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“Edit in” or “Open as Smart Object” in Photoshop?

Unless you’ve a good reason, I would always choose Open as Smart Object. Good reasons might be you’re running out of hard drive space, or you have an earlier version of Photoshop than your version of Lightroom. OK, now why? I tend to assume there’s a fair chance you’ll want to fine tune the raw […]

Will Lightroom ever get away from this modal hangup?

It might, but I wouldn’t bet on it. I know “modal” is a loaded word in Mac-land, but these are “modules” and more akin to the workspaces you see in Photoshop than they are to nasty unMaclike modality. They’re dedicated to tasks like adjusting or organising, and help you focus on the task in hand […]

How should I set up the Spot healing brush?

Activate the Spot Healing brush and then in the toolbar below the image choose “Auto”. This means that when the cursor is over the image, the circles will display. When you move the cursor out of the image area, they won’t.

Why isn’t history in the xmp metadata?

Lightroom’s Develop History panel is a log of all the work done on an image but it’s never written to xmp because: To hide it from prying eyes. If you send files to a client, the edit history can disclose your clever methods or your time-wasting incompetence to the client LR’s history data is of […]

Why should I use keywords and not folders for organization?

QWhy should I use keywords and not folders for organization? AOne problem here is what you mean by “organize” – use the word “categorize” or “group” instead. Of course folders should be organized, in the sense of not being a mess, but it’s best think of folders purely in terms of ensuring the physical safekeeping […]

Avoiding Lightroom’s backup?

Q: Can I avoid using Lightroom’s backup routine and have my backup software do it? A The answer is yes, you can, but…. If you rely on backup software and target your actual Lightroom catalogue you are taking some risk that the catalogue may be open when the scheduled backup kicks in. There’s a faint […]

How do you copy adjustments from one image to others?

How do you copy adjustments from one image to others? There are three main methods: Select the image you’ve just corrected. PC: Ctrl Shift C / Mac: Cmd Shift C copies the settings Tick Check None Tick only the adjustments you want. Select other picture(s) and PC: Ctrl Shift V / Mac: Cmd Shift V. […]

What are the delimiters for typing in hierarchical keywords?

How do you manually type in multiple keywords so they are added to an existing keyword hierarchy rather than being concatenated into a new and unwanted keyword?   Is it some sort of delimiter character? Use either the pipe “|” or the greater than “>” symbol, depending on which way round you want to type:  “|” […]

What’s the best way to convert to B&W?

What is the best way to make pictures black and white? Go to the B&W panel in Develop’s right hand side and activate the targeted adjustment tool. That’s the little button at the top left of the B&W panel. It makes the cursor look like a pair of arrows which you can drag on the […]

How do I move my images to a new hard drive?

How do I move my images to a new hard drive? In most cases, it’s actually quite simple: In your Lightroom catalogue, in the Folders panel’s header, click the + and choose Add Folder. You should see a dialog box headed “Choose or Create New Folder”. Navigate to the new drive and click the New […]

How do I migrate from Extensis Portfolio to Lightroom?

While Extensis is good at exporting all metadata, importing data into Lightroom is liable to be the problem. Lightroom has no built-in tool to import text data, though there is a plug-in called LRTransporter, and I have ListView. Even with these plug-ins, you require a fair amount of skill and patience, and will have to […]

My Lightroom catalogue is in a mess. Should I start from scratch?

No. Leave existing stuff as it is – sort it out later when you find such things easy – and add keywords to these images. New stuff, get it in a simple date based folder structure as described. Do include the date at the start of folder and filenames using a convention like YYYYMMDD. You […]

How to make Flash galleries show more than 500 pictures?

You need to modify the Flash template. This is at Windows: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.x\Shared\webengines\default_flash.lrwebengine Mac: Applications\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop Lightroom [version]\Shared\webengines\default_flash.lrwebengine Copy that lrwebengine to Windows: C:\Users[user]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\LightroomWeb Galleries Mac: [user]\Library\Application Support\Adobe\LightroomWeb Galleries Open the file galleryInfo.lrweb in a text editor. Notepad is fine on Windows, or TextEdit on Mac where you may need to right […]

How do you enable Auto Sync in Library?

AutoSync mode in Library means that metadata changes apply to all the selected images, and is normally enabled by clicking a switch in the right panel (F8). But what if that switch isn’t visible? It took me a while to figure this out, but the switch is only visible when you are in Loupe view […]

Why are colours different in Flash galleries

It’s because the Flash gallery’s SWF (the Flash file) isn’t colour managed. Flash does now support colour management.  But the SWF would have to be ActionScript3 (the version in Lightroom is AS2) You also have to consider what the person viewing your site is using. Assuming the visitor isn’t using a Flash-hobbled device like an […]