When Lightroom CC was announced, I was kind of disappointed to see that Adobe's Sensei search wasn't going to be making it over to the Lightroom Classic application. While you can search for things like the camera used, date taken and more, I can't all of a sudden find all my drink photos by typing in "cocktail." But now I can, thanks to a third-party plug-in called Excire Search. Excire Search evaluates your entire catalog and lets you search by keyword, faces and even by reference image, finding similar images in your Lightroom … [Read more...] about Intelligent search in Lightroom Classic with Excire Search
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On Wednesday, Adobe came out with its monthly updates for both Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC. In addition to support for new cameras and lenses, here's what's new: Album enhancements for Lightroom CC One of the biggest features missing from the release of Lightroom CC was the ability to easily store photos on your local hard drive. You can now do that at the album level — a new "Store Album Locally" setting allows you to save original copies of that album's photos on your local hard drive. This feature is super convenient for … [Read more...] about Lightroom CC adds local album storage, Classic gets book module updates
Watermarks can be used for a number of reasons. One, to protect your images. While watermarks can be removed, most people won't go through the trouble of doing so if they don't have the tools. Two, the images can be used for identification purposes, especially when shared on social media. While I've never gotten a call from a prospective client that said "I saw your watermark on some photos," it's still there to make sure that the viewer knows who took the photos. There are three different types of watermarks — text, a logo or a signature. … [Read more...] about How to create a watermark in Lightroom Classic
Sure, there's a big "Reset" button in Lightroom Classic, putting your edited photo back to its original state. But what if you need to reset just some of the adjustments you've made? Simply double click on the slider text (Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, etc.) and watch the slider move back to zero. … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Reset Lightroom Classic sliders
Remember how I showed you the power of snapshots in Adobe Lightroom Classic? Well, sometimes you need to produce multiple versions of the same image, whether it's to have two different styles to your photos, use in third-party plugins or otherwise. To do this, simply right-click on an image in your Lightroom catalog, and click "Create Virtual Copy" (or go to the Photo menu > Create Virtual Copy). This will create a "copy" of the master image. You can put these into stacks for better organization, or keep them separate. While it's … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Creating Two Versions of an Image in Lightroom Classic
This morning, Adobe announced updates to its desktop versions of Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC. While both programs have added a few new enhancements and features, Lightroom CC has also been updated to make it further in line with its Classic counterpart. Lightroom CC Adds Preset and Profile Syncing The big feature announced today is the ability for Lightroom CC to sync your presets and profiles between instances of the program. This works for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, ChromeOS and on the web, so you can have all your favorite … [Read more...] about Adobe Brings Powerful New Features to Lightroom CC and Classic
For ages, I've become accustomed to using Lightroom's Virtual Copy feature. It let me create multiple images and style them based off of the original edit I had made. But it was tedious when dealing with multiple virtual copies. Since then, I've discovered the Snapshots tool — a powerful yet under-utilized feature of Lightroom Classic. Think of this as a combination of the Virtual Copy feature and the History panel. It lets you record different versions of a photograph in one file, which ultimately helps you narrow down the edit you want to … [Read more...] about Lightroom Secrets: The Power of Snapshots
Sensor dust is bound to impact our photographs at some time. But there's a quick and easy way to visualize these spots — and get rid of them. Click the Spot Removal (Q) brush in Lightroom, and then underneath your photograph, you'll see a checkbox and slider with the words "Visualize Spots." Click this checkbox and drag the slider up to the necessary point where you'll begin to see spots on your photograph. Then just click away with the Spot Removal brush to get rid of the sensor spots. … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Visualize Sensor Spots in Lightroom
There are two sliders in Lightroom and most other post-processors that can be handy for adjusting the intensity of your colors. Think of saturation like ISO, but for color — it bumps up the intensity of all of the colors in your photograph. On the other hand, vibrance is more selective, adjusting only the more muted colors in your photograph. This can help lead to a more evenly-saturated image. Both tools definitely have their usage — check out the three photos below to see how they can affect an image. … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Saturation vs. Vibrance
Cropping is a fundamental and basic tool of any photo editing program. And while Lightroom has a built-in cropping tool available, it's not super obvious on how to change orientations. To do so, start by using the crop tool and then click the X key on your keyboard. If you're cropping an image that's originally horizontal, this will change the orientation to vertical, and vice versa. To change the crop orientation back to the way it was, click the X key again, or click the Esc key to exit out of the crop tool and not have your crop applied. … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Change the Crop Orientation in Lightroom
I develop images in Adobe Lightroom Creative Cloud (LR CC) using a top-down approach, starting with "Basic". The one rule breaker was "Camera Calibration", the very last menu item. When working with RAW image files, I find starting with Camera Calibration can save time and energy. I shoot Nikon and Fuji and find that camera specific settings often outperform the generic Adobe presets in LR. I recently updated the LR Classic CC app (formerly called LR CC) to the latest 7.3 release and could not find "Camera Calibration". It seemed like a big … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: What happened to “Camera Calibration” in Lightroom Classic Creative Cloud?
