Tag Archives: Adobe Lightroom
how to use the clone tool in lightroom and photoshop

how to use the clone tool in lightroom and photoshop

by Elicia Graves

One of my very favorite and often used tools in Adobe’s Lightroom editing program is the clone tool.

I love how it can very quickly clean up my images and add a bit of polish.  The clone tool is found in the develop module in LR, just under the histogram and above the basic panel.  It looks like a circle with a small arrow extending to the right of it.

It takes a little bit of practice and use to(…)

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how to setup and use lightroom export presets

by Mickie DeVries
I think most people that use Lightroom are familiar with presets used for editing in the develop module, but did you know that there are also export presets?

Export presets allow you to save settings that you use frequently to size your photos.  I know that I upload my photos to various websites for display and for printing purposes, and all of these have different optimal settings.  It’s hard to remember how my image needs to be sized for(…)

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editing by mood and vision

editing by mood and vision

by Sarah Vaughn
Editing photos is a funny process.

Each one of us could take an image into Lightroom or Photoshop and we would each come up with a different end result. That individual vision of an image – for shooting or for editing – is part of what makes us special as photographers.

When I first started out, editing was an exciting and creative process. Unfortunately, I got a little too excited and creative – as I discovered the heady thrill of(…)

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4 ways to smooth skin in Lightroom

by Caroline Jensen
The brush tool is one of the most powerful tools in Lightroom.

Today, I am going to show you four ways to smooth skin.

My son has agreed to let us use his image. I think it is really helpful to see the results on a teenage boy because natural results are so important to them.  I did not remove any blemishes prior to adding the skin smoothing. The results will be more effective with a little use of the(…)

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how to install lightroom presets

by Caroline Jensen
Lightroom is the perfect program to use when you want to experiment and try new things. I like to save new presets all the time, but I don’t always want them all in my Lightroom Develop module at once. I like to keep a Dropbox (or similar, synced storage program) folder of my presets and then I can install what I want, when I want, and still know that I have everything tucked away for safe keeping.

It is(…)

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lightroom or photoshop: the pros and cons

by Caroline Jensen

Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom are the gold standard programs in photo editing and they are great for image management too. I often get asked which program I like better and sometimes it is like comparing apples to oranges. They do have some overlap though, so I want to take you through a few of the pros and cons so you can find the primary program for you.  I say primary, because both programs are great to have, but you(…)

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jessica nelson’s favorite things

Lock up your wallets because we’ve got a fun, and tempting, series for you to get to know the CMpros a little better! What better way to learn about them than to ask them what their favorite things are, photography related or not? Next up is Jessica Nelson sharing what she loves!
jessica nelson’s favorite things

1.  My L Lenses:  I love these two lenses and the diversity they give me.  First my 24-70.  This was my first L lens and while(…)

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create a facebook cover in lightroom

by Danika Dickson
The print module in Lightroom can be used to create collages for Facebook cover images. It’s another way to stay all in one program and speed up your workflow. You can use it to create FB cover pages from a single image, or arrange into your own creative collage. In other words, no need to take images over to Photoshop!
The first step is to choose your image(s) in the library mode:

I like to make a quick collection (press(…)

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snapshots vs virtual copies

by Jamie Rubeis
Adobe Lightroom offers plenty of flexibility when it comes to saving various versions of one image which often generates some confusion among its users. So, I wanted to take a moment to offer a little review on Snapshots vs. Virtual Copies.
Snapshots in Lightroom:
If you are familiar with Photoshop, the term Snapshots should be very familiar to you. In fact, Snapshots in Lightroom and Snapshots in Photoshop are very similar in concept. Snapshots keep a record of what your(…)

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elicia graves’ favorite things

Lock up your wallets because we’ve got a fun, and tempting, new series for you to get to know the CMpros a little better!  What better way to learn about them than to ask them what their favorite things are, photography related or not?  First up is Elicia Graves sharing what she loves!
elicia graves’ favorite things

1. The mocha at Elmwood Cafe in Berkeley: This little cafe is such a happy place and not only do they use organic, local ingredients,(…)

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editing before and after

by Rachel Nielson

In this before and after tutorial, I am going to walk you through how I edited this image start to finish. I love the expression in his eyes and how he is biting his lip just a little bit. Melts my heart, but I am his mama, so I might be slightly biased!

