VSCO film tools has long been creating what we believe to be the best film emulsion presets for digital photographers. Last Wednesday, the company announced Film Pack 4: Slide, a new pack of emulators that help photographers recreate the look of various slide film stocks in digital photos. It’s “the most authentic film emulation available,” the company says.
The pack includes 11 different films (with variations of each), and a total of 117 presets.
The software is available for Lightroom (4/5) and Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop (CS6/CC). VSCO Film Pack 4 also brings some other, more general improvements to the plugin. It features more custom camera profiles, including Fuji, Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus and Leica models, and an increased range of blues and blacks for VSCO Tools.
You can get VSCO Film 04 here. The normal price is $119, but you will get 25% discount for limited time. As an owner of previous VSCO Film packs, they offered 50% off until 20th August 2013.
Here are some result of using VSCO Film 04.
After done working on our images in develop module, we might want to share it. Be it in prints, or to upload it on any website.
To go to export dialog, hit CTRL + Shit + E / CMD + Shift + E.
As we scroll down the menu, theres a title “Image Sizing”
This feature is pretty useful for us to determine what are the appropriate output for different usage.
Let’s say you and to export and share it on Facebook
Click on Resize To Fit and select dimension
I choose 2048 x 2048 pixel with resolution of 72.
Make Image format is set to JPEG sure in the “File Setting” and select sRGB as your color space because most of the website recognize sRGB rather than AdobeRGB (1998). But if you do, the websites will automatically strips down the color space and change it with sRGB and there you will see the image might look slightly different than it suposed to be when the image are uploaded.
Hit the export and now the image are ready to be uploaded to any website
Some stock images requires us to submit at least 4 megapixel image. In this case, go back to the Image Sizing in Export dialog.
Check the Resize to Fit and select Megapixel. And you know what to do after this step. 🙂
Just in case you want to export multiple image with different types of layout (landscape & portrait). It is a total mess to play around by specifying sizes in dimension, width & height. The trick here is to key in the long side for example 10×10 inch or you can try Long Edge or Short Edge, and this is going to put your nerves away.
Often time when i imported my photo files into my computer, i have such problem of selecting images that was taken in just split second, sometimes up to 5 images are all almost the same. Moving from one image to another can be tricky as we are trying to find which are the best among the selected images. Well, not anymore, you now can do it in Lightroom to compare the images in one window by using Survey view in Library module.
To do so, first you need be in Library Module and select images that you want to decide as the final selection or the best.
Once you have selected the images, hit “N” to view selected images in Survey mode. I recommend only to select & view 6 images at one time as the image preview will get smaller as the number of selected images increased. Viewing those 6 image in at one time isn’t quite bad, you can zoom in each images in the survey mode if required to view more of the details.
After viewing those images, now you can shortlist you selection by eliminating images that doesn’t fit your requirement. To eliminate the images, click “x” on the bottom right of each image, the “x” only appear when you mouse-up on the image. You too can hold “ctrl or cmd” and click the image to eliminate them. As you eliminate the images, the remaining images preview gest bigger, it really helps you to make your decision in larger view.
The image that have been eliminate will automatically deselected from the selection so that you can just proceed to do whatever you want to do with the remaining selected images.
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing” – Theodore Roosevelt
This is the basic of viewing our photos in Adobe Lightroom, the Grid View and Loupe View. You might want to try the shortcut key for both veiwing mode, to view the photos in grid view, press G (both Windows & Mac).
You can adjust the increase/decrease thumbnail size by pressing “=” (increase) or “-” (decrease) – it work for both Windows & Mac.
If you want to view it more detail and bigger, press E (Loupe View).
You can actually expand Loupe view by hiding the side panels, filmstrip, module picker, and expand it to fullscreen viewing. Shortcut key for this is Ctrl + Shift + F (Windows) and Command + Shift + F (Mac)
Since few months ago, i’ve been using Lightroom 3 for managing my files & editing. I do edit in Photoshop CS5 to do things like removing unwanted spots, you can do exactly the same in Lightroom, but i prefer to take the advantage of content-aware provided in Photoshop CS5. If you haven’t try the Lightroom yet, i recommend you to give it a try as this particular software are actually designed for photographer. It actually provides faster workflow that gives you less time on pc/laptop but to have more time photographing instead. For those are new to Lightroom, this is what i found in wikipedia what is Lightroom all about.
“Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a photography software program developed by Adobe Systems for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows, designed to assist Adobe Photoshop users in managing large quantities of digital images and doing post production work. It is not a file browser like Adobe Bridge, but rather an image management application database which helps in viewing, editing, and managing digital photos, the same way photographers used to do in the non-digital world.”
I’ve been using Lightroom for few years now but only to take the benefit of the post-processing (Develop Module). My workflow was import – develop – export, but now i’m fully utilizing the services provided in it.
I’m now spent less time editing, and it just took me few seconds to find picture that i want be it in my laptop drive or external hard drive. Thanks for the intelligence of the file management in Lightroom.