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Rikk Flohr © 2016
Adobe has announced the release of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC2015.4/6.4. This update provides the usual new camera support, new lens support, bug fixes, performance enhancements, and new camera tethering support. Complete details can be found at the Lightroom Journal Blog.
The cool announcement as far as Fleeting Glimpse is concerned is a new feature for the Creative Cloud subscribers of Lightroom.
Below the Auto Crop check box is a new slider called Boundary Warp. Boundary Warp is a new feature that allows you to deal with the irregular boundaries left after stitching together a panorama. You can see in the three-image sample stitch above that there are white spaces (transparent areas) left top and bottom after invoking Photo Merge. Sliding the Boundary Warp slider off of zero, Lightroom will attempt to fill in these transparent areas – intelligently.
As I slide the Boundary Warp slider toward 100, portions of the image expand to remove the empty areas left by the stitching process – all without leaving Lightroom! If you want to avoid creating a massive Tiff file and round-tripping to Photoshop, this is a good option. Formerly Auto Crop would chop off the extra pixels to eliminate the empty space or you could use Photoshop Content Aware Fill to work those image out. The beauty of Boundary Warp is in the DNG File that is your result. No baked-in settings of a Tiff and no huge disk space requirements are your benefits. Give it a try!
Rikk Flohr © 2016
This year, I am adding a new workshop to the series: September Night Skies at Badlands. In the traditional Spring Workshop the sun sets too late and rises too early for effective night sky photography. On the traditional Winter dates, the times are fine but the nights are so darned cold! I thought to my self, when can we have light jacket weather, great night skies and decent shooting hours? The answer was Dark of the Moon in September.
To mix things up a bit – especially for returning alumni, I’ve decided to add a printing component to the Badlands Spring workshop. December will remain my traditional Winter Wildlife workshop
There is a $50.00 early registration discount for each of the workshops in the series so don’t delay. Last year, both workshops sold out well in advance of the workshop date.
Complete information can be found at Rikk’s Badlands Website.
I look forward to seeing you all in the Badlands!
Rikk Flohr © 2016
I have finally done it. I have taken the plunge at Fine Art America. Many people have asked over the years where to buy copies of the photography I post here and on my social media. In response, I now have a gallery of some of my favorite and best selling images from previous galleries and other on-line fulfillment sites.
On a side note, thanks to all who made my blogs successful in 2015. I wish you the best for 2016!
Rikk Flohr © 2015
Volunteering as much on the support forums as us Adobe Community Professionals tend to do, we hear a lot of repeat tribulations. One of the common refrains I hear sung is What happened to my watermark? It was working just fine and then all of a sudden, it stopped!!! Don’t get me started on that multiple exclamation point thing. (hint: It is a good way to keep experts from taking you seriously.) One exclamation point conveys all you need to convey. But, the refrain remains, “What happened to my watermark?”
Most people don’t realize that Adobe Photoshop Lightroom has three types of watermarks. The first is a function of Metadata and the Export Module. The other two are created in the Watermark Editor.
Each of these can be appropriate to use. When things go awry and the watermark fails to show up on Export, Print, or other output, here are the most common causes listed by watermark type.
This was the original watermark included with Lightroom. It appeared in the Version 1.x Export dialog as a simple check box in the Image Settings section. There were no options, no font choices, no size selection – there was simply an on-off switch. So you click it and then ask “Where’s my watermark?”
The most common answer to the missing Simple Watermark is that you have failed to populate the Copyright field in the Metadata Panel. The Simple Watermark relies on this data field to provide the text with which to create your watermark. If the field is empty – you get no watermark.
Sometimes, I hear reports from users that they have text in this field and still no watermark appears. When confronted with this my next question is “What is the output size of your image?” The Simple Watermark is just that: simple. It has only one size – it is a fixed-pixel height and that height is not very big. If you export a large version of an image (e.g. 4500×3000 pixels) the watermark is there but it is tiny. You may have missed it. The bigger the exported image, the smaller the watermark is on that image. The Simple Watermark shows up nicely on an image to share but not on a seriously large version of your image.
Version 3 of Lightroom brought us the much-needed Watermark Editor. It was a definite step up from the Simple Watermark of Lightrooms 1 and 2. Now, you could specify a font, size, color and a host of other options, save them as a preset and use them from all of the Lightroom output modules.
In the above screenshot of the Lightroom Watermark Editor, I have highlighted the ability to control the text that will appear, the font in which it be rendered and the place to save a preset so that the watermark can be used repeatedly and from many output locations. So, that said: “Where’s my watermark?”
The most common problem with the Text-based watermark is the font itself. Certain fonts do not render successfully through Lightroom’s watermark engine. If you have a font that appears in the Watermark Editor but doesn’t appear on the image, your first port of call is to to try a different font. Older, non-standard fonts seem to have issues. Try your watermark with a font that ships with your OS as they tend to be vetted and work well.
What happened to my watermark? It was working just fine
and then all of a sudden, it stopped!!!
Another common issue is that the watermark used to work and now it doesn’t. In these cases, an OS upgrade can often be the root cause. Fonts are sometimes updated in OS updates. Usually, re-creation of the watermark and assigning it a new template name will rectify this. The non-functional template can then be discarded. Additionally, I have seen users who’ve “cleaned” up their fonts inadvertently delete a font that was part of a watermark template and not discover it for months.
Sometimes templates can be shared between users and potentially platforms. I have seen a Mac user share a Watermark preset template with a PC user. A font mismatch occurred and the watermark didn’t work. If you are sharing watermarks between multiple devices, fonts have to be in sync.
Bottom line: If it is a Text-based watermark, look to the font. If your must-have font won’t work. Consider creating a graphical version of the typeface and text and using the Graphic-based watermark.
Since Lightroom 3, the Watermark Editor has allowed the use of a graphic as a watermark. Any PNG or JPEG can be used as a watermark via the controls in the editor.
In the example above, I have highlighted where you select Graphic vs. Text, the Image Options picker and the resulting rendered watermark. The Watermark Editor works the same in Graphic mode as it did in Text mode. It simply replaces the font-rendered text string with an image of your choosing. So, that said: “Where’s my watermark?”
The Watermark editor is relying on an external graphic (much like a font). If that graphic file is moved, renamed or deleted, Lightroom has no way of knowing what happened to it. Result: you can get a file created with no watermark adorning it. This is very likely the issue if your watermark worked and then stopped working. People will clean up their files, folders and desktop periodically and often that watermark file is moved, renamed or deleted in the process. The time between creation, use and cleanup can be such that you don’t remember moving the watermark’s graphic file and are at a loss when it fails to appear.
It is vitally important that, when a file is linked to a watermark template, that it remain intact and in-place! If it isn’t you will need to update your template with the new location of the graphic file by clicking the [Choose…] button, finding the image again and updating your template. I create a special folder in the Lightroom Presets storage area that holds my watermark and Identity Plate JPEGs and PNGs. That folder never moves and I never loose connection to my Graphic-based watermarks.
Those are the biggies. 98% (made-up statistic) of all watermark issues can be solved by following these methods.
I hope this helps you get those pesky missing watermarks restored. If you have followed these suggestions and are still having problems, hit the Adobe forums here and get more in-depth help.
Rikk Flohr © 2015