My workflow starts in Adobe Lightroom 4. I import my images and do all of my RAW processing there before importing my photos into Adobe Photoshop(…)

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portraits in the snow

by Carol Swaitkewich
I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada or Winterpeg as we are affectionately called. It snows. A lot. It’s also cold. Like REALLY cold. For 5 months of the year we are surrounded by white and ice. If I wanted to take pictures I needed to learn how to shoot in the cold and snow fast!

The 3 main problems I found shooting in the snow are flat lighting, exposure issues, (blown out or grey looking snow), white balance issues(…)

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5 things i love to do in adobe lightroom

by Jean Rhim
Adobe Lightroom is an amazing tool that can help you make your images better, your workflow faster, and the whole photo editing process more fun. I feel fortunate that I was introduced to it early, months before I even touched Photoshop, because it became the center of my workflow. Not only do I do a great deal of my editing through Lightroom, but Lightroom is also where I organize, sort, and prepare my images for print.  Lightroom is(…)

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how to create dramatic light at home

by Kate T Parker
We all can use more drama in our lives, right? Especially at home. Who doesn’t like drama at home?

(Crickets)

What?!? Am I alone here??

Wait, I think you misunderstood.

I meant dramatic light. You know, darks and lights intersecting with a gorgeous subject placed just so. Just the thought makes me want to grab my camera (and my unwilling kids).

That kind of drama is always good…at least when we’re speaking photographically. All the other kinds, eh, let’s leave it to(…)

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converting images to black and white in photoshop

by Ann Westerman
Lately I have been loving to shoot images specifically for processing in black and white.  I love my black and whites to have good tonal range and a lot of contrast.  What I mean by good tonal range is I want my image to have deep shadows, a range of mid-tones and some bright highlights and I usually want those bright highlights to fall on my subject.  I love for my subject’s face to have shadows, mid-tones and(…)

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cmteam all access pass | a cm breakout session

Every once in awhile, the CMteam groups together in order to bring our members and followers a really special offering! Today, we are thrilled to present to you an amazing breakout session- CMteam Breakouts: All Access Pass. With your registration fee of $50 you will receive access to 5 separate mini sessions, all at the same time. A total of over 150 pages of PDF information, along with several videos and the opportunity to ask questions of each presenter in(…)

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renaming images in lightroom

by Megan Moore
So, you’ve imported your session, edited your images, and are ready to post them in the client’s online gallery. But do you really want them to see their images numbered 3, 9, 17, 23, 50, 51, 68, 84? You know they’ll inevitably ask to see “all the images” or why are there “only” 35 images in their gallery, but they can see that you took at least 84 shots during their session.

A quick and easy way of doing(…)

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using transform within the lens correction tool in lightroom 3

by Monica Wilkinson
Do you like taking architecture style shots, but hate the distorted perspective? Well there is an easy fix. The lens correction tool in Lightroom has a great feature called transform. I have not upgraded to LR4 yet so for this tutorial I will be using LR3 for my examples.

The Lens Correction Tool is a handy little tool that usually gets overlooked. It is great for fixing those distracting lens distortions that usually come when using a wide-angle lens.(…)

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lightroom 3 vs lightroom 4

by Lynne Rigby
The switch from Lightroom 3 to Lightroom 4 can be daunting to any loyal Lightroom user.  The loss of fill light and brightness is a scary prospect when it’s part of your workflow.  The good news is that if you’ve never used Lightroom, the controls are much more intuitive and the best part is that they’re all more precise than previous versions of Lightroom.

Here’s a very underexposed shot. Lightroom 4’s default import with everything zeroed out, as opposed(…)

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cmpro | picture plays we love

There are so many different ways to process an image and no one way is the “right” way. While all of our CMpros are extremely talented, they all have a very unique and distinct style. Who wouldn’t love to see the many different plays that they would have on a single image?!  We sure do!
cmpro | picture plays we love
This week our image comes from member Nancy/prairiemaiden:

our cmpro edits:
Lora Swinson, Oklahoma
ACR:
took exposure down a stop.
increased yellows in 5250
increased blacks +20
CS5:
Added(…)

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creating presets in Lightroom

by Ashley Spaulding
Happy Friday, everyone!  Today I’m going to be sharing how easy it is to create your own presets in Lightroom.  I have not yet converted to Lightroom 4, so these steps are for Lightroom 3, but I’m guessing that they’re basically – if not completely – the same for LR4.

