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7 SECRET Tips you probably don’t know in LIGHTROOM

September 8, 2019

7 SECRET Tips You Probably Don’t Know in LIGHTROOM Hey Cafe Crew, it’s Colin Smith here from
PhotoshopCAFE and today, I’m going to show you 7 little known tips inside of Lightroom. This is going to help you a ton. All right, so let’s start with Number 1. You know what? When you’re working inside the Develop Module
and you’re here and you’re kind of scrawling, especially when you get to a laptop and you
run out of space, some things open, some aren’t, and before you know it, you’re scrawling everywhere
and you don’t want to do this much scrolling. Well, what you can do is right-click on the
little arrow. Choose Solo Mode. And once you choose Solo Mode, only one panel
will be open at a time. So, that means that when we go down here and
we click, say, Detail, all the other panels will collapse, or we can go to Tone Curve
and notice we don’t have to scroll for miles anymore. We can get exactly what we want right there. Okay, Number 2. Let’s go into the basic here and notice the
sliders. We’ve got [inaudible 00:00:55] amount of _
there, so we can play around with them, but I want to make those sliders longer to give
me more sensitivity. So, just click on the edge and you can drag
that panel out as far as it will go, and notice now how much longer these sliders are now
and that gives us more precise control, so, always do that. And by the way, when we go into the different
panels, notice that the way we drag them will be remembered inside each panel. So, once you’ve pulled that out of the Develop
Module, it’s always going to be like that. Tip Number 3. One of the things I love to do a lot is to
use the Radial Filter in order to get a vignette. So, I grabbed this picture here and I want
to put a radial around her, I can go here into the Develop Module and I grab the tool
here. And as you see, you know, you’re probably
used to this, you can drag it around and you know, maybe we can drop the Exposure down,
we’re creating a vignette. Now, what if you want to make it fit exactly
into that image? You know, we can kind of drag it around like
that, but it takes too long. If you hold down the Ctrl key, that would
be Command on Mac, double-click on the pin and boom, notice it will now perfectly fit
the bounds of that image. What if we want to hide some of these modules? Notice all these modules up here? All we got to do is right-click and we can
actually, if we’re not using the web module, we can hide it if we’re not going to be using
the Book Module or the Map Module. Notice we can right-click and just have the
modules that we want. That actually goes beyond that too. We can actually right-click in here and notice
if you wanted, you can hide those modules in there too. So, maybe the camera calibration, you’ve got
someone else using your computer and you don’t want them screwing with that. You can do that. You can hide and show them right there. All right, Tip Number 5. We’re working with video. In this case, I shot in D-Log so there’s not
a lot of punch in contrast here and I want to add it right here inside of Lightroom. So one of the things you’ll find is if you
click on the Develop Module, it’s going to say, “Video is not supported in Develop,”
so you can’t edit your videos… or can you? Let’s go back to our library here. We’re going to twirl this open so we see all
our details. And I’m just going to go somewhere in here
like maybe we’re going to set this frame here that looks beautiful, click on the little
box, Capture Frame. Now, it creates a photograph. So, I’m going to click on that photograph,
go to the Develop Module and now I can punch up my Contrast, you know, or recover my highlights. I can share those blah, blah, blah. Let’s just do this really quickly and add
some punch to this and say this is the setting we wanted. We could simply select the two now and then
just click on Sync and we synchronize it and we go into the video now, and go back to the
library. And now, look at that. We’ve now synchronized those settings from
that photo to the video and now, look at that, we’ve got that beautiful tonality right there
in the video. The other thing you could have done too, is
you could have just said that is a preset if you want to reuse it, but if you don’t
want to clutter it up with a bunch of presets, just do the syncing like I did there. All right, Tip Number 6. You guys are probably aware of Quick Collections,
right? You know, Quick Collection, when you click
on the little dot there, and then when you do that, it adds it into the Quick Collection
right there, see that? And we can click in there and we can see those
images. All right, but what if we want to add them,
you know, to a collection or something? We’re going to go down here into the Model
Collection. We’re going to scroll down and we’re going
to try and organize that. Well, here’s a tip for you. If you want to be able to put them directly
into one of these collections, like maybe I’ll just create one right now and I’m just
going to call it stuff. And you know, it could be whatever you wanted. Here’s a tip. You want to set this as a target collection. Now, if I click Create, now what we can do
when we go into all of our photographs– Let’s just go back to our photos where we were. When I click here now and I tap there, instead
of those going into the Quick Collection, what they’re now going to do is go into the
collection we just created. There’s all our photos we added in the stuff. So, if you move in there, you see the little
plus. That’s now set as a target collection, which
now works like the quick collection. If you right-click, you can turn that right
off. And if you want, you can go anywhere and you
can set that as a target collection just for that little plus. If I turn it off, by default, it’s just going
to go back right now to the Quick Collection and notice the little plus sign is there. Okay, Tip Number 7. You’ve got multiple photos selected here and
you want to look at the metadata for each photo and you go down here, you can’t because
it shows mixed when you’ve got more than one photo. So, what if we want to actually see the metadata
from each individual photo? Go up under Metadata. Show Metadata for Target Photo Only. Turn that on and now we see the metadata. As I click between these photos, we can now
see the settings for each photo. So anyway, guys, that was 7 really quick tips
inside of Adobe Lightroom. I hope you guys enjoyed it. So anyway, I’ve got lots of tips and tutorials
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  • Reply hakan yeşil July 14, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    thanks for simple and useful tips..

