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5 Lightroom Tricks and Tips That You Don’t Know (Probably)

November 5, 2019

Hi, welcome back to the I’m Jesus Ramirez. In this video, I’m going to show you five Lightroom tips and trips
that you probably don’t know. Okay let’s get started. Here I am, in Lightroom’s Classic CC. In this first tip, I’m going to show you how
to mask the Graduated Filter. So, I’m going to select a graduated filter
by clicking on it. You could also press the M key on the keyboard
to select it and this filter allows you to create a gradient, like this one here, just
by clicking-and-dragging. And then you can use these sliders to adjust
that particular area. So, if I wanted to adjust the sky, I could
increase Clarity, which is contrast in the mid tones. Also increase Dehaze and by the way, I’m not
really worried about making the sky better. I’m just exaggerating the sky so that you
can see how it also effects the tower. So, I can actually mask the towers out so
that they’re not effected by the gradient and the way that you would do that is by clicking
on Brush and then selecting Erase. And when you paint, notice how I’m erasing
that effect from the tower and I can also use the left and right bracket keys on the
keyboard to adjust the size of my brush. So, I can come in and just paint away these
areas so that they’re not effected by the graduated filter. So, now if I make an extreme adjustment, you
can sort of see what I did there. I just basically masked these areas out. Obviously, when you’re working on a real project, you’ll wanna spend a little more
time fine-tuning the mask. In this tip, I’m going to show you how to
change the color of anything inside of Lightroom. By the way, I actually have a full-length
tutorial on how to do this process so I’m gonna go fairly quickly here. But if you want in-depth instructions, then
check out the tutorial. I’ll place a link right below in the description. But anyway, to change the color of anything, the first thing that
I need to do is select the adjustment brush. So, I’m going to click on it. You can also press K on the keyboard. Make sure that all the sliders are set to
zero. If they’re not, you can just double-click
on the slider to reset it or you can hold the Alt key, Option on a Mac, and click reset
and it will reset all the sliders. So once all the sliders are set to zero, we
can start painting over the image. We’re going to paint over the area
whose color we want change. In this case, we want to change the color
of the saddle to something else. Now depending on your settings, when you paint,
you may or may not see the overlay. If you can’t see the overlay just press the
O key on the keyboard. By default, the overlay is red So, if you are painting over something that is
red you really won’t be able to tell. So, hold Shift and O and that changes the
color of the overlay. So, notice how I just painted directly over
the saddle and also the horse. To make the painting easier, you can enable
the auto mask, which allows you to paint and Lightroom will select the colors that are
similar to the ones you are painting over. So, notice how I’m not going over lines. You could also uncheck auto mask and hold
control, that’s command on the Mac, and click and you temporarily enable auto mask and that’s
actually the way that I prefer to work. Now I’m going fairly quickly here. Of course, I’m not working on details. In your image, you may want to spend a little
more time working on those details. But for the sake of time, this is going to
be good enough for this tutorial. Once you painted the area, you can press O
again to disable the overlay and the de-saturate that adjustment so that de-saturates that
area and we can now apply a color and we apply a color by clicking on this color swatch and
just select any color that we want. So, if we wanted to make this green we can
select green and then we can use these tonal adjustments from exposure down to blacks to
change how that green is going to look. So we can change the exposure and change how
that green looks. And we can even use clarity and Dehaze and any of these other sliders
so that we can adjust the color. We can always come back, click on the color
swatch and change it to a different color. And obviously I didn’t really work in the
details on the edges of what you would need to do is zoom in. So, I’m gonna zoom in by pressing the Z key and use the left bracket key on the keyboard to get a smaller brush. And just paint in those areas. And obviously I’m not gonna spend the time
to paint all those details in there but I think that you get the idea. So, this is how you change the color of anything
inside of Lightroom. In this trick, I’m going to show you how to
apply an auto adjustment to a single slider. So, when you’re in the developed module, you
of course get the development tools and here under basic we have this auto button that
when you click on it, Lightroom sets all the sliders to where it thinks is the best position
for your specific photo. Then you can just fine tune the adjustments
that Lightroom made and make you image look better. But what do you do if you want to work manually
and only apply the auto correction to one slider? Let me show you how to do that. I’m gonna press Ctrl Z, Command Z on the Mac
to undo, to reset the file back to its original settings. If you want it to work manually and only apply
the auto adjustment to a specific slider, what you would need to do is simply hold Shift
and double-click on a slider. So, if I wanted to work manually with the
high lights but then wanted to apply an auto correction to the shadows, I can hold the
Shift and double click on the Shadow slider so that Lightroom puts in the position where
it thinks it best works. And I can do that for all the sliders like
Blacks, for example, and then adjust the other sliders manually to get a better result. And obviously in this tutorial I’m not really
looking at the aesthetics of the image, I just wanted to show you how the sliders work
when you hold shift and double click on them. In this Lightroom tips, I’m going to show
you how to change the identity plate. On the left hand side of the application frame,
you will see the default identity plate, which right now is set to my name and right above
that, Adobe Lightroom Classic CC. But if you go into edit, you can select identity
plate setup and you can change that. You can change it from Adobe AD to a Lightroom
Classic CC. Notice how that changes. Now it read Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic
CC and you can also personalize it and you can put whatever you want. Currently it has my name but we can change
it to something else. I can change it to,
which is the name of my website. You can also click on this launch to change
the colors. So I’m gonna select his color here and press
okay. You can see that the color changes in the
preview window and also on the top left of the application frame. You can also change the font, style and font
size if you like. Once I press okay, the changes that I’ve made
will be applied to it Lightroom. You can also go back into the edit menu, select
identity plate and instead use a graphical identity plate so you can use a PNG and add
your company logo or any other graphic that you’d like on this area. And for this final Lightroom tip, I’m going
to show you how to see the keyboard shortcuts for the module that you’re in. Currently, we’re in the develop module. So if you want to see the keyboard shortcuts
for this module, you can press control forward slash. That’s the same key as the question mark,
that’s command forward slash on the Mac and Lightroom displays this overlay with the keyboard
shortcuts for this module develop shortcuts. If I go into the Library module, I can hold
control forward slash and I will see the library shortcuts. So this is a great shortcut to remember because
it’ll help you remember all other shortcuts. By the way, I’m curious to know how many of
these tips and tricks are new to you? Let me know down in the comments below. You can simply type in one, two, none, all,
whatever it is. Also, if you’re interested to learn more about
Lightroom then check out my free course of Lightroom CC here on YouTube. Just to be clear, this is a different version
of Lightroom than what I used in this video. However, if you learn the principles that
I apply in that course you could always bring them back into Lightroom Classic. I’m gonna place a link to it right below in
the description. Also, if this is your first time at the Photoshop
Training Channel, then don’t forget to click on that subscribe and notification buttons. Thank you so much for watching and I will
talk to you again in the next tutorial.


