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Photoshop CS 6 and Lightroom 4

 A Photographer's Handbook  

 

    Photoshop is the premiere image processing software for today's digital imaging professional.  Lightroom is gaining recognition as the "go to" RAW image processor.  If you aren't familiar with either of these software programs, this book is for you.  If you are already using the programs, this book will offer tips and techniques to make your workflow more efficient.

 

    Photoshop has been central to my workflow for  more than a decade; only recently have I started using Lightroom 4.  There is always a learning curve when using a new, unfamiliar program.  This book flattens the learning curve downward to a manageable level.  Here you will find tips from setting Lightroom presets to final image output in Photoshop--using the two complimentary programs as part of a single workflow.  

 

     A great advantage to using Lightroom is creating and managing your image library.  Lightroom keeps track of your images and where they are located (computer or external hard drives).  Lightroom allows quick access to any photo in your library.  Images may be located by date, keywords or labels using Lightroom filters.  

 

    Lightroom and Photoshop are two programs that best work together; though I know photographers that use each program separately.  One, after discovering the intuitive controls and ease of Lightroom operation says he rarely uses any other program.  Lightroom is great in making global image adjustments (color, lighting, contrast, crop, straighten, noise reduction and sharpening).  A great aspect of Lightroom is that adjustments made on one image may be "synced" with other images shot under the same lighting and circumstances.  Also, these adjustments are made in Lightroom only, not to the actual image.  Images imported into Lightroom aren't physically moved; a record of the image, image location and Lightroom adjustments made are stored in the Lightroom image catalog.  These processing adjustments are applied when the image is exported.  No pixels are actually changed.  Adjustments are completely non-destructive (since they aren't applied to the actual image) and may be reset with the click of a mouse.  Don't like the look of the image upon output?  Click reset, and reprocess to image to something more pleasing.  Photoshop is best used for critical pixel adjustments on individual images.

 

    This book tells you how to do all these things.  It will simplify your photographic workflow.  You will use your time more effectively and efficiently.  I highly recommend this book.  

 

 

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