Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic For Dummies

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Edit, organize, store, and share photos

Whether you are brand new to photography, a devoted enthusiast, or a seasoned pro, there's a version of Lightroom for you.

Lightroom For Dummies is the book to help you learn which version of Lightroom is right for your needs. The main focus of the book is on using Lightroom Classic, but also includes an introduction to Lightroom CC. All with the goal of helping you get started on the right foot toward taking your photographic workflow to the next level. The book is a great starting place to help you improve your family photos or add advanced Lightroom skills that aid your career. Look inside to find the steps to navigating the software and getting top-notch results.

Deciding which version of Lightroom is the best fit
Take control of your photo library with Lightroom Classic
Importing, organizing, and finding photos
Editing and sharing your photos
Producing a slideshow, book, print, or web gallery
Gain a foundation for getting started with Lightroom CC

Get ready to spend less time in front of the computer and more time behind the lens!
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John Wiley & Sons Inc
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978-1-119-54499-9 (9781119544999)

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Rob Sylvan has been answering Lightroom questions on the KelbyOne Help Desk since Lightroom 1.0 was released in 2007. A photographer, writer, and educator, Rob teaches Lightroom and Photoshop classes at trade shows, conferences, and camera clubs around the US. He's also an adjunct faculty member at New Hampshire Technical Institute.
Introduction 1

About This Book 1

How This Book is Organized 2

Part 1: Getting Started with Lightroom Classic 2

Part 2: Managing Your Photos with Lightroom Classic 3

Part 3: Working in Lightroom Classic's Digital Darkroom 3

Part 4: Sharing Your Work with the World 3

Part 5: The Part of Tens 3

Conventions Used in This Book 3

Icons Used in This Book 4

Beyond the Book 5

Where to Go from Here 5

Part 1: Getting Started with Lightroom Classic 7

Chapter 1: Getting to Know Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic 9

