One of the most powerful things about Adobe Lightroom is that when you're first learning it's easy to play with all of the sliders in the Develop module. The combinations of tweaks and adjustments that you can apply are endless! Lightroom's non-destructive catalogue system allows us to make an unlimited number of changes to an image with no loss in quality. This facility for creative play really helps you see all the potential in your images.
On the other hand, limitless potential can be overwhelming. Once you've found your way comfortably around the toolkit, how do you get down to making pictures look good?
The tutorials in this learning guide will help you build your essential post-processing skills beyond the basics—without going overboard. Each showcases a different way to use the Develop module to bring an image to its full potential and will give you some great ideas for how to style your images creatively.
Creative Black and White Conversion and Split Toning
Color imaging is overrated! These tutorials showcase the power monochrome image conversion in Adobe Lightroom.
- Adobe LightroomUse Colour Balance for Black and White Conversion in LightroomHarry Guinness
- Black and WhiteHigh-Contrast Black and White with Lookfilter Presets in Adobe Photoshop LightroomHarry Guinness
- Black and WhiteCreatively Converting Photos to Black and White With LightroomHarry Guinness
- Split ToningHow to Split-Tone Process Photos in Adobe LightroomHarry Guinness
- Adobe PhotoshopWant Better Color? Use Neutral Gray Themes in Adobe Photoshop and LightroomDaniel Sone
Creative Color Treatments
The hue/saturation/luminance panel in Adobe Lightroom is incredibly powerful for controlling the colors of an image. These tutorials are great for getting ideas over how to control those sliders and more.
- Colour CorrectionCreative Colour Adjustment in Lightroom with CurvesSimon Plant
- UnderwaterHow to Post-Process Underwater Photographs in Adobe LightroomHarry Guinness
- Post-ProcessingBuilding a Film Style Look in LightroomAndrew Childress
Local Contrast and Color Adjustments
Adobe have steadily moved into Lightroom many of the tools that you once had to rely on Photoshop for, including some very powerful brushes, gradients, and retouching tools.
- Post-ProcessingMastering the Lightroom Adjustment BrushAndrew Childress
- Post-ProcessingQuick Tip: Lightroom Lens CorrectionsAndrew Childress
- Post-ProcessingAdobe Photoshop Lightroom Features: The Radial FilterMartin Perhiniak
- Post-ProcessingAdobe Photoshop Lightroom Features: The Spot Removal ToolMartin Perhiniak
Power Up Your Workflow With Presets
For power users, Lightroom presets are one of the best tools to expedite the image editing process. Presets allow you to save your settings and apply them to other images with a single click. These two tutorials are a great crash course on how and why to use presets.
- Post-Processing100 Free Lightroom Presets (And How to Make Your Own)Andrew Childress
- PresetsIn Defence of Presets: 5 Reasons to Automate Your Post-Production WorkflowHarry Guinness
In this short course, Harry Guinness takes a look at what makes colour film visually unique and shows how to emulate the film look with your digital images in a subtle and stylish way in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Using a sample image, you'll learn how to approach building your own creative look with consistency and personality.
This course is for photographers who want to take their digital workflow to the next level. We start with how to managing and organize your photos properly, then correct them so that they look their best.
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