  • Reply Carey Nash July 14, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    awesome, target collection is a huge tip!

  • Reply Steve Wyrostok July 14, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Great tips! Might add to your tip on the target collection that the "B" keyboard shortcut to add/remove photos to the target collection is a fast way to add/remove images to the target collection from either the Library or Develop mode. Great tips thanks! Been using Lightroom since almost the beginning and didn't know half those.

  • Reply Paul Abrahams July 14, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    awesome tips, well presented. I learned 7 really useful tips. Colour grade video via frames? how about that.

  • Reply Jason DeSomer July 15, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Great video. All tips I didn't know, that are also useful. Straight and to the point! – Earned a new subscriber 🙂

  • Reply TripOver July 15, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Instead of enlarging the slider area just hold down the shift key while dragging any of the sliders
    that way you can move the slider in much finer steps

  • Reply Zane Llewellyn July 15, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Thanks 👍

  • Reply Paul Elliott July 15, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Wow, the video edit sync tip is fantastic… what a weird easter egg to leave in Lightroom? Adobe… I don't always understand you. 🙂

  • Reply Jaime Cumagun July 15, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Wow! Never knew some of the info you shared! Color grading for video using the trick you showed for #6 is an eye opener.

    Also did enjoy the great way to declutter the image viewing experience for Lightroom especially when not in full screen mode using shift + f (x2) alongside shift + tab.

    Great job with the straight to the point video and special thanks to for featuring your YouTube content on their website.

    Thank you again for sharing and worth the watch!

  • Reply Mikey Colon July 15, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Awesome tips! Thanks

  • Reply Old400 July 15, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Big help………….thanks.

  • Reply Haley McLain July 15, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    The video synch bit! OMG! MIND BLOWN

  • Reply Clayton Johnson July 16, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    great tips.

  • Reply Buddy Eleazer July 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    I'm on PC. I tried right click on arrows in develop mode. Nothing happens. Hmmm.

  • Reply James Harris July 20, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    An even faster way to navigate the panels in the develop module: Hold down <control and
    1 (Basic)
    2 (Tone Curve)
    3 (HSL)
    4 (Split Toning)
    5 (Detail)
    6 Lens Correction)
    7 (Transform)
    8 (Effects)
    9 (Camera Calibration) and you will jump to the panel. Just memorize which number opens which panel.

  • Reply Kipp Baker July 20, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    …knew 5 of the 7 – so the 2 new nuggets were well worth the 7 minutes it took to hear. Fab presentation, just enough detail to inform, not so much blather as to distract – well done, sir! Earned another subscriber. Keep'em comin'…(yeah, the video thinghy was worth all 7 minutes. WHO KNEW?!? Obviously photoshopCAFE did…)

  • Reply Ray Lotier July 20, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    O…M…G… The video color correct/grade sync is fricking awesome! Thanks!

  • Reply MannyG33309 July 21, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Excellent tips!

  • Reply GHOOSTHUN July 21, 2017 at 11:04 am

    lol actual tricks, thanks did not expect it, but hey

  • Reply David John July 23, 2017 at 6:55 am

    GOOD set of quick tips. Thanks.

  • Reply Mike Molloy July 23, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    You know when you think you know everything about lightroom then boom… this just taught me something new.

  • Reply Edson Inniss July 24, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    I found this tutorial very useful !!

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  • Reply Andre Leopoldino July 25, 2017 at 2:59 am

    great tips! Thx

  • Reply Camera Plus July 26, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Great tips. Very concise.

  • Reply Boaz Yoffe July 26, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Killer tips, thanks.

  • Reply Lisa Saffell July 26, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Genius! Thank you so much!

  • Reply Phillip Woody Shepherd July 27, 2017 at 6:08 am

    How do you scroll around an image when you are zoomed in?

