Video: 10 Lightroom features you may not know about
No matter how well you think you know Adobe Lightroom, this video probably still has something to teach you about Adobe's photo editing and digital asset management program.
In the video, photographer and YouTuber Jamie Windsor spends twelve minutes looking at 10 "hidden" Lightroom Classic features you may or may not know about. Some are a bit more common-knowledge than the others, but odds are you'll find at least one feature you didn't know existed.
Check out the video above for a full rundown, or keep reading for a quick synopsis of all 10 tips:
- Sharing online - Using an integrated share function, you can easily share an album of your images online, where people can favorite and even comment on your photos.
- Getting good color - Hidden inside the develop dialog is a little color calibration tool. Adobe recently updated this tool, but the tip still stands and proves even more useful.
- Change preset opacity - This tip needs a plugin (The Fader), so it's not directly integrated into Lightroom. But the tool is free to download. Once installed, you can choose how strong any presets are that you've installed.
- Targeted adjustment tool - Rather than using HSL sliders, the targeted adjustment tool lets you adjust the variables in a specific area with minimal affect on the rest of the image.
- Auto exposures match - This one is pure magic. Take a batch of photos with varying exposures, edit one how you want, and select the auto exposure match tool in the menu. Boom. The photos will look like they were shot with exactly the same settings. Great for wedding and even sports photography.
- Faster image rating - Rather than using the arrow keys and pressing numbers, simply press caps lock on your keyboard. Now, after you press a number it will automatically advance to the next image.
- Selective auto settings - If you hold shift and double-click the slider on an adjustment, Lightroom will automatically give you what it believes to be the proper setup.
- Edit local adjustment tools - Does that gradient filter overlay you just applied affect the subject of your image? Don't fret. Simply click on the brush tool and use the erase function to selectively remove the are of the gradient you don't want.
- Increased slider size - Drag out your adjustment tools to get more accurate edits (in case you didn't know, you can also hold shift while moving a slider to make it more precise)
- Alt precision views - Holding the Alt key will more precisely show you what edits are being made—great for sharpening and exposure tools.
These tips apply to Adobe Lightroom Classic CC. If you're using the new cloud-based Lightroom CC, a few of them will translate over, but not all, so play around a bit and see what you find. And if you found these tips useful, you can check out more of Windsor's videos on his YouTube channel.
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