Postprocessing paradise

Posted on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 at 5:11 pm
I think when you are working, you need to have plenty of space. If you are cooking, you need counter space. If you are painting a room, you need floor space to move around. If you are rebuilding an engine, you need garage space. Postprocessing is no different to me. I have always use as many monitors as possible to spread my workflow on visible ground. For a while, I have been using a 2 monitors setup. It was great with Lightroom with the monitor expansion where you can do your adjustments on one screen and see the results on the other monitor live. But then, launching Photoshop in the middle was killing this workflow harmony.

Using Photoshop from Lightroom is a great way of adding the Photoshop functions that are not existent in Lightroom such as the layers. You basically open your image, as you would normally do, in Lightroom and from the development module, you select “Edit in Photoshop”. Lightroom will create a new physical file on which all you Photoshop tweaks will be embedded. Every time you will save the file in Photoshop, your Lightroom image will capture the changes. Now the very nice thing is you can go back to Photoshop at anytime, re-open your Lightroom file, change anything in it and save it without loosing anything done in Lightroom.

You don’t have to close Photoshop to go back to Lightroom; you can just use [alt-tab] but then Photoshop disappear from your sight. It feels like you are back in school, stacking books and papers on that small desk you try to do homework on. What if I want that counter space now?

And this is where a 3rd screen gets adopted!
PP Paradise

I have Lightroom on the left and middle screen connected directly to the computer video adapter. I can zoom in the middle screen, play around in that zone and see the immediate results on the left screen. I have Photoshop on the right screen, attached via a USB video adapter. This way, I did all my layers, depth of field, motion blur work in Photoshop, saved the file and carry on with the BW conversion in Lightroom. Whenever I would feel that a bird was not in the right place or big enough, I would go back to Photoshop, move the bird layer around and save the file without losing my BW conversion done on the image.

Postprocessing Paradise…

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