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Using the Painter Tool to Add Keywords

In Uncategorized on January 29, 2009 at 4:24 pm

There are many ways to add keywords to images in Lightroom, but one of my favorites is to spray them on with the Painter tool.  It is quick, and even fun.

In the Library module, click on the paint tool in the toolbar below the grid:


In the Painter options bar that appears, choose Keywords from the drop down to the right of Paint:, and type the keyword or keywords (with commas separating them) in the text box.  I will apply the keywords father and Joe Smith.

Entering Keywords to Paint

Entering Keywords to Paint

Now simply click on image thumbnails in the grid that you want the keywords to be applied to.

If you hover over an image that you have already applied the same keywords to, the cursor will change from a paint can to an eraser.  Clicking on the image again  will remove the keywords that you painted on.

When you are done painting, put the painter tool away by clicking Done at the right in the options bar, or in the empty circle to the far left.

You can also paint on labels, flags, ratings, metadata templates, develop setting presets, rotation and target collection assignment.  Choose in the dropdown instead of Keywords, and select any options.



Lightroom 2.2 Issues and 2.3 Fixes

In Uncategorized on January 26, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Have you experienced crashes in  LR 2.2  that you didn’t experience before?  Many have complained about memory leaks and other issues.    Adobe has announced that  LR 2.3 will address the following:

  • In the Windows 64-bit version of Lightroom an sFTP upload process could cause Lightroom to crash.
  • Slideshows could return to the first image randomly during playback.
  • A memory leak could cause Lightroom to crash while attempting to process files with local adjustments.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mk II sRAW files could process with artifacts in Lightroom 2.2.
  • Lightroom 2.2 could cause disc burning to fail for Windows customers.

It hasn’t been released officially, but you can download the  early-version “release candidate” if the issues are holding you back and you want to  move to 2.3 early.  According to Adobe, “The ‘release candidate’ label indicates that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers. The Lightroom team would like the community to help verify the quality of this update through normal usage as this will ensure that the application is tested on a diversity of hardware and software configurations not available internally at Adobe.”

No word on when the official version will be released.

To upgrade, go to adobe labs.

Two Button Printing in Lightroom

In Uncategorized on January 19, 2009 at 11:23 pm

Check out my post over on O’Reilly Digital Media’s Inside Lightroom blog on the miracle of two button printing in Lightroom.    If you have been printing in Photoshop, you will be amazed at how you can streamline your printing  process.

Selective Black and White

In Uncategorized on January 15, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Take advantage of Lightroom 2’s  (or Camera Raw’s) adjustment brush to create images that are part black and white and part color.

I will start with the color image below, and convert all of it to black and white except the poster and the can.



In the Develop module, click on the adjustment brush tool (shortcut K).

Adjustment Brush Settings

Adjustment Brush Settings

Slide the Saturation slider all the way to -100.

Make sure all the other settings sliders, such as Exposure, are at zero.

Set your  brush density and flow are set to 100, so that you fully desaturate when you paint.  Adjust your brush size with the Size slider or the left and right bracket keys [ and ].   Now paint over all that you want to be black and white (all but the can and poster for me.)   Adjust your brush size as needed.   To paint with more precision, zoom in and out with Ctl/Cmd + and Ctl/Cmd – or with the Navigation Panel.     If you painted over an area you didn’t mean to, click on Erase  or hold down the alt/option key to get the eraser brush, and  paint to erase.

When you are finished, put the adjustment brush away by clicking on it again or typing K.




PS:  Yes, I wish I had turned the can around before photographing this!

Getting Rid of the Winter Blues

In Uncategorized on January 7, 2009 at 12:30 pm

In overcast conditions, your images may have a blue color cast, as does this great snowman image shot by my friend Debbie Espinosa. It was shot with the camera on daylight white balance, so the camera did not adjust for the bluish color that overcast light has. What the image “should” look like is subjective. Blue suggests cold, so you may like it as is. Or you may prefer it to be more neutral.

Blue color cast

Before: Blue color cast

If you prefer it more neutral, the first way of achieving this is to photograph the subject with your camera white balance set to cloudy. If you haven’t done this, after photographing you can also adjust the white balance in Lightroom. There are three main ways to go about this, all using the white balance section:

1. From the white balance drop down menu, choose cloudy or shade, depending on which looks better to you. Both of these add yellow to adjust for overcast blue light.
2. Use the temperature (Temp) slider: slide it to the right to add yellow, which is the opposite of blue and therefore counteracts it.
3. Click on the white balance tool to select it, and then click on the snow in the image. Lightroom will calculate what color it needs to add to the image to make the area you selected completely color-neutral (i.e. white or grey).

4. Any combination of these methods. For example, you can use the white balance tool to get the image technically neutral, and then adjust the temperature slider to fine tune the white balance for visual appeal.

Adjusted with the White Balance Tool

Adjusted with the White Balance Tool

If you shot many images under the same conditions, fix the first one, then copy your solution to all your other images:

  • Click the Copy button at the bottom of the left panel in the Develop module
  • Check None to deselect all settings
  • select White Balance
  • Click Copy
  • Highlight all of your other images
  • Click Paste (next to Copy)

You can also accomplish the same with Synchronize or Auto Sync, if you prefer.

A couple other notes:

– The same white balance tools are available in Camera Raw.

– White balance correction works best on raw files, but you can also use the tools on jpegs and tiffs.