Updated: Nov 13, 2020
1- Pull out your side bar to have more control and be more precise. Lightroom has a default to make your sliders really small. This means a tiny movement can make a massive difference. Using the steps shown below pull your bar out and have way more control!
Your Lightroom starts at default with the sliders like this (small)
Take your mouse and bring it here
Drag and pull out to the left
Boom, you got so much more precision now!
2- Press f for fullscreen- this means you can get a much closer look at your photo if needed!
Say goodbye to getting the old magnifying glass out!
3- Press y to see the before and after of your edits
Review the changes you've made at any point during the editing process by simply pressing y.
4- Synchronise your settings with the touch of a button. If you want to apply the same edit you have on one photo to another (or multiple). Click the photo in the bar running across the bottom, hold shift and select the photos you want the edit applied to. Then simply hold down Cmd or Ctrl for windows, Shift and S.
You will see a white frame around the photos that you've selected. Then...
This is so useful and will speed your workflow up massively!
5- Using the angle tool to straighten your photo
Select the crop icon indicated below
Then click on the spirit level (angle tool)
Draw a line on the picture anywhere that is straight this could be a horizon, a building, a wall etc. You can do a horizontal or vertical line and gain the same effect. Click and drag to draw this line.
Bam, perfectly straight photo.
6- While we are on the subject of the crop tool if you select the crop grid (shown below).
Then press o on your keyboard, you can cycle through different crop overlays.
This one (above) is great for getting your aspect ratios nailed with ease. Instagram's ratio is 4 by 5 FYI!
Golden Spiral (above) is great for compositions.
Classic rule of thirds (above)
Golden Triangles- another great one for composition.
7- Set your white balance with ease!
Select the eyedropper next to your white balance
Take the eye dropper and click on anything in your photo that is grey. 50% grey is ideal. Or if you have a grey card even better!
Simply click when you find a part of your photo that has some greys!
8- Use the mask when sharpening. If you go to your sharpening panel, sharpen your picture then when using the mask slider hold down alt.
You will see some parts of your photo go white, while others go black as pictured above. The white parts are being sharpened and the black are not (works just like a layer mask in photoshop). This is great if you want to apply sharpening to specific areas and not to others!
9- Create unlimited virtual copies and make as many edits on the same picture as you want.
Just select the image you want to copy. Just like above with a white frame around it.
Right click on the thumbnail then select create virtual copy.
10- Blur out your background with the radial filter
Click on the radial filter icon shown above.
Click and drag to make a circle around the part you want to remain sharp (everything outside will be blurred.
Turn the sharpness down to -100.
Make sure the invert box (above) is left unticked.
11- Make a preset and apply it; this will save you so much time and help to keep your style consistent.
First make all of your adjustments- this can be on any panel not just the basic!
Click on develop, then new preset.
Name your preset in the box shown above. Then use the tick boxes to select which settings you want to be saved to the preset.
And thats all of them! 11 tips and tricks that will surely get you on the path to crushing your lightroom game!
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