Adobe Lightroom Classic CC: The Complete Guide

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Instructor Ben Willmore, Photoshop Expert
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What Will You Learn?

  • numbers Learn the difference between Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic
  • numbers Investigate the tools Lightroom packs in for specialty edits
  • numbers Dive into Lightroom's myriad import tools
  • numbers Learn how to turn that edited Lightroom preview into a finalized file for printing and sharing

Course Overview

Professional photography today is about more than just taking your shot. Rather, the process of turning a photo from decent to great happens just as much on your computer as it does on location. That’s where Adobe® Lightroom® Classic CC comes in.

Digital photography has revolutionized the speed at which we can take photographs. No longer do we have to capture the perfect shot on-site. Rather, we can snap as many photographs as we like, and then later organize, edit, and transform them into images worthy of any glossy magazine, public presentation, or social media profile.

But with all this speed comes the danger of disorganization. Even the most seasoned photographers need a workflow that’s streamlined and optimized, and an editing system that processes and organizes images more efficiently. That leaves you, the amateur or professional photographer, with more time to spend capturing amazing images.

Adobe® Lightroom® Classic CC is one of the best non-destructive photo editing tools out there. Within this one program are a host of tools and features that can sharpen the way you work, add drama to your photographs, and keep your projects readily accessible. It’s a program that takes the stress out of many tasks, from importing files off an SD card to printing and exporting them to Facebook or Instagram.

Of course, if you’re self-taught or just opening Lightroom for the first time, it’s likely you’ll miss out on some key features that could help your craft. You also might overlook hidden tips and tricks that only seasoned program users know. You might already be using Lightroom—but you might not be using it the right way.

In 20 helpful, illuminating lessons, Adobe® Lightroom® Classic CC: The Complete Guide teaches you everything you need to become confident and efficient in using this versatile program. Join popular software instructor Ben Wilmore, a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame, as he offers an enduring resource to build and hone your skills. Conceived of as a boot camp delivered by an expert, these lessons will teach you all the ins and outs of Lightroom in a matter of weeks.

Designed for Lightroom Users at All Levels

So, who is Adobe® Lightroom® Classic CC: The Complete Guide tailored for exactly?

The answer: you! These lessons are perfect instructional experiences for all types of photographers, at all levels of experience—with their cameras and with Lightroom.
For beginners, Mr. Wilmore covers the basics so you can get started with Lightroom. He then takes you a little deeper into the ins and outs of the program. By the end of the course, you’ll have a solid foundation of knowledge and will have become a savvy user of Lightroom.

For self-taught learners and long-time Lightroom users, Mr. Wilmore reveals many of the hidden features in the program that require key combinations, special icons, or other tasks you might not discover on your own.

And for those learners who are using Photoshop and Bridge, these lessons will completely change your mindset about photography—just as they did for Mr. Wilmore when he first started working in Lightroom.

“I look forward to getting in front of Lightroom every single time that I do,” says Mr. Wilmore. “Suddenly, your life becomes streamlined, and when it’s streamlined, then you can primarily think about shooting, which is what I really like to do.”

Import, Adjust, Showcase, and More

Adobe® Lightroom® Classic CC: The Complete Guide helps you break down and make sense of the seemingly intimidating number of tools, options, tasks, and features found in this exceptional piece of software.

  • Importing Images: Among the many options available when you import your images into Lightroom is an option called “Make Second Copy To.” While it’s normally grayed out, if you had multiple hard drives—your main photo drive and your back-up drive—you could turn on the check box and point it to your second hard drive. So, when it imports, it imports into two locations at once. Therefore, you will always have a backup!

 

  • Adjusting Images: Lightroom is packed with different editing tools for adjusting the quality of your images. A tool called Snapshot is great for keeping track of changes you make to a particular image as you continue to refine it. You can stack up different versions of an image, and if you ever wanted to get back to a certain one, you can do so by browsing through your “snapshots.”
  • Organizing Images: A good photographer, whether professional or amateur, is always organized. Lightroom helps you to keep your images organized and categorized in myriad ways. One example is how you can tag an image or set of images with a keyword or keywords. Later, you can search quickly and more efficiently for the images stored under this particular tag, whether it’s “sunrise” or “Buenos Aires.”

 

  • Showcasing Images: Lightroom offers several ways to tailor presentations of your images depending on your venue and audience. It doesn’t have to be a one-size-fits-all presentation! Rather, you can use tools like Show Guides to see how much space your picture is taking, or Aspect Preview, where you can modify your slideshow to fit the formatting of different screens.

Additional lessons are devoted to troubleshooting common Lightroom questions, as well as sharing advanced tips that expert users find helpful for optimally using the software. Included with the course is a workbook and homework to help you to sharpen your skills in using the program.

Adobe® Lightroom® Classic CC: The Complete Guide will help you to achieve a proficient level of experience using Lightroom. The more you watch the course, the more you will pick up on techniques and tips that you will find useful.

Take Control of Lightroom’s Possibilities

If you felt that Lightroom seemed confusing, frustrating, or hard before you started your first lesson of Adobe® Lightroom® Classic CC: The Complete Guide, by your last lesson, you will truly understand just how enjoyable the software can be.

