A Lightroom Primer --- TYNTK*

Because you really, REALLY care about your photographs.

*Things you NEED to know

Module Notes and Shortcuts

Develop --The Tool Bar ---Local Adjustments


1. The Crop Tool... Press the letter R in any module

Lightroom can display the Golden Ratio solutions... Golden Spirals, The Golden Ratio, diagonals, triangles, plus the rule of thirds and grids.

  • Press the letter H to turn the grids on and off.
  • Press the letter O to cycle through grid overlays in the crop area.
  • Press the letter X to rotate the overlay displays.
  • You can also find the Crop Tool settings in Lightroom using
    Menu: Tools > Crop Guide Overlays

2. Spot Healing or Spot Clone Tool (Q)

3. Fix Red Eye Tool

4. Graduated Filter Tool (M)

5. Circular Filter Tool

6. Adjustment Brush (K)

When masking an object (while painting with your settings) sometimes can be done better using the erase tool (sometimes it's easier to subtract than add...)

Before-after with the adjustment brush

Using the adjustment brush, Dragon Fly example.

The following is from Adobe's Help Document...

Do any of the following:

  • Press H to hide or show the pin and Graduated Filter guides, or choose a display mode from the Show Edit Pins menu in the toolbar.
  • Press O to hide or show a mask overlay of the Adjustment Brush tool effect, or use the Show Selected Mask Overlay option in the toolbar.
  • Press Shift+O to cycle through a red, green, or white mask overlay of the Adjustment Brush tool effect.
  • Drag the Effect sliders.
  • Press Ctrl+Z (Windows) or Command+Z (Mac OS) to undo your adjustment history.
  • Click Reset to remove all adjustments of the selected tool.
  • Remove an Adjustment Brush effect or a Graduated Filter effect by selecting its pin and pressing Delete.
  • (Adjustment Brush tool) Move the pointer over the pin and drag the double-pointing arrow to the right to increase the effect, or to the left to decrease the effect.
  • (Adjustment Brush tool) To undo part of the adjustment, select the Erase brush option, and paint over the adjustment.
  • (Graduated Filter tool) Drag the pin to move the center point of the effect.
  • (Graduated Filter tool) Position the pointer over the center white line until a curved, double-pointing arrow appears , and then drag to rotate the effect.
  • (Graduated Filter tool) Drag an outer white line toward the edge of the photo to expand the effect at that end of the spectrum. Drag toward the center of the photo to contract the effect at that end of the spectrum.
Work with multiple local adjustments When applying and working with multiple local adjustments, keep in mind the following:
  • Click any pin to select it. A selected pin has a black center. Non-selected pins are solid white.
  • Press H once to show the selected pin; press H again to hide all pins; press H a third time to show all pins.
  • When the Adjustment Brush tool is selected, only adjustment pins are available to edit. When the Graduated Filter tool is selected, only graduated filter pins are available to edit.
  • The Adjustment Brush tool drawer allows you to specify options for two brushes, A and B. Select a brush by clicking the letter, or switch between brushes by pressing the slash key (/). Brush options “stick” regardless of the effect you choose to apply until you change them.

Create local adjustment effect presets

  • Using either the Graduated Filter or Adjustment Brush tool, apply an effect.
  • Choose Save Current Settings As New Preset from the Effect pop-up menu.
  • In the New Preset dialog box, type a name in the Preset Name box and click Create.
  • The preset appears in the Effect pop-up menu.

The Photoshop round trip

Sending a "Raw" file to Photoshop converts the raw linear data into an RGB bitmapped file. You edit pixels in Photoshop.

You also need to make sure the Color Space in Photoshop matches what you see in Lightroom.

1. Color Space Setup in

Lightroom -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------> Photoshop

LR-psprefs PS-prefs

For more information about color management read this chapter from Martin Evening's Photoshop Book Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers is published by Focal Press. ISBN: 0780240522005

Edit in...

  • Edit in Photoshop CC...
    • To edit as RGB bitmap
    • Single image -- Detailed retouching
  • Open As Smart Object in Photoshop... When you need to do a Local Edit
    • Example: Edit as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      • Compositing different selections from the same image
      • To Preserve Raw data for future edits
    • Merge to Panorama in Photoshop...
      • Use Photoshops Panorama stitcher (vertical or horizontal)
      • In the Panorama Dialogue, if the Horizon is flat, choose the Cylindrical Option.
    • Merge to HDR...
      • Right Click on the thumbnail choose Edit in > Merge to HDR in Photoshop...
      • Lightroom now has a 32 bit pipeline in the Develop Module.
      • Use Photoshop to composite the bracketed exposures
      • In Photoshop choose the 32 bit file, but DO NOT PROCESS in Photoshop
      • Save the file back to Lightroom as a 32bit TIFF file
      • Edit in the Develop Module
        • Should yield a better looking more realistic HDR'd image!
    • Open as Layers in Photoshop...
      • Compositing or aligning multiple layers
      • A real huge time saver