In a short time we are going to get a general overview on how to use Adobe Lightroom CC Release 2019! Leave us tips and suggestions below this video to improve our next video guides dedicated to Adobe Creative Cloud. Adobe Lightroom CC is an outstanding photo-editing software, commonly used by both amateurs and professional photographers, collecting several features to manage, adjust and enhance photos and pictures in the best way and in the shortest time. As other software inside Creative Cloud, this is available just under a monthly subscription plan. Lightroom CC comes in two different versions: Photoshop Lightroom CC is the simpler version of Lightroom, with a very intuitive and essential workplace suitable for computers, tablets and smartphones. Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC is the standard version of Lightroom, with the full set of professional tools and features available. In this video, we will see just the most complete Classic version. The main interface has a general structure divided in several parts: on the center you have the main Photo Preview and around it several panels with features and information. This interface can change according to the workspace chosen in the top right corner, from Library, to import media, to Print or Web to print or export your modified photos.
Let’s start with the Library workspace. Inside this workspace you can import and manage your photos inside catalogs and collections. Click on the Import… button on the left to start adding media. On the left, select any computer folder or hard-drive to browse for your photos and videos and open these on the main preview, using the Thumbnails bar in the bottom right corner to zoom in and out. At this point, you can select the files you want to import by clicking on their square at the top. Consider that you can import and collect videos, but you can’t edit these inside Lightroom at all. Below, use Check All and Uncheck All to select or deselect all the files shown on the preview.
On top, set how to import the selected files: choose Add to import these files inside Lightroom as simple links; Move to move the original files into a destination folder chosen on the right and then import these inside Lightroom; and Copy to make a copy of these files on the destination folder and then link these on Lightroom. Use Import in the bottom right corner to import the selected files inside Lightroom. These are shown on the main Preview and collected inside a default Lightroom collection (or catalog) called All Photographs on the left side. You can also create your own catalogs to group photos into different collections inside Lightroom. When hovering over any photo, click on its circle in the top right corner to add it into the temporary Quick Collection + catalog on the left. Once all the interested photos are added, right-click on such catalog and go to Save Quick Collection… to create your own one with a defined name and listed under the Collections panel.
You can manage, rename or delete it by right-clicking on it. The preview on the center shows all the photos inside the selected catalog from the left. Use Grid View to check multiple photos together through their thumbnails and Loupe View to preview the selected photo from the Filmstrip panel at the bottom. To remove and unlink any photo from Lightroom, just right-click on it and go to Remove Photo…, choosing whether to remove it from Lightroom only or from your computer definitely.
At the bottom, when in Loupe View, set any rating and use the Rotate buttons to rotate the photo by 90 degrees. On the right panel use Quick Develop to apply simple corrections to the photo: select any Preset from the list, or use the arrow buttons to increase or decrease color, brightness and blurriness level under White Balance and Tone Control. Modified photos also get a plus/minus icon on their thumbnails. Below Quick Develop adjust everything regarding the photo metadata, such as tags, keywords, file name, information and labels. You can also use the Map workspace to see where the photo has been taken in the world map. To adjust your photos with advanced corrections click on Develop.
This workspace has the same structure of the Library section, with the Filmstrip below to choose the photo to show and edit on the main preview. Use your mouse wheel on it while holding down the CTRL key to zoom in and out and click and drag on the photo to pan. The Navigator panel on the left shows the part of the photo that you are checking at the moment. You can also obtain a bigger preview by hiding all the panels around it with their arrow button. In this way you can retrieve these panels just when hovering near their edges, until you click again on their arrow button. On the right side you get all the tools and features to edit and correct the appearance of your photo. To see the effect of these adjustments you can check the preview in Loupe View or use the Compare Views to compare your modified photo with another or with the same photo as it was originally under Before, by splitting the image in several manners.
On the left you can find your own Collections and also several Presets to apply ready adjustments on the photo. Hover over one to check its effect on the preview and click on it to apply it. Use CTRL+Z to undo. You can also use the History panel to undo or redo all your past actions made on Lightroom. With Snapshots you can save several versions of your photo during your modifications, in order to come back to an earlier version or compare these together. To add a snapshot click on the plus button on top and define a name for it. This saves the current photo status inside the Snapshots panel. To recall all its adjustments anytime, just double-click on it. Now, let’s see in detail the adjustments and the tools on the right side. The Histogram on top is a very important graph indicating for each color how it distributes between the dark sides of the photo (on the left) and the bright sides (on the right).