  • Reply LKFX Quality Media July 27, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Nice and simple, love the tips

  • Reply Don July 28, 2017 at 2:51 am

    An alternative to tip 2 (expanding the area for the right side of the Develop module to give the sliders more sensitivity) is to put your cursor over the slider you want to change and press your up arrow to quickly go +5 at a time or your down area to go -5 at a time. I do that so I can look at the image as I'm clicking on a slider to see when I've adjusted by the right amount. It works for all the sliders in the Basic panel, plus the sliders for colors and others like vignette.

  • Reply Lyle Stavast July 29, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    solo mode – check.
    sliders longer – check.
    radial filter – ctrl/double click – check. (didn't know that one…)
    module hide – check.
    video – library capture frame, dev module settings – sync with video "poor man's grading", check.
    quick collection – target collection – hit the dot on images – check. (B works too…)
    multi-photos selected – show meta data for target photo only… check.

    Good list 🙂 Thanks –

  • Reply Randy Lee July 29, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Great tips! Thank you.

  • Reply MadsHilde July 30, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Hey. Is it possible to see the metadata on an image in the "import" module? Like when importing from a sd card.

  • Reply Clive Pratt July 30, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Their not secret just hidden.

  • Reply Niranchala Flynn July 30, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Thanks for the tips some I already know but some I don't

  • Reply Marco Valk July 31, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    You should have mentioned that exporting video is limited to 1080p. 4K is not possible.

  • Reply Sean Andrews July 31, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    I shot footage on my Canon 6D and did the video edit sync thing you showed…the screen shot I was working with was only a 1.2mb image. Is that normal after shooting in 1080p? I'm new at this so go easy on me, lol. Thank you!!!

  • Reply Scott Jung August 1, 2017 at 2:29 am

    Brilliant! Solo mode is going to be my new friend!

  • Reply AAP-SG August 1, 2017 at 3:20 am

    First vid of yours & now I'm a sub, good stuff

  • Reply Spiralbear August 1, 2017 at 8:21 am

    You had me at number 1

  • Reply Paul Moadibe August 1, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    thanks for the tips ! (from a new subscriber)

  • Reply Michael Miller August 2, 2017 at 1:05 am

    I must say I did not know a few or more of these tips. Experience? Using since Adobe Beta, version 1.

  • Reply Pro Photo Tips - Daniel Ababei August 2, 2017 at 6:38 am

    That's great tips, thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Carl Lum August 3, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Awesome tips, Colin! While some are well known (Solo mode, hide unused modules), I have never seen any other site mention tips like how to "edit" a video by capturing a frame, or view metadata for only the target photo!

  • Reply dean jericevic August 4, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Thoroughly enjoyable Colin, I learnt something!

  • Reply RajKumar Loganesan August 4, 2017 at 6:32 am

    superb!.. thanks

  • Reply RedHyuuga August 5, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Thank you so much for sharing these tips and tricks, really enjoyed it. 😀

  • Reply Jon Hattan August 6, 2017 at 12:33 am

    You're a legend, thank you.

  • Reply BubblesPothowari August 6, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Great Value of our time and yours too. 7 tips 6 minutes. Loved the speed. Thank you.

  • Reply panoramablack August 6, 2017 at 4:34 am

    Great tips!

  • Reply Factor50Travels August 6, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Watched so many "tips" videos, usually disappointed, this one was genuinely useful, got my sub

  • Reply Izzat Roslee August 7, 2017 at 3:17 am

    this is good especially on the video stuff.! Thanks!

  • Reply Chris JAZ August 8, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Clear and straight to the point. You got yourself a new subscriber!

  • Reply Zaya Ambros August 9, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Not even 1 min into the vid and already got a phenomenal tip. Way to get right to it!

  • Reply Joshua Ravel August 9, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Awesome video… thank you so much…

  • Reply Mahos Paterakis August 9, 2017 at 8:00 am

    tip 2. or you can just click on a slider, hold down shift key ans drag it and to make small adjustments 🙂

  • Reply JustMeJ August 10, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Woah! Been using LR since it was in beta and I didn't know any of your tips. Thank you so much!

  • Reply Gra Bell August 11, 2017 at 2:04 am

    I hit like after tip #1. Great tips

  • Reply F&J Productions August 11, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Awesome video. I love the video part the best. Thank you much!

  • Reply Treuze Bits August 12, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    awesome man! used 2 of them! nice job

  • Reply Aaron Fu August 12, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    The portion where you edited the video… you are a hero. Thank you sir. I love learning new things every day 🙂 This will make it easier to export it as a lut now!!

  • Reply Venkat Gurram August 14, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    very useful

  • Reply Florin Neacsu August 15, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Does the color grading apply highlights and shadows adjustments? It seems like they are turned off when sync.

