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Have You Seen The OPACITY Slider for LIGHTROOM Classic CC!

August 28, 2019

(magical jingle) Hey everybody! Welcome into this Adobe Lightroom tutorial, my name is Nathaniel Dodson from And Lightroom – finally! – has an opacity slider. Well, it’s more like an opacity slider plugin that a good buddy of mine developed, it’s called Opal, and it’s pretty stinking cool! In fact, it’s so much fun, I think if it were any more fun, it would be illegal. Very easy to set up, it costs about fifteen bucks, there’s a link down in the bio, you can pick up a copy of this plugin for yourself, if you’re interested in using it. A couple things about it: you need either Lightroom 6, or newer. And with the newest versions of Lightroom, it can’t be the Lightroom CC one, sort of the web/cloud-based one. It’s gotta be the one that you use on your desktop, the full fledged, more robust version, Lightroom Classic CC. So, you want to make sure you have the right version of Lightroom, and you can use this thing. It’s pretty cool. I’m going to run through how this works, and exactly why you need it. Right here, and right now. Let’s jump into Lightroom and check it out. So here we are in Adobe Lightroom, we’re going to check out Opal. And I want to show you a couple of things about Opal. Number one, when you’re here in the develop module, you can simply bring it up by hitting the up arrow key, and here it is, Opal opacity slider. But we really have nothing to swing the opacity up. So, what I’ll do is I will apply – let’s apply this little preset that I have here. And it’s pretty strong, right? So, I’ll bump the up arrow key, and for right now, up arrow key is what Mac users will use. The Windows shortcut key is being added soon by the developer. And you can also change the shortcut key, by the way, to something else, when you’re installing the plugin. You can change it to a bunch of different things, but the up arrow key works just perfectly. And what I can do, is just begin sliding this to the right or the left, and you can see, we’re kind of knocking the preset strength down. So I dragged it down to 5. So, just think of it as 0 being the original image, 10 being the full power preset. And we can also take it up beyond 10, to like, 15. We can take it all the way up to 15, and that just increases the intensity of the preset. So it’s really, really helpful. We can also use our arrow keys, and just, you know, move it in 1/10 increments, we can hold down SHIFT and move it a whole notch at a time. We can say, maybe take it down to 5, hit apply, and there we go. It is going to go ahead and apply that preset at half strength. Let’s slide back over here and grab a photo of the Mercedes here. And I’m going to open up my echrome proset – presets, excuse me, here. And I’m going to just throw the ex03 perfect porta onto this. And let’s say we want to really jazz this up, we want to pump this up even more. So, I’ll bump the up arrow key, and I don’t even have to use my mouse, I can just simply pump it all the way up to 15. Say, yep, make that extreme. Make that even more contrasted, kind of flattened. And what’s happening, by the way, is pretty cool. If I – I’m going to cancel this out real quick – if I open up my tone curve, and I do something like add a little bit of contrast, right? So let’s add some contrast here, and then maybe we want to flatten off our whites a little bit, like that, right? So we create a nice, little curve. When I hit the up arrow key, and bring up the Opal slider, and I begin nudging this upward. Look at that! It’s performing all kinds of interesting stuff behind the scenes, and it is changing my curves for me, and the same thing if I back it off. It’s slowly going to bring me back down toward just standard, default curve position. So, I’m going to push this up to – maybe 13 looks pretty good here. So, like 130% opacity, if you will. And apply that. And there we go! We have it. And, by the way, it’s making all these changes down here in HSL. It’s making all kinds of different changes for us within Lightroom, it’s really, really quite remarkable. And the last thing I want to show you about Opal, let me find another photo here. Let’s go with, oh, I don’t know, let’s go with this photo right here. Eh, maybe this photo needs to be rotated a little bit, we’re going to ignore that for the sake of the argument. I’m going to go with impossible warm and moody. I’m going to drop that in place. And let’s say this was a preset that changes the temperature here in basics. So, let’s say it cranked the temperature all the way up to 10,000 or something, something crazy like that. So I’m going to put this at 10,000, it’s going to be super warm. It actually kind of looks neat. Very, kind of cinematic looking. But, really, you don’t want your presets to be changing your tint and temperature slider here under the basics area. But, if that is the case, what we can do is hit the up arrow key, and we might want to change the opacity of this. But watch what happens… If we begin to slide this back, we’re going to see a bunch of changes taking place, everywhere that it’s moving stuff, it’s going to pop those panels open for us. And let’s say we wanted to set this to half strength, and we’ll just go ahead and apply this. Well, let’s go back and look here, it didn’t adjust temperature. What’s the deal? Why is it not adjusting temperature? Well, we