The following tutorial relates to the SLR Lounge Cloud Pack, a set of hi-res JPEG files that allow you to add Clouds to your photos in Photoshop.
Note: While the SLR Lounge premium membership includes the exercise file(s) pertaining each particular tutorial in the Cloud Pack, it does NOT include full download to the Cloud Pack. This addon can be purchased in our store here.
INSTALLING THE CLOUD PACK & USING IT IN YOUR WORKFLOW
When you download your purchase from SLR Lounge, you will first need to extract the Cloud Pack from the .ZIP file. Whether you’re on a Mac or a PC, the best way to open .ZIP files is to simply double-click on it. If you’re on a PC, it could depend which version of Windows you have, or if you prefer to use any special zipping application. You may also consider right-clicking the .ZIP file and selecting “Unzip to this Location” or a similar option.
Inside the main folder are two more folders, one that contains the Cloud Pack images themselves and one that contains all of the video tutorials. There will also be a handful of sample RAW images for you to use as you follow along with the video tutorials. The Cloud Pack images are organized into a few different folders and they all have keywording applied.
For the best Lightroom workflow, we recommend leaving the images within their respective folders. Lightroom is a great place to begin your workflow, even if you know you’re eventually going to work in Photoshop.
There are many ways to work in Lightroom, and we expand on them in our Lightroom Workshop Collection. If you are a photographer who has one or more “workflow assets” such as this Cloud Pack, textures or other assets, we recommend a workflow that uses one single Lightroom Catalog. This way you can have all your tools at your fingertips at all times! For example, below you’ll see I have a resources folder with our SLR Lounge Texture Pack, Smoke Pack, and Cloud Pack inside, all within the same Lightroom catalog.
ADOBE BRIDGE ORGANIZATION
If you decide to use Adobe Bridge for your workflow instead, you may prefer to move all the Cloud Pack images to one single folder and just use the provided keywords to organize and find your assets instead of the folders. The keywords will allow you to quickly search through the Cloud Pack images in Adobe Bridge and allow you to filter by noon-day sunlight, dramatic, directional light, or sunsets and sunrises. They are also keyworded based on focal range.
Learn more about the Cloud Pack here.