Using the Spot Removal Tool in Lightroom and Camera Raw

9/2011: Here’s an updated video tutorial on how to use the spot removal tool to retouch photos in Lightroom.  I also show how to use it to reduce the appearance of circles under eyes. This is from my Lightroom 3 Fundamentals and Beyond video series, available as a download or DVD.  Check it out if you have Lightroom 3.  And click here to check out the Lightroom 4 version!          

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Why Can’t I Rearrange My Images in Lightroom?

I thought I would address this commonly encountered issue as I am learning to do videos. Sorry it is a little repetitive, they will get better. Bottom line if you don’t have time to watch the video: make sure you are in a bottom-level folder, and also that you are not in a smart collection. watch video If you have any issues watching this video, please shoot me an email — I would appreciate hearing so I can make future videos better.

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Painting Back What You Take Away

Sometimes you want to make an adjustment to your image almost everywhere. You could use the adjustment brush and paint almost everywhere, but that could be slow. Instead, make the adjustment everywhere, with a global change in the Basic panel, and then use the adjustment brush to change back the area you didn’t want to affect. This works in both Camera Raw and Lightroom. Here’s an example. I want to give this portrait image that glow that is popular these days, but I don’t want it to affect the eyes or the mouth. I will give the image the glow by reducing clarity to -60 in the Basic panel. I also boosted contrast and vibrance. With the adjustment brush set […more]

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Lightroom on Two Monitors

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to have your thumbnails on one screen, and your full size image on another? Lightroom 1 users thought so and pressed Adobe to provide this functionality. Adobe did so in Lightroom 2. It is very easy to set up: In the Library and Develop modules, on the left side just above the filmstrip, you will see icons for screen 1 and screen 2: Click on the 2 icon, and a second LR window will open that looks like this: Drag this to your second monitor and size the window to fit. Your keyboard shortcuts (G=Grid, E=Loupe, C=Compare, N=Survey, D=Develop) still control what you see on your primary monitor. In the secondary display, in […more]

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Moving Lightroom Work Between Laptop and Desktop Computers

You’re on vacation, at a workshop or shooting on location commercially, loading your images onto your laptop and working them in Lightroom. Will you be able to successfully and easily transfer all your Lightroom work to your desktop Lightroom catalog? Absolutely!  This method will transfer everything you may have done — keywords, flags, stars, color labels, other metadata, as well as Develop settings, collections and virtual copies. Let’s say your folder of images on your laptop is named “Vacation”. In the Library module in Lightroom, right-click on the folder name, and choose Export This Folder as a Catalog. Choose a location to store this temporary catalog. I recommend the desktop because it will be easy for you to find. Another […more]

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What is that cool color? Find Out Using Photoshop

I was creating a web gallery in Lightroom today for a friend, and I wanted it to look as consistent with her website as possible in terms of colors and fonts. The issue I faced was how to determine what the website background color was. Here’s how to do it using Photoshop (UPDATE – click here to learn how you can do this in Lightroom): Open up Photoshop, open any image and make sure you have the background layer highlighted in the layers palette. Resize the Photoshop window so that the web page (or any other document) you want the color from is next to it. Grab the Eyedropper tool (shortcut I), click anywhere in the image, and then drag […more]

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