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Lightroom Templates

As many of you may have noticed recently I am putting some of my edits in photo-frames as I like the effect the frame gives the photo.  I do this using the Lightroom Print Module, however the Print Module can be used for various things… and one of them is creating collages..

I have found a wonderful site called Flourish and there are masses of Free Lightroom Print Templates ready for download.  Whether you want a collage, a Facebook Cover or just a single photo template.. there are plenty of templates to choose from. Yesterday I used a 9 Photo Collage to showcase some photos of our trip to the US last year…

America Collage

And I used the Facebook cover template to make my cover photo for Facebook.

Facebook Template

And of course if you feel adventurous you can always create your own templates to use… something I will be doing in the future… as I like what the Print Module of Lightroom can do.

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Photo Frames…

Today I found a wonderful site… full of free goodies to use.  And that got me on a mission… You see I have been playing around with Photo Frames lately in Lightroom… And yes I do like what Lightroom does, but… you can go much further in Photoshop. The 3-photo frame featured below was made in Lightroom, and should you wish to use it.. you are more than welcome by downloading the Identity Plate and Lightroom Template (Zip Folder).

America - Three Photos

 

As much as I like the above Photo-Frame… I wanted something more artistic and this is where this wonderful free site came in.. Free 3D Textures and Stock Photos.

I downloaded the PNG file and then went into Photoshop and then created separate layers for each of my photos by selecting them and right clicking and selecting Edit In and then choosing the option of Open as Layers in Photoshop.  This opened up a new workspace in Photo with my three photos in it. I then copied and pasted the PNG File for the Photo Frame.  For each of my photos I then used the Transform Tool to Resize the Photo so it fitted exactly into their specific frame…  As you photos will be much larger than the actual Photo Frame file… you need to crop the image.. just so that you leave a few pixels of the transparent background.  And Hey Presto here is my three little rascals…

My little devils - original Frame

And by cropped the PNG photo so I only had the mount part I was then able to create just a plain black border.. simply by increasing the canvas and filling it with black.

My little devils

Have a great weekend everybody xx

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Free Plug in

An excellent Plug-In.. I have just downloaded it… and I love it.  Many Thanks to PhotoFocus

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via Get an Awesome Photoshop and Lightroom Plug-in Totally Free — Photofocus – Feed

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Trying something new… Updated to include downloads

Swanning around P1010181-2-PF3

 

Today I saw a video tutorial by Scott Kelby of Lightroom Killer Tips about creating your own Photo Frames in Photoshop and using them in ‘Lightroom Print Module’.  Honestly it is well worth watching even if you have to watch it a few times to understand… like I did.

Anyway here is the frame I created in Photoshop and used as per his instructions … You can if you wish download my photo frame and Lightroom template by downloading this zip folder.  Extract the files and in the PSD add your own Watermark or Signature using a text layer.. then save the file as a ‘png‘ format.   To import the ‘Lightroom Template’ go to the ‘Print Module’ in Lightroom and then ‘right click’ on ‘User Templates’ and select ‘Import’ and import the file ‘Photo Frame – 12×8.lrtemplate’.  Select your photo, resize if necessary and then make sure you have JPEG selected in the ‘Print Job Panel’ if you want to upload your photo to the web and then click on ‘Print to File’..  Should you wish to print your image change the ‘Print to:’ to Printer’ and select the settings you need.

Here are two more images I did using the same method.

Surrounded by Bluebells IMG_4368-PF

Salmon Tulips IMG_4124-PF

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Photo Frame – LR Template – No Signature (zip file)

Photo Frame – LR Template – Signature (zip file)

Swan Before and After

Swanning around on my own

Taken by Bren Ryan
Taken by Bren Ryan

Today I wanted to create a soft looking feel to this photograph, which was taken at Leybourne Lakes in Snodland, Kent.  It is an ideal place for the kids to run around, there is an adventure playground, and of course plenty of dogs on their daily walks, with some even swimming in the lake.

Taken by Bren Ryan
Taken by Bren Ryan

My first job was to crop the picture to make a more pleasing composition. In the ‘Basic Panel’ I increased the exposure, lowered the contrast, brought down the highlights and shadows.  I lowered my Whites and blacks. and decreased the clarity.

This gave me the soft feel to the photograph, however there were some ripples that gave faint black lines… so to remove them I used the ‘Spot Removal Tool’.  After that I added a couple of ‘Radial Filters’ to the image, one to increase the exposure of the swan and the other to give a vignette feel.  I then converted the image to black and white by selecting B&W in the ‘HSL/Color/B&W panel’.  After that I then played around with the colour sliders in the B&W part of the panel until I got what I liked.  I then did some sharpening in ‘Details panel’ just to highlight the edge of the swan, I then did some noise reduction and added a small vignette in the ‘Effects panel’.  Other than that I did no more editing on this photo and I like the soft looking feel.  You can download my B&W Soft Preset by clicking here.

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