  • Reply Photoshop Training Channel July 23, 2018 at 1:07 am

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  • Reply Mark Hawthorne July 23, 2018 at 4:54 am

    Thank you, Jesus. I did not know 3 of the 5.

  • Reply Dennis van Mierlo July 23, 2018 at 4:56 am

    The “change color” tip is new for me. Your tutorials are getting better every time. Thank you!!!

  • Reply David Adshade July 23, 2018 at 5:01 am

    I'd forgotten number 5. Very handy! Thank you 🙂

  • Reply UltraRmx July 23, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Three were new to me. Ty

  • Reply Skype 1 July 23, 2018 at 5:16 am


  • Reply Vuitor July 23, 2018 at 6:28 am

    You can use "Auto mask" in 1:14, isn't it ? 😉

  • Reply Sheikh Muhammad Adnan July 23, 2018 at 6:47 am


  • Reply Manu FernandesVillela July 23, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Excellent, I learn the ctrl-brush = automask.

    Thanks and go ahead, it's always a a pleasure.

  • Reply A. Namuq July 23, 2018 at 7:18 am

    You are a wonderful guy Mr. Ramirez, and you are really doing a great job, thanks for all your tutorials, and keep the good work. I knew only two.

  • Reply Mikael Seise July 23, 2018 at 7:33 am

    If you use a Swedish Lightroom the shortcuts are found by clicking Shift + H

  • Reply Stephen Etherington July 23, 2018 at 7:45 am

    I can't believe how much I just learned, thanks and keep up the good work

  • Reply Paul Burwood July 23, 2018 at 8:46 am

    two new tips; so thanks.

  • Reply TheDex2TRex July 23, 2018 at 9:26 am

    i need help plz help me there is channel name MKICE AND FIRE check his photos and plz tell me hoow to edit like his photos i mean make more cinamatic and more attractive plz make a totorial plzzz

  • Reply Eric Jackson July 23, 2018 at 9:57 am


  • Reply od July 23, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Love the shortcut dialog box. Didn't know that existed. That will be helpful. Thanks!!

  • Reply R Garlin July 23, 2018 at 10:17 am

    That last shortcut to show the shortcuts – was the only one I didn't know before – and it's a beauty! Thanks a lot, Jesús!

  • Reply Ken Lloyd July 23, 2018 at 10:46 am

    3 Tips new to me that will speed up my workflow and enhance my post processing techniques.

  • Reply Jane Simpson July 23, 2018 at 11:15 am

    All new to and all really useful, thanks so much for a great channel and all your hard work

  • Reply Debby Thomas July 23, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Didn’t know the last tip and grateful for the reminder about a couple others.

