Adobe Lightroom Masterclass – Beginner to Expert

Learn to Sort, Filter, Organize and Edit photos like a pro in this comprehensive guide to Adobe Lightroom

What you will learn

Create image catalogs, configure preferences and import images into Lightroom

Understand how to calibrate colour profiles and work with various colour spaces

Work with different file formats including RAW, TIFF, PSD, JPEG and DNG

Export images to Photoshop for Additional Editing

Customize the Lightroom interface using identity plates.

Configure and Apply text or graphical watermarks to images.

Proficiently navigate the Library, Develop, Map, Print, Slideshow and Web Modules

Use keywords, colour labels, star ratings, pick flags, and image attributes to filter, sort and organize images.

Work with quick collections, collection sets, smart collections, and smart previews to perform automated filtering functions.

Work with various views such as compare view, loupe view and grid view.

Create metadata presets to apply copyright, GPS and other important information to images.

Perform image adjustments using the histogram, white balance, tone curves, noise reduction, sharpening and many other core adjustment features

Use artistic tools such as red eye removal, sport removal, clone tool, graduated filter, radial filter, and the adjustment brush

Apply special effects using artistic vignetting, grain effects and dehazing.

Write Metadata to XMP Sidecar files to maintain non-destructive attributes of RAW files.

Geotag and plot images on a Map using the Map module.

Filter location tagged images using the saved locations panel.

Create custom book layouts using the Book Module.

Publish books to Blurb, PDF or JPEG images.

Prepare stunning slideshow presentations in the Slideshow Module.

Apply background music, slide transitions and video content to Slideshow presentations.

Prepare images for print using Soft-proofing.

Create customized Print layouts using the Print Module.

Create stunning, customized web page galleries using the Web Module.

Publish images to Facebook and Flickr easily using Lightroom Publish services

Export images to internal and external storage in different formats.

Tether Lightroom to your Camera.


Adobe Lightroom is a powerful, intuitive program used for enhancing, organizing, and editing your photos. Users can render enhancements on everything from smartphone photos to raw DSLR images. This course explores many of the exciting features this program offers. Take a look at just a brief summary of the course content below.

Section 1: Introduction 
Students are provided with an overview of learning objectives and some of the key features that the course will explore.

Section 2: Fundamentals 
Students learn to create and configure catalog settings and Lightroom preferences. We also introduce students to the Import Dialog and many of the important customization presets that can be applied to images. This includes file handling, file renaming procedures, metadata presets and other import options.

Section 3: File Formats and Color Space 
This section provides an in-depth overview of file formats and color spaces relevant to photography and Lightroom. We explore the various pros and cons of compressed vs. RAW data formats. Students learn to effectively work with color profiles intended for both screen and print publishing. We provide a comparison of key color spaces including, sRGB, Adobe RGB, ProPhoto RGB, CMYK and Lab Color.

Students also learn to configure Lightroom’s External application list, to export and edit images from Lightroom to third party applications.

Section 4: Basic Configuration 
Students learn to customize and configure the Lightroom interface using the preferences panel, identity plates and image watermarks.

Section 5: Library Module 
This section introduces students to one of the most important modules in Lightroom, the Library. Here, students will import a gallery of images into Lightroom and apply several sorting attributes to filter and organize images. Students learn to work with keywords, keyword sets, color labels, flags, and metadata. From there, students learn to create collection sets, collections, smart collections and custom filtering rules to master advanced filtering techniques.

We also explore automated watch folders, and smart previews to edit images off-location. Students are introduced to the Quick Develop panel to make basic adjustments in the Library module.

Section 6: Develop Module 
Students learn to master Lightroom’s Develop module to perform stunning photo enhancements using a number of professional techniques. We start by teaching development presets, creating snapshots and exploring the history panel. From there, we explore screen modes, and different views to edit and compare images while making adjustments.

We present an in-depth look into Lightroom’s image histogram for making accurate image corrections using exposure and white balance adjustments. We explore many exciting tools including, crop overlay, spot removal, clone tool, red eye reduction, graduated filter, radial filter and the adjustments brush. Students will have the opportunity to use these tools in a number of exercises, designed to transform ordinary images into stunning, studio quality work.

In addition to the tools, students will also work with a number of other adjustment panels to adjust tone curves, HSL, noise reduction, lens corrections, image transformations and artistic vignettes. We also explore RAW file white balance adjustments and color calibration.

Students are introduced to metadata modifications, and writing data to XMP Sidecar files.

Section 7: Map Module 
Students learn to geotag images and plot them on a Map. We explore map views, filtering and creating saved locations for custom filtering using GPS.

Section 8: Book Module 
This section teaches students to create breathtaking photobooks using Lightroom’s book module. We explore custom book layouts, book formatting, and applying text and background effects. Students also learn to export books as PDF documents, JPEG files or upload directly to Blurb.

