Lesson 24Creating Sepia with Lightroom

We are going to use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom just as we did in Lesson 1.6 in Chapter 1. To start off, if you haven't used Lightroom before, you must first import your image(s) into Lightroom as shown in Figure 1.20 (in Chapter 1). This brings the image into the Library module. Next, move over to the Develop module by clicking on Develop at the top, using the top menus, or using the shortcut OpenApple+D (Mac) or Ctrl+D (PC). This is shown in Figure 1.20.

Once you have the image open in the Develop module, it will look like Figure 1.21 (still in Chapter 1). If your screen looks different, you can open and close the side panels and the top and bottom panels by clicking on the little triangle arrow on all four sides. That will either open or close the panels. Once you have the Develop panels open on the left side of the screen, open the Navigator and the Presets panels. Next, hover your mouse over some of the presets and notice that the image in the Navigator in the top panel changes to show you a preview (see Figure 2.12). To get a sepia tone, choose one of these Presets: Creative-Antique Grayscale, Creative-Antique Light, or Creative-Sepia.

Figure 2.12 Hovering the mouse over a preset on the left side of the screen shows what it will look like in the Navigator (above left) without changing the image.

Figure 2.13 The image converted to sepia. Notice the blown highlights that will be corrected in the next step.

Now that you have the preset selected, click on it, and it applies to your image. Any adjustments that you made earlier have been reset. Now you can adjust the grayscale tones in the Grayscale Mix Panel on the right just as was done in Lesson 1.6. It should have opened automatically when you clicked on the preset. You can also use the other adjustments such as the Tone Curve preset to bring back some of the blown highlights seen in Figure 2.13.

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Figure 2.14 shows the Tone Curve being dragged down a bit to bring back the blown highlights in Figure 2.13. If you want to change the color of your sepia image, perhaps to make it a bit less yellow for example, open the Split Toning Panel on the right and move the Hue slider. In Figure 2.15, it is moved to add more red to the image.

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Figure 2.14 shows the Tone Curve being dragged down a bit to bring back the blown highlights in Figure 2.13. If you want to change the color of your sepia image, perhaps to make it a bit less yellow for example, open the Split Toning Panel on the right and move the Hue slider. In Figure 2.15, it is moved to add more red to the image.

Once you are finished, you can export the image so you can send it to your lab, edit it further in Photoshop, make a slide show, print it, or create a website page, all from Lightroom. For detailed instructions on any of these features, see Appendix B, "Resource List," for books to help you with that. If you like the mix that you created, you can save it as a preset by going to the top menu and selecting Develop > New Preset and checking the boxes in the pop-up menu to select the controls and functions that you want your preset to save. Then with future images you can just select the preset.

Figure 2.14 Correct the previous image by dragging the Tone Curve down a bit.

Figure 2.14 Correct the previous image by dragging the Tone Curve down a bit.

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