Hi all, I’m a PL newbie having just purchased PL4 and Nik collection.
Coming from ON1 Photo Raw, also own Photoshop CS6 and Topaz DeNoise.
Trying to figure out the best workflow for rating and exporting images.
I am saving Raw files like this:
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Previously I culled and rated in ON1 and only created jpegs when I needed them and treated them as disposable. As far as I was concerned the process image in ON1 was the final step and colour coded green.
I feel that I need a different approach with PL4 as ratings and keywords created in PL4 are not visible outside PL4 and colour coding does not exist.
I have only been using Adobe Bridge for a few days and am quite impressed with it’s capabilities so I think I need to do all my rating, colour coding and keywording in Bridge (until DXO incorporates this functionality in PL4).
Seeking advice as to how others manage this combination.
1 Do you create a finalised Jpeg or Tiff and do you store it in the same folder as the Raw files or somewhere else.
2 How do you indicate finalised files
If you use multiple Nik Collections, do you create a single or multiple TIFFs
Any suggestions or pointers to documentation or youtube videos would be appreciated.
Sounds good. PhotoLab can read metadata from .xmp sidecars and from within files, it cannot write back to .xmp sidecars though. I’d keep separated the DAM and development steps as you propose.
I use jpeg or tiff according to what I need. I usually don’t keep the files, they can be recreated in PhotoLab - using its database or .dop sidecar files.
I export finalised files to a dedicated folder and delete the finalised files after use.
I don’t use the multi-tiff option offered by the Nik apps. Note that PhotoLab will create a new file each time you want a file to open in Nik. This will get you lots of (large) files and that’s okay if you want to follow the non-destructive path strictly. You can always rework (destructively) a file exported by Nik by opening it in the Nik app of your choice.
I don’t use jpeg as input to Nik, they don’t offer enough wiggle room.
My main app is Lightroom Classic and I use PhotoLab mainly when a shot needs it.
DxO’s Lightroom workflow recommendation is to process in PhotoLab first and then do the rest in Lightroom. You might use this approach too and use DNG as the standard file format. Bridge will then be able to display the processed image. Caveat: DNGs exported from PhotoLab use a lot of drive space:
I am using AcdSee, it can’t display raw developed by DPL so I export all raw I develop as jpeg. They get all keywords and rating I assign to the raw (usually I assign rating and keywords before developing photos). In this way when I search or review images I always have jpegs I can see directly from AcdSee.
I know that a photos is finalized when I see there is a jpeg with a name ending with _dxo (exported by DPL)
I prefer to export using a slighly higher quality (96) because then I use that jpeg as a source for resizing and uploading to the web.
DLP resize on export is missing a custom sharpening setting, for me bicubic resize is too soft while bicubic sharper is really too sharp with lots of aritfacts. For this reason I use AcdSee where I can use a customized sharpen.