really probably don’t want it adjusting temperature. But sometimes, you might want that. So here’s what you would do, there’s an advanced mode for the Opal plugin. As if things couldn’t get better, ladies and gentlemen, they do. You can come up here to File, and go to your plugin manager, and I’ve this stuff covered up up here because that’s my license key, and you’d have to get your own copy to get your own license key. You can take on, however, the advanced mode here, which is very cool. When I do that and hit done. Now what we’ll do, we’ll hit the up arrow key, now we have the opal slider, but we have all this other stuff. So, tones, casts, color details, these are all sort of the segments that Opal slider is attacking. I’m going to just uncheck temperature, for the time being, we’ll touch on that in just a moment. So, part of the cool thing about this is, we can say, look, let’s see what’s wrapped up in details. Well, we can see that it’s grain, dehaze, clarity, and vignette. So maybe that’s the only part of our edit that we want to change. We want to maybe crank up that – that, you know, dehazing and vignette that we added. Or maybe we want to reduce the dehazing and vignette, well you can do that! Maybe color is the only thing you want to change. Or maybe you want to change color and details, and color is HSL panel, saturation, vividness, red, green and blue primaries. And then same thing here with cast, we’ve got our individual RGB curves color channels. Your split toning, and your shadow tints. And then for tones, you have your general RGB composite channel curve. The parametric curve – highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, and contrast slider. So you have a lot of stuff that you can change and split out in the advanced version of the Opal slider. And then we’ve got temperature and tint. So what’s the deal with this? Well, like I said, let’s say we added the preset and it jacked up our temperature to 10,000. Well, the original, white balance temperature of this photo, let’s say, was standard daylight, 5,700 kelvins – well, what we can do now, this will be the target that the slider will slide back to. So, here at full 100%, it is at 10,000 kelvin, in terms of temperature. If I set this back to zero, well, we would see if this didn’t move – hold on, I’m going to hit apply here for a second, I’ll going to scroll up, I’m going to right here click here and choose solo mode, so only one of my windows opens at a time. So i don’t have everything exploding all over the place. Let’s go ahead and add impossible, warm and moody one more time, and we will crank our temperature up to 10,000 just like that. And now what we’ll do is – oop! let me just zoom out. I’m going to hit the up arrow key. And we set our base temperature, the temperature of the original image, 5,700 kelvin. And let’s just reduce our Opal slider, and I’m only going to mess around with tones. I’m going to shut off cast color details, and let’s begin sliding this back. And you can see, as I slide it back, when I get back to zero, sure enough, temperature is at what we set it to be. The original image at 5,700. But, if I crank past 10, like up to 14. We got it up past 10,000, 11,720, and then 15 is where it maxes out. We’re at 12,150, and oh, by the way, all the other toning and everything, is being taken into account and cranked up as well. We can take on, of course, cast and color and details, and really blow this image out of the water. And the same, by the way, applies for tint. So, if it had a specific tint. And tint was being adjusted. You can also say, look, originally my tint was at zero. And you can work with that, as well. And then I can hit apply, and we have really, really cranked this image up. And if I look at a before and after, there it is, out of the camera. And there it is, with all this crazy stylizing added to it. Now, one other thing I should add. This thing was so easy to install too, it’ll take you two minutes to install. You download the file, you unzip it, you run the simple installer, you choose the hotkey you want to launch Opal, like up arrow key – and, by the way, ESCAPE will just close out Opal without committing a change. If you hit up arrow and hit ENTER, it applies whatever little change you make, super easy. – After you choose the hotkey, you just open up Lightroom, and activate Opal. And then you just start using it. It’s that easy! It was easier than easy, in fact. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the Opal opacity slider. Brand new! For Lightroom! Developed by my good buddy, Nathan Johnson. I highly recommend you go check it out, and pick up a copy of it for yourself. Thank you for watching this video. So, there you have it, ladies and gents! Again, if you enjoyed it, make sure you use that link down in the bio, pick up a copy of this plugin for yourself today. You can use it – well, I mean, look – think of all of the different possibilities, right? That’s what I’m trying to say! Think of all the possibilities for a plugin like this. Something that is really, really helpful here in Adobe Lightroom. I think you’ll really enjoy it. Guys, for just really checking out this nice, little plugin, opacity slider in Adobe Lightroom. That’s it! Get it? Got it? Good! Nathaniel Dodson,, I’ll catch you in the next one. (upbeat music)
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  • Reply Chris Egon Searle March 11, 2018 at 5:14 am

