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]


Adobe Releases Lightroom 5.5 with iPhone Mobile App

Today Adobe released Lightroom 5.5 along with Lightroom mobile for the iPhone. Along with the usual new camera support, new lens profiles, and bug fixes, the free Lightroom 5.5 update includes support for syncing with the new iPhone app, and a few other changes targeted at Lightroom mobile and Creative Cloud subscribers. Watch my video below to see the changes in action, or read on below the video for details. Creative Cloud subscribers: update through the CC app. Otherwise, to install the free update, if Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to update, go to Help>Check for Updates, download the file, then double-click on it to run the installation wizard. If Check for Updates doesn’t find the update, try again later or download […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. For best quality, hit Play, then click on the Youtube sprocket wheel. in the bottom right and choose 720/HD. 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.


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) – the Basic panel is most common – white balance, exposure, etc panel strip / filmstrip (1:30) toolbar (1:52) library filter bar (2:15) tool in toolbar […more]


How to Upgrade to Lightroom 5

You have taken the plunge and bought Lightroom 5. In the video below, I show you how to upgrade. I discuss how you can find your old catalog if necessary, how to ensure that your new Lightroom 5 catalog is named appropriately and that your presets come along, and how to remove  your old catalog and software. This video has been UPDATED to include the scenario where Lightroom does not prompt you to upgrade your old catalog. For higher quality video, hit Play, then click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD. (For those of you more experienced users wondering why in this video I have users who store their presets with their catalog rename their […more]

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