I edit in a really ‘clean’ manner, so when I first started using LR, I thought that presets were not my thing.  I was very wrong.  I’ve since found(…)

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Organizing in Lightroom

by Lynne Rigby
I’ve heard so many people say that they don’t use Lightroom because they don’t like the way Lightroom organizes your images or that they like their current organizational structure. The good news is that you can keep everything the way you have it.
If you’re uploading to Lightroom for the first time, you’ll want to add some pictures to your catalog. Think of Lightroom as an index or a database. That database is called a catalog. It keeps track(…)

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thoughts on converting to black and white

Have you ever wondered why a photographer chooses to have a particular image in color or black and white?  I think we all have and it takes time to learn when color or black and white is the best choice to enhance your photograph.  Our utterly fabulous CMmentor Stacey Haslem is here to share her thought process on color vs black and white!
thoughts on converting to black and white
by Stacey Haslem
Why do you convert an image to monochrome? Do you(…)

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cmpro | picture plays we love

There are so many different ways to process an image and no one way is the “right” way. While all of our CMpros are extremely talented, they all have a very unique and distinct style. Who wouldn’t love to see the many different plays that they would have on a single image?!  We sure do!
cmpro | picture plays we love
This week our image comes from member Liz/ElizabethZoppa:

our cmpro edits:
Margie Mobley, Arizona
Adjusted the white balance. Bumped up clarity and vibrance to(…)

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ask a cmpro | what editing software do you use

It’s time for another edition of our bi-weekly series “Ask a CMpro” in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them “What editing software do you use and why? ”

Lightroom screenshot from April Nienhuis
Courtney Keim, New Jersey
I am a Photoshop girl all the way.  Adjustments in ACR and then tweaks in Photoshop.  Learning Lightroom is on my list of to-dos and am thinking Lynne’s workshop may be(…)

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cmpro | picture plays we love

There are so many different ways to process an image and no one way is the “right” way. While all of our CMpros are extremely talented, they all have a very unique and distinct style. Who wouldn’t love to see the many different plays that they would have on a single image?!  We sure do!
cmpro | picture plays we love
This week our image comes from member Nicole/rubypickles:

our cmpro edits:
Lila Armock, Michigan

In LR:
fill light +95
temp to 4759
recovery slider +20
HSL tab -(…)

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How to export your photos from Lightroom

by Monica Wilkinson
So you finish editing and making changes to your images or “copies “in Lightroom. Now what?

To some, Lightroom can be confusing since you are never really “saving” your work. Instead, when you add key words or metadata in the library module or change your exposure or white balance in the develop module you are making changes to copies that are stored in your Lightroom catalog. These changes are never made on your original files.

So you are done editing(…)

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cmpro | picture plays we love

There are so many different ways to process an image and no one way is the “right” way. While all of our CMpros are extremely talented, they all have a very unique and distinct style. Who wouldn’t love to see the many different plays that they would have on a single image?!  We sure do!

cmpro | picture plays we love
This week our SOOC image comes from member Susan/susansjo78:

our cmpro edits:
Juli Evans
opened in ACR
auto wb
recovery to 100
exposure +.5
clarity +3

opened in CS4
levels(…)

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Lightroom Tutorial: Installing Presets

by Lynne Rigby
Yay! You’re so excited you just bought your first set of Lightroom Presets! You can’t wait to see the awesomeness of Film Art on your own images! But wait, how do you get them from your download folder into LR?
First, go to your preferences:

Make sure “Store presets with catalog” is NOT checked. If you check that, you’ll have to reload your presets in every new catalog you create and that’s a huge pain.

Now click the “show Lightroom Presets(…)

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1 simple tip to improve your lighting

by April Nienhuis
Finding light and knowing how to use it is a major factor in creating beautiful, quality images.  The fun thing about light is that there are so many ways to use it and if there isn’t any you can create it by using your speedlite, strobes, or anything else you may have around.  Today I’m going to show you that there’s both a bad way and a good way to utilize your available light.

Here is a pullback to show(…)

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