In this short video for beginners, I provide a brief introduction to Lightroom. Learn what Lightroom looks like, how it’s organized, and what you can do with it.
This is the second video in my 15 1/2 hour Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series, which will get you off to a great start with Lightroom (and much more), and help you to avoid the painful mistakes that newer users often make.
(For best quality, after starting the video click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.)
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 page, where you can download the practice files and follow along in Lightroom as you watch the videos. If you enjoy the tutorials, please complete the quick feedback survey below the videos to let Adobe know!
Note that you’ll need Lightroom 5, 6 or CC for all of the features demonstrated. If you have Lightroom 2,3, or 4, do still watch the videos, but note you won’t be able to click-and-drag to do non-circular fixes, and you won’t have the Visualize Spots feature.
Do you want your skies bluer, faces less red, or other colors in your photo more or less intense or lighter or darker? In Lightroom this sometimes requires painting with the adjustment brush, but it often can be accomplished much more quickly with Lightroom’s HSL/Color panel.
In this video tutorial from my Lightroom 4: The Fundamentals & Beyond series (10 1/2 hours of training on 55 videos), I show how to use the HSL/Color panel in Develop to get dramatic results quickly. (This tutorial also applies to earlier versions of Lightroom.)
As usual, for higher quality, once you hit Play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.
I recently got a chance to try out X-Rite’s Colormunki Photo device. This allows you to not only profile your monitor (and projector), but also to create printer / paper profiles. What I particularly like about it is that it is very easy to use, and the process has very few steps.
The Colormunki Photo runs about $450 on the street — compared to $170 for the Colormunki Display, which does monitor and projector profiling only. This is a significant price premium to be able to make printer profiles, but it is less than many other devices on the market.
Note that in moving to the Photo from the Display, you do lose two monitor profiling features — Ambient Light Smart Control, which allows the device to sit on your desktop and continuously monitor changes in luminance, and Flair Correct, which allows a final measurement to be made at the end of the profiling process that pulls the device 12 inches off the screen to measure the flare or glare on glossy screens and correct for that in the final profile. These aren’t big losses to me personally, as the lighting conditions in my office don’t change much, and I don’t have a glossy screen (and Flare Correct is a relatively new feature that I have done without up to now.)
Do you need to pay the price premium to be able to create your own printer profiles? If you are not satisfied with free profiles from paper manufacturers or use “odd” papers for which there aren’t free profiles, and you need several profiles made, it could definitely be worth it. If you only need a few made, you can have a 3rd party service make them for you for around $50 each. (One I am familiar with is cathysprofiles.com.)
Here’s a video on using the Colormunki Photo to make printer profiles, and how to bring up the profiles in Lightroom:
(As usual, to increase video quality, after you hit Play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose the highest number.)
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In this Lightroom and Photoshop video tutorial, I demonstrate how to copy eyes, faces or heads (or anything) from one photo into another and transform them to fit. This sweet cat of mine died a couple weeks ago, and I wanted to make a print of this image. However, the eyes were out of focus — but fortunately I had another version that had in-focus eyes that I could borrow from.
I don’t post much on Photoshop, because these days I don’t use it nearly as much as I do Lightroom. However, compositing is one example of where I still rely on it. Compositing in Photoshop can be a complicated process. This is a relatively easy example. For those who are new to Photoshop, it may still not provide enough detail for you — but it will give you an idea of what can be done.
You will see that Lightroom is used to do initial raw adjustments to both photos at once, and to bring the two photos into Photoshop as layers in one document.