Lightroom doesn't just empower you to create beautiful photos and express your vision. It also helps you become a better photographer that inspires you with new ways to grow your skills. Right within the app, learn the fundamentals of editing by following step by step guided tutorials and understand how to improve your photos. You can also discover how professional photographers edit their photos with a robust collection of tutorials called Interactive Edits. You can also save the edits you see as a preset.

Starting from Lightroom desktop version 3.3 (June 2020 release), you can share edits of your best photos with other photographers and creatives and also follow them in the app.

Access in-app learning resources

Introduced in Lightroom 3.0 (November 2019 release)

In Lightroom desktop, click the Home icon  in the left panel to quickly get started with a range of getting started tutorials, guided tutorials, and Interactive Edits.

Click the Home icon to access guided tutorials and discover inspirational edits
Click the Home icon to access guided tutorials and discover inspirational edits

You can also click the Help icon in the upper-right corner to access getting started tutorials.

Follow a getting started tutorial

Getting started tutorials are step by step guided tutorials that you follow with on-screen instructions. You can find your tutorial based on the level of editing experience you have, topic you want to learn (such as color, light, and so on), tools (curves, effects, split toning), or subject in photos (portraits, food, macro, and more).

To access a getting started tutorial:

  1. In the Home view,  click the Get Started button in the top banner.

  2. You can view the tabs - Learning Topic, Tools, and Subject Matter. Each of these tabs has an array of getting started tutorials to choose from. If you're new to Lightroom, you can choose Learning Topic > Beginner.

    View the various categories from which you can choose a getting started tutorial
    View the various categories from which you can choose a getting started tutorial
  3. Select a tutorial of your choice and then click the Start Tutorial button.

    Getting started tutorial
  4. Click Start Tutorial.

    Start tutorial
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to go through the tutorial.

  6. When you're done, a message requesting your feedback is displayed. Enter your response to end the tutorial.

    Feedback for getting started tutorials

Get hands-on experience with guided tutorials

Guided tutorials provide a free way to learn a wide variety of editing techniques while working within the app. You can access tutorials from a range of professional photographers and photo educators and apply edits, step by step, right within Lightroom.

To access guided tutorials, do the following:

  1. In the Home view, click the Learn tab.

  2. In the Browse section, you can browse through an array of guided tutorials based on Learning Topic, Tools, and Subject Matter. You can also scroll to view several sections of tutorials such as Featured, Pet Portraiture, and more. Each of these sections has a View All button in the right. Click this button to view more of similar guided tutorials.

    Guided tutorials
  3. Select a guided tutorial. 

  4. Click Start Tutorial. Follow the on-screen instructions to go through the tutorial.

  5. When you're done, a message requesting your feedback is displayed. Enter your response to end the tutorial.

    Feedback message

Discover inspirational edits

Lightroom offers a range of photo editing tutorials called Interactive Edits that show you the edits made to a photograph. You can view the before and after photos and the editing process to know what it took for the photographer to achieve the result.

To access Interactive Edits, do the following:

  1. In the Home view, click the Discover tab.

  2. In the Filter section, you can browse through edited photos based on categories like Animals, Architecture, Fashion, and more. You can also use the Sort by drop-down menu in the right and scroll to view the various edited photos.

    Discover edits
  3. Select the edited photo of your choice to see how the edits were applied.

  4. In the bottom panel, click Playback to view the edits step by step. Click Edits to see all the applied edits. The Info button gives you information about the file type and metadata. 

    Interactive Edits
  5. To save the edits applied as a preset, click Save as Preset in the upper-right corner.

  6. Optionally, you can like the photo in the lower-right corner and also view the total number of likes for the selected photo.

  7. Click Back in the upper-left corner to return to the Home view.

Share your best edits

Introduced in Lightroom 3.3 (June 2020 release)

You can now share your best photos along with their edits to the Discover section to inspire and connect with photographers. You can also follow Discover posts which are shared by other photographers.

To share inspirational edits:

  1. Click My Photos in the left navigation panel or press P.

  2. Select a photo with at least three edits.

  3. Click the Share icon in the upper-right corner and select Share Edit.

    Share your edits to the Discover section
    Share your edits to the Discover section
  4. Enter the Title and Description for your post. Permission to include the Save as Preset option is enabled by default. This allows others to save your edits as a preset. You can also choose to include the location info under Permissions

    Under Categories, choose at least one option to help get your post get easily discovered by users. You can include up to three categories. 

    To edit Copyright, change the name in your profile.

    Share edit menu
    Enter details and select permission options for your post.
  5. Click Share. A shareable link is displayed that you can copy and share with others or directly share to Twitter and Facebook.

    Your shared edits can be viewed in the Edits tab of your profile. Click the three-dot icon in the post to rename the post, edit details, or get a shareable link.

Notă:

The likes you receive on your shared edits is private to you and will not be visible to others.

Follow photographers in Discover

Introduced in Lightroom 3.3 (June 2020 release)

Gain editing inspiration and expand your skill set by following fellow photographers and their work, right within the app. 

  1. In the Discover section of the Home view, click the profile picture icon in the upper-right corner to visit your profile.

  2. Click the Following tab. You can view suggestions to follow photographers. 

    Notă:

    The Followers and Likes tabs show the people who follow your shared edits and the photos that you've liked, respectively.

  3. Click the Follow button of a photographer to follow their edits. Other people can see whom you follow. Click Follow in the warning dialog box to confirm.

  4. To regularly view the edits shared by the photographers you follow, visit the Following tab in the Discover section.