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An Overview of the Tone Curve Panel in Lightroom: Part II

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  In my last post on the Tone Curve panel, I showed you the basic components of the panel, as well as how to edit in the RGB channel. In this post, we will look at how to use the Red, Green and Blue channels to color balance your image. We will then look at how you can adjust the Tone Curve after applying a preset. THE RED, GREEN & BLUE COLOR CHANNELS Click the icon highlighted below to edit the point curve: Beside the word Channel, press the up/down arrows. By default, you will already be in the RGB channel, which...

5 Steps for Creating Your Own Print Templates in Lightroom

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Lightroom is an amazingly powerful program.  We all love it for the ways that it saves us time in editing and the simplicity of editing. However, most of our focus is on the ways that it can help us save time in the Develop Module.  In this post, I want to share with you how it can save you time blogging and creating beautiful products collages for your clients. Lightroom's Print Module has the power to create these things for you without you ever having to leave Lightroom.  And you can do it in just a few simple steps. 1. Get Started...

An Overview of the Tone Curve Panel in Lightroom: Part I

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In this tutorial, we will take a look at the components of the Tone Curve panel in Lightroom, and how to make adjustments within the RGB channel. WHAT ARE TONE CURVES? Tone Curves (simply referred to as "curves" by most photographers) affect the overall brightness and contrast of your image. By adjusting the curves, we can make our image brighter or darker, and affect the contrast levels. COMPONENTS OF THE TONE CURVE PANEL IN LIGHTROOM In the Develop module, you will see the Tone Curve panel on the far right. Press the triangle to make the panel drop down so that you can make...

Tips for Using Lightroom's Crop Tool

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Where is the Crop Tool Located? The Crop Tool is located on the right-side of the Develop Module in the same panel as the Adjustment Brush and Radial and Graduated Filters.  You can click on the grid-looking tool or tap the "R" key to choose the crop tool. Cropping Your Photo Cropping your photo is easy.  Once you have chosen the Crop Tool, a grid-like overlay will appear over your photo.  You can click and drag on the corners of the grid to adjust the crop or you can click and drag the photo and position what you want to see...

Customizing Harvest Moon (from the Sugar and Spice Collection) to Fit Your Style

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Many of us get stuck thinking that once we apply a preset, our editing is done.  The truth is that sometimes presets do most of the steps for us and leave us to do the finishing touches that make the image our own and fit our style. Watch Allison as she does this very thing with Harvest Moon from the Sugar and Spice Collection.  

Understanding Lightroom's Sharpening Sliders

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Sharpening in Lightroom isn't something we talk about a lot.  It isn't one of the exciting things that makes your photo beautiful or transforms it in amazing ways.  It is one of the little things.  But the little things sometimes make a huge difference, so here is a breakdown of all the sharpening sliders in Lightroom and how to use them! Where to Find the Sharpening Sliders The Sharpening sliders are found in the Detail Panel.  This is also the same panel where Noise Reduction is found.  Each of the sliders has a different function. Amount This slider decides the...

Tips for Using Lightroom's Clone and Heal Tools

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Tips for Using the Clone Tool to Remove Flyaways Cloning generally works better for flyaway hairs. In fact, when I am trying to remove something from the background, cloning is generally the option to choose anytime there is a lot of contrast between the background and the object you are removing. Tips for Using the Heal Tool Healing works best when you are trying to blend something and don't want/need an exact match. Healing will blend the area you are fixing with the area Lightroom chooses (or you choose by moving the spot Lightroom chose). Healing also works best when you are...

Creating a Christmas Card in Lightroom + FREE Christmas Overlays

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This time of year many of us will be taking a Christmas Card photo with the intent to send it out to all our friends and family.  Sometimes we stress about the process of creating a Christmas card.  Today I want to show you that you can create a cute and simple card in Lightroom using overlays from Pretty Forum that you can download HERE.  Follow these directions or skip to the video below to get started making your Christmas card now! Download and Unzip the Overlays The first step to creating your Christmas card will be to download the...

Enable Profile Corrections: Enhance Your Photo with One Click!

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Have you ever taken an image and then noticed slight distortion and heavy, dark corners? Often, this is an easy fix. Head down to the Lens Corrections Panel on the right side in Lightroom. Under this panel, you'll see the option to Enable Profile Corrections. Enabling Profile Corrections enables automatic corrections based on the lens used so as long as Lightroom supports the lens you are using, checking this box will automatically apply the correct Profile Corrections to your image. Watch what happens to the dark corners of this image upon Enabling Profile Corrections.  Wondering where to find this setting? Check out...

Editing Cheat Sheet: Editing Images of Children in Lightroom

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Editing Images of Children in Lightroom Kristen has been sharing fabulous edits with our Facebook Group for many months now.  We asked her to share a few of them with us and include her steps to editing these images.  Hopefully, it provides some wonderful inspiration to you as you edit your own images!  Thanks to Kristen for all her work on this!   Presets Used: Pretty Onyx from the Summer Limited Edition Collection, Graduated Filter Toolbox I started by applying Pretty Onyx from the Summer Limited Edition Collection. I noticed that the shadows were darker than I liked on the...

Editing Fall Images with Pretty Presets

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So many have been asking about a Fall Collection and/or how to achieve that warm, earthy fall look. I am just as excited as you are for a Fall Collection *but* that golden look can still be achieved with a little help from the different Pretty Preset brushes! What's awesome about these two edits, is the base preset for both is Peacock from the Pretty Forum Treasure Chest (see special promo below!). Fall Edit #1: Smoothed skin using the PP Portrait Brushes  Peacock from the Pretty Forum Treasure  Adjusted white balance to warm the image (a bit more than the...

Pretty Preset Collection Edits: Matte, Film, Summer, Color Luxe & Pastels

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One of the most common questions asked about Pretty Presets is which collection to purchase and, of course, everyone loves to see a good before and after example. We've put together some various edits from five of the Pretty Preset collections, all with the same image. This way, you can see how various presets from the various sets impact the same image and this should help you to choose which collection will be fit your personal processing style. Stay tuned for Part Two, which will showcase the remaining Pretty Preset Collections.  The Summer Limited Edition Collection Starting Preset: Aurora Sky Adjustments: Skin...