The Two Versions of Lightroom 10

Understanding the Creative Cloud 11

Creative Cloud Photography Plan 11

Figuring out whether Lightroom Classic is right for you 12

Knowing whether you need the new Lightroom 13

Introducing the Lightroom Classic Interface 14

Getting what makes each module unique 14

What the Lightroom Classic modules have in common 18

Controlling the Lightroom Classic interface 21

Using Lightroom Classic's secondary display view 23

Getting Up and Running 25

Preparing for installation 25

Chapter 2: Working with Catalogs 27

Understanding How the Catalog Works 27

One catalog to rule them all 28

Knowing where the catalog is located 29

Choosing which catalog to open 31

Caring for the Catalog 32

Backing up your catalog 33

Optimizing your catalog 36

Managing the preview cache files 36

Exploring the Metadata options 40

Working with Multiple Catalogs 42

Transferring data between catalogs 42

Exporting a catalog 43

Importing from a catalog 44

Chapter 3: Lightroom Classic Basics That You Should Know 47

Configuring Lightroom Classic Preferences 47

General preferences 48

The Presets preferences 49

The External Editing preferences 50

Setting up additional external editors 52

The File Handling preferences 53

The Interface preferences 54

The Performance preferences 56

The Lightroom Sync preferences 58

The Network preferences 58

Local Storage versus Cloud Storage 59

Local storage 59

Cloud storage 59

What if I stop my subscription? 60

Getting Familiar with File Formats 61

Supported file formats 62

Making sense of bit depth 63

Understanding color spaces 64

Part 2: Managing Your Photos with Lightroom Classic 67

Chapter 4: Tackling the Lightroom Classic Import Process 69

Knowing How the Import Process Works 69

Exploring the Import Dialog 70

Importing Your Photos into Lightroom Classic 74

Employing an effective import workflow 74

Putting it all together 82

Auto Import 84

Shooting Tethered 87

Chapter 5: Viewing and Finding Photos in the Library 91

Exploring the Library Module 91

Getting to know the panels and tools 92

Becoming familiar with the menu options 94

Creating a custom identity plate 95

Choosing the Right View for the Task 98

Working with thumbnails in Grid view 99

Taking a closer look in Loupe view 102

Using the Panels to Access Your Photos 105

Getting the 20,000-foot view from the Catalog panel 105

Using the Folders panel like a file browser 106

Grouping photos into collections 110

Creating Multiple Versions with Virtual Copies 114

Chapter 6: Getting Organized with the Library 117

Evaluating Photos 118

Survey view 118

Compare view 120

Flags, Ratings, and Color Labels 121

Using flags to pick the winners and losers 122

Deleting photos from Lightroom Classic 124

Using ratings to rank images 125

Applying color labels 126

Filenames and Metadata 127

Batch renaming with filename templates 127

Creating metadata templates to embed information into each image 128

Keywording 130

Adding and organizing keywords 131

Using the Keyword List to find photos 135

Using the Painter Tool 136

Finding Photos with the Library Filter Bar 136

Chapter 7: Exploring the Library Module's Advanced Features 139

People View 139

Finding faces 140

Tagging faces with names 141

Adjusting Your Photos in the Library 144

Considering the Histogram 144

Making adjustments with Quick Develop 145

Merging Photos into HDR and Panos 147

Photo Merge to HDR 147

Photo Merge to Panorama 149

Photo Merge to HDR Pano 151

What is DNG? 153

Types of DNG 153

Converting to DNG 154

Putting Photos on the Map 156

Getting oriented to the Map module 156

Map module basics 157

Part 3: Working in Lightroom Classic's Digital Darkroom 159

Chapter 8: Editing Photos in the Develop Module 161

Exploring the Develop Module 162

Getting to know the panels and tools 162

Becoming familiar with the menu options 164

Understanding the view options 164

Applying settings to other photos 167

Development Essentials 169

Using the Histogram panel 170

Making basic adjustments 172

Choosing a starting profile 173

Controlling color casts 176

Adjusting tonal range to bring out the best 178

Making images pop 180

Customizing panel order 180

Chapter 9: Solving Problems and Saving Time 183

Fixing Common Problems 183

Stronger compositions through cropping 184

Removing spots and healing blemishes 186

Correcting red-eye problems 189

Correcting pet eye problems 191

Graduated Filter 192

Radial Filter 198

Adjustment Brush 199

Presets, Snapshots, and History 201

Saving time with presets 201

Freezing time with snapshots 203

Going back in time with the History panel 204

Chapter 10: Taking Your Photos to the Next Level 205

Working with Contrast and Color 206

Mastering the Tone Curve 206

Enhancing and changing colors 210

Creating black-and-white images 211

Adding color to shadows and highlights 214

The Devil's in the Details 215

Applying capture sharpening 216

Dealing with noise 220

Correcting lens distortions and vignetting 222

Reducing chromatic aberration 223

Transforming perspective distortions 225

Creative Effects 227

Creative vignette applications 228

Creative grain applications 230

Modifying the Calibration Settings 230

Part 4: Sharing Your Work with the World 233

Chapter 11: Exporting Copies and Using External Editors 235

Exploring the Export Dialog 236

Creating Copies of Processed Photos 238

Employing an export workflow 238

Saving settings as a preset for reuse 252

Configuring Your External Editors 253

Basic Editing in an External Editor 257

Advanced Editing Options with Photoshop 259

Chapter 12: Designing a Book 263

Exploring the Book Module 263

Getting to know the panels and tools 264

Becoming familiar with the menu options 265

Setting Up a Book 266

Employing a book workflow 266

Some things to keep in mind 279

Chapter 13: Producing a Slideshow 281

Exploring the Slideshow Module 281

Getting to know the panels and tools 282

Becoming familiar with the menu options 283

Creating a Slideshow 284

Employing a slideshow workflow 284

Playing the Slideshow for Your Audience 297

Playback 297

Export 298

Chapter 14: Printing Your Work 301

Exploring the Print Module 301

Getting to know the panels and tools 302

Becoming familiar with the menu options 304

Setting Up a Print Job 305

Employing a print workflow 305

Chapter 15: Creating a Web Gallery 323

Exploring the Web Module 323

Getting to know the panels and tools 324

Becoming familiar with the menu options 325

Creating a Web Gallery 326

Employing a web gallery workflow 326

Web Gallery Output Options 334

Uploading your gallery with Lightroom Classic 334

Exporting your gallery 337

Part 5: The Part of Tens 339

Chapter 16: Ten Things to Know About Using Lightroom Classic and Lightroom Together 341

