Have you ever felt the need for both a full-color and a black and white version of the same image? Have you ever wanted to make a second copy of your photograph that you can turn into a black and white masterpiece without leaving Adobe Photoshop Lightroom? If creating a duplicate–a second copy of your original capture–without leaving Lightroom is a mystery then this video tutorial is for you.
Today’s tutorial is not on the black and white conversion process. Lightroom’s black and white image controls are explained elsewhere. Today’s video explains how to create a second copy–an additional file that you can tune up any which way you like–through Adobe Photoshop Lightroom version 3′s Export controls. Today’s video is all about how to use the Export Dialog to create a second file and how to automatically add this new file back into your Lightroom Catalog!
Just in case you missed it in the video, here is a screenshot of the Export Dialog settings that I used to make this “roundtrip” process painless. What you won’t learn from the screenshot alone though is how to control the second file’s name, or how to turn the process into a powerful Export Preset. You have to watch the video to learn all these tricks!
For an alternative to this technique, consider using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Virtual Copies feature. Virtual Copies take up almost no disk space but they are stored only at the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Catalog level. Do not expect a Virtual Copy to survive if your Photoshop Lightroom Catalog gets lost or corrupted. Our Printing in Lightroom with Virtual Copies tutorial would be a good one to explore next. Sean McCormack over at www.pixiq.com also has a good article on Virtual Copies for Lightroom Beginners.
- Understanding Adobe Photoshop Lightroom’s Nondestructive Image Enhancement System
- Creating Email Ready Images Using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom’s Export Dialog
- Printing in Lightroom with Virtual Copies