Mastering Adobe Lightroom doesn’t take long, but it does require you to get your head around a particular workflow – and, for those used to Photoshop’s pixel-pushing approach, a slight shift in mindset too. In this quick Adobe Lightroom tutorial we’ll show you how to master the basics in no time at all.
Rather than altering pixels, anything you do to an image in Lightroom is stored as an extra bit of data, leaving the original image untouched.
So whatever tweaks or enhancements you make, you’re simply changing the way Lightroom displays the image. This means everything is non-destructive, there’s no having to save or open images, and raw files are easily managed.
At heart, Lightroom is like a database that catalogues where your images are stored and what you’ve done to them. But first you need to tell it how to find the images by importing them.
During the import, you can perform a few handy tasks like adding keywords or embedding copyright. Once imported, you can begin sorting, enhancing and taking your images in all kinds of directions using Lightroom’s array of seven different workspaces, called Modules.
The Library and Develop Modules are the main hubs of Lightroom, so we’ll focus on them here. First you’ll organise your images and pick your favourites in the Library Module.
Then you’ll move to the Develop Module, which is where the fun begins in terms of enhancing, boosting tones and creating effects.
You can be up and running in a matter of minutes, and once you’ve mastered a few essential edits – like boosting tones, making selective adjustments and using presets – there’s much more to explore.
When you insert a memory card or plug in your camera, Lightroom’s Import dialog will open. Get used to downloading files from a card and you’ll save lots of time.
You can copy the files to a folder on your hard drive by choosing Copy, or Copy as DNG, then selecting a destination. You can also add keywords, embed copyright and apply tonal presets.
PAGE 1: What Adobe Lightroom can do for your workflow
PAGE 2: Organising your images in Adobe Lightroom
PAGE 3: Editing your photos in Adobe Lightroom
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