Lesson 42Starting with a Color Image in 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. To make it easy to make multiple variations, create a virtual copy (Photo > Create Virtual Copy). Select your new copy. Next, move over to the Develop module by clicking on Develop at the top, using the top menus, or by using the shortcut OpenApple (Cmd)+D (Mac) or Ctrl+D (PC). This is shown in Figure 1.20 (also in Chapter 1).

Once you have the virtual copy open in the Develop module, select the Antique Grayscale preset in the left side panel. Now you have Figure 4.3. Notice how washed out it is. In the right panels, open Tone Curve. If there are no right panels showing, click on the triangle on the right to make them appear. Put your cursor up on the curve. If you move to the right of the curve, you can adjust Highlights and Lights. As your cursor moves to the right, you can see the word Lights become highlighted, and the section of the curve affected is highlighted along with the possible adjustment range. In this case, drag the curve down as shown in Figure 4.4. Move your cursor farther to the right until the word Highlights becomes brighter. Adjust this part of the curve as well. Look at the result in Figure 4.5.

Figure 4.3 The color image with the Antique Grayscale preset applied.

Figure 4.3 The color image with the Antique Grayscale preset applied.

Figure 4.5 The highlights are being adjusted. Note that the word Highlights is brighter, and the area around that section of the curve is lighter.

Basic Tone Curve


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Camera Calibration

You now have a sepia image showing. Close all of the panels except the ones on the right by clicking on the various little triangles. Only the panels on the right should be visible. Open the HSL/Color/Grayscale Panel and close the other panels. Click on the word All next to the colored boxes in the HSL/Color/Grayscale Panel, and all of the colored sliders should show at the same time. Click on the word Color in the panel title. Now it should look like Figure 4.6. Adjust the Saturation sliders to zero (all the way to the left). Now adjust them one at a time very slightly to the right according to your taste. This will give the colors the soft pastel look that was described earlier but keep most of the sepia tone.

You can see in Figure 4.7 that all of the Saturation slider values are different from each other and are just done by eye. Only the Red, Orange, Yellow, and Green saturation sliders were moved because those are the predominate colors in this image. A different image could perhaps require you to move different sliders for different predominate colors. If you lose all of the sepia tone while you are adjusting the saturation, just go back to the sepia version and export the image to Photoshop (Photo > Edit in Photoshop) for the hand-coloring portion. In that case, follow Step 3 in Lesson 4.1.

Figure 4.6 Opening the HSL Panel and clicking on Color produces this figure.

Figure 4.6 Opening the HSL Panel and clicking on Color produces this figure.

Figure 4.7 Moving just the Red, Orange, Yellow, and Green saturation sliders slightly to the right adds a bit of pastel color back into the image.
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