Why Would You Use Them Together? 342

Know Before You Go 343

Setting It Up 343

Lightroom Classic Preferences 344

Syncing Collections from Lightroom Classic 345

Making Collections Public 346

All Synced Photographs 346

Collections or Albums? 347

Lightroom for Mobile Interface 347

Change is a Constant 348

Chapter 17: Ten Things to Know About Organizing and Editing in Lightroom 349

Help & Support 350

All Photos and Filtering 350

Segmentation and View Options 351

Adobe Sensei Search 351

Adding Photos from Camera Roll 352

Apply During Import 354

Creating Albums and Folders 354

Applying Ratings and Flags 356

Edit Photos Anywhere 356

Export Copies 358

Chapter 18: Ten Things to Know About Using the Lightroom Mobile Camera 361

Shooting in Raw Mode (DNG) 362

Shooting in Professional Mode 362

Using Shoot-through Presets 364

Helpful Overlays 365

Self Timer, Burst Mode, and Remote Trigger 366

Last Photo Preview 366

Exposure Lock 366

In-Camera HDR Mode 367

Take a Selfie or Switch Lenses 367

Camera Launch Shortcuts 367

Index 369


It's been over 10 years since I wrote the first edition of this book on what was then Lightroom 2. Saying a lot has changed since then is a bit of an understatement. At the end of 2017 Adobe released two similar, but distinctly different, versions of Lightroom with the goal of addressing two similar, yet different, digital photography workflows. I've structured this book to help you understand the differences between these versions of Lightroom - one now called "Adobe Lightroom Classic" and a new one now just called "Adobe Lightroom" - so that you are prepared to choose the right one for your needs. Just be sure to read all of Chapter 1 to get a handle on that. That said, the primary focus of this book is on how to get the most out of Lightroom Classic. There are a few chapters to help a Lightroom Classic user get started with the new Lightroom on the mobile platform, but if you are only using the new Lightroom on all your devices you'll want to check out a different book.

Back in 2007 when Lightroom 1.0 was released, it was considered a paradigm shift in the way photographers managed and edited their digital photos. Today we are witnessing a new paradigm shift thanks to the rise of the smartphone as digital camera with always-connected Internet (which is why there is this new Lightroom version). While paradigm shifts offer new ways of doing things and the potential of improved workflows, they can sometimes be disorienting and frustrating to come to terms with at first. That's why Adobe still offers the original version, which is now called Lightroom Classic. My hope is that this book can serve as a resource to keep you out of trouble, on task, and moving forward as you take your photos from camera to storage to output, over and over again.

About This Book

I am more than just a user of both versions of Lightroom. Through my roles on the Lightroom Help Desk, as an educator, as an author, and my participation in various Lightroom groups, workshops, and forums, I've worked with tens of thousands of fellow Lightroom users over the last decade. I've tried to understand the problems they faced as I've helped them find solutions. I wrote this book with the intention of preventing you from encountering the same problems that others have stumbled on, while also sharing the collective wisdom I've gained to make your workflow as efficient as possible.

How This Book Is Organized

I organize this book with the larger Lightroom Classic workflow in mind, but each chapter - and even the sections within a chapter - represent all the smaller workflows that make up the larger whole. So although there's something to be gained from following the structure I lay out in the book, if you're new to Lightroom Classic, my hope is that you can pick up this book when you need it and jump right to the place in your workflow that you want to learn more about.

Because of the existence of two different versions of Lightroom, I've also structured the book with the goal of minimizing confusion about which version I am talking about. I explicitly refer to Adobe Lightroom Classic as "Lightroom Classic" (as cumbersome as that is to read over and over again) and refer to the new Adobe Lightroom as just "Lightroom" (along with references to it being cloud-based or part of an ecosystem) within a given chapter.

Note that up until the middle of 2019, both versions had the initials "CC" (for Creative Cloud) appended to the end of their respective names. Now that it is only possible to license any version of the Lightroom family of products through a Creative Cloud subscription, Adobe dropped the "CC" from the ends of both product names. For sake of clarity, what was Lightroom Classic CC is now just Lightroom Classic, and what was Lightroom CC is now just Lightroom.

