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Lightroom 2: Adobe has added two COOL new Tools

Posted by profiphotos on July 30, 2008

Just yesterday, Adobe released version 2 of Lightroom.  Having used the beta copy for a while I wasn’t really expecting anything new … until I downloaded and installed the final version.  WOW!  I am stoked.  I wasn’t really expecting anything as sopisticated as the Adjustment brush.  It’s kind of like an adjustment layer in Photoshop and a brush all rolled into one.  You can basically “dodge” and “burn” areas of a photo like in the good old days in the darkroom.  But it doesn’t end there.  You can also use the brush to edit the sharpness, clarity, colour, saturation etc. of your image.

Mask and Stroke Start Points used for Retouching

Here you can see the mask that was generated for the lightening of the eyes. The Lightroom settings on the right show that the masked area had an exposure increase of .81. The beauty is that once you have the masks defined with your strokes you can play with the settings until you get the look you like.

And if that’s not all Lightroom automagically builds a mask during your “brushing”.  Top that off with the fact that you can layer these effects (i.e. apply multiple instances of the brush to the image and you’ve got a kick-ass way of really touching up those trouble areas in your image.

Before Retouching

Before Retouching

After Lightroom Retouching.  In addition to brightening the eyes, I also used a second mask to darken the background a little bit.

After Lightroom Retouching. In addition to brightening the eyes, I also used a second mask to darken the background a little bit. A secondary mask was used on the eyes to increase the sharpness of the eyes and surrounding area but unfortunately on an image of this size the difference is nearly indiscernable. A slight colour temperature change rounded things off and made this dude into a cooler looking character.

I also had a quick look at the gradient filter tool which is also very useful in some situations.  Suppose you go out and shoot a sunset photo and the sky just isn’t dark enough and you’re kicking yourself for forgetting to use a gradient filter during the shoot.  No problem – do it in post.  Feathering, spread and everything else you could want is all built in.  Got the sky just right and the foreground could use a little lightening … no problem, just add another gradient filter to the lower portion of the image.  Again, all filters can be stacked and everything is completely reversible.

I’m currently working on a how-to video to show how this these tools work so I shouldn’t be spending a lot of time here in the lounge.  I’ll just update a few pics of the tools in action and then I’ve got to get back to the video work.

Cheers for now.

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One Response to “Lightroom 2: Adobe has added two COOL new Tools”

  1. jerrycentral said

    Very good video, I have viewed your video several times!! I think this is one of the first instructional videos available for lightroom 2. Thanks

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