    Such a great idea. Like the Lut intensity slider in Premiere

  • Reply Nikhil Prajapati March 11, 2018 at 5:34 am

    Which MacBook pro is best for video editing

  • Reply martin_e March 11, 2018 at 5:54 am

    Interesting. Basically what I do with a lot of my work with fading layer edits in order to see an amount (opacity) of an effect you whatever. Pretty cool for a lightroom plugin.

  • Reply Pranit Dubey March 11, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Highway font in thumbnail right ?

  • Reply DUSKIE STUDIOS March 11, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Flying efficient with these tools man.

  • Reply zLenni Syndrom March 11, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Amazing Video! Could someone explain me why my Lightroom 2018 looks totaly different? ( I have Windows 10) are there different Versions of Lightroom?

  • Reply john wheatley March 11, 2018 at 8:26 am

    I have been thinking about this plug in, along with fader as well, but I use the up/down arrows to adjust all controls. I came to the conclusion that using a virtual copy together with the preset version, would allow me to alter the opacity in Photoshop.

  • Reply Jean-Yves Mead March 11, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Great tool. Finally I can use my VSCO colour presets without my eyes bleeding. If you're into black and white photography then I would also strongly recommend that you look at Nate's X-Chrome Lightroom preset tool.

  • Reply Just a name March 11, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Hey , just try to upload specific videos… Change your channel theme …
    Otherwise you may have like one million subscribers but your veiw will stay about 1-2k

  • Reply orkust March 11, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    If you don’t wanna pay the $$$ theirs a free one already out there

  • Reply Alex Mangione March 11, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    2 days ago I thought to myself "I wish I could change the opacity of my presets…" BOOM now I can.

  • Reply MrRosePhoto March 11, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Great video keep up the great information 👍🏽

  • Reply Ana Aguilar March 11, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    This is like the Fader!

  • Reply jl sc March 11, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    never something that i thought was missing.

  • Reply Uwe Loescher March 11, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    nothing new so far and it´s free:

  • Reply Maria Fernanda Gonzalez March 12, 2018 at 5:56 am

    Yeah, Nate. There's a free one called THE FADER already. Works smoothly and it's free, most importantly. It's by Capture Monkey, you guys can google it and it will pop up on the first page.

  • Reply HD Creations March 12, 2018 at 9:20 am

    I am a big fan of yours, Please teach how to give oil paint effect to your portraits.

  • Reply Sheikh Muhammad Adnan March 12, 2018 at 12:12 pm


  • Reply Otter's Photography March 17, 2018 at 3:21 am

    so basically, it's a slider for people who don't know how to edit their own photos….. for $15.00.

  • Reply Mark Henry Cooney September 21, 2018 at 8:44 am

    I need help !!
    I created a custom Lightroom Preset, and want to know if there is a way to see all the effects/presets that have been placed upon a photo, similar to the way we layer effects on a video clip in premiere pro. I want to manually delete ONLY specific presets I have on my photo in Lightroom Classic, whilst leaving others on the photo.

    I already know how to undo (Control+Z), I'm asking how to specifically see what Presets are currently active on a photo and then remove them manually.

    Is this possible? Thank you!!!

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