A Review of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0

Adobe has really pulled out all the stops to come up with a really good photo workflow management tool that is unsurpassed in the market at the moment. I find that managing digital photos and the digital photography ‘workflow’ (i.e. image capture, editing, sharing) is a tedious task.

There are not many software tools out there to help manage your digital photos yet provide in-depth editing capabilities.

Adobe Photoshop Elements provides some capabilities, but it is essentially a ‘lightweight’ program that is more suitable for novices. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 compares well with ACDSee, which is a more ‘prosumer’ image editing and digital photo workflow program.

1. Introduction
What is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom? Well, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is ‘a tool to simplify photography from shoot to finish’. At least that is what the sales literature says. On the whole, the software does a good job in fulfilling that promise. With modules like Library, Develop, Slideshow, Web, and Print, you can do basically anything you want to a digital photo in the program. The Library and Develop modules are the meat of the program, while the rest are more secondary features.

2. The Library Module
The Library Module in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 is the part of the program where all images are displayed and managed. If you want a bird’s eye view of all the digital photos in your system, this is where you lay it all out.

This is a good feature, but I do find it slightly less intuitive than Apple’s iPhoto – which is first-class in its ability to navigate thousands of photos at once. The Library Module allows you to use multiple monitors to display photos if you so wish.

3. The Develop Module
If you’re interested in non-destructive editing of JPEG, TIFF, PSD, DNG (and more than 200 camera RAW formats), then Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is the tool for you.

One thing good about Adobe’s products is their intensive integration with Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is no exception – you can easily search and find images, then edit them with full integration to the larger Adobe Photoshop editing program. Lightroom lets you very easily edit images with some built-in functions of its own. But for more heavy duty image editing and layering effects, you should still use Adobe Photoshop.

4. The Slideshow Module
What good is a digital image workflow program if it does not allow you to create photo slideshows to share with others? Well, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 allows you to easily do that. You’ll be amazed by the simple point-and-click way in which you can set up a bunch of digital photos to be incorporated into a slideshow. You can then burn those slideshows onto CD or DVD if you wish.

However, I do find that the slideshow capabilities not as intuitive and simple as Ulead CD & DVD PictureShow (which is THE tool I use on a day-to-day basis to cut out quick DVD copies of my photos for my friends and family).

5. The Web Module
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom also allows you to send your digital photos off to the web to show a client (or anyone else) pictures online. This is a good way to share your photos if you’ve got an broadband access to the Internet. Of course, nothing beats setting up your own domain and setting up a digital photo website or getting an account with a professional photo sharing community like Smugmug.

6. The Print Module
Ok, the final module we will look at in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is the Print Module. The Print Module allows you to print out your photos in a variety of layouts. In Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0, print quality and versatility are improved over version 1.0. You can also print photos to JPEG format and there is a print sharpening system to create better looking prints. Of course, make sure you get a good photo printer for printing those pictures.

Conclusion
Well, and that’s it! I hope this article has given you some good insight into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 and how it helps you as a digital photographer. Until next time, good luck to you and have a good time taking pictures!

Five New Features That You Should Learn About Adobe Photoshop CS6

If you are looking to enhance your photos or want to create stunning digital artwork, Adobe Photoshop is the software you need. The latest version CS6 includes five especially noteworthy features that will turn your photos into works of art. Features in the latest update include new design tools, an updated user interface, a new crop tool, improved autocorrect and the inclusion of Adobe Camera Raw 7. These five features are useful tools for photographers, digital artists and everyone else who wants or needs to edit photos and other images. If you want to learn about the many other features of Adobe Photoshop, you can also sign up for Adobe Photoshop Classes.

New Crop Tool

Picture cropping is commonly part of the process of editing digital photos. The new enhanced crop tool found in Adobe Photoshop CS6 is a noticeable improvement and allows you to crop photos with higher precision and speed than its predecessor. The Mercury Graphics Engine is what gives the crop tool in CS6 its quick and accurate results.

