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An Easier Way to Get Your Color in Lightroom

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2009 at 6:49 pm

You are designing a slideshow, and you want the background color to be a particular color from one of your images.  Or, you are designing a web gallery, and you want the background color to be the color on your website, or some other cool color you have found.  The question is, how do you find out what that color is, and tell Lightroom to use it?   A while back I wrote a post on using Photoshop to identify the color, and then specifying this color in Lightroom.   It turns out though, that there is an easier way — you can do it all within Lightroom.  This is why I love Lightroom more every day — it just continues to surprise me!

I will show you how to set a LR slideshow background color, and then I’ll talk about how to set other colors.

  • If you want a color from a web page or another document, size your Lightroom window and your web browser or document window so that both are visible on your monitor.  If instead you want a color from one of your images, have that image selected in the slideshow module.
  • In the LR slideshow module, click on the color swatch next to Background Color in the Backdrop panel.
Slideshow Background Color Color Swatch

Slideshow Background Color Color Swatch

  • This will open up the color palette.
Color Palette

Color Palette

  • So here’s the secret:  click inside the main color square (where the eyedropper is in the illustration above), hold, and drag the eyedropper out of the color palette and over into your image that you want to take the color from or your web page or other document.  As you drag, you will see that the slideshow background color changes to reflect what you are dragging over.  Let go when you have selected the color you want.
  • That’s it!  Notice that the color palette displays the Hex value of your color — if you want to use this exact color elsewhere, write down this hex value or copy it to the clipboard, and then type it in or paste it in elsewhere.

Of course this doesn’t just work for a slideshow background color, it works for any color setting in LR where you see a color swatch that opens up to a color palette — all the color settings in Web, Slideshow and Print, as well as the Color setting on the adjustment brush!

Now that is cool.   (Thanks to Matt K. at www.lightroomkillertips.com for pointing this out!)

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Painting with Color in Lightroom 2

In Uncategorized on December 1, 2008 at 2:54 am

If you have used the adjustment brush in Lightroom 2, you may have noticed that you have the ability to paint color on your image. After clicking on the adjustment brush to make it active, click on the color square next to the word Color to choose your color.

Adjustment Brush Color Setting

Adjustment Brush Color Setting

In this case I chose blue. Here is the image I am going to work on:

Before Painting

Before Painting

When I paint over the flower with blue, blue is added to the existing red, and the result is a bluish red:

Painting over the Flower with Blue

Painting over the Flower with Blue

What I really want to do is to replace the red with blue. Here’s the secret: in addition to selecting the color blue, I also reduce the adjustment brush saturation slider to -100.

Settings to Replace Color

Settings to Replace Color

Then the red is removed and I get what I want:

Painting with Blue AND Saturation of -100

Painting with Blue AND Saturation of -100

By the way, with auto mask turned on, painting over the flower with a large brush produced a very good selection of the flower, with just a few missing spots. I then turned off auto mask and painted in those missing spots. The auto mask check box is located right below the brush settings.

Adjustment brush settings are sticky, so next time you use the adjustment brush you will most likely still have your color selected. To unselect it, click on the color square, slide the slider down to 0%, and then close the color window.

What is that cool color? Find Out Using Photoshop

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2008 at 8:29 pm

I was creating a web gallery in Lightroom today for a friend, and I wanted it to look as consistent with her website as possible in terms of colors and fonts. The issue I faced was how to determine what the website background color was. Here’s how to do it:

  • Open up Photoshop, open any image and make sure you have the background layer highlighted in the layers palette.
  • Resize the Photoshop window so that the web page (or any other document) you want the color from is next to it.
  • Grab the Eyedropper tool (shortcut I), click anywhere in the image, and then drag over onto the web page color you want. As you drag around, you will see that the foreground color in Photoshop’s tool palette changes to reflect the color you are over. Let go when you have sampled the color you want.
  • Click on the foreground color swatch in the tool palette to open the Color Picker dialog. Write down the 6 digit hexadecimal color code (circled below):
Photoshop Color Picker Dialog Box
Photoshop Color Picker Dialog Box

Here is how to use the color in a Lightroom web gallery:

  • In the Web module Color Palette, click on the background color, and when the color dialog box opens, click in the hex box and type the new number in. That’s it!
Changing a Lightroom Web Gallery Color
Changing a Lightroom Web Gallery Color

Once you have your web gallery designed, don’t forget to create a template, so that you can use the design again without having to start over from scratch. More on that in another post.