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Scott Kelby, author of the world's #1 bestselling Photoshop book, The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers, brings his same award-winning, step-by-step, plain-English style, look and feel to The Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers.
This groundbreaking new book doesn't just show you "which sliders do what" (every Lightroom book does that). This book takes you beyond that to reveal the secrets of the new digital photography workflow, and he does it using three simple, yet brilliant techniques that make this just an incredible learning tool:
#1) Throughout the book Scott shares his own personal settings and studio tested techniques he's developed using Lightroom for his own photography workflow since well before Adobe released even the first Beta version. He knows what really works, what doesn't, and he tells you flat out which tools to use, which to avoid, and why.
#2) The entire book is laid out in a real workflow order with everything step-by-step, so you can jump right in using Lightroom like a pro from the very start and sidestep a lot of productivity killing road blocks and time-wasting frustrations that might have tripped you up along the way.
#3) But what really sets this book apart from the rest, are the last two bonus chapters. This is where Scott visually answers his #1 "most-asked" Lightroom question, which is: "Exactly what order am I supposed to do things in, and where does Photoshop fit in?"
Scott teaches this in a manner we've never seen before in any book, by really showing every step of the entire process, from the initial shoot to the final prints. Both chapters start with an on-location photo shoot, including full details on the equipment, camera settings, and even the lighting techniques. You'll see it all as he takes the photos from each shoot (with you following right along using the very same images) all the way through the entire workflow process, to the final output of the 16x20" prints for the client. Plus, because he incorporates Adobe Photoshop seamlessly right into this workflow, you'll also learn some of his latest Photoshop techniques for portrait and landscape photography, which takes this book to a whole new level.
It's the first, and only book to bring the whole process together in such a clear, concise, and visual way. Best all, it's taught in Scott's trademark plain-English style that has won him legions of Photoshop fans around the world, and made him the #1 bestselling author of all computer books across all Computing and Internet categories since 2004.
If you're one of those people who learns best by actually doing the projects yourself; who learns best without all the complicated technical explanations and confusing jargon, and if you really want to start using Lightroom today to unlock the productivity secrets of "The new digital photography workflow,"----there is no faster, more "straight-to-the-point" or more fun way to learn than this groundbreaking new book, and you are absolutely going to love it!
Getting Your Photos Into Photoshop Lightroom
Getting Your Photos Into Photoshop Lightroom 2
How to Automate the Importing of Photos by
Using a Watched Folder 15
Save Time By Creating Your Own File Naming Templates 17
Choosing Your Preferences for Importing Photos 22
Organizing Your Photos
The Best Way to View Your Photos 28
Making Your Own Custom Loupe View in the Library
or Develop Module 44
Sorting Your Photos 46
Creating Descriptive Names for Your Color Labels 57
Keeping Things Organized by Making Collections 59
Staying Organized by Assigning More Keywords 65
When To Use a Quick Collection Instead 72
Stay Organized By Grouping (Stacking) Similar Photos 74
Working With, and Adding to, Your Photos Embedded Metadata 81
If Your Camera Supports GPS, Prepare to Amaze Your Friends 87
Finding the Photos You Want, Fast! 89
Adding Your Studios Name and Logo for a Custom Look 93
The Hidden Power of the Filmstrip 97
Renaming Photos Already on Your Computer 98
Moving Photos and How to Use Folders 100
Working with Multiple Libraries 104
How to Automatically Back Up Your Database 108
Changing Those Ornaments Below the Last Panel 110
CHAPTER 3 113
Making Minor Adjustments
Doing Quick Fixes to Photos Right within the Library Module 114
How to Apply that Same Fix to a Bunch of Other Photos 123
Saving Your Quick Developed Photos as JPEGs 125
CHAPTER 4 129
How to Develop Your Photos
Setting Your White Balance in the Develop Module 130
Making the Essential Adjustments 136
Taking the Changes You Made to One Photo and
Applying Them to Others 148
The No Risk Way to Try Different Versions of Your Photo 150
Using the Tone Curve to Add Contrast 152
Seeing Before/After Versions While You Edit 158
Saving Your Favorite Settings as Presets 160
Boosting (or Reducing) Individual Colors 164
Using Auto Sync to Fix Lots of Photos at Once 170
Importing Develop Module Presets from Someone Else 171
When to Jump to Adobe Photoshop, and How and
When to Jump Back 172
Saving Your Photos as JPEGs, TIFFs, PSDs, or DNGs 180
How to Email Photos From Photoshop Lightroom 184
CHAPTER 5 189
Correcting Digital Camera Dilemmas
How to Undo Any Change at Any Time 190
Sharpening and Reducing Noise 194
Fixing Chromatic Aberrations (a.k.a. That Annoying Color Fringe)196
Removing (or Adding) Edge Vignetting 198
Cropping and Straightening 200
The Ultimate Way To Crop 206
Basic Camera Calibration in Photoshop Lightroom 207
Great Trick for Dust Spotting Your Photos 209
Removing Spots and Other Nasty Junk 210
Removing Red Eye 216
Adding Photoshop Automation to Your Lightroom Workflow 218
CHAPTER 6 225
Converting from Color to Black and White
Basic Black and White
(The One-Click Solution Using Quick Develop) 226
Better Black and White By Doing It Yourself 232
Adding a Split Tone Effect to Your Black-and-White Photos 238
CHAPTER 7 245
Sharing Your Photos Onscreen
Making an Instant Slide Show 246
Slide Show Essentials
(Plus How to Get the Right Photos Into Your Slide Show) 248
Customizing the Look of Your Slides 252
Using a Photo as Your Slide Background 260
Saving Your Custom Slide Show as a Template 262
Adding Music and Choosing Your Playback Options 264
Emailing Your Slide Show 268
CHAPTER 8 271
Printing Your Photos
Printing Made Really, Really Easy 272
Adding Text to Your Print Layouts 278
Printing Multiple Photos on One Page 282
The Final Print Settings and Color Management 290
Adding Cool Frame Borders to Your Prints 296