Section 9: Slideshow Module 
Students learn to create customized slideshows using the Slideshow module. We explore custom templates, layout options, text overlays, intro screens, embedding audio, video and a number of playback methods. We also explore methods to export the slideshow to render high-quality presentations.

Section 10: Print Module 
This section explores effective techniques to print images using preset and customized print layouts. Students learn to soft-proof images to ensure color calibration between the monitor and printer. We also demonstrate working with layout styles and page options for optimal quality photographs.

Section 11: Web Module 
Students learn to create and publish web photo galleries with ease, using Lightroom’s Web Module. We explore custom layout options, color palettes, output settings and uploading.

Section 12: Publishing Images 
This section teaches students to use a number of publish services built into Lightroom. Students learn to automatically upload and share images instantly to Facebook and Flickr. We also explore publishing images to local and external storage devices, email, and CD/DVD.

Section 13: Tethering
Students learn to setup an in-home studio by connecting their camera directly to Lightroom.

This course is best suited for beginner to intermediate users. No prior knowledge or experience with Adobe Lightroom is required for enrollment.

All working files and a download link to a free trial version of the software is included.

The course is compatible with any version of Adobe Lightroom above 5.0 on MAC or PC.






Lightroom Fundamentals

Folder Setup

Creating a Catalog

Catalog Settings

Intro to Preferences and Import Dialog

Import Dialog Continued

Import File Handling

Import File Renaming

Metadata Presets and File Destination

Import Dialogue Consolidated View

Preferences Import Options

File Formats and Color Space

Editing in External Applications

Intro to File Formats

Color Bit Depth

Camera to RAW File


RAW vs. DNG vs. TIFF

Color Spaces

Color Space Comparison

External Editing Continued

Basic Configuration

File Handling Options

Interface Preferences

Identity Plate Setup

Watermarking with Text

Watermarking with Graphics

The Library Module

Intro to the Library Module

Snapshot of Collections

Importing to Library

Filtering by Filename

Painting Keywords

Painting Keywords Continued

Painting Keywords Continued

Keyword Lists and Suggestions

Keyword Sets

Library Module Interface

Intro to Library Views

Library Grid and Loupe View

Compare View

Survey View

Quick Collections

Introduction to Collections

Populating Collections

Populating Collections Continued

Populating Collections Continued

Exporting and Administering Collections

Applying Star Ratings

Pick and Reject Flags

Color Labels

Sorting Previews

Intro to Smart Collections

Custom Rules for Smart Collections

Practice with Smart Collections

Library Attribute Filter

Library Metadata Filter

Adding Folders

Auto Import with Watch Folder

Building Smart Previews

Advantages of Smart Previews

Smart Collections with Smart Previews

Intro to Quick Develop Panel

Quick Develop White Balance and Tint

Quick Develop Exposure Correction

Quick Develop Clarity and Vibrance

Metadata Panel

The Develop Module

Intro to Develop Module

Develop Module Preset Panel

Creating Snapshots

History Panel

Collections Panel Revisited

Screen Modes and Lights Out

Loupe View Options

Copying and Pasting Adjustments

Compare View

Histogram and Exposure Correction

Crop Overlay Tool

Spot Removal Tool

Clone Tool

Red Eye Reduction

Graduated Filter

Radial Filter

Adjustment Brush

Masking for Adjustments

White Balance Correction with Color Picker

Basic Adjustments Panel

Creating Adjustment Presets

Tone Curve Adjustments

HSL Adjustments

Split Toning

Introduction to Noise

Image Sharpening

Noise Removal

Lens Corrections

Transform Panel

Artistic Vignetting

Grain Effects and Dehazing

RAW White Balance and Calibration

Write to XMP

The Map Module

Intro to Map Module

Map Overview

Geotagging Images

Filtering and Saved Locations

The Book Module

Intro to Book Module

Book Settings and Auto Layout

Book Layout and Page Numbers

Adding and Customizing Pages

Adding Pages Continued

Guides and Cell Padding

Photo and Page Text

Text Formatting

Applying Backgrounds

Exporting as PDF and JPEG

Exporting to Blurb

The Slideshow Module

Intro to Slideshow Module

Slideshow Module Overview

Slideshow Templates

Layout Options

Text Overlays

Text Overlays Continued

Intro and Ending Screen

Adding Music

Adding Video

Playback Options

Exporting Slideshow

The Print Module

Intro to Print Module

Intro to Soft Proofing

Soft Proofing Adjustments

Print Module Overview

Print Templates and Page Setup

Layout Style and Image Settings

Layout Options and Guides

Page Options

Print Job Configuration

Custom Templates

Saving Templates and Printing

The Web Module

Intro to Web Module

Layout Options

Color Palette

Appearance Panel

Output Settings and Uploading

Publishing a Web Gallery

Publishing Images

Intro to Publishing and Basics

Publishing to Flickr and Facebook

Flickr Photostream Upload

Exporting to DVD and Email



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