From Clicking to Creating — 20 Comments

  1. AWESOME, Mary! OK, I have a question for you. When I put a photo through Lightroom, no matter how much I change the size, the resolution stays at the desirable 240. That wasn’t the case when I was using Photoshop, then I’d resize. Is it because of Lightroom’s “indestructible” qualities?

    • Anita, you can set the resolution when you export the photo. In the export dialog box there is a place to size the image, and set the resolution. I always use 300 resolution, but that’s my preference.

  2. Hello, I tend to use the free programs from the internet. Thanks for the tips and suggestions. I love your sunset shot. Great capture for the windows and door theme.
    Enjoy your day!
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  3. Thank you for the tips, Mary! I like the edit in feature of Lightroom, but use Lr more often other other. The first image is breathtaking. :)

  4. Oh, I prefer resolution at 300, but a while back when I was struggling to learn about resolution, I learned that I can’t take a photo for example, that was prepared through editing with 72 resolution, then change it to 300. I learned that the highest resolution on my camera is 240. So how does that work? NO matter what resolution I change it too, it all matters from the camera, correct? So an old photo that I put through LR that was at 72, if I change it to 300, won’t it be inferior?

    • My understanding of resolution, which honestly could be better, is that it’s mostly relevant for printing. Do some test exports in lightroom at 300 and see what the image looks like. Different resolutions will affect the actual size of the image file. This is important for printing, but not so much for viewing online.
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  5. Hi Mary! Yes, I was thinking for printing purposes; for social media purposes, I was told that 72 is good but when I tried to make a print once (at someone’s request), I learned the hard lesson that my photos were not going to be printable. I’m saving my better photos as TIFFS at the highest resolution now in case someone may want a print.

  6. Hello, Mary, Thanks for the tips. For some reason, I couldn’t find the place you selected “soft light”. Is it part of PS or LR or Nif Efex (it could be me not knowing where to look ;-)? I have an older version of PS — maybe that’s why?
    Thank you so much. There is so much to learn, and I appreciate people like you take time to share what you know.
    Have a great day.

  7. Finally have an image I want to share. This week’s 2 Lil Owls challenge happens to completely align with my class challenge. Wonder how often that will happen this year? :-)
    This truck belongs to my neighbor. He is very proud of having the original windows so I focused on the etched LOF symbol indicating that. My husband didn’t like this photo because of how dirty the window is, haha! “Natural texture” :-)

  8. As you went along, I thought it seemed like a lot, but then realized it’s probably quite easy once you just get used to it – and then you said pretty much just that! I love what you did with the Windows and Doors photo.

  9. Thank you for all that info! My head is currently exhausted from another day at the hospital with my dad but I’m going to come back to this when I can think! I love the effects that you used to make that old gas station look even cooler!
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  10. Hi Mary, I subscribe Lr and PS on a monthly basis. I don’t know where to find the layer of normal. Could you show me? Thank you for sharing these features.

    • Hi Amy, the opacity layer is in photoshop. If you go to the far right in photoshop where your layers are, there will be a little tab that says normal. Clicking on this brings up other options for that particular layer, like soft light, overlay, darken, etc. You can change the opacity for each layer individually.

      Click and enlarge the last image in this post and you can see exactly where it is.

      Let me know if you still have questions.

      • Got it. Thank you, Mary!
        I should have viewed the last photo carefully. Though I pay monthly fee for both Lr/Ps , I rarely use PS.

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