Here’s a quick tip to greatly improve most dull pictures in 10 seconds. Probably even faster, actually! You can do it in Lightroom or with the equivalent tools in Adobe Camera Raw.
The goal is to enhance colors and contrast, as well as give more depth to images, in just a few quick and easy steps.
Just like Photoshop, Ligthroom makes extensive use of shortcuts. And just as in Photoshop, there are so many shortcuts in Lightroom, some quite complicated, that it’s next to impossible to remember them all. So here are the ones that I find the most useful, not only because they are associated to very common tasks, but also because they are pretty easy to remember, many of them being just one key. Continue reading
A small option appeared in Lightroom 5.2, which is very useful for spot removal. It’s Visualize spots, which is in the toolbar when the Spot removal tool (Q key) is activated in the Develop module. Continue reading
As I often mention, keywords are essential to having an efficient and easy-to-use catalog. Fortunately, Lightroom offers multiples ways to tackle that task; you just have to find the one that is best adapted to your workflow. Continue reading
In Photoshop, a Layer style is a group of effects that are grouped together, so that they can be applied all at once. Such effects include shadows, pattern and color fill, strokes and much more. Continue reading
Lightroom offers three methods to classify your pictures, namely the stars, flags and colors. When I started using Lightroom, I was wondering which one to use and in the subsequent months I went back and forth from one to another. After a trial and error period, I finally found something that worked for me. Continue reading
The library is the basis for the organization of your pictures and therefore is, in my opinion, Lightroom’s most important module. Continue reading
Now that we have added some pictures to the catalog, let’s take a very quick look at each of Lightroom’s 7 modules.
This is the main module, where you’ll organize your pictures by assigning them keywords and other metadata, star-based classification and color. Continue reading
Now that we’ve had a quick introduction to Lightroom’s catalog, it’s time to add pictures to it. This is done using the import window, which can be accessed through the File > Import Photos and Video… menu or using the Import… button on the bottom of the left panel in the Library module.
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The catalog, Lightroom’s central element, is a database that contains all the information about the photos in the library, as well as all retouches and adjustments that are made.
When you first use Lightroom, it asks you to create a catalog, which you can do by writing its name and choosing where to save it. In the selected location, a folder is created with the chosen name, for instance “my catalog”, and the following content: Continue reading