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Lightroom Tip of the Week: Change Your Lightroom 5 Splash Screen!

Believe it or not, sometimes I actually enjoy reading the names of the Adobe Lightroom folks as I wait for Lightroom to start, because I know some of these folks and appreciate what they do. After a couple times, though, I’m ready for something new, so I now display photos: It is relatively easy to change Lightroom 5′s splash screen — it just involves dragging one or more JPEG photos into a particular folder. If you put more than one photo in the folder, Lightroom will display a different photo each time you open the program. (Note that you cannot change the flash screen in previous versions of Lightroom.) Here’s how to change your Lightroom 5 splash screen:

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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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Travel Light with Lightroom 5 Smart Previews

Lightroom 5 smart previews allow you to develop your photos, even when the masters are offline. Imagine traveling with your laptop, and leaving your big heavy external hard drive with all your photos back at home. Work on your photos on the road, and when you get home and reconnect your hard drive, your work is seamlessly applied to your masters. All you need on the road are your laptop your catalog, and smart previews of your photos.  Not interested in traveling with your photos? Smart previews may still give you a performance benefit in the Develop module.  Finally, Adobe has hinted that at some point in the future, smart previews will enable us to work with our photos in [...more]

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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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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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Healing and Cloning on Steroids in Lightroom 5

Watch my video tutorial below for how to use all of the new features in the Spot Removal tool in the Lightroom 5 beta — including the new advanced healing brush, which is great for both removing objects and doing retouching, and for the new Visualize Spots feature. For me, these new tools alone will be worth upgrading for when Lightroom 5 officially comes out. I will also be making far fewer trips to Photoshop! For best quality, after hitting Play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD. Summary of what is covered +  shortcuts for healing and cloning: 2 types of spots available: Circle spots – the preexisting functionality within Lightroom Brush spots – [...more]

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