How to Remove Spots and Objects and Retouch Portraits in Lightroom

Lightroom’s spot removal tool with its incorporated advanced healing brush is great for getting rid of spots and some objects, as well as for retouching tasks such as reducing the appearance of wrinkles and softening skin. Watch the two video tutorials that Adobe asked me to make last year on how to use this tool.  In the first video, learn how to get rid of sensor dust or annoying objects in your composition, and learn the difference between healing and cloning. In the second, learn how to use the visualize spots feature so you don’t miss hard-to-see spots, do a quick portrait touch-up, and see how to go to Photoshop for advanced retouching.  Click on the image below to go to the Adobe video tutorial […more]


Working with History and Viewing Before & After in Lightroom

In this sample video tutorial from my Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series, I show you all the different ways to view Before and After in Lightroom: Working with the History panel Using the “\” key Toggling on and off specific panel and tool work The Y/Y button I also show you how to change the definition of “Before” so you can compare any previous step to your current work. UPDATE: This video is also applicable to Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC (as well as Lightroom 2-4.) For best quality, hit Play, then click on the Youtube sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD. (For even better quality, consider purchasing the full series.) Check out Lightroom […more]


Touching Up Teeth with Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush and Spot Removal Tool

In this video tutorial I show you how to easily brighten, whiten, and fix flaws in teeth, using Lightroom’s adjustment brush and spot removal tool. (This video was made with Lightroom 4 or 5, but is applicable to CC and 6 as well.) For best quality, hit Play, then click on the Youtube sprocket wheel. in the bottom right and choose 720/HD. Enjoyed this article? Enter your email address below to sign up for newsletter updates: Related Video Tutorial: Using Lightroom’s Spot Removal Tool / Advanced Healing Brush


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. Enjoyed this article? Enter […more]


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]


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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