Lightroom + Photoshop Integration Videos Are Now Free . . .

by George on February 8, 2016

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Photograph © George A. Jardine

I originally created this video series because the workflow is incredibly powerful… once you understand it, and because I really wanted to dig into every nook and cranny of complexity that the basic feature allows. Besides, Lightroom’s integration with Photoshop is only half of the story. In addition to that this series gives you a pretty deep dive on the type of compositing and masking that can only be done in Photoshop, not to mention some basic instruction on using Virtual Copies.

Having said all that, if you are one of the few who will watch these videos all the way through, there are one or two things you might watch out for. One would be that Smart Object layers in PS finally do allow you to link to a raw source file, rather than suffering through the necessity of embedding the entire thing into the RGB file. And in video #6 I take Adobe to task for that shortcoming, so you can ignore that. Linked Smart Objects still don’t solve the fundamental problem of connecting the raw settings stored inside the layer with those stored in the catalog, but for sure that’s a subtlety Adobe will never address.

A much larger problem is a persistent bug that can cause Lightroom to reset an RGB file that has been taken to PS and back. This is one you’re going to have to watch for…. but it’s not fatal. If you do have non-destructive LR settings on top of a layered Photoshop composite file, and you invoke the Edit in Photoshop command for a subsequent round trip edit, Lightroom will sometimes throw away all of your LR settings. If this happens to you all you have to do is go back a step or two in your history to get things back. But it’s a bit random, and incredibly annoying, so watch for that.

Other than those relatively minor caveats, not much has changed in the way the basic integration works since these videos were recorded with PS CS5 and LR3. You’ll note some minor interface changes, but the basic techniques presented in the video still work in Photoshop and Lightroom CC, in exactly the same way.

Finally, this series was never upgraded to HTML5 (it still requires Flash…), and I will apologize for that right up front. So for those of you who don’t have the Flash plug-in installed, or who want downloads for other reasons, just drop me an e-mail, and I’ll send you the download link.

Here’s a direct link to the videos:

And here’s a link to the original purchase page with instructions for the Flash UI, should you need that.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Paul Beiser February 8, 2016 at 5:54 PM

Thanks for the updates and information, George. Very valuable to me.

Your LR videos have been CRITICAL for me to get the most out of that application, both workflow and learning how to develop an image. THANKS AGAIN!!

George February 8, 2016 at 6:01 PM

Good to hear Paul. Glad you’re still tuning in. :-)

Ben Wong February 9, 2016 at 8:17 AM

Although a lot of the video instructions are free these days, I haven’t found any that explain the concepts as clearly as you have. I have watched many Lightroom videos, and I kept going back to yours. Personally, I would love to see a daily or weekly series where you work through a photo (or part of it) emphasizing/explaining a concept or control (e.g. the tone curve). Each video should be no longer than 5 to 7 mins. And make it subscription based.

David February 9, 2016 at 8:34 AM

What Paul said!! A very good series ….thanks

George February 9, 2016 at 1:47 PM

Good idea, Ben. I’ve considered that in the past…. in fact, back in the day when I worked at Macromedia, I did a complete quarter’s worth of 3 – 5 minute videos on Flash, Dreamweaver and CF called “Tip Of The Week”….. one every week for 13 weeks.

It does bring people back to the site, but it’s very difficult to monetize.

Max February 10, 2016 at 12:48 AM

Thanks George! I always appreciate your videos.

Al Flier February 12, 2016 at 7:02 PM

Super! What we need is Image Correction class II, but this time with LR/PS. Each lesson could be take a single image, taken from before to after with as much time and detail as needed to perfect.

Larry D. White February 15, 2016 at 4:09 PM

Thank you George, as others have said, you offer the best video series on explaining, in detail, how both Lightroom and Photoshop can improve your workflow and provide one with a Very clear understanding on how each one not only works but how each benefits the other. You are my go to site for the best insight and instruction one can expect anywhere. I recommend you frequently and nobody ever comes away disappointed. Thank you!

George February 15, 2016 at 4:18 PM

Thanks, Larry! :-) Always great to hear you’re still enjoying the videos.

Cal Kaschub December 16, 2016 at 4:05 PM

I have looked over your tutorials and video series. I have Adobe CC for photographers, i.e. LR and PS. I have used LR since v1, but I see things in your sample videos that I need to learn.
Can I purchase them all as a package? Will I be able to access them on-line, indefinitely or will I have to use DVD’s? I think I would prefer on-line. I have have Kelby One, but I seem to “resonate” a little more strongly using your approach to LR & PS.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Happy holidays to you and yours,

George December 16, 2016 at 4:13 PM

Hi Cal,

Yes, of course I offer package deals for the 4 current video series. I’ve sent you an e-mail with the details…. if you don’t see it in your inbox, check your SPAM filter!

Hope that helps,

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