Adding Layers to Lightroom

One of the biggest strengths of Photoshop has always been Layers. Layers were introduced to Photoshop early on in version 3.0 back in 1994 and totally revolutionized what Photoshop can do. Being able to layer parts of images over each other gives you endless creative control over what you can create.

One of the limits of using Lightroom for more creative editing has been the lack of layers in Lightroom. OnOne Software worked with Photoshop Guru Scott Kelby to create a brand new product called Perfect Layers. WIth Perfect Layers you are able to add layers to Lightroom and blend images similar to how you can in Photoshop.

Some of the highlights of this Lightroom plug-in:

  • Combine multiple images into a layered Photoshop-compatible file
  • Adjust layer size, position, blending mode and opacity
  • Use the built-in layer masks and masking tools to blend multiple layers together
  • Layered files are easily opened in Photoshop if needed
  • Super fast launch and file-opening speed
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    The great thing is that while the finish up the software the current version is available as a public preview so you can download the current version for free. Just head on over to their website to download it: Perfect Layers Lightroom Plug-In

    What do you think of adding Layers to Lightroom? Leave a comment below and remember you can quickly leave a comment if you are signed into Facebook by using our Facebook comment feature.

    You can also watch a detailed walk though of the Lightroom plugin here:

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    Author: Mark

    Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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    4 Comments

    1. It’s about time! This is a great idea, and may give me cause to shed Photoshop!

    2. Sounds cool, I’ll definitely give it a try. What we should get now is, to be able to use all tools, including curves or selective color on layers.

    3. Oh no .. its a stand alone where u import the fotos. Its NOT something u do in Lightroom…..

    4. Perfect Layers is so far (as a beta) a simple stand alone layers editor outside of Lightroom. Nobody with a layer capable image editor needs it. Photoshop Elements is cheaper than this limited tool.
      For Photoshop/Lightroom users Jeffrey Friedl created a Lightroom plugin for a non destructive Lightroom/Photoshop layers workflow, check it out:
      http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies/layers
      short introduction on my blog (in german):
      http://mikeschelhorn.de/wordpress/?p=1497

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