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Adobe Lightroom CC: Edit a Photograph

This software is available for free use at Idea Exchange, Old Post Office, Creative Studios. edited photo before and after

Adobe Lightroom CC is an excellent tool that will take your photographs from “okay” to “professional” in just a few clicks. This intuitive program takes the best photo editing elements from Adobe Photoshop, and puts them into a program that is easy to use.

Whether you are editing one photograph or five hundred, Adobe Lightroom CC is an excellent place to start.

Follow our step-by-step tutorial to learn the basics of this program.

How to Guide

1. Open the Adobe Lightroom CC. This screen will appear. Import your photographs by selecting the “Import” button, or by using the drag and drop method.

import photographs into lightroom

2. Once Imported, your photographs will show up like this. Select the photographs you wish to edit and click the “Import” again.

Note: If you are editing a lot of photographs, import them all now. You will be able to delete the ones you don’t want later.

imported photo

3. Double click on your image to select it for editing. Then click on “Develop”. This is what the main interface of the program looks like. Let’s break it down.

develop main interface

Presets (under the Navigator)
The Presets are a selection of pre-made filters you can apply to your image. To activate them, all you have to do is click on them.
Later in this tutorial you will learn how to create your own custom presets.

presets menu

Custom Editor (on the right side)
These tabs (Basic, Tone Curve, HSL, Split Toning, Detail…etc.) allow you to edit your photographs more freely. This tutorial will show you how to use the various features available here.

custom editor

4. Let’s start by adjusting the Contrast and Exposure of your photograph. Under the Basic tab, toggle the Exposure and Contrast. Note: the default setting for all options is “0”.

adjust contrast and exposure under the basic tab

5. If at any point you want to compare the original to your edited copy, click the button circled in green below. To return to normal, click the button circled in red.

toggle before and after

6. Next, we want to increase the Clarity. A little increase here can sharpen your image, but too much will make it look unrealistic.

increasing clarity

7. Below the Clarity bar is the Saturation bar. A slight increase here will boost the colours of your photograph.

increasing saturation

8. To whiten teeth, use the Tool Bar above the Basic tab and select the brush icon. Change the effect to “Teeth Whitening”. Adjust the brush size as needed and paint over the teeth.

using the teeth whitening effect

9. You might need to Zoom In to complete the previous step. To do so, use the Navigator Tool on the left.

using the navigator tool to zoom in

10. To remove “Red Eyes” (which this photo does not have), all you have to do is select the “Red Eye” tool. Click on the effected areas and a little circle will appear (as shown). When there is red present it will remove the red. You can manipulate this further by playing around with the “Pupil Size” and “Darken” toggles.

using the Red Eye tool to remove red eyes

11. Another fun feature is the Masking effect. Select the icon as shown, draw a diagonal line across the screen. Play around with the filters below! To move the location of the mask, select the center of the tint (shown as a dot) and drag to a new location.

masking effect

12. To remove blemishes, select the “Spot Edit Tool". Zoom in, adjust the Size and select the area you want to remove.

using the Spot Edit Tool to remove blemishes

13. Another fun feature is the HSL/Colour tab (under the Basic tab). By playing around with the toggles you can adjust how colours appear. We turned red into orange!

adjusting how colours appear

14. The last tool I’m going to show you is the “Radius Tool”. This tool can be used to bring elements to focus, blur them out, change the colour and so much more. We are going to use it to blur out the background.

All you have to do is select what you want to preserve and play around with the toggles and filters!

using the Radius Tool to blur the background

15. And we’re done! Look at how much our photograph has changed! To export simply return to the Library tab and click Export

return to library tab to export photo



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