Introduction 1 About This Book 1 How This Book is Organized 2 Part 1: Getting Started with Lightroom Classic 2 Part 2: Managing Your Photos with Lightroom Classic 3 Part 3: Working in Lightroom Classic's Digital Darkroom 3 Part 4: Sharing Your Work with the World 3 Part 5: The Part of Tens 3 Conventions Used in This Book 3 Icons Used in This Book 4 Beyond the Book 5 Where to Go from Here 5 Part 1: Getting Started with Lightroom Classic 7 Chapter 1: Getting to Know Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic 9 The Two Versions of Lightroom 10 Understanding the Creative Cloud 11 Creative Cloud Photography Plan 11 Figuring out whether Lightroom Classic is right for you 12 Knowing whether you need the new Lightroom 13 Introducing the Lightroom Classic Interface 14 Getting what makes each module unique 14 What the Lightroom Classic modules have in common 18 Controlling the Lightroom Classic interface 21 Using Lightroom Classic's secondary display view 23 Getting Up and Running 25 Preparing for installation 25 Chapter 2: Working with Catalogs 27 Understanding How the Catalog Works 27 One catalog to rule them all 28 Knowing where the catalog is located 29 Choosing which catalog to open 31 Caring for the Catalog 32 Backing up your catalog 33 Optimizing your catalog 36 Managing the preview cache files 36 Exploring the Metadata options 40 Working with Multiple Catalogs 42 Transferring data between catalogs 42 Exporting a catalog 43 Importing from a catalog 44 Chapter 3: Lightroom Classic Basics That You Should Know 47 Configuring Lightroom Classic Preferences 47 General preferences 48 The Presets preferences 49 The External Editing preferences 50 Setting up additional external editors 52 The File Handling preferences 53 The Interface preferences 54 The Performance preferences 56 The Lightroom Sync preferences 58 The Network preferences 58 Local Storage versus Cloud Storage 59 Local storage 59 Cloud storage 59 What if I stop my subscription? 60 Getting Familiar with File Formats 61 Supported file formats 62 Making sense of bit depth 63 Understanding color spaces 64 Part 2: Managing Your Photos with Lightroom Classic 67 Chapter 4: Tackling the Lightroom Classic Import Process 69 Knowing How the Import Process Works 69 Exploring the Import Dialog 70 Importing Your Photos into Lightroom Classic 74 Employing an effective import workflow 74 Putting it all together 82 Auto Import 84 Shooting Tethered 87 Chapter 5: Viewing and Finding Photos in the Library 91 Exploring the Library Module 91 Getting to know the panels and tools 92 Becoming familiar with the menu options 94 Creating a custom identity plate 95 Choosing the Right View for the Task 98 Working with thumbnails in Grid view 99 Taking a closer look in Loupe view 102 Using the Panels to Access Your Photos 105 Getting the 20,000-foot view from the Catalog panel 105 Using the Folders panel like a file browser 106 Grouping photos into collections 110 Creating Multiple Versions with Virtual Copies 114 Chapter 6: Getting Organized with the Library 117 Evaluating Photos 118 Survey view 118 Compare view 120 Flags, Ratings, and Color Labels 121 Using flags to pick the winners and losers 122 Deleting photos from Lightroom Classic 124 Using ratings to rank images 125 Applying color labels 126 Filenames and Metadata 127 Batch renaming with filename templates 127 Creating metadata templates to embed information into each image 128 Keywording 130 Adding and organizing keywords 131 Using the Keyword List to find photos 135 Using the Painter Tool 136 Finding Photos with the Library Filter Bar 136 Chapter 7: Exploring the Library Module's Advanced Features 139 People View 139 Finding faces 140 Tagging faces with names 141 Adjusting Your Photos in the Library 144 Considering the Histogram 144 Making adjustments with Quick Develop 145 Merging Photos into HDR and Panos 147 Photo Merge to HDR 147 Photo Merge to Panorama 149 Photo Merge to HDR Pano 151 What is DNG? 153 Types of DNG 153 Converting to DNG 154 Putting Photos on the Map 156 Getting oriented to the Map module 156 Map module basics 157 Part 3: Working in Lightroom Classic's Digital Darkroom 159 Chapter 8: Editing Photos in the Develop Module 161 Exploring the Develop Module 162 Getting to know the panels