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In this episode, we’ll teach you 5 important RAW processing tips you might not have known using the popular photo-editing software, Adobe Lightroom. Edit along with Pye and download the RAW file used in the video here before starting the video tutorial.

1. Tone Curve & Parametric Sliders Are Independent

As soon as I make big sweeping changes to my Tone Curve, you start to get large adjustments in the overall image and exposure. If you open up the Parametric Sliders beneath the Tone Curve, they work independently of the actual curve. This lets you tune your image exposure by making micro-adjustments.

2. There Are 7 Ways to Adjust Color

You may have known that there are several ways to adjust the color In your images in Lightroom, but did you know that there are actually 7 ways to do so? Here they are:

  • Temperature & Tint
  • Vibrance & Saturation
  • HSL (Hue, Saturation, Luminance)
  • Color Channels (under Tone Curve)
  • Split Toning
  • Calibration
  • Local Adjustments

3. Create Subtle Vignettes Using Radial Filters

Many people don’t often realize what to do with radial filters. One of my favorite things to do with this tool is to create -.50 Radial Burn and save it as a preset so that I can apply it to all of my images with ease. This is by far one of the easiest and most powerful tools to bring attention to your subjects which is why we built it into the Visual Flow Retouching Kit.

4. Using Local Adjustment Brushes for Dodging & Burning

One of my favorite things to do is to use the Local Adjustment brush to dodge and burn images without having to take it into Photoshop. Our Visual Flow Retouching Kit comes with these brushes already ready to go but you can pause the video and save out the settings if you want to use the same brush, all with just your mouse (no need for a Wacom).

5. The Power of the Range Mask

Adding a mask to your image allows you to apply a “Blend If” function to your edit which essentially means it will apply the effect only if that portion of the image is the same color or same brightness as intended. Here is the final before/after of our image:

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Whether you are new to Lightroom or you’ve been using it for years, there is always something to learn about this software that will make your post-production process more efficient and help speed up your workflow. This is why we created our Mastering Lightroom Course, designed to help you post-produce with ease and efficiency. Catch our next episode of Mastering Your Craft on Adorama’s YouTube channel next Friday!