You can access the Edit controls in Detail view. In the Edit panel, the edit controls are organized under various panels that you can expand/collapse to access those controls─Light, Color, Effects, Detail, Optics, and Geometry. To help you visually understand the effect that each of these edit controls produce in your photo, this article provides accompanying animations and visuals to illustrate the concepts.
To begin editing a photo using any of the Edit controls, do the following:
If you're in Photo Grid () view or Square Grid () view, select the photo that you want to edit. Now, click () icon in the toolbar at the bottom to switch to Detail view.
If you're already in Detail () view, select the photo that you want to edit from the filmstrip appearing at the bottom of your current selection.
The Edit controls are only available in Detail view.
Using the slider controls provided in the Light panel, you can adjust the overall tonal range of your image.
In the Light panel, click the AUTO button to have Lightroom CC automatically apply the best edits for these slider controls in your photos: Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks, Saturation, and Vibrance.
Controls the brightness of your photo. Move the slider to the left to make the image darker; move it to the right to make the image brighter.
Determines the contrast between light and dark colors. Move the slider to the left to flatten the contrast; move it to the right to make the contrast more dramatic.
Controls the brightness of the lighter parts of your photo. Move the slider to the left to darken highlights to recover details; move it to the right to brighten them and reduce details.
Controls the brightness of the lighter parts of your photo. Move the slider to the left to deepen shadows; move it to the right to brighten them and recover details.
Sets the white point of the image. Move the slider to the right to make more colors appear completely white.
Sets the black point of the image. Move the slider to the left to make more colors appear completely black.
The Tone Curve in the Light panel gives you greater control over the tonal range and contrast in your photo. Click the icon to expand the Tone Curve sub-panel.
The horizontal axis represents the original tonal values (input values), with black on the left and progressively lighter values toward the right. The vertical axis represents the changed tone values (output values), with black on the bottom and lighter values progressing to white at the top.
If a point on the curve moves up, it becomes a lighter tone; if it moves down, it becomes darker. A straight, 45-degree line indicates no changes to the tonal scale; the original input values exactly match the output values.
To make adjustments to the Tone Curve, click on the curve and drag up or down. As you drag, the affected region and the new tonal value is displayed in the lower-right corner of the tone curve.
You can also choose to make adjustments to the Point Curve inthe Red, Green, or Blue Channels individually or all three channels at once. Do the following to select a Channel and adjust its Point Curve:
- Choose a Point Curve option provided above the curve: RGB Channels, Red Channel, Green Channel, or Blue Channel.
- Click on the curve to add a Control Point. To remove a Control Point on the curve, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) and choose Delete Control Point from the menu.
- Drag a point to edit it.
- (Optional) Choose an option from the Curve dropdown (at the lower-right corner): Linear, Medium Contrast, or Strong Contrast.
- To return to a linear curve at any time, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (macOS) anywhere in the graph and choose Reset Channel.
Using the slider controls in the Color panel, you can adjust colors in your image.
- Set White Balance by choosing a preset option or specifying a neutral area in the photo with the White Balance Selector.
- Fine-tune the white balance using the Temp and Tint controls.
- Adjust the color saturation (vividness) using the Vibrance and Saturation controls.
- Convert the photo to Black & White using the B&W button.
- Fine-tune individual colors using the Hue, Saturation, and Luminance (HSL) sliders.
Determines how cool or warm the colors appear in your photo. Move the slider to the left if colors are too yellow; move it to the right if colors are too blue.
Determines how green or purple the colors appear in your photo. Move the slider to the left if colors are too purple; move it to the right if colors are too green.
Increases the saturation of lower-saturated colors more than higher-saturated colors, which can help prevent skin-tones from looking unnatural.
Boosts the saturation of all colors equally. Move the slider to the left to de-saturate colors, move it to the right to boost saturation.
Changes the contrast around the edges of objects in your photo. Move the slider to the left to soften portraits; move it to the right to make landscapes more clear.
- Feather: Lower values reduce softening between the vignette and the vignette’s surrounding pixels. Higher values increase the softening.
- Midpoint: Lower values apply the Amount adjustment to a larger area away from the corners. Higher values restrict the adjustment to an area closer to the corners.
- Roundness: Lower values make the vignette effect more oval. Higher values make the vignette effect more circular.
- Highlights: Controls the degree of highlight contrast preserved when Amount is negative. Suitable for photos with small highlights, such as candles and lamps.
Using the Split Toning controls in the Effects panel, you can create a split tone effect in which a different color is applied to the Shadows and Highlights in your photo. For example, you can colorize a monochrome photo or apply special effects, such as the look of cross-processed film, to a color photo.
To create a split tone effect in your photo, do the following:
- In the Effects panel, click the icon to view the Split Toning controls.
- Set the Hue and Saturation values by individually selecting the Shadows or Highlights swatches, then dragging the corresponding controls point to select a color in the color ramp. Note that Hue sets the color of the tone; while Saturation adjusts the intensity of the color.
- Set the Balance slider (located between the Shadows and Highlights swatches) to balance the effect between the Highlight and Shadow sliders. Move the slider to the right to favor the selected Highlights color; move the slider to the left to favor the selected Shadows color.