  • Reply Vibin Benny July 23, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    awsome videos it helps to know photoshop and other softwares clearly

  • Reply Richard Coomber July 23, 2018 at 12:44 pm


  • Reply cessna6535 July 23, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Great tips. Thanks so much. Another great tutorial!

  • Reply Barry Green July 23, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    1& 2 !.
    Could you tell me why LR CC changes aspect ratio of image when switching between Develop Module & Library Module? Transform adjustments made to Aspect ratio and Verticals are lost when switch back to Library Module. When Exporting to JPEG the printed image appears as in Library Module, not with Transforms applied in Develop Module. My base image is .psd if that helps.

  • Reply Paul Stewart July 23, 2018 at 1:32 pm


  • Reply Brendan Reilly July 23, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    I kinda knew all these tips thanks for sharing

  • Reply Murray Speer July 23, 2018 at 1:44 pm


  • Reply TheBldbnkr July 23, 2018 at 1:51 pm


  • Reply Donald Perrault July 23, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    All -Thank you

  • Reply RetsetVX July 23, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    I knew 4/5 (not the shortcut list). However, I use LR nearly all the time and PS for very little. I would suggest that for the first tip, a luminosity mask of range would produce an accurate result much quicker than the masking brush (or auto mask on the brush). I find myself using colour or luminosity masking a lot since they became available.

  • Reply Carlosdani17 July 23, 2018 at 3:32 pm


  • Reply aaz148a July 23, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Brilliant!! you explain like no other, bless you!!!!

  • Reply Jens Vielmann July 23, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    With the exception of the identity plate, which I never cared about, I knew all others… this time 😉

  • Reply William Collins July 23, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Great information…2

  • Reply MohammeD Mecheddal July 23, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    all <3 thnaks bro

  • Reply Doug Stringer July 23, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    (2) Individual Basic Tonal Adjustments and Ctrl / Shortcuts-Thanks!

  • Reply Mario Carranza July 23, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    All of the commands.

  • Reply Thomas Cahill July 23, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    ALL! Thanks, great video.

  • Reply suruha2306 July 23, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    I now nothing about Lightroom! So, you are correct! LOL

  • Reply Dale Fuller July 23, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    All 5. Great Training. Thanks

  • Reply Gabe A. July 23, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    I always wished there was a way to change the color of the overlay, I didn't know that there was one. Does this work with the different overlay grids in the crop tool or the leveling tool? Sometimes when working on a light image, it's difficult to see the white overlays. Thanks!

  • Reply Perry Christensen July 23, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    All but the editing of the identity plate were new to me. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Adrian Thomas July 23, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    It's all new to me

  • Reply Mario Carvajalino July 23, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    I did not know the tricks 0

  • Reply Robert Dennis July 23, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Thank you. Great video. Very helpful.

  • Reply Steven Kornreich July 23, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Excellent stuff

  • Reply John Chubb July 23, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    This is really great! I'm just learning Lightroom, so they are all new!

  • Reply Jose A. Justiniano July 23, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    For me everything is new God bless you for your knowledge I believe I gonna take your free curse.

  • Reply Tom Windeknecht July 23, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Almost all of these are new to me! Thanks, Jesus!

  • Reply Redot July 24, 2018 at 12:16 am


  • Reply Saitou Gine July 24, 2018 at 12:55 am

    This is exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks, bro!

  • Reply Rick O July 24, 2018 at 4:01 am

    great content!

  • Reply Creative Feather July 24, 2018 at 4:56 am

    Regularly I used to see your video. it's really helpful.

  • Reply kapsb10 July 24, 2018 at 6:12 am

    Very useful

  • Reply Jex Martinez July 24, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    all tricks were new to me. thank you sir.

  • Reply RichDT July 24, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Three new ones for me… excellent tips thank you, just subscribed.

  • Reply Photoshopeando July 24, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Great tips. On a related note, I have a love-hate relationship with masking radial/graduated filters, because, while it's a great feature, it turns out that for reasons beyond my understanding, we are not really masking in/out the original radial/graduated mask, but destroying the real mask, so we can't paint it back (mask it in/out) if we need to clean up things after painting/erasing a little too much. Fortunately, I'm not the only one complaining ( ), but it's been 3 years since I started the original "idea" and they don't seem to care too much about it.
    Anyway, sorry for the rant – like I said, great video and narration. Take care!

  • Reply Peter Allum July 24, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks for all your great videos they are so helpful. One thing that I have always meant to ask is that when you often say on keyboard shortcuts, "That is alt or option on a Mac`', on my Mac keyboard there is no key labelled option, it is labelled alt on mine. Is this just a UK thing and is it different in the US?

