Articles tagged 'Lightroom Tutorials'

Taking the Mystery Out of the Graduated Filters

Graduated Filters Graduated filters are similar to brushes in that they are local adjustments. However, they differ in that brushes are consistent over the area used, whereas graduated filters are strongest at the edge where you start them and then gradually taper off, giving the image a very real but subtle change. The tool is a cross hair that you put at the point you want the effect to start and then pull across. Adjust local areas of an image by choosing the change you’d like to make, then click on the edge of the area (like the edge of.. - Continue Reading

Take Advantage of the Lightroom Book Module

Lightroom has a super-user-friendly book feature that not only allows you to create photo books quickly in Lightroom, but you can also export them to the web to either print through Blurb, or download the PDF from Blurb to print on your own.  Below are a few tips and tricks for creating a great photo book in Lightroom. You will see the Book module tab here: Okay, before we get too involved in this tutorial, I want to stress that photo books are not only a matter of personal preference, but the style of your photo.. - Continue Reading

How to Use Library Filters to Sort and Manage Your Images in Lightroom

Lightroom is an amazing program, designed to help you manage thousands and thousands of images, as well as quickly edit and process them for web and print. If you are like me, your catalog has 10,000+ images in it. How can we quickly find the picture(s) we want, when we want them? Fortunately Adobe built in multiple ways for us to organize, sort, and search our images. Keywords - if you aren't tagging your images with keywords, start TOMORROW! Collections - a much smarter and more efficient way to organize your images than by folders. Filters - sort, search, and.. - Continue Reading

Syncing Edits on Multiple Images in Lightroom

Syncing Settings and Presets Once you have edited an image and made it the best it can be, you may want to apply those same changes to other images from the same shoot or batch. The easiest way to do this is by using the "sync" option that is at the bottom of the Develop panel. When you "sync" you are copying one, two, three, all settings from the "anchor" image onto the other images you have selected. If you edit via presets, which is how I edit 80% of the time, you can sync those changes also. Steps for.. - Continue Reading

5 Tips for Saving Time in Lightroom + Editing Skin Tones In Lightroom

5 Tips for Saving Time in Lightroom Webinar We're so excited to launch this new webinar series!  During this webinar you'll enjoy two webinars in one.  Learn all about skin tones in Lightroom and how to save time while using Lightroom, too.  This is one webinar you won't want to miss.  We look forward to seeing you there.  Reserve your seat today!  Download the 5 Tips for Saving Time In Lightroom notes here.   Editing Skin Tones In Lightroom Webinar Download the Editing Skin Tones in Lightroom notes here.  Lightroom Tutorials You May Enjoy: 1.  How to Correct.. - Continue Reading

Exporting Images for Print, Web and Facebook

You have successfully imported images into Lightroom and edited them. Awesome! Now you need to get those precious little files OUT of Lightroom and off to the printer, or onto a thumb drive for your client, or uploaded to Facebook to show potential clients. This vital step is called EXPORTING. During the export all the edits and changes you made in the Develop module will be applied and the new version of your image is created (because Lightroom is non destructive and does not overwrite the original file). Let's go through the export screen a step at a time. Important! Take your.. - Continue Reading

Taking Images from Lightroom to Photoshop

Many photographers, both professional and hobbyists, have more than one editing programs. And, more often than not those two programs are Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. If you are new to one or both, you may not realize how beautifully the two programs were designed to work together. Today we want to show you how to set up an external (Adobe) editing program in Lightroom. Lightroom and Photoshop Usually Lightroom will *find* Photoshop and link up with it without you having to do it. However, there are a few changes you may want to make to the settings.. - Continue Reading

Editing in Lightroom Presets with Pretty Presets - Clarissa Hunnewell

Clarissa wrote me recently and shared some edits she had made with the Make It Matte Collection!  I asked if she'd be okay with us sharing them with our page.  Thanks for letting us share, Clarissa.    "I have either used the Pretty Pastels Collection or the Make It Matte Collection. But, overall the Make It Matte is definitely my favorite. Every time I go to edit a photo the very first thing I do it put a preset over it and then adjust everything else from there. Pretty Presets is by far my favorite preset company. I don't edit.. - Continue Reading

From Import to Export: Keeping Tabs on Your Files

When it comes to organizing your files on your computer and in Lightroom, there is no set standard, and everyone has their own way of doing things that works for them, and their way of organizing is usually a combination of a) what they’ve been taught and b) what they’ve learned on their own. The most important thing when it comes to organizing your files is that you understand your system and can locate your images without spending hours searching, and that your files are safe: ie, your computer isn’t about to explode from being full of unused images, and.. - Continue Reading

How and Where to Backup Your Lightroom Catalog

Today I am talking about one of the most important things you should be doing in Lightroom: backing up the Lightroom catalog to an off site location. In a previous post I explained what the catalog was - the compilation of all the images you have imported into Lightroom. Not only is the catalog file (.lrcat) your virtual picture library, but it is also all the organizational systems you have created such as keywords and collections, and it is all the edit steps you have taken for each and every picture you've ever edited in Lightroom (and is still in the.. - Continue Reading

One Setting in Lightroom That Can Make a Big Difference

There is one little setting that is so very often overlooked in Lightroom and it's a setting that can make editing quicker and easier - Lens Correction. Some camera lenses will do weird things to an image, like wide angles can make people or building lean into towards the center of an image. Or, it can stretch subjects wider who are on near the edge of the frame. Some lenses, like my Nikon 60mm f2.8 macro, will put a vignette on the image. Vignettes are an effect many photographers add to an image to help make the subject more of.. - Continue Reading

Editing Newborns in Lightroom

Newborns photos are some of the sweetest images you will ever capture. They are beautiful and precious and all things wonderful. However, newborn pictures can sometimes show the babies to be red, splotchy, jaundiced, with red or purple hands and feet, and so on. Images of newborns almost always need some help in post processing. This post will show you how to use presets and brushes to remedy the most common problems in newborn images. If you are simply going for a "clean edit" then start with the global presets first (presets on the left side of the Develop module,.. - Continue Reading