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Tethered Capture with Onion Skin layer for creating composites

New Here ,
Dec 12, 2016 Dec 12, 2016

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Feature request: 

I would like Lightroom to be able to do Tethered Capture with Onion Skin layer for creating composite images.   This would allow for a layer to be viewed over a background image in a reduced opacity (adjustable) just to make sure that perspectives are correct.   I don't want to create a real layered PS style document, just display over another to make sure it's the right perspective and such before moving forward. 

Adobe, would you please add this to a future release???

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Adobe Community Professional , Dec 12, 2016 Dec 12, 2016
Lightroom has this feature, called Image Overlay.You will need your "Onion Skin" overlay created preferably as a PNG type file with transparent areas. (Without transparency the overlay must be reduced in opacity to see the image below.)Select the Onion Skin Overlay [Ctrl+Shift+Alt+O]  or Menu>View>Loupe Overlay>Choose Layout Image. The overlay can be re-sized, and hold Ctrl to adjust opacity with the 'scrubby' adjustment below the image.With Loupe view active, and camera tethered, as the images ...

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Lightroom has this feature, called Image Overlay.

You will need your "Onion Skin" overlay created preferably as a PNG type file with transparent areas. (Without transparency the overlay must be reduced in opacity to see the image below.)

Select the Onion Skin Overlay [Ctrl+Shift+Alt+O]  or Menu>View>Loupe Overlay>Choose Layout Image. The overlay can be re-sized, and hold Ctrl to adjust opacity with the 'scrubby' adjustment below the image.

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With Loupe view active, and camera tethered, as the images import you will see them with the Overlay in place.

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Ctrl+Alt+O  will toggle the overlay Visible/Hidden.

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 10.4, Photoshop 22.5, Lightroom 4.4, Windows-10 Nikon DSLR.

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Dec 16, 2016 Dec 16, 2016

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Thank you, very much!!   I had no idea that feature was in Lightroom!!   It works great!

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Dec 11, 2018 Dec 11, 2018

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Is there a way to set the overlay image using another image in your catalogue rather than loading it from the source file?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 11, 2018 Dec 11, 2018

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danielg17150403  wrote

Is there a way to set the overlay image using another image in your catalogue rather than loading it from the source file?

I do not think so. (I have not found a way to select the Overlay from a Lightroom folder view)

Selecting an "Overlay" image [Ctrl+Alt+Shift+O]  always opens up the File browser (File Explorer / Finder).

I suggest to create a folder to store your PNG (with transparency) overlay files making them easy to find.

Use this same folder to store PNG Identity plate graphics and Logos, etc.

Your folder of 'Overlays' can be imported to show  in the Lightroom catalog (like any other image), so if memory is failing, you can right-click the overlay image in the Catalog to [Show in Explorer/Finder], and refresh your memory.

Edit: I just noticed (LR-Classic v8.0) that [Ctrl+Alt+Shift+O] will only show PNG type files for choice. So 'Overlay' files MUST be of PNG file-type!

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 10.4, Photoshop 22.5, Lightroom 4.4, Windows-10 Nikon DSLR.

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Dec 12, 2018 Dec 12, 2018

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That's a shame. Adobe maybe this can be a feature in the future? I am a product photographer and it would be handy for positioning different colour products in exactly the same place without the hassle of having to go in search of the last picture I took.

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danielg17150403  wrote

That's a shame. Adobe maybe this can be a feature in the future? I am a product photographer and it would be handy for positioning different colour products in exactly the same place without the hassle of having to go in search of the last picture I took.

Sorry, I am not sure what you mean by "last picture I took"

Once you have enabled an 'Overlay' on the screen you can still cursor forward/back through images in 'Loupe' view (E).

Also, when using tethered capture, with the overlay active, every incoming photo from the camera will show with the overlay, so as you shoot you see the shot with the overlay.

So you can do a product shoot with the overlay active as a guide to product placement.

I used an overlay for a photo-booth wedding shoot- as guests took their own photo with a remote trigger, they then could see their photo on my laptop with my identity plate as an overlay.

https://layersmagazine.com/using-image-overlay-in-lightroom-to-preview-layouts-while-shooting-tether...

https://lightroomkillertips.com/adding-overlays-lightrooms-loupe-view/

Lightroom: Using a Layout Image - YouTube

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 10.4, Photoshop 22.5, Lightroom 4.4, Windows-10 Nikon DSLR.

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Feb 16, 2021 Feb 16, 2021

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Agree. I'm still looking for a solution years after this post.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 16, 2021 Feb 16, 2021

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At jrubesd, if you wish to post a new feature request then the appropriate forum is located at feedback.photoshop dot com.

 

Regards, Denis: iMac mid-2015, 5K 27”, GPU 2GB, Ram 24GB, HDD 3TB, macOS 11.6, LrC 10.4, Lr 4.4, Ps 22.5,; Camera OM-D E-M1.

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Feb 17, 2021 Feb 17, 2021

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@jrubesd   "Agree."  with what exactly?

What solution are you looking for?

As in my answer- Lightroom-Classic has an 'Overlay' function.

 

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 10.4, Photoshop 22.5, Lightroom 4.4, Windows-10 Nikon DSLR.

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