Today’s found on the net article is by my friend Julieanne Kost. In it, she details shortcuts an techniques for getting the most out of Photoshop’s crop tools. Give it a read.
Rikk Flohr © 2017
Here’s a quick tutorial from the Lightroom Coffee Break series featuring Ben Warde.
One of the great things about applications on the web is that they can iterate faster than a mobile device application and much faster than a desktop application. That is why you often see advances moving more quickly in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom ™ for the web than you do in ‘for mobile’ and ‘for desktop’. For the bolder folks in the crowd, Adobe offers the ability to turn on Technology Previews where you can kick the tires on various features before they are released to the masses.
If you have an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, you have access to Lightroom for web. Go to http://lightroom.adobe.com and log in with your Adobe ID. All of your previously synced pictures will appear along with some other goodies. (1) if you click on the Lightroom icon in the upper left, you will see a menu with options appear. (2) Technology Previews appears on this list. Click it.
Here, you will find a list of available Technology Previews you can activate and test out in your mobile workflow. On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, Adobe made available a new web-based feature called Suggested Crop. Click on the box and then on Apply Changes. Now, when you invoke the edit command on an image in Lightroom for web, you will get the Suggested Crop feature.
Here’s a quick screen grab showing the location of the new tool in the web interface.
Zooming in, you can see that a group of suggested crops appear. Clicking on them will modify the existing crop on your image. Sometimes, more than one crop will be available at a particular aspect ratio so remember to click each button a couple of times. This is a new technology that is analyzing your image and attempting to give you aesthetically pleasing crops following classical rules while matching the aspect ratio you need. You can still crop as you have always done but now have this new tool as an alternative.
Because it is a work in progress, your feedback is very important. On the Technology Preview activation screen is a place to leave feedback. Please do so!
While Suggested Crop might not give you a better result than your careful tweaking and retweaking, it is worth considering for quick down-n-dirty crops to fit a specific ratio. Give it a try.
Rikk Flohr © 2016
If you are a Creative Cloud subscriber (perhaps to the Creative Cloud Photographer’s Program) and you have synced your images for use with Lightroom for Mobile on your Android or iOS devices, you now have access to Lightroom for Web too! That may be old news but…
New in Lightroom for Web are the develop tools you need to start fine-tuning your images.
For you Cropists in the crowd, you can now sync a file from your Lightroom for Desktop catalog to your Lightroom for Web. When you bring up an image in LR4W, you now have the option to edit these files within a web browser. Those edits will sync back to your desktop master catalog and all of your synced devices. How cool is that?
As you can see, my favorite tool, the Crop tool is now at your browser-based fingertips! Crop from anywhere and sync it throughout your Lightroom ecosystem.
Rikk Flohr © 2015
Then people wanted the details.
Unobtrusively, Adobe’s Lightroom for mobile and Photoshop Mix have integrated behind the scenes and given us a robust image solution that enables our Lightroom for mobile to Photoshop Mix and back to Lightroom for mobile workflow. This has long been the missing component. Sure, we could have an image in Lightroom for mobile and we could edit it quite nicely on our mobile device. We’ve been able to send that image to Photoshop Mix for a while now and tweak it a little further. Now, that tweaked result comes back to our Lightroom for mobile synced collections and, here’s the good part, ends up in our Lightroom Desktop catalog!
It starts with the raw capture. Here is a jellyfish from the Minnesota Zoo. It is a fairly unremarkable image of typical aquarium lighting and a standard subject. Imported into my Lightroom Desktop catalog, it was synced as part of the larger shoot so that I could edit down the shoot later. I liked this image and when I stumbled upon it while editing on my iPad in Lightroom for mobile, I processed it a bit.
The Lightroom for mobile image is a lot cooler and I was pretty happy with it. I didn’t like the amorphous splotches scattered about nor the two fluorescent tube highlights on the top of the jellyfish. Tapping Share in Lightroom for mobile and selecting Open In… I chose to send the image to Photoshop Mix.
Tapping the […] icon I was able to access the Content Aware Fill in Photoshop Mix and clean up those nagging areas and do some additional editing. Content Aware Fill is a server-based online tool which Adobe Photoshop Mix leverages. Using server-based functions it is possible to do things that the ordinary hand-held device lacks the power to accomplish. After finishing the edit in Photoshop Mix, you tap the Share icon and something interesting happens.
Not only can you go to your Photoshop Desktop, Behance and others, notice there is a Save to Lightroom option. This is the exciting part! Tapping Save to Lightroom sends the edited file back into Lightroom for mobile.
A new shared collection is created called Photoshop Mix. The result of my editing in Photoshop Mix was automatically saved here!
Tapping the thumbnail to go inside the collection, you can see the image (and all others returned to Lightroom for mobile from Photoshop Mix) and continue to edit it in Lightroom for mobile.
So – to recap… Lightroom Desktop – Sync to Lightroom for mobile – Edit in Photoshop Mix – Send result back to Lightroom for mobile – ????
You guessed it – it makes it all the way back to the Lightroom Desktop and integrates with your master catalog.
A pseudo device is created in your Folders panel resembling the devices for my iPhone, iPad and Android tablets. In this “Lightroom” device is the Imported photos folder containing my Photoshop Mix image that round-tripped through the Lightroom for mobile ecosystem.
The finished image, edited in Lightroom for mobile – continued in Photoshop Mix – finished in Lightroom for mobile. Edited solely on a mobile device – No Desktop editing required.
The power of our mobile device-based editing has taken a great step forward. The Lightroom ecosystem is rapidly becoming the hub around which our photography is centered. With companion apps like Photoshop Mix, with its great local tools and powerful server-based tools, we now have access to an unprecedented level of sophistication in our image editing. The best part of this is that it keeps our existing catalog workflow intact and allows us to continue our creativity when we wander far from our desktops.
Rikk Flohr © 2015