one of the things that really captures peoples interest when on the photo workshops is when I demonstrate how to get rid off, move or replace annoying elements within an individuals pictures.


And with the best will in the world, it’s not always easy to try and exclude these things when taking the pictures, we need to access the awesome tools at our disposal from software like Adobe LR and Photoshop (PS) to get rid of unwanted elements.


I recently reposted on our Scubatravel  Facebook site an introduction to a blog series I did last year focussing on Adobe LR and getting used to the brush tools contained within that piece of software.


If you aren’t familiar with using brushes in your photo editing, I suggest that you have a look at those posts first.
Here is the full collection of those links posted below.


If you’re familiar with brushes though skip through to the end of this post for the video on setting up Lightroom for working with Photoshop.



Introduction to the Brush Tool in Adobe Lightroom 


Brush tool Part 2, using Auto Mask and Erase


Real World Edit – Frogfish


Real World Edit – Nudibranch Blur




Now you’ve learn’t all these and got familiar with using brushes in LR I am going to show you how to set up your Lightroom so that you can work efficiently between Lightroom and Photoshop.


Why? Well the last few versions of both Lightroom and Photoshop have become closer bedfellows, and I am now finding myself switching from using Lightroom almost exclusively, to actually using both pieces of software equally, not separately but together.
Adobe have made this co-operative way of working much easier with the new Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) versions of this software.


“I know it’s a hot topic of controversy at the moment, but I really do believe that the current model of paying monthly, currently around £9 a month, allowing full access to both pieces of software with continual updates is a much better way of working than buying the standalone versions and buying a new copy every 18months or so when a brand new version appears. And this way it allows you full access to both pieces of software, which would be a much more expensive alternative in the long term. And when compared to other expenses that photographers, let alone underwater photographers have to face it’s comparatively small beans really for such a vital piece of kit”


So I am now importing, organising, basic editing and outputting from within Lightroom, but if I need to make bigger changes, and move and remove things I’m using the better equipped tools for that job from within Photoshop.
I am also more recently doing most of my sharpening from within Photoshop too, so will look at that in a later post.


It is important however to set your edit preferences and a couple of other important things when you first set up Photoshop to work within Lightroom.
So I’ve done a follow along video to show you how to do this so please watch this below.






Ok, keep checking back as I will be posting the first in the series of working with both pieces of software, in a few days and we will look at the “History Brush” technique of removing backscatter.


Thank You


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