and tools 162 Becoming familiar with the menu options 164 Understanding the view options 164 Applying settings to other photos 167 Development Essentials 169 Using the Histogram panel 170 Making basic adjustments 172 Choosing a starting profile 173 Controlling color casts 176 Adjusting tonal range to bring out the best 178 Making images pop 180 Customizing panel order 180 Chapter 9: Solving Problems and Saving Time 183 Fixing Common Problems 183 Stronger compositions through cropping 184 Removing spots and healing blemishes 186 Correcting red-eye problems 189 Correcting pet eye problems 191 Graduated Filter 192 Radial Filter 198 Adjustment Brush 199 Presets, Snapshots, and History 201 Saving time with presets 201 Freezing time with snapshots 203 Going back in time with the History panel 204 Chapter 10: Taking Your Photos to the Next Level 205 Working with Contrast and Color 206 Mastering the Tone Curve 206 Enhancing and changing colors 210 Creating black-and-white images 211 Adding color to shadows and highlights 214 The Devil's in the Details 215 Applying capture sharpening 216 Dealing with noise 220 Correcting lens distortions and vignetting 222 Reducing chromatic aberration 223 Transforming perspective distortions 225 Creative Effects 227 Creative vignette applications 228 Creative grain applications 230 Modifying the Calibration Settings 230 Part 4: Sharing Your Work with the World 233 Chapter 11: Exporting Copies and Using External Editors 235 Exploring the Export Dialog 236 Creating Copies of Processed Photos 238 Employing an export workflow 238 Saving settings as a preset for reuse 252 Configuring Your External Editors 253 Basic Editing in an External Editor 257 Advanced Editing Options with Photoshop 259 Chapter 12: Designing a Book 263 Exploring the Book Module 263 Getting to know the panels and tools 264 Becoming familiar with the menu options 265 Setting Up a Book 266 Employing a book workflow 266 Some things to keep in mind 279 Chapter 13: Producing a Slideshow 281 Exploring the Slideshow Module 281 Getting to know the panels and tools 282 Becoming familiar with the menu options 283 Creating a Slideshow 284 Employing a slideshow workflow 284 Playing the Slideshow for Your Audience 297 Playback 297 Export 298 Chapter 14: Printing Your Work 301 Exploring the Print Module 301 Getting to know the panels and tools 302 Becoming familiar with the menu options 304 Setting Up a Print Job 305 Employing a print workflow 305 Chapter 15: Creating a Web Gallery 323 Exploring the Web Module 323 Getting to know the panels and tools 324 Becoming familiar with the menu options 325 Creating a Web Gallery 326 Employing a web gallery workflow 326 Web Gallery Output Options 334 Uploading your gallery with Lightroom Classic 334 Exporting your gallery 337 Part 5: The Part of Tens 339 Chapter 16: Ten Things to Know About Using Lightroom Classic and Lightroom Together 341 Why Would You Use Them Together? 342 Know Before You Go 343 Setting It Up 343 Lightroom Classic Preferences 344 Syncing Collections from Lightroom Classic 345 Making Collections Public 346 All Synced Photographs 346 Collections or Albums? 347 Lightroom for Mobile Interface 347 Change is a Constant 348 Chapter 17: Ten Things to Know About Organizing and Editing in Lightroom 349 Help & Support 350 All Photos and Filtering 350 Segmentation and View Options 351 Adobe Sensei Search 351 Adding Photos from Camera Roll 352 Apply During Import 354 Creating Albums and Folders 354 Applying Ratings and Flags 356 Edit Photos Anywhere 356 Export Copies 358 Chapter 18: Ten Things to Know About Using the Lightroom Mobile Camera 361 Shooting in Raw Mode (DNG) 362 Shooting in Professional Mode 362 Using Shoot-through Presets 364 Helpful Overlays 365 Self Timer, Burst Mode, and Remote Trigger 366 Last Photo Preview 366 Exposure Lock 366 In-Camera HDR Mode 367 Take a Selfie or Switch Lenses 367 Camera Launch Shortcuts 367 Index 369
Rob Sylvan has been answering Lightroom questions on the KelbyOne Help Desk since Lightroom 1.0 was released in 2007. A photographer, writer, and educator, Rob teaches Lightroom and Photoshop classes at trade shows, conferences, and camera clubs around the US. He's also an adjunct faculty member at New Hampshire Technical Institute.