  • Reply runnerpsu August 15, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Well done, sir! The tip on editing videos is very helpful and welcomed! Thanks for sharing

  • Reply Tom Nuckols August 15, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    No homo, I literally love you

  • Reply BrightM August 16, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    you often read about the secret things you really dont know … all klickbaiting stuff, but wow I didnt know 6 of 7, like and abo for you

  • Reply Terry Oreilly August 17, 2017 at 5:01 am

    I already knew about all these tips a long time ago. I expected better.

  • Reply David Smith August 17, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    ALL excellent info and well demonstrated! Thank you!

  • Reply Chuck Norris August 18, 2017 at 9:42 am

    SECRET 3: You can just use the Vignetting tool…

  • Reply Hasema August 19, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    First one is so helpful

  • Reply CyesEye August 21, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Useful, concise information. Thanks.

  • Reply Vera Matson August 22, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Love the video tip!!!!

  • Reply Petr Svitil August 24, 2017 at 7:54 pm


  • Reply Rozely Lindim August 25, 2017 at 8:12 am

    nice very straight to the point and easy to understand.

  • Reply SAMI August 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    THANK YOU!!!!!!

  • Reply x718style August 29, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Like everyone else I am super excited to know that you can edit the video right in LR. But my question is how you going to save it after edit ?

  • Reply Jerry Hernandez August 29, 2017 at 8:08 am

    I hoped for useful info and you did just that. Thank you.

  • Reply waaou August 31, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Wow, that was sooo useful! Thank you! I hate scrolling…

  • Reply Gordon Burns August 31, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Great tips. Loved the way to develop/edit video using a frame capture. But when I try that the saved/extracted frame does not appear in the window below like it does for you. Anyone any ideas why not – where is it?

  • Reply Achilles September 3, 2017 at 9:09 am

    thx dude…. great tips….

  • Reply Internet Quality Police September 5, 2017 at 2:24 am

    If you think these are 'secret' then you are a fool. Lr is a simple system. People like you struggle to say anything new about it because it's so well documented. Either make a proper informational video on some subject, or stop littering the internet with crap.

  • Reply Gun Runnerz September 5, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Thank you for the tips. They're incredibly helpful.

  • Reply Jason Shinks September 10, 2017 at 7:33 pm


  • Reply Kevin Wimberly September 12, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Hmm, when i saw "secrets" i thought maybe they were not basic functionality things….

  • Reply ConstantMinecrafting September 19, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Clickbait… they arent "secrets"

  • Reply Eoracco Official September 21, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    thanks sir!

  • Reply mrcassioo September 24, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Great tips, thank you!

  • Reply Lam Đinh September 27, 2017 at 3:32 am

    Did you mean I can color grading my vid with Lightroom?
    My gosh, I've been fed with lies my whole life.

  • Reply Patsy Russell October 6, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Absolutely brilliant thanks very much I have learned a lot

  • Reply Christopher Kelly October 27, 2017 at 8:44 am

    actual tips, ty

  • Reply Trent Garverick November 26, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Thanks. Very useful tips. I learn something every day.

  • Reply Southpaw Frames November 30, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Color grading for video is a life saver for me now. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Hero How! December 19, 2017 at 4:45 am

    when i selected CAPTURE FRAME from a video..both the photo and the video are in stack(stacked up) so how can i divide them?( I am using windows)

  • Reply AerialLensVideo February 16, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    Thanks for this! I have ONE question though about a trick not mentioned here: HOW do you change the order or sequence of a few (not all, as in a full sort) images while in the Library tab??? Even in FOLDERS with no subfolders and Custom Sort selected, I can't change anything! I've seen many tutorials that show movement of an image to a location between two other images (thus re-ordering things) and a black line shows up. NOTHING like that happens when I try it, no movement, no black line or error message either; the selection of "Custom" sort actually does nothing no matter what I try — no success with any version of LR over the past 3 YEARS! I know I'm leaving some essential step out (a step no one ever mentions, apparently). I'm now using LR Classic 2018 (Feb 2018) desktop on an iMac. This has simply never worked but would be wonderful if it did. Any clues?

  • Reply Jim Williams March 1, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Thank you for that piece! (new sub) I'm just beginning and I need all the help I can get. You gave more than I thought I'd find. Awesome! Thanks again.

  • Reply Vijay Bahel April 22, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    Would love to see some tutorials on Luminosity Masks.   Thanks Colins.

  • Reply Charles Morzo July 6, 2018 at 5:43 am

    I did the video, but it doesn’t show the captured frame separately like yours. Why?

  • Reply Kirk Thieme August 5, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    short,sweet to the point !

  • Reply manuel Romo July 16, 2019 at 7:24 am


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