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“Developing Photos in Lightroom” Webinar Recording Available for a Limited Time

The recording from my March “Developing Photos in Lightroom” webinar is now available to view for free! It will be available for one week, through Thursday, April 3 only. By popular demand, I have extended how long this webinar will be available! Watch as I develop photos in Lightroom in this free webinar. Learn how to get beautiful results by mastering the most important panel in Lightroom’s Develop module – the Basic panel. I’ll then work several photos from start to finish, sharing my approach to decision making when developing, and demonstrating many of the powerful tools available to you, such as the HSL panel, healing brush, adjustment brush and radial filter tool. (Note that at this point the recording [...more]

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Creating a Faux-HDR Look in Lightroom and Saving It As a Preset

Sometimes it’s fun to take photos a little over the edge. In this video tutorial, I show you how to create a bit of a faux-HDR effect in the Develop module in Lightroom, adding a lot of light into the shadows of your photos, and punching up color and edge definition, using Basic panel settings, the Graduated Filter tool, and the HSL panel. Whether you like this effect or you create a different effect, I then show you how to copy your settings to other photos to test out the effect you have created, and finally, how to save your settings as a preset so that you can apply them to other photos at any time.

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Create Multiple Versions of Your Photos with Lightroom Virtual Copies and Snapshots

If you want to experiment with different versions of develop work on a photo, virtual copies and/or snapshots are two great ways to do this — all without having to create a second file on your hard drive. Snapshots allow you to save your work at different points in time so that you can easily get back to any point, and allow you to go off in different directions with a photo. Virtual copies in effect are separate copies of your photos, that can be developed differently.  Watch the video below, from my Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond workshop on video, to learn how to use virtual copies and snapshots. (For best quality, hit Play, then click on the [...more]

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How to Create Photo Borders in Lightroom

It’s easy to create simple black, white or transparent photo borders in Lightroom, using the Effects panel in the Develop module. The Effects panel is on the right side, towards the bottom of your panels. Set the Style to Paint Overlay, so that highlights don’t show through your border. 1. Black film-style border Set Amount to -100, Midpoint to 0, Roundness to -100 and Feather to 0. 2. White border Set Amount to +100, Midpoint to 0, Roundness to -100 and Feather to 0. 3. Wider border Increase Roundness: 4. Softer Border Increase the Feather Setting to soften the border edge: 5. Transparent Border Set Amount to any value greater than 0 and less than 100: Some of you will [...more]

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When Panels, Modules, Tools and More Go Missing in Lightroom

I get a fair number of emails from frantic users who have lost some critical part of the Lightroom interface. In this video I show you how to find missing panels, tools, and more.  Watch the video to learn not only how to find what you have lost, but also how to hide what you don’t need. For those of you who need to just get to what you are looking for, below is what I cover and where you can find it in the video: Find your missing Lightroom: module (0:30) panel (0:50) panel strip / filmstrip (1:30) toolbar (1:52) library filter bar (2:15) tool in toolbar (2:43) hidden settings in panel (3:06) grid view photo information (3:42) loupe [...more]

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What’s New in Lightroom 5.2

Adobe released Lightroom 5.2 today, with important bug fixes, new camera, lens and tethered capture support. As has become their practice in the first “dot” release (“.2″ in this case — there was no “.1″), Adobe has also thrown in a few small but welcome new features. Watch my “What’s New in Lightroom 5.2″ video below, and then read on in this article for more information on new camera support, bug fixes, etc. New Features in Lightroom 5.2 1. Color Noise Smoothness Slider The color noise slider previously present has been great at removing pixel-level color noise. This new smoothness slider now also removes larger color blobs that you may find when you brighten very-much underexposed areas of a photograph:

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Lightroom Tip of the Week: “I” is for “Information”

Have you ever wondered how to turn off (or on) the information that displays over your photos when you are in Loupe view (single-photo view) in  Lightroom’s Library and Develop modules? The secret is to type the keyboard shortcut “I“, for “Information“. If no information is showing, typing “I” once displays one set of information about your photo: Typing “I” a second time displays a second set of information: And typing “I” a third time will hide the information. To change what information displays, in the menu bar in the top left, go to View>View Options. On the Loupe View tab, the three fields you choose under Loupe Info 1 display when you type “I” the first time; the three [...more]

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Where Are My Lightroom 4 or 5 Develop Controls and What’s That Lightning Bolt Below the Histogram?

If you have upgraded to Lightroom 5 from Lightroom 3 or earlier (even if you came via Lightroom 4), when you look at photos in the Develop module that came from Lightroom 3, you will see a lightning bolt below the histogram if the histogram is open, or to the left of the panel name if it is closed: The equivalent symbol in Lightroom 4 was an exclamation point below your photo: The lightning bolt  is a signal to you that the photo is continuing to use your settings from the old (pre-Lightroom 4) processing technology. The photo therefore should look the same to you as it did as you had left it in the earlier version of Lightroom (worked [...more]

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Lightroom 5: Upright for Straightening Photos and Fixing Perspective with One Click

Upright is a new automatic feature in the Lightroom 5 Beta for straightening photos and correcting perspective. In the video below I show you how to use Upright and how it interacts with the Crop tool. I also introduce the new grids and guides available in both the Library and Develop modules of the Lightroom 5 Beta. As always, for highest quality, hit Play and then click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD. Check out my other Lightroom 5 tutorials, including a Highlighs video.

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Lightroom 5: Mastering the Radial Filter Tool

The Radial Filter tool in Lightroom 5 is great for making local changes to your photo that affect either the outside or inside of an oval or circular area — a classic example is creating a vignette effect to darken the edges of your photo and to bring attention to the center. We have been able to create vignettes with the Effects panel in LR 4 and Lightroom 3, but the new Radial Filter adds the ability to (1) highlight areas that are not in the center of your photo, and (2) do much more than darkening and lightening areas. We can now affect saturation, contrast, white balance, sharpness/blur, and much more. Watch the video below for complete instructions on how [...more]

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