A short introduction to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4. This article simply explains what Photoshop Lightroom does, who it helps, and why this program might improve your photographic life.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a wonderful image management tool but this software does not automatically devise a well-reasoned mass data storage plan for you. The complexity of digital image storage doesn’t emerge until we have hundreds, or thousands, of images scattered around our hard drive. As the volume of images increases the need for organization and logical divisions between groups of photos climbs….
In the top left corner of the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Module Picker is an area called the Identity Plate. Taking control over this minor feature is easy and the results can be really helpful especially for novice Adobe Photoshop Lightroom users.
Both your digital images and your Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Catalog files can be moved from one drive to another drive. Moving your photos, or your Lightroom Catalog, from one disk to another is not a hard process. The big question though is what arrangement of these puzzle pieces best suits your needs?
How to create an alias, or a shortcut, that leads directly to your Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Catalog
There is a simple way to guarantee that the correct Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Catalog launches every time. Using an alias or a shortcut that points directly to your Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Catalog is a great way to avoid a common Photoshop Lightroom confusion.
Using a descriptive Adobe Photoshop Lightroom catalog name makes it easier to distinguish your catalog from the factory default. My catalog’s distinct name makes it easy for me to check that I am working in the right catalog just by glancing up at the top of my screen. Renaming your Adobe Photoshop Lightroom catalog is easy if you know which files need to be renamed and where they live inside of your computer. This short video tutorial demonstrates the entire process.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is not a hard program to figure out on your own, but there are some critical switches buried deep inside its preference menus. Preference menus are dull material in any program, but a wise man looks the under the hood before buying a used car.
So, you’ve heard that Lightroom 3 is out. You’ve read about some of the new features for professional photographers. You’re sold. Now it’s time to upgrade.
Lightroom is a very straightforward program but to use it properly you must rethink your entire workflow from initial capture all the way to final output. To really get your money’s worth, you need to rethink every step in your photographic routine and look for inefficiencies. We want to think everything through and setup ourselves up for long-term success from day one with Lightroom.
Getting Started: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom View Options Menu and Library Module Toolbar Customization
I released a whole bunch of tutorials recently on crucial parts of the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 setup process. The videos in this post are not nearly as important as the ones on building your catalog on an external hard drive or the ones on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Preferences Menus. Still, setting the View Options Menu up right and customizing the Library Module’s Tool Bar is a big help when you are new to the program.
Today’s article is all about the “Automatically write changes into XMP” switch which lives inside of the Metadata tab. When I teach classes, I call this the “happiness vs. unhappiness switch” and from the factory it is set to unhappiness! The good folks at Adobe make fantastic software, but they don’t always pick the best words for their buttons and knobs. “Automatically write changes into XMP” should have been labeled “Auto-Save.”
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Catalogs are easily moved from one hard drive to another. I demonstrate all of the steps involved in this process of moving an Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Catalog to another hard drive in this short video tutorial.
Keeping all of my images, and my Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Catalog, on the right type of external hard drive is the best way to meet my image storage needs. After much experimentation, I have come to rely on a professional-grade RAID-0 (stripped) external hard drive for my primary image storage.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom takes some of the best features from many other programs and combines them together to make a streamlined photographer’s workflow system. Photoshop Lightroom is a powerful image management tool with additional capabilities….