The digital photographer's workflow is divided into two distinctparts - the Production Workflow and the Creative Workflow. TheProduction workflow is used to import and organize large numbers ofimages, and prepare them for presentation via proof printing, Web,or slideshow. Increasingly, photographers are turning to Adobe'sacclaimed new Lightroom software to manage this part of theworkflow.
After the best images are identified, photographers move to thesecond part of the workflow, the Creative Workflow, to fine-tunespecial images using a variety of advanced digital tools so thatthe creative vision is realized. An overwhelming majority ofdigital photographers use Photoshop for this advanced editing.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom & Photoshop Workflow Bibleeffectively guides digital photographers through both parts of thisprocess. Author Mark Fitzgerald, an Adobe Certified Expert andAdobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop CS3 offers readers a clearpath to using both Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS3 to create acomplete digital workflow. Fitzgerald uses tips, tricks, andstep-by-step directions to demonstrate how to integrate these twopowerful programs to optimize image management and create stunningimages.
The first part of this book is dedicated to offering an overviewof the complete workflow, clearly defining the purpose of bothPhotoshop and Lightroom within a photographer's workflow andexplaining the basics of image files and how to organize them.
The second part delves into using Lightroom to manage theProduction Workflow. It begins with an in-depth look at theLightroom workspace and how images are imported into it.Photographers are then guided through organizing images withinLightroom, processing photos, sharing photos with others in avariety of formats and creating files to use outside of Lightroom.Finally, the workflow is put into action by demonstrating how awildlife photographer used Lightroom in the field whilephotographing migrating polar bears in the arctic.
The third part focuses on Photoshop and the Creative Workflow,starting with opening files in Photoshop as well as suggesting whenand how photographers should be utilizing Bridge and Adobe CameraRaw. A review of the Photoshop workspace is followed by informationon adjusting tonality and color with a wide variety of tools, andworking with layers.
Part four moves into more advanced Photoshop tools andtechniques, such as selections, layer masks and usingPhotoshop's retouching tools. There is also a discussion onthe nuances of using Photoshop and Lightroom together and how touse Photoshop actions in Lightroom.
Part five focuses on putting all of the pieces together tocreate the complete Creative Workflow with Photoshop. It beginswith a discussion for creating strategies for success. The authorthen moves on to how to solve special portrait retouching problemsand how to add creative finishing touches. Then Fitzgeralddemonstrates the entire process with a downloadable practice fileso you can follow along and practice your newly learned skills.