The result can change according to the effect you want to apply on the photo. Check out our link in the video description to learn more about the RGB Color Histogram! Below the Histogram you have several adjustments and corrections. Inside Basic, correct the basic appearance of the selected photo by sliding on the bars or clicking and dragging on the property values. You can also click on these numbers to type any value and apply with the Enter key. On Treatment, choose to keep the photo in Color or make it in Black & White. Below, use Temp and Tint to apply color filters. Under Tone, use Exposure and Contrast to adjust brightness and contrast levels. Below, you can regulate the brightness level on different parts of the photo, such as its Whites and its Highlights and the darkest parts with Blacks and Shadows.
Under Presence, you can enhance the appearance of the photo: use Clarity to remove blurriness, Dehaze to reduce haze and fog, Vibrance to improve color where it is weaker and Saturation to adjust the color intensity. Use Tone Curve to adjust the brightness and the intensity of the colors on the Histogram, from its Darks on the left to its Lights on the right, pulling up or down the curve, or using the slide bars at the bottom. With HSL and Color you can adjust the appearance of each color on the photo, from Red to Magenta. Choose the color or the slide bar interested and use Hue to change it, Saturation to increase or decrease its intensity and Luminance to adjust its brightness level.
Use Split Toning to apply a chosen color on the Highlights and the Shadows of the photo. To pick the color, use the Hue and the Saturation bars or the colored rectangle on top. Use Balance to adjust the color overlay between the highlights and the shadows. Under Detail, use Sharpening and Noise Reduction to reduce blurriness and noise level on the photo, checking the zoom on the small preview on top, that you can move by clicking and dragging on it. Lens Corrections is used to correct the deformation coming from the camera lens. Inside Transform, use Upright to adjust the photo perspective and Transform to correct its basic properties, such as its Vertical and Horizontal perspective, inclination with Rotation, its aspect ratio with Aspect and its size with Scale.
On Effects, you can add two professional effects to your photo, such as Vignetting and Grain. Inside Calibration you can correct the color spread of the camera used. This is similar to HSL/Color, with the difference that you affect all the photo pixels containing any Red, Green or Blue Primary colors on the RGB code data. Next to each of these sections you can click on the button to disable or enable all the modifications made on each of them. To reset all the adjustments applied, click on the Reset button at the bottom.
In addition, you have several adjustment tools right below the Histogram which are applied directly on the photo preview. Crop Overlay is used to crop the photo and remove parts of it. When enabled, a rectangular grid appears, showing which part of the photo must be saved. Use its nodes to scale it, keeping the aspect ratio by holding down the Shift key. Click and drag to create the grid and move it. Drag outside it to rotate it instead. At the bottom use Done to apply the tool and the Escape key to undo and disable the current tool. Use Spot Removal to remove small imperfections from the photo by clicking on it.
This uses the thicker circle as reference, which can be moved and scaled if you need. As seen for the Crop Tool, use Done and the Escape key to apply or undo. Enable Red Eye Correction to remove red eyes by clicking and dragging on these. Make sure to include the pupils within the interested area. The Graduated Filter, the Radial Filter and the Adjustment Brush are all tools used to apply corrections and adjustments just on limited portions of the selected photo by clicking and dragging on it. Use Graduated Filter to apply a linear gradient; Radial Filter to use a circle or an ellipse as shape; and Adjustment Brush to brush directly on the photo. Once the filter is applied, use the right panel to correct colors, brightness, clarity and noise. Also use Invert to invert the active area of the Radial Filter. In case you apply multiple filters, enable the correct tool to see each kind of Filter, represented through a grey circle you can select to move or edit it shape on the preview or change its properties on the right, under Edit.
On Mask, use New to create a new independent Filter and Brush to extend its active region by brushing on it. You can also reduce these regions by holding down the ALT key while brushing. Remember to use the Done button to apply and the Escape key to undo. Let’s see how to save and export your modified photos. Select the photo from the Filmstrip and save it by going to File and then to Export…. Choose Hard Drive on Export To and where to save it on Export Location. Rename the file on File Naming and set the file format and quality under File Settings. When all is ready, go to Export! Lightroom is also able to create Books and Slideshows starting from the photo collection you have selected and open on the Filmstrip.
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