Using the slider controls provided under the Detail panel, you can sharpen your photo to enhance edge definition and bring out detail, as well as remove image noise that can degrade image quality. Image noise includes luminance (grayscale) noise, which makes an image look grainy, and chroma (color) noise, which is usually visible as colored artifacts in the image. Photos taken with high ISO speeds can have noticeable noise.
- Radius: Adjusts the size of the details that sharpening is applied to. Photos with very fine details may need a lower radius setting. Photos with larger details may be able to use a larger radius. Using too large a radius generally results in unnatural-looking results.
- Detail: Adjusts how much high-frequency information is sharpened in the image and how much the sharpening process emphasizes edges. Lower settings primarily sharpen edges to remove blurring. Higher values are useful for making the textures in the image more pronounced.
- Masking: Controls an edge mask. With a setting of zero (0), everything in the image receives the same amount of sharpening. With a setting of 100, sharpening is mostly restricted to those areas near the strongest edges.
- Detail: Controls the luminance noise threshold. Useful for very noisy photos. Higher values preserve more detail but may produce noisier results. Lower values produce cleaner results but may also remove some detail.
- Contrast: Controls luminance contrast. Useful for very noisy photos. Higher values preserve contrast but may produce noisy blotches or mottling. Lower values produce smoother results but may also have less contrast.
- Detail: Controls the color noise threshold. Higher values protect thin, detailed color edges but may result in color speckling. Lower values remove color speckles but may result in color bleeding.
- Smoothness: Higher values apply a softened effect to the speckled color tones.
- Size: Controls grain particle size. At sizes of 25 or greater, blue is added to make the effect look better with noise reduction.
- Roughness: Controls the regularity of the grain. Move left to make the grain more uniform; move to the right to make the grain more uneven.
Camera lenses can exhibit different types of defects at certain focal lengths, f-stops, and focus distances. You can correct and/or minimize these issues using the options provided in the Optics panel.
Chromatic aberration appears as a color fringe along the edges of objects. It is caused by the failure of the lens to focus different colors to the same spot, aberrations in sensor microlenses, and by flare.
Select the check box to automatically correct blue-yellow and red-green fringes in your image.
Lightroom CC includes numerous lens profiles, which can be used to correct common lens aberrations such as geometric distortion and vignetting. The profiles are based on metadata that identifies the camera and lens used to capture the photo, and then compensates accordingly.
Lightroom CC automatically selects a matching lens profile based on the camera model, focal length, f-stop and focus distance information in your photo's metadata.
Cameras with built-in lens profile support
Lens correction for all Micro 4/3 (MFT) lenses and cameras, including Panasonic, Olympus, and other cameras (Fuji X, Leica Q, plus many point-and-shoot models from Canon) happens automatically without your interaction.
If your lens is supported automatically, Lightroom CC displays the message 'Built-in Lens Profile Applied' in the Optics panel (see the image below).
(Optional) If Lightroom CC is unable to find a matching lens profile automatically or if you want to change the automatic selection, do the following:
- Click the current lens profile to change the automatic selection or click Manually Select a Profile if Lightroom CC couldn't find a lens profile automatically.
- In the Select a Lens Profile dialog box, select a Make, Model, and Profile.
The lens profiles that are available depend on whether you’re adjusting a raw or a non-raw file. For a list of supported lenses, see Supported lenses.
The default value 100 applies 100% of the distortion correction in the profile. Values over 100 apply greater correction to the distortion; values under 100 apply less correction to the distortion.
A close distance to the subject, as well as certain types of lenses, can distort perspective and make straight lines appear bowed, tilted or skewed in your photos. You can correct for these issues using the controls in the Geometry panel.
The Upright control provides four automatic perspective correction options - Auto, Level, Vertical, and Full, as well as a manual Guided option. After applying Upright, you can refine the adjustment using the Manual Transform sliders.
(Recommended) In the Detail view, open the Edit control and navigate to the Optics panel. Select the Enable Lens Corrections check box.
Enabling lens corrections is highly recommended, before processing the photo with the Upright modes.
Navigate to the Geometry panel. From Upright menu, choose an option to apply the correction to the photo.
Corrects both vertical and horizontal perspective while balancing the overall image, preserving as much of the visible image area as possible.
Using Guided Upright Tool
If you chose the Upright mode as Guided, do the following:
1. Click the Guided Upright Tool icon and then draw the guides directly on your photo.
If you're in Photo Grid () view or Square Grid () view, select a photo that you want to edit. Now, click () icon in the toolbar at the bottom to switch to Detail view.
If you're already in Detail () view, select a photo that you want to edit from the filmstrip appearing at the bottom of your current selection.
You can create and save custom develop presets based on the current edit control settings (in the Edit panel) of the selected photo.
Currently, the custom develop presets that you create in Lightroom CC desktop do not sync with Lightroom Classic CC desktop and Lightroom CC across devices.
If you're looking to migrate your Lightroom Classic CC develop presets into Lightroom CC, see Migrate Presets.