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Adding Photoshop Automation to Your Lightroom Workflow

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Here's a great timesaver from Scott Kelby: Create a sharpening action in Photoshop, save it as a droplet, and then use that droplet in Lightroom as an export action. Sound interesting? It is, and it's easy.

With all the marvelous things Photoshop Lightroom does, one thing it really doesn’t do is professional-level image sharpening. That’s something for which we still have to jump over to Adobe Photoshop. However, if you don’t mind spending just a few minutes in Photoshop now, you can make this process almost fully automated from here on out, which will save loads of time in your daily workflow.

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We start this process in Adobe Photoshop, so go ahead and open a photo in Photoshop that could use some sharpening. (I have an example in Figure 1.) We’re going to create an action here in Photoshop. Photoshop’s Actions feature is basically a step recorder that records your steps as you perform a particular task. Once you’ve recorded your action, you can apply that recording (those same steps) to a different photo automatically—and much faster, which is why actions are ideal for repetitive tasks such as sharpening.

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