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Whitby Marina.

By Nigwel
Just playing with Photoshop and Lightroom to play with this.
Added a bit more vibrancy to this and sharpened a touch with Photoshop, also cropped.
I was playing with layers on PS all last night and just couldn't work it out. Got up this morning and did something and it worked. I`d almost given up.
Am I right in thinking that LR cannot be used in anyway with layers, apart from picking the photos to edit in PS to adjust the layers.
I`m getting there, I`m sure.. Smile

Taken at Whitby Harbour a few year ago on a Fuji 9500 bridge camera.

Tags: Transport Landscape and travel

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Coast 10 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
11 May 2014 9:54PM
Evening Nigel

Looks and sounds you are getting to grips with some of the processing tools in LR and PS.

You are right that LR does not allow any layer adjustment.

I use LR for cataloging and importing my images. I then sort them and rate to filter them down. I use the develop module for initial highlight and shadow adjustment as well as any saturation tweaks. You can also do some spot healing in LR, cropping, rotation amongst other adjustments.

I then export to PS to finish the image with any selective adjustments, fine tuning and tidying up, resizing and finally sharpening.

Workflow can be confusing and it can take a while to find the routine that fits for you but that may give you some idea of how to use the software. Some people use LR exclusively for processing but of course it doesn't allow all the adjustments possible in PS.

The image above is nicely bright and colourful. It looks a little over sharpened and this may be more to do with at which point you are sharpening. Always do that last and after you have resized the image for whatever end use intended. Sharpening and then resizing can increase and decrease the effect.

Also your sky here is a little magenta which a layers tweak with colour balance can fix. Can be done selectively.

I can't upload a mod tonight as I am away for work and have only my iPad for company.

If you have any specific questions I or the team can help with then let us know. Keep persevering as it all comes together in the end Grin Plus the beauty is you always are learning new things and improving your finished images as you go.


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Nigwel 4 7
11 May 2014 10:15PM
Hi Paul.
Thanks for your advice.
I`ll keep the sharpening help for future editing, all the little advice like that helps.
I`ve been trying to follow on YouTube and tutorials with the layering but I think the layout on past PS versions have been different to the CC version.
I`d picked the two photos in LR to edit in layers in PS but just couldn't work out how I could get the sky on one to the other until I used circled an area and used the cut option to show the layer behind.. If that makes sense.
I`m sure I`ll learn more the more I mess with LR and PS.
It`s kind of addictive once you get the swing of photo looking better than the originals.

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
11 May 2014 11:21PM
Some odd colours and a strange sky. But Im sure you know, - its an old shot I see.

As Paul says, layers are in the Photoshop realm.

The whole process is exactly the same between CS and older versions, and elements. They might look different with the graphics, but its always the same idea.

I assume you haveCS6?

The best place to start with tutorials is right back with Adobe. They have an extensive library of tutorials.

HERE Take a look, layers have their own section, but its worth going through them all.

See what you think, and if you have a problem or something youre not sure about, send me a PM.


Coast 10 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
11 May 2014 11:53PM
This may be interesting

If you haven't already come across try Gavin Hoey. A google will pull up lots of tutorials for PS and LR. He is also on


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