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Photo Editing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom: A Beginner's Guide

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In this photo editing class I'll show you around Lightroom Classic CC, version 7.5

This class will take you through common processes and demonstrate importing, culling, editing, presets, and exporting.

**Included is 2 Lightroom Presets I made in the course. They are attached as a .zip file in the project section to the right of the project description**

I've packed this 2-hour guide with organizational tips, my exact workflow and settings, as well as a few editing sequences. To help you make the most of it, I've created a course syllabus below for your reference.

Introduction: About this class

Catalogs Explained:

1:11 - What a catalog stores and why you want more than 1 catalog

3:17 - What Lightroom creates and a visual explanation about Non-Destructive Editing

4:50 - Backups

6:45 - My Catalogs, naming, and storing

9:32 - My backups, deleting old ones to free space

10:25 - Creating a new catalog and adding your main hard drive folders

12:45 - Moving files off your computer and into long-term storage

13:36 - Prepping a session for storage

15:15 - Disconnected drives, missing files, finding files

17:05 - Dates and organization and how it helps me with my taxes and mileage

Importing and Library View: 0:46 - How to import

1:37 - Import settings

3:57 - Location of your previously imported photos within the Library

4:42 - The Navigator, grid view, thumbnail size, and Survey Mode

6:11 - Catalog Drawer including Quick Collection

7:56 - Building custom collections for organizing photos

9:23 - Metadata Drawer

Culling, Starring, and Color Labels: 0:03 - What's culling? How do you decide?

6:19 - How to cull in Lightroom and my process

10:40 - Filtering first pass of 1 star images

11:34 - Color labels

12:43 - Adding Keyword tags for easy searching

Develop Sliders: 0:34 - Develop Module: Histogram

1:51 - Slider Drawers

3:02 - Begin edit with light and contrast edits in Basic and Tone Curve drawers

6:12 - White Balance

10:08 - HSL/Color and Split Toning

14:34 - Detail, Noise Reduction, and Sharpen Masking

16:23 - Lens Corrections, Distortion, and Transform menu

18:04 - Vignetting and Grain

19:43 - Edit wrapup and a Dark and Moody tutorial

Cloning, Filters, Cropping, and Brushing: 0:38 - Basic edits before cloning and brushing

1:25 - Cropping

3:00 - Cloning Spot Tool for blemish removal

5:20 - Red Eye Tool

5:44 - Graduated Filter

8:34 - Radial Filter

9:43 - Adjustment brush

14:17 - Using spot tools on Chocolate/product photography

Lightroom Presets: Import, Create, Share: 0:05 - My personal feelings on Lightroom Presets

1:34 - Finding the Presets Menu and Lightroom's pre-loaded presets

2:27 - Online Lightroom Presets for purchase and download to get you started

4:28 - Downloading free presets from Greater Than Gatsby

5:21 - Getting downloaded presets into Lightroom

6:42 - How to create your own Lightroom Presets

13:19 - Making a Black and White Preset

15:00 - Sharing your presets with your friends

15:55 - Where to find the presets I made for you! (in the project section on the right!)

Export Settings: 0:38 - How to export

1:07 - Instagram Export Settings

4:25 - Getting photos to my phone for easy sharing on Instagram

4:40 - Full Resolution photo export settings

5:57 - Creating Export presets

8:05 - Export and Open in Adobe Photoshop for further editing

Miscellaneous Tips:

0:20 - Changing the Background color of Lightroom

0:55 - Copying edits, or better, SYNCHRONIZING a session

1:32 - Keyboard Shortcuts

3:25 - Changing your view options for library and develop tabs

4:38 - Map, Book, Slideshow, Print, and Web tabs (and why I don't use them)

5:25 - Creating a contact sheet

6:15 - Clone tool: Heal vs. Clone and feather slider

7:12 - Navigator zoom options

8:17 - Detail window and how to use it to check your sharpening

8:58 - Rotating a photo

9:34 - Keyboard keys for adding stars and colors

Final Thoughts and Project: Wrap up, share your project, etc! Thanks for reading, hope this was helpful!

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Photo Editing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom: A Beginner's Guide
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