Lesson 131Neosymbolism Creating in Lightroom

This is the easiest way to adjust these images quickly. If you don't have Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, you can download a free 30-day trial at www.adobe.com. Check the computer requirements to make sure your computer is supported. If you don't want to use Lightroom or can't, Lesson 13.2 will show you how to adjust the images in Photoshop (or Elements). In this lesson we are using Lightroom 1.1.

As always in Lightroom, you first download your images to your computer and then import them into Lightroom. Once they are downloaded, use Grid (hit G) to view and select your favorite. Double-click on an image (or hit E) to see it larger in Loupe mode. Use the Pick tool (highlight the image and hit P) to select your favorites and Reject (hit X) those that are out of focus or not to your liking. To change your mind about an image, Unpick it (hit U). In the filmstrip at the bottom, use filters to select just your picks (click on the left flag) and those not yet flagged (the middle flag). As you reject images, they will disappear from the screen but not be deleted. Use Cmd/Ctrl+Z to undo any flagging mistakes. Figure 13.14 shows the filter flags. You can also use the colored labels or the stars to filter and select images. Flags are local and seen only in that folder or collection. Color labels, keywords, and rating stars are global and follow the image everywhere.

Figure 13.14 The filters are set by clicking on the flags. The left flag (filled in) is for picks. The middle flag (hollow) is for images without a flag. The right flag (with an X in it) is for rejected images. Select the two left flags, and the rejects will disappear from the screen as you reject them.

Select your favorite image and hit D to go to the Develop module. You can also open the Module Picker at the top if it isn't open by clicking on the small triangle at the top center. When the Module Picker opens, click on Develop. Now your image should look like Figure 13.15. Notice that the image does not fill the screen because it is so small (only 300K pixels).

Now comes the fun part. Drag the contrast to the right, usually as far as it will go. Then adjust Brightness and Blacks to taste. Increase the Vibrance and Saturation also and move Clarity about halfway up. Once that is all done, click on the image to make sure it is at 1:1.

Now adjust Noise Reduction and Sharpening. You have to be at 1:1 in order to see the effects of the Noise and Sharpening sliders. The final settings are shown in Figure 13.16. Now go back to the Library (press E and it will take you back to the Loupe mode in the Library) and then Export your image if it is done (Export button or File > Export, or Shift-Command-E) or edit in Photoshop if you want to do some

| Filter based on flag status |

retouching, in the gray background for example. To do that, select Photo > Edit in Photoshop (you will have two choices, depending on how you set your preferences). Figure 13.17 shows the final image before any retouching.

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