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15 Lightroom Editing Tips & Techniques For Beginners!

September 3, 2019

What is up creatives, this is Tom so I’ve
been using Lightroom for a few years and after looking back I thought it
would be useful to break down 15 tips that I wish I learned sooner let’s get
started. Number one is an incredibly easy way to Center your horizon you can
just click on your crop tool click on the little ruler to the side and then
click and drag on your image for where you want the horizon to be. While we’re
talking about cropping change between crop guides by pressing o and then when
you’ve got a guide that you want press shift o and it will actually cycle
through different variants of that cropping guide. Super useful and
something you’ll continue to use as you get a bit better with different
compositions selectively editing is one of the most powerful tools within Adobe
Lightroom so you can do this using the filters like radial filters which is
going to draw a circle, a graduated filter which is a horizontal or kind of
a vertical stretch, or my particular favorite is an adjustment brush which
you can paint your adjustment on to a selective area you can scroll on your
mouse to quickly increase and decrease the cursor size and you can hold alt to
remove areas of your mask nice and easy and this is just a technique which
you’re going to be using over and over again with in Lightroom. Sometimes you’ll run
into photos where your mask is just gonna be a real pain to draw it out
yourself using the adjustment brush and that is when auto-mask comes in. Click
this little button down here and it’s kind of like the magic wand tool in
Photoshop and can automatically select an area to mask for your edit. It’s not
gonna work all the time but if you have an area of good contrast it can really
help. Super simple one here and something a
advanced editor is gonna know like the back of their hand but you can immediately
hit / and see a direct preview sans any cropping that you’ve done to an
image to see what the original composition looked like before or after
your edits. Number six, remove people quickly and easily from your images
using the spot removal tool did you know that most of the photos on Instagram
aren’t actually taken in places where people are the only ones around simply
hit the spot removal tool in the top right of Lightroom, you can play around
with the differences in heal or clone or move the original spot and try and get a
better match and presto remove spots or people really easily. Next up is noise
reduction now this is another pretty self-explanatory one or something which
anyone who’s more experienced with Lightroom will be using all the time but
since one of my favorite editing techniques is to shoot and under expose
and then bring elements up or down in post it’s super useful to know decent
noise reduction is there within Lightroom simply go down to detail and
increase the noise reduction luminance don’t push is too high as it can really
result in a lot of loss of detail but it can really help take the worst of the
noise out in an image. Background color is another simple one within Lightroom
just immediately right-click anywhere on the canvas and you’ll be able to change
your background between white gray on anywhere in between super useful for
occasionally you just have an image which isn’t gonna look good on
Lightroom’s default background so change it to white changes to black or anything
in between. Clipping checker, now clipping is when
you are losing detail in an image either by overexposing or underexposing to
black or to white to check easily if a photo or not is clipping in either
direction simply hitting J on your keyboard will highlight this and then
you can adjust your exposure according. Sometimes you’ll have made a
bunch of changes to in the image but you don’t want to reset it entirely so one
of my favorite things about Lightroom is the history panel when you’re in the
develop module simply click down here to history and then you can basically see
every change you’ve made to that image in question then just hover over to see
what the image looked like at a particular point in time and clicking it
will jump your image back to that point. This is another really simple one but
just in case you didn’t realize sometimes you need a little bit more
creative control than the sliders within Lightroom will give you, a little bit
more granularity so simply drag this side of the panel out and then your
sliders will increase in size and you don’t have to deal with the very small
default slider width. Now I’ve been using Lightroom, as I said, for about two or
three years now and I had no idea that this existed – if you want to preview a
few photographs together when you’re in library module just select a few photos
and hit N, voila now you’ve got all of those photos displayed in a very very
easy format directly on-screen together now you can simply hit E again to switch
back at any time. So in my experience one of the best ways to achieve large color
shifts, dramatic color changes within an image edit is actually to do it with the
camera calibration section versus the HSL sliders this can often speed up
edits hugely because a look can we achieve very quickly for instance if we
want to sort of achieve an orange and teal effect on this image we can do that
quite a lot quicker in the calibration panel then I would have been able to
achieve using the HSL sliders. Now that we’re talking HSL sliders though I am
gonna show you something which is possibly going to blow your mind this
may well be something which has been in Lightroom forever and I’ve just been the
only one missing out on it but I didn’t realize that this little circle button
on the HSL slide is is to drag and drop a color and select that and then you can
drag all of your colors associated with that point in the image across as one as
mentioned just click and drag this little circle then keep dragging and all
of your colors are gonna change nice and easily no more playing around we’re
trying to make sure you select the right color the right hue the right saturation
you can just do this immediately with one click. Finally we come to number
15 this one is to do with actual Lightroom performance so if you are
experiencing slow performance within Adobe Lightroom here’s a quick tip to
try and remedy that go into preferences and then go into performance and
sometimes you’re going to see this little graphics processing button is
checked so if it is checked try it without and then vice versa if it’s not
checked try checking it and you might just find you have a dramatic increase
in performance there we go guys that is basically it for this one so let me know
if one of these tips helped you if you didn’t know about it down below in the
comments give me a shout if you have any lightroom questions as well i’ll catch
you next time


  • Reply Tom Rich September 1, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    After using lightroom for the last 2 years or so, I thought you guys might find it useful for me to break down a few tips… Well, 15 of 'em!

  • Reply Hassan Gary September 1, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Drag from the slider name for more granular control. Also double click on the slider name to reset to default.

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