This is one way we can apply Lightroom Profiles Masking with Photoshop.
Lightroom profiles as they are now called are a new concept to the Lightroom program. For as long as I can remember, Adobe Lightroom has always has the ability to use presets and whilst been good, for me they have never really worked in my workflow. One of the main issues I always had with presets is that they can override changes you have already applied. Let’s say for example that, you increase the exposure slider by a value of +2 and reduce the contrast by a value of -1. We then decide to apply a preset and if that preset contains adjustments to either the contrast or exposure slider, the work we have already done has been overwritten. Maybe this os one of the reasons why Adobe have introduced Lightroom Profiles, who knows.
Lightroom Profiles Can Also Be Accessed In Camera Raw
Although I keep using the term “Lightroom Profiles” but in reality, these profiles are also accessible in Adobe Camera Raw because both applications effectively use the same programming engine, that is to say that the options you see in the Lightroom develop module can also be accessed in Camera Raw which is great especially if you are not really a Lightroom user.
Accessing The Profiles In Lightroom
To access the profiles in both Camera Raw and Lightroom, press the four squares icon which is located close to the top of the interface.
From here, you will have access to the various profiles installed. By default, Adobe have included some of their own sets.
Applying Multiple Lightroom Profiles At Once
By default, you can only apply one profile at any given time, but having said you can apply a profile and press ok or the close button for the changes to be applied and then apply another profile on top of the one you have just used.
Using Profiles With Lightroom Or Photoshop
The profiles as said earlier can be used with either Lightroom or Photoshop. For me, I prefer to do all my editing n Photoshop mainly because of the more features available such as precise Luminosity Masking and Dodge And Burning.
Lightroom Profiles Masking
In Photoshop, we can also use Lightroom Profiles Masking. We use the profiles as a base and then use the standard masking techniques to add or remove the effect by either painting with black or white directly onto the mask. What I like to do is, duplicate the layer in Photoshop, head over to the Camera Raw Filter (Shift/Cmd/A) or (Shift/Ctrl/A), apply a profile of my choice, adjust the strength of the effect, press OK which takes us back in to Photoshop applying the changes to the duplicated layer we created.
I then apply a standard white layer mask with reveals the entirety of the applied profile, I then select a black brush with an opacity of 100% and a flow rate of about 7-10% and start to paint away the effect from the areas I want to keep preserved. Lightroom and Camera Raw profiles offer so many possibilities, it’s virtually impossible to list them all. Each one of us will have their own preferred workflow method, this article has only scratched the surface of what they have to offer.
Installing The Lightroom And Camera Raw Profiles
On a Mac, the Profiles now live in:
[User Name]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Camera Raw/Settings
If the ~/Library folder doesn’t appear for you, you can make it visible or easily access it by following the steps in this help article from Adobe.
On Windows, the Profiles now live in:
From experience, I know that poking around the computers filesystem can be a little daunting so all the Lightroom and Camera Raw profiles available in the online shop are supplied with an easy Windows and Mac installation program which should be familiar to all users.
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