  • Reply Jeanette Frizzell July 24, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    all wow great thanks a million

  • Reply Yahya Rhouna July 24, 2018 at 5:38 pm


  • Reply Mike Stevens July 24, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    All of them. Thanks.

  • Reply ZeroNervE Gaming July 24, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    That last one is like pausing the game to look up finishing moves in Mortal Kombat! 😀

  • Reply Arturo Santo Tomas July 24, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    None of these tips were familiar to me they are great; thank you

  • Reply Sheila Reeves July 24, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    2 of these were new to me.

  • Reply Jim Robertson July 24, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    using CTRL to auto mask was new to me – I suspect I'll be using it in the future

  • Reply Jeff Sargent July 24, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    I've used them all except the last one and that's a beauty. Thanks Jesus.

  • Reply Heidi Schwartz July 25, 2018 at 3:34 am

    Jesus!! Great job!! All 5 are new!! Thanks much!!!

  • Reply Patrick Montocchio July 25, 2018 at 7:49 am

    Great job ! Thank you for this. 3 of the tips, I never used.

  • Reply musicmachineplayer31 July 25, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Thank you always showing us some great tips

  • Reply JCPE July 25, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    4 new tricks for me, Thanks Jesus.

  • Reply Ανδρέας Κεμάλης July 25, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Oh, Thanks Man!

  • Reply ꯉꯥꯟꯕ ꯃꯥꯉꯥꯡ July 25, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    None. You are awesome bro. I like every vid of yours.

  • Reply Ed Wouters July 26, 2018 at 1:07 am

    All. Thanks Jesus.

  • Reply Anas Adel July 26, 2018 at 4:41 am

    All 👍

  • Reply alextraction July 26, 2018 at 6:51 am

    All 5! Great tutorial, this will definitely speed up my workflow. 👍

  • Reply Jayant Mishra July 26, 2018 at 7:06 am

    Do you make a tutorial on this topic "How to make crack on glasses or crack glass" brushes.
    Thanks a lot

  • Reply Raimund Gebhardt July 26, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Great tips

  • Reply Mark Evans July 26, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Very nice! 4

  • Reply Bavard Rahdar July 26, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Awesome video thanks so much! Quick and to the point.

  • Reply #Wellther July 27, 2018 at 2:36 am

    All! Learnt new things!

  • Reply Helge Döker July 27, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    All 😂

  • Reply Wojtek Kogut July 28, 2018 at 10:36 am


  • Reply France Andor July 28, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks, didn't know these, subscribed.

  • Reply Laura Marquez July 30, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Only 1

  • Reply Dex Pyran July 30, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    These are all new tricks. And I thought I knew a lot about LR. Thank you.

  • Reply Beowolf Ahates August 2, 2018 at 1:23 am

    You are in my top 3 Photoshop teachers out there. Because you are TEACHING what you know,…not just make show off your knowledge. Thank you!

  • Reply Yuliani 99000 August 2, 2018 at 1:23 am

    very nice

  • Reply Gene Kimball August 2, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Two items are new; applying a change to only one control & seeing the keyboard shortcuts in the current module

  • Reply King Nothing August 4, 2018 at 8:41 am

    The last one really really special!! I'm certainly not a novice user, but never knew it…Thanks a ton

  • Reply Lona Saccomando August 7, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Three were new to me and I thought I knew pretty much all of it. Very nice – thank you for sharing. Great videos – just subscribed.

  • Reply Philip Gwilliam August 8, 2018 at 11:54 pm


  • Reply tjcuneo August 9, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks, I wasn't aware of the commands to reach the shortcuts in each module.

  • Reply Frank Cich August 12, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Jesus. Excellent. Yes, I was unaware of these tips. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Shyne On Sites September 20, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Thank you, your videos always leave my note pad full.

  • Reply Darren Sherley September 29, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Alright Jesus you are now my best friend. The whole bit about holding the control for auto mask is one of those things I wish I would have known years ago. Cheers buddy

  • Reply Kathrin Federer December 24, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Hi Jesús! Thanks for that tutorial 👍. I also thought it would be possible to apply the Lensflare effect non destructively by converting the image to a Smartobject before.
    Another Easter Egg, for example, is the one with the toasters when choosing the workspace in the preferences, but that's an old one.

  • Reply ronstuveling March 16, 2019 at 5:39 am

    2 new tips

  • Reply xoxxox13 May 15, 2019 at 3:46 am

    Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Agustin Tajch May 29, 2019 at 4:43 pm


  • Reply Walter Thomson July 30, 2019 at 12:05 am

    All of these tips were new to me. Thank you very much.

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