Improved Autocorrect

Autocorrect allows users to make simple edits to their images in a matter of seconds. A simple click of the mouse button can autocorrect curves, brightness, contrast and color levels. Sometimes, all a photo needs is a quick touchup with this tool. It’s an easy to use and powerful tool that every Photoshop user should become familiar with.

Configurable User Interface

If you’ve had trouble with the rather dark default color scheme in recent versions of Adobe Photoshop, you’ll be glad to know that you can now choose from four different gray color schemes, each with a different level of contrast.

New Text Layout and Design Tools

One improvement which graphic designers and publishing industry professionals will be especially excited about is Photoshop CS6’s improved handling of text, including a Paragraph Styles feature. If you’ve used Adobe InDesign before, you’ll remember this feature – and even if this is your first time using it, you’ll appreciate how easy it is to add and fine tune text in your images.

Adobe Camera Raw 7

Adobe Camera Raw 7.2 is also included in Photoshop. This feature allows you to upload .raw and .dng format images from your digital camera and edit them, while keeping the original file intact on your camera’s memory card. This feature is also incorporated into Adobe Lightroom and is very popular with professional photographers, since it allows users to work with the original image at the highest possible quality while keeping an untouched copy for archival purposes or further editing later on.

Conclusion

These five different features can help you do more with Adobe Photoshop CS6. If you would like to learn more about what Photoshop has to offer, you can also sign up for Adobe Photoshop Classes in your area. Instructors can teach you more about the software and features, and how you can apply them in your digital photography.

How Adobe Photoshop Will Make Money From Your Digital Photos

Today, Adobe Photoshop is considered to be one of the best photo editing software programs available today. It is very easy to use and it will be able to provide all the tools you need in order to edit digital images. Although it is true that this particular software is expensive, you have to consider that there are ways where you can make some money out of this software. By being a little creative and by familiarizing yourself with the tools in Adobe Photoshop, you can make a lot of money out of this software.

So, here are some of the things on how you can make money out of Adobe Photoshop.

The first is by offering a photo restoration service. For sure, there are quite a lot of people who wants to get their old photos restored. You have to consider that moisture and even sunlight can cause damage to photographs. And, there is a chance that someone out there considers their old photographs as priceless. By offering a photo restoration services, you will be able to make a lot of money out of the Adobe Photoshop software. For photo restoration, you can use the healing brush tool, the spot healing brush tool, and patch tools. This particular software can make any old or damaged photos look new again.

You can also offer your services as a photograph doctor. As a photograph doctor, it will be your job to fix red eye, pet eye and even “finger over lenses” syndrome. Aside from that, you will also fix poor lighting, poor exposure, and dark photographs. With Adobe Photoshop, you will be able to fix all these things quite easily. And, the best thing about it is that you will be able to charge a high fee for these small services. You can also make a colored photograph in to a black and white one and vice versa. You have to remember that not everyone is a good photographer and with your services, you can be sure that you can never be short of bad photographers seeking your services.

Adobe Photoshop is not just about editing photos, but it is also about enhancing them with the graphic design utilities. This software will be able to provide you with tools that will enable you to design greeting cards. You can enhance photos and convert them in to drawings or paintings, you can combine photos with another photos, and much more. You can design birthday cards, condolence cards, and even get well soon cards as well as Christmas cards and other cards for different holidays.

T-shirt design is another way that you can earn something from Adobe Photoshop. If you always think about something that would look great on a T-shirt, you will be able to make this a reality with Adobe Photoshop.

Of course, in order for you to really make money out of Adobe Photoshop, you will need to have a color printer, photo paper, digital camera, and scanner.

As you can see, there are quite a lot of ways on how you can earn money out of Adobe Photoshop. From photo restoration, to web design, you will have a lot of opportunities in making money out of Adobe Photoshop. Remember these tips and you can be sure that you will be able to have a great time earning money with Adobe Photoshop.