This morning, Adobe released Lightroom Classic CC version 7.3, which added among other items, new Adobe Profiles, and Creative Profiles. These are similar to presets but are one-click actions that can be used in correlation with other adjustments you've made. Getting Started with Profiles Profiles are located in the Develop module, at the top of the Basic panel. The camera calibration profile has been integrated into this as well, allowing you to choose from Adobe Standard, Color, Landscape, Portrait and Vivid. But to go beyond that, click … [Read more...] about Adobe Releases Lightroom Classic 7.3, Adds Custom Profiles
While there are a variety of methods available for identifying your favorite photos from a given trip or photo shoot, star ratings remain a popular solution for this purpose. Star ratings are widely supported and somewhat easy to understand. But I actually use a somewhat unique approach to using star ratings, which I thought I would share for your consideration. Redefining the Ratings Star ratings are available in a range from one star to five stars, or of course the option to not assign a star rating at all. It is perfectly logical to … [Read more...] about Star Rating Strategy
Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you're not sure exactly which folder a particular image is contained in within your Lightroom catalog? In this quick tip, you'll learn how to browse the contents of multiple folders, including those scattered all over the Folders list, quickly and easily within Lightroom. Want more tips like this? Check out my "Lightroom Quick Tips" course on GreyLearning, part of the "Mastering Lightroom" bundle of courses. … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Browse Multiple Folders in Lightroom
Let's explore the process of bringing images in from a Lightroom library into ACDSee. The process is pretty straightforward. Since we've already consolidated our library to a target drive ACDSee makes it easy to bring those files in. Importing your Lightroom images into ACDSee from Migrating from Lightroom Classic CC by Richard Harrington … [Read more...] about Importing your Lightroom images into ACDSee
Ever wonder what your Lightroom adjustments will look like without applying them? Instead of applying and undoing, next time hold the "Alt" (Windows) or "Option" (Mac) key to get a preview of what adjustments will do to your photograph. In the Basic panel, it'll show problematic highlights and shadows so you can further edit, while the Split-Toning, Detail and Camera Calibration panels will show previews of what the adjustments will do to your image. … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Use the “Alt” or “Option” Key to Preview Lightroom Classic Adjustments
Tired of scrolling up and down your Library or Develop adjustment panels in Lightroom? Right click on a panel heading, like "Basic" in the Develop mode, and turn on Solo Mode. Doing so will only allow you to have one section open at a time, meaning no more scrolling from the bottom to the top of the panel area. … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Stay Organized with Lightroom Solo Mode
Next time you're culling through photos, click the "Caps Lock" key. Doing so will activate Auto Advance (which can also be activated through Photo > Auto Advance), meaning you no longer have to hit the arrow key to go back and forth through photographs. Then you can just use the number keys to select ratings (1-5) or color labels (6-9) as necessary, or hit 0 to advance without marking a photograph. … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Speed Up Lightroom Classic Culling Process with “Caps Lock”
Have a series of photographs that have different exposure settings? While synchronizing your develop settings from picture to picture brings over all the adjustments you've made, it doesn't take into account different exposure settings you used while capturing the image. The solution? Once you're done editing one of your photos, select all of them in that set and go up to Settings > Match Total Exposures. You'll now see that all the photos have the same exposure settings, matching perfectly. … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Match Exposures in Lightroom Classic
Last week, Adobe released Lightroom 6.14, the last perpetual update to the photography organizer and editing tool. Going forward, updates will only be made available for Creative Cloud subscribers, who have access to the new Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC. This begs the question — is now the time to subscribe to the Creative Cloud Photography Plan? Lightroom has been around for just short of 11 years now, and up until this point, you've been able to buy it as a stand-alone product, and most recently as part of a subscription. While … [Read more...] about Adobe Releases Last Stand-Alone Update to Lightroom; Is it Time to Subscribe?
