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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.
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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.

Step 1

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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