Lightroom Classic is a workflow tool by design, and within the macro workflow of capture to output there exist countless smaller workflows that cover all the micro tasks every photographer needs to complete. The very concept of a workflow implies that there is both a natural beginning and a finite end. I mean, you can't start editing a photo if you haven't first pressed the shutter, right?

Part 1: Getting Started with Lightroom Classic

If you're new to Lightroom Classic - or new to digital photography - you'll definitely want to spend some time in Part 1. I've seen too many people get off on the wrong foot with Lightroom Classic and lose time (and sleep) trying to get themselves back on track because they didn't get a few basic concepts under their belt first. I've helped quite a few folks get back on track, and I know some of the more common pitfalls, so here's your chance to benefit from my experience so you can spend more time productively working with your photos. In this part, I also explain the differences between the two versions of Lightroom and help guide you toward the one that best fits your needs.

Part 2: Managing Your Photos with Lightroom Classic

Managing data might be the least sexy part of a photographer's workflow; however, it's possibly the most essential. Considering that the volume of photos we photographers produce increases each year, this is an aspect of the workflow you have no choice but to get right. To be honest, this aspect of Lightroom Classic is where people have the most trouble.

Part 3: Working in Lightroom Classic's Digital Darkroom

This part is where you work to realize the vision you had the moment the shutter clicked. For some, it's as much fun as the capture, but for others, it's a chore to accomplish the greatest quality in the least amount of time. Lightroom Classic can meet the needs of both kinds of people.

Part 4: Sharing Your Work with the World

Unless you're satisfied with the process of only making photographs, you're going to require some form of output and sharing that extends beyond just your eyeballs. Lightroom Classic offers several options for output.

Part 5: The Part of Tens

You can think of this section as how to get started with the new Lightroom for Lightroom Classic users. I want to achieve three things with this part of the book: I want to prepare you for the option of using Lightroom Classic and Lightroom together; I want you to know the basics of organizing and editing in Lightroom on the mobile platform; and I want to teach you about my absolute favorite mobile phone camera app found in Lightroom for mobile.

Conventions Used in This Book

Lightroom Classic is wonderfully identical on both Windows and Mac operating systems. I use both operating systems daily, but I create the majority of screen captures on Mac because that's what I use most. However, I do include Windows captures where needed to highlight the few places where there are minor differences in the interface or dialog boxes, and there are a few captures from mobile devices where needed.

In the case of keyboard shortcuts (and there are many), I lead off with the Mac shortcut and always include the Windows shortcut in parentheses right after. All the shortcuts that don't require an additional modifier key are the same on both platforms. When I give an instruction for opening a contextual menu, I use the term right-click even though you may not be using an input device with a right-click button. For the Mac, right-clicking is the same as Control-clicking something to invoke the contextual menu.

With regard to menu commands, I use the convention of separating each menu command with this cute arrow,??. For example, I tell you to choose Lightroom Classic???Quit Lightroom (File???Exit for Windows) to quit. You can also quit the program by pressing ???+Q (Ctrl+Q for Windows).

Icons Used in This Book

Scattered throughout this book you find some nifty little icons that point out bits of information that are especially useful, important, or noteworthy.

You see this icon the most. I include many tips to help you get the most from each aspect of the program.

There aren't many of these (fortunately). I only use them when there's a chance you might lose data if you aren't careful.

Whenever a certain piece of information isn't particularly intuitive - but very important to keep in mind - I add this icon to help it stand out.

This icon indicates a heads-up for those few places where I need to deal with some of the more technical aspects of the software.

Beyond the Book

Like every For Dummies book, this one comes with a free Cheat Sheet that brings together some of the most commonly needed information for people struggling with Lightroom Classic. Turn to this for a handy list of shortcuts, a closeup of what's included around image thumbnails, all the tools available on the Library Toolbar, and what to do when things go wrong. To get the Cheat Sheet, head for and, using the Search box, search for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic For Dummies Cheat Sheet.

Where to Go from Here

If you're just starting out, my advice to you is to visit Part 1 sooner rather...

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