Adobe has just released the latest versions of Lightroom and Camera RAW. If you have not already, you should get a little prompt the next time that you load up Lightroom or Camera Raw that will allow you to download the latest version. If you are impatient or for whatever reason you have not received that notification via lighroom/acr then you can also download it via adobes website.
Understanding the Different Settings of the Adjustment Brush Tool in Lightroom 4 – From the Lightroom 4 A to Z Workshop on DVD
In this video from our Lightroom 4 A to Z Workshop on DVD, we will go over how to use the Adjustment Brush Tool in Lightroom 4. In addition, we will explain the different settings found in the Adjustment Brush Tool Menu. The Adjustment Brush Tool works almost exactly like the Graduated Filter Tool, but we have a few additional options because we are now painting in with the Brush Settings as opposed to dragging across an entire area of the image when using the Graduated Filter Tool. The Adjustment Brush Tool gives you a little more control over what areas you are actually affecting.
Creating a Standard Black and White Preset to Create a “Soft Portrait” Look in Lightroom 4 – From the Workflow System Workshop on DVD
In a previous tutorial, we created a Standard Color Preset to create a “soft portrait” look for our portraits. This preset made the portrait more flattering overall because it softened up the highlights in our portraits and also reduced the appearances of blemishes on the skin. We highly recommend that you go through the Standard Color Preset tutorial before going on to this tutorial because we will be applying almost the same exact settings from the Standard Color Preset to the Standard Black and White Preset. In this tutorial, we will demonstrate how to create and save the Standard Black and White Preset in Lightroom 4.This preset will give our portraits that “soft portrait” look again, but our portraits will be in black and white instead of color.
Creating Creative Effects with the Graduated Filter Tool in Lightroom 4 – From the Lightroom 4 A to Z Workshop on DVD
In this video from our Lightroom A to Z Workshop on DVD, we will go over how to use the Graduated Filter Tool and how to create creative effects with this tool in Lightroom 4. The Graduated Filter Tool has greatly improved in Lightroom 4, making the Graduated Filter Tool an even more powerful and handy tool to use when editing our images. The Graduated Filter Tool allows us to create a filter effect that will apply the settings we specify over any area of an image. The Graduated Filter Tool is great because it can help us fix problems in an image, such as a problem with exposure. For example, you may have an image that is darker on the right side and brighter on the left side. You can use the Graduated Filter Tool to create an even exposure in that particular image. In addition, the Graduated Filter Tool allows us to be creative with our images because we can do many different effects with it.
Creating a Standard Color Preset to Create a “Soft Portrait” Look in Lightroom 4 – From the Workflow System Workshop on DVD
In this tutorial, we are going to create a Standard Color Preset for portrait images, which is referred to as a “soft portrait” look. This Standard Color Preset will soften up the highlights, reduce the appearances of blemishes and imperfections of the skin and overall, make a portrait more flattering. In portraits, our subjects are the primary focus of the image. However, even if the subjects’ faces are not zoomed in on, the image can still be considered a portrait. In this tutorial, we will also use the Standard Import Preset that we created in a previous tutorial. It is a good idea to read about the Standard Import Preset before creating the Standard Color Preset because you will have a better understanding of this tutorial. These settings are the specific settings we apply to portraits at Lin & Jirsa Photography, so if you do not like a certain setting, feel free to tweak it to fit your personal style. However, hopefully some of these tips will help you create your own unique style for your portraits.
Fixing Red Eye with the Red Eye Correction Tool in Lightroom 4 – From the Lightroom 4 A to Z Workshop on DVD
In this video from our Lightroom 4 A to Z Workshop on DVD, we will explain what causes “red eye” in your subjects’ eyes and how we can fix this problem with the Red Eye Correction Tool in Lightroom 4. Although it is important to know how to use this tool, you will rarely use it if you are shooting with DSLR cameras and off camera lighting. Instead, “red eye” normally occurs with point-and-shoot cameras. We will discuss why that is in this article as well.
In this tutorial, we will go over the preferred workflow process we currently use at Lin & Jirsa Photography. If you have seen our tutorial from the Lightroom 4 A to Z Workshop on DVD, you will know that we have also used the “Editing Out” Culling System. There are many different workflow processes, but we now use the “Culling In” Workflow Process because we have found it to be much more efficient than any other workflow processes. Feel free to use whatever workflow process to suit your own personal needs as there is no one “right” workflow process. However, we hope that you will pick up a few tips from this tutorial that will help speed up your production workflow.
Speed Up Your Workflow by Rendering 1:1 Previews in Lightroom 4 – From the Workflow System Workshop on DVD
After you have imported your images into Lightroom 4 and applied your standard import presets, it is a good idea to render the previews for your catalog before you start working on your images. In this article, we will discuss what rendering previews does as well as how rendering 1:1 previews can significantly speed up your workflow. In addition, we will also discuss the differences between Standard Previews and 1:1 Previews.
How to Use the Cloning Brush and Healing Brush from the Spot Removal Tool in Lightroom 4 – From the Lightroom 4 A to Z Workshop on DVD
In this video from our Lightroom 4 A to Z Workshop on DVD, we will discuss how to use the Spot Removal Tool in Lightroom 4. The Spot Removal Tool is great for removing blemishes on skin, dust from camera lenses, tiny insects around your subjects, and any other specks in your images. There are two types of Spot Removal Brushes: the Cloning Brush and the Healing Brush. This article will go over what these 2 Spot Removal Brushes are and how to use them.
The Cropping Tool: A Simple but Powerful Tool in Lightroom 4 – From the Lightroom 4 A to Z Workshop on DVD
In this video from our Lightroom 4 A to Z Workshop on DVD, we are going to go over the various tools available in the Adjustments Tools that can help us crop our images. The Cropping Tool is a very simple yet powerful tool in Lightroom 4. The Cropping Tool is helpful because we can use it to easily straighten strong lines in our images. We can also crop out unwanted areas of the image as well as crop an image to turn it into a panorama. This article will hopefully give you a better understanding of how to use the cropping tool in Lightroom 4.
In a previous tutorial, we talked about how to import images from a memory card into Lightroom 4. Now we are going to discuss how to import images from other locations, like a hard drive, into Lightroom 4. Let’s say you want to drag your images from a memory card, drop them onto your hard disk, and then pull the images into Lightroom. I would not really recommend this process; however, if you want to import your images this way, then follow the proper steps that will be covered in this tutorial. In this particular tutorial, we will be putting our images onto the Desktop, but you can choose any location on your hard drive.
In previous tutorials, we covered how to set up our standard import develop preset and our standard import metadata preset in Lightroom 4. Now, we are going to discuss how to set up and apply our import preset, as well as how to import images from your memory card. A standard import preset can be applied to all of your images in just a few clicks. Before you start this tutorial, make sure you have gone through our tutorials for setting up both the standard import develop preset and our standard import metadata preset since we will be including both of those presets in this import preset.