduce the photo on the Photoshop desktop by clicking on the minus (-) key while holding down the Command/Ctrl key. Then as you drag you can still see the corners of the transform box. If you do perspective to an irregular shape (as seen below) you’ll see the cloud pattern change.

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Mine now has a diagonal wave to it. You can also use this tip to create clouds when you want to improve a boring landscape sky.

Well that’s another simple technique explained. Just one last thing: you don’t have to stay with the colour you selected in the first stage. If you like your cloud pattern and would prefer a different colour go to Hue/Saturation and adjust the hue slider until you get what you want.

You can also make the background smoother by blurring. In the example on the far right I’ve applied Filter>Blur>Radial Blur set to zoom mode.

Now it is time to add the photo.

I found this image interesting but the background is a little too busy.

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I quickly selected the subject and refined the edges (Yes we teach these techniques in our Photoshop Bootcamp classes).

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Drag and drop the image onto my custom canvas backdrop and the job is done!

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If desired I can go to Curve adjustment and fine tweak the layers as needed.

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And now you have another technique for your editing tool box of ideas.

If you want to learn more about Photoshop Elements or CC please join us for our upcoming Photoshop Bootcamp. Add your name here and as soon as we schedule the Bootcamp we will send you all the information.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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Lightroom Map

Lightroom Map Tutorial

Photo Tip Friday January 3, 2014

Happy New Year folks and let’s make 2014 a “Photo Organizing” year!

As a photographer I always use keywords and tagging for my images, two simple steps which makes finding images a breeze. You may have thousands of images in your hard drives and when you want to select some images for your projects, it can be time consuming to find the photos you are looking for. Key words and tagging are very helpful, but what if you are searching for images from a particular location regardless of the keywords? What if you key worded all of your images as “Abbotsford” but now you are looking for images from “Fish Trap Creek Park” in Abbotsford? Or you key worded your images as a trip to Bellingham and there are hundreds of images but you are searching for images you took in one of the parks and you can not remember the name of the park?

Your camera may not have a GPS unit, neither does mine, but thanks to Lightroom Map module you can geo-tag your images and make searching images more fun!

One of my resolutions for 2014 is to geo-tag all of my photos and in this tutorial you will see how easy and fast you can do it by utilizing Lightroom’s Map module.

-Open Lightroom and go to Map Module

Lightroom Map Module makes Geo-tagging very simple

Lightroom Map Module makes Geo-tagging very simple

-In search box type the location; Google and Lightroom will find the location for you

Type the name or address of a specific location in Lightroom Map search box

Type the name or address of a specific location in Lightroom Map search box

 

-From the Filmstrip select all photos that belong to this location

Lightroom Map Finds the location and Pinned it for adding images

Lightroom Map Finds the location and Pinned it for adding images

 

-Drag and drop the images to the location

Lightroom map finds the location using Google Map

Lightroom map finds the location using Google Map

 

-Job is done. Lightroom has added the location to Metadata for you!

Drag selected images to Lightroom Map

Drag selected images to Lightroom Map

 

In this example I took some amazing photos in Bellingham Washington a few years ago. I key worded them with many keywords, but there were some photos taken in a park and I could not remember the name or address of that park. Lightroom Map Module makes it very easy for me to find the exact location! Here how it works:

In Lightroom Library find the images to add Geo-tag

In Lightroom Library find the images to add Geo-tag

-I typed Bellingham WA in search box and Lightroom showed me the map

In Lightroom Map search box type the general address

In Lightroom Map search box type the general address

 

-Then I zoomed to the map (Satellite view) to see the lake and the park that I was searching for

 

-I selected the images and dragged them to the location

Zoom in Lightroom Map to find the exact location

Zoom in Lightroom Map to find the exact location

 

-I can even go farther and spread them into different part of the location

 

-Lightroom Map added the exact Geo-tag to the selected pictures!

Lightroom Map adds Geo-tag to Metadata

Lightroom Map adds Geo-tag to Metadata

 

That is all for now. Stay tuned for more Photo Tip Friday.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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Quick Portrait Editing

Just a note to remind you that our Quick Portrait Editing Techniques class is coming up on the weekend. In this class, you will learn the most important areas to focus your attention, when editing a portrait. This class will also simplify and speed up your work flow, so that you get great results with minimal effort. Taking the photo is the first step, but editing your photo well will make it shine! (Thanks to Anita, from Perfect Moments Photography, for her awesome photos)

A great photo is a great start...

A great photo is a great start…

Editing your photo with a few simple steps can really make a difference!

Editing your photo with a few simple steps can really make a difference!

 

We work in both Photoshop CS versions, as well as Elements versions.

Don’t forget to register quickly so that we can reserve your seat!

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