Adobe has announced updates to the Lightroom CC product line for cloud-based and desktop versions. Happily, they have also been added to Lightroom CC Classic. The big news, of course, is these new features are driven by Adobe Sensei the company's powerful artificial intelligence engine. New Auto Settings I have never been a proponent of anything "auto" in photography with the exception of autofocus (hooray!) until now. Sensei powered "Auto" in Lightroom CC Classic works. It works amazingly well. Adobe's AI adjusts the major controls in the … [Read more...] about Adobe Sensei Auto Now in Lightroom CC & Classic
(Editor's note: This is a guest post by photographer and educator, Tim Grey.) There are many situations where the color in our photographs can be particularly challenging to get right. When a scene features a variety of different light sources, the different colors of light can combine to create colors that don’t look right and can seem impossible to correct. As you shift the color balance in one direction to improve certain colors within the scene, the opposite colors get worse, for example. Fortunately, these types of color issues can … [Read more...] about Fixing Problematic Colors with HSL
I would say, without a doubt, that Lightroom is one of the most used programs on my computer, second maybe only to Chrome. However, even as a convert from the first version of Lightroom and having logged about a zillion hours using it since then, I am still always learning something new that I can do with it. Partly from the consistent upgrades and improvements over the years, but, also because there are many hidden features for those of us willing to do a little spelunking around the program. One of these buried treasures is not in … [Read more...] about How to Send Piles of Files – FTP Your Photos Directly From Lightroom Classic
Changing the color of a background or adding a backlight effect has always been a task for Photoshop. Here’s how to skip Photoshop and use Lightroom’s new Range Masking Tool to add bright colors to a dull image. Adding color to an Adjustment Brush To change the color of the background, we need to add color to the Adjustment Brush. Working in the Development Mode, select the Adjustment Brush and start with exposure set to 0.25. Click on the color swatch at the bottom of the panel and choose a color. To apply the effect only to the background, … [Read more...] about A Fast Way to Change a Background
When Adobe announced their new cloud-based Lightroom CC app, one concern I had was that images weren't downloadable. The initial launch said this feature was coming soon. Well, fortunately... the wait is over. Adobe has released its Adobe Lightroom Downloader app. What is It? The Adobe Lightroom Downloader app is to download all your Lightroom photos and videos from the cloud as original files. Everything that is downloaded is placed into a date-based folder hierarchy on the hard-drive you specify. Additionally, any edits made to raw … [Read more...] about Adobe Releases Lightroom Downloader App to Recover Images from Cloud
Raw files are data rich. Their depth of tones and information allow photographers amazing amounts of post-processing creativity. While Adobe's Camera Raw engine in Lightroom CC, Lightroom CC Classic, and in Photoshop/Bridge have been the 800-pound gorilla in the room of image making, new, non-subscription stand-alone solutions are appearing. Today, On1 premieres Photo Raw 2018. Download a free trial version here. Both Photo Raw and Lightroom prepare photographs for potential further editing and refinement in Photoshop. On1's Photo Raw is … [Read more...] about ON1 Photo RAW 2018 First Look: Develop
A few weeks ago during Adobe Max 2018 some major updates were announced for the Adobe CC plans. While all of them were pretty exciting and amazing, (in theory), photographers were left pretty confused. The big question most of us had, was "What's up with this CC vs Classic thing for Lightroom?" and the more important one, "Should I upgrade/replace my currently Lightroom with the updated "Classic" and CC versions?" Making Sense of it All Well, to answer the specifics about Lightroom CC and Classic, I'll refer you to a few articles. What's … [Read more...] about Should You Update to Adobe Lightroom “Classic”?
Installing new updates can be exciting and terrifying at the same time. Exciting because you can’t wait to try out the new features. Terrifying because it may crash your system. Here are a few simple tips to make your upgrade experience better. Backup Your Lightroom Catalog(s) Backing up your Lightroom catalog(s) is a safety net in case the update gets corrupt.This will save valuable time and frustration if you have to reinstall the previous version. The best way to backup your Lightroom catalog is through Lightroom’s catalog settings. This … [Read more...] about READ THIS BEFORE Upgrading To The New Lightroom
Last week there was a lot of uproar about the changes Adobe was making to its Lightroom platform. And while I've continued to use Lightroom Classic CC for my everyday work, I've taken a look at Lightroom CC to see if I'm missing anything, specifically in its organization and editing tools. The Best Features There's actually a lot to like about Lightroom CC, even though I consider it to be Lightroom CC Classic's little brother. Intuitive Interface The Lightroom CC interface is like a breath of fresh air. All of the panels are organized in a … [Read more...] about Adobe Lightroom CC: The Best Features, And What’s Missing
Adobe just launched two new versions of Lightroom: Lightroom Classic CC—the Lightroom we’ve all come to know—and a new product called Lightroom CC. Sound confusing? Well, yeah, it is; but here’s how you can decide if the new..errrr.. newer version Lightroom CC will make it in your workflow. Let’s get the names straight New Coke, Coke Classic... What??? Remember when Coca-Cola tried to introduce a reformulated Coca-Cola? Yeah, that firestorm ended with the return of the original formula—now called Coca-Cola classic—a few months later. I love … [Read more...] about Will the New Adobe Lightroom CC Make it in My Workflow?