Take your first steps with Lightroom and Photoshop

Follow this step-by-step series to import, organize, and edit photos with confidence.

What you'll need

Select a few groups of photos to organize, some photos to make better, and have your computer and mobile device ready to go.

What you'll learn

Easily organize, edit, and share any photos from anywhere with the tools in Lightroom and Photoshop. Learn how to use Lightroom as your home base, and when and how to use Photoshop.

Overview of Creative Cloud Photography plan (0:42); Lightroom as your home base (1:00); Auto-sync from desktop to mobile (1:35); Overview of video series (2:20)

1. Lightroom and Photoshop simplified: Start here to make your photos better

The Creative Cloud Photography plan gives you all the essential tools needed to craft and organize photos from anywhere. Get familiar with the benefits of both Lightroom and Photoshop and see an example of how easily you can manage photos across multiple devices.

Modules bar (0:14); Library module (0:29); Develop module (0:56); Map module (1:24); Collapse and expand panels and sections (1:53)

2. First things first: Learn how Lightroom for desktop works

Learn what each of the modules in Lightroom does and how you can use them to improve and organize photos. Learn which features you’ll use often, what’s optional, and how to hide features you don’t want to use.

Import screen (0:10); Remove images you don't want to import (0:24); Create your first collection (0:48); Automatically sync to mobile and web (1:00)

3. Import your photos into Lightroom

Getting your photos into Lightroom will be a snap after watching this lesson. Learn how Lightroom imports photos and automatically syncs your imported images to your mobile devices and to the web.  

Collections (0:29); Remove pictures from collections (1:44); Include a picture in multiple collections (2:07); Organize collections with collection sets (2:56); Flags (4:17); Star and color ratings (5:33); Filter Bar (6:09)

4. Organize your photos with Lightroom

Easily organize photos with collections in Lightroom so you can quickly find them from anywhere. Learn advanced techniques to organize photos using flags, ratings, and colors.

Auto-correct (0:59); Adjust brightness with exposure, highlights, and shadows sliders (1:45); Reset button (2:38); Bring out more detail or soften images with clarity slider (4:39); Contrast slider (6:55); Vibrance, saturation, temp, and tint sliders (8:17); History panel (9:29)

5. Simple steps to improving your photos in Lightroom

Amaze friends with beautiful photos by easily fixing exposure, color, and tone with Lightroom adjustment sliders. Experiment as much as you want - Lightroom makes it easy to undo adjustments or return to your original image.

Launch Lightroom on mobile (0:24); Create a new collection on mobile (1:12); Automatically sync mobile pictures with desktop (2:03); Flags and ratings on mobile (3:08); Crop and edit pictures on mobile (3:36); How to make changes you make on mobile devices appear on any device (4:48); Share images from mobile (5:19); Set up offline editing (10:39)

6. Edit and organize with Lightroom on your mobile devices

Maximize the benefits of Lightroom by using it on your mobile device. Use the Lightroom editing tools to improve images on the go, and use collections to access any of your images from anywhere.

Send files from Lightroom to Photoshop (1:31); Spot healing brush (1:42); Send changes to Lightroom (2:03); Why you have two files in Lightroom (2:16); Delete unwanted original files (2:55); Stack files (3:07); Send to Photoshop a second time (3:24)

7. Effortlessly move between Lightroom and Photoshop

When you’re ready to do more advanced editing on photos, you’ll want to use Photoshop for certain tasks. It’s easy to move between Lightroom and Photoshop to do more with photos.

Export settings (0:36); Create export presets (2:03); Export with preset (3:30); Print your pictures easily with templates and presets (4:01)

8. Simple steps to export your photos

In order to share or use your edited photos, you have to first export them from Lightroom. Learn how to make exporting and printing simple with presets and templates. 

Publish Services (0:27); Customize publish services settings (1:52); Share an image on social media (3:05); Track social media comments in Lightroom (3:57); Post to social media from Lightroom on your phone or tablet (6:09)

9. Post to social media directly from Lightroom

Share your images, from any device, to social media directly from Lightroom. You can even track Facebook comments on your photos right inside of Lightroom.

Rename files and folders (0:10); What question marks on your folders mean (3:37); Update Lightroom with changes you made outside of the program (5:11); Create new folders and move images between folders (6:40); Delete files and folders (7:47)

10. Frequently asked questions - answered

Now that you're more familiar with Lightroom, you might run into some specific scenarios:  

  • Renaming files or folders
  • What does it mean when a question mark shows up on a folder?
  • Deleting folders in Lightroom
Lightroom keyboard shortcuts (0:11); Hide unused modules (1:40); Solo mode (2:30); Auto-sync edits across multiple pictures (3:35); Create multiple versions of same picture (5:18); Copy and paste changes with edit settings (7:57)

11. Quick tips to make you more efficient in Lightroom

As you become more comfortable in Lightroom, speed up the process with keyboard shortcuts and by editing multiple images at once. Navigate Lightroom more quickly by personalizing the interface with just a few clicks.

 

That's it – you're done. Tell us what you think about this tutorial.

 

11/17/2015

Contributor: Ben Willmore