That’s due in large part to Mr. Wilmore’s abilities as an instructor. Considered one of America’s favorite Adobe® Photoshop® instructors, Mr. Wilmore has taught over 100,000 Photoshop users on all seven continents. The popular software instructor behind best-selling books, DVDs, and public seminars, he has proven adept at helping hundreds of thousands of design and photography professionals master the digital tools of their trade.

Join him as he helps you to gain mastery of Lightroom and to feel like you’re in control of the program and all the possibilities it offers.

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20 lectures
 |  Average 71 minutes each
  • 1
    Bootcamp Introduction and Overview
    In this first lesson, start getting your files into Lightroom with a few key basics. Learn the difference between Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic. Pick up basic terminology like “libraries” and “smart previews” and “RAW.” Then, get yourself into the Lightroom mindset by learning key differences between Lightroom and Photoshop. x
  • 2
    Importing Images and Customizing Lightroom
    Dive into Lightroom's myriad import tools. Learn what different import options mean, then create your own import preset for easily importing images and saving them in your preferred folder scheme. Afterward, learn to customize your workspace, from the tools you see to the image data visible in your library. x
  • 3
    Understanding Catalogs and File Management
    Lightroom is also an excellent tool for organizing images. That organization starts with a Lightroom catalog. Here, dig into catalogs, from how many you need to what files you need to edit photos on the go. Also, avoid the headaches that come when Lightroom can't find your photos. x
  • 4
    Baseline Raw Image Adjustments
    Jump into the editing process by digging into the basic RAW adjustments inside the Basic panel in the Develop module. Walk through what each tool does along with some behind-the-scenes insights. Also, uncover hidden tricks like how to quickly see what parts of your image are a true black. x
  • 5
    Creating Finalized Files and Printing
    Lightroom has, so far, only recorded all your changes as a text file. Learn how to turn that edited Lightroom preview into a finalized file for printing and sharing. Learn the different export options, as well as advanced tools like adding a watermark. Then, explore Lightroom's Print module. x
  • 6
    Organizing Your Images and Managing Projects
    Lightroom works with the folder structure on your hard drive. But what if you want more structure than that? Learn how to organize photos with Collections, Lightroom's “playlists,” as well as how to use the Smart Collections, which automatically update themselves, and Collection Sets. x
  • 7
    Making Your Images Searchable with Keywords
    Using searchable keywords, you can find an image from any collection in a matter of seconds. In this lesson, Mr. Wilmore walks through adding keywords to images, then using those keywords inside Lightroom for different tasks. Plus, learn advanced keyword tools, like adjusting one keyword in every image using the term. x
  • 8
    Fixing Isolated Problems
    Lightroom adjustments don't have to apply to the entire image. Some of Lightroom's most well-loved tools are local adjustment options. Join Mr. Wilmore for a guided tour of the Lightroom tools that can help you perfect your images in small pieces. Among them: the adjustment brush and the graduated filter. x
  • 9
    Image Adjustment Techniques
    Sometimes an image isn’t great on the first try—it needs to be tweaked. In this lesson, explore Lightroom's editing tools that exist beyond the Basics Panel and local adjustments. Here, Mr. Wilmore walks through adjustments like sharpness and noise reduction, along with correcting common types of distortion. x
  • 10
    Fine Tuning Your Image
    Go beyond the Basics Panel and dig into the creative tools for fine-tuning your image. First, learn how that histogram in the corner can guide your edits. Then, custom color your image using hue, saturation, and luminance. Also, dig into tools for vignetting (or correcting a natural vignette from the lens) and working with curves. x
  • 11
    Facial Recognition and Map Viewing
    Shooting with a GPS-enabled camera or manually adding location keywords allows Lightroom to literally put your images on the map. Learn the fun ways to use the Map module. Then, discover how Lightroom can actually recognize the people in your photographs and how to best use the Adobe Sensei facial recognition inside Lightroom. x
  • 12
    Adjustment Workflow: BW, HDR, and Panoramas
    In this lesson, investigate the tools Lightroom packs in for specialty edits. Start with controlling the black-and-white conversion of color images, then learn how to merge high dynamic range, or HDR, images without leaving the software. Finally, stitch multiple photos together with a panorama merge. x
  • 13
    Organizing Your Keywords
    Sure, adding keywords can be time-consuming—but we live in a world where keywords are the norm, not the exception. And organizing your keywords can help speed up the process, allowing you to easily find images without as much time commitment. Here, Mr. Wilmore walks through organizing keyword lists and creating related keywords. x
  • 14
    How to Find Any Image Quickly
    Lightroom has powerful search tools—powerful enough that, when using the tools properly, the software can find any image in five seconds or less. Here, Mr. Wilmore walks through all the different search tools and options for narrowing down the results to quickly find that specific image. x
  • 15
    Showcasing Your Work: Slideshows and Books
    What happens when it's time to display your work? Adobe Lightroom has built-in tools to help you show off multiple images. In this lesson, explore how the software's Slideshow tool works, from creating an impromptu slideshow to customizing the results. Then, learn how to create photo books directly inside Lightroom. x
  • 16
    Image Adjustments: Start to Finish Workflow
    Now that you've dug through all the adjustment tools, it's time to watch closely to learn how they work together. Follow Mr. Wilmore's editing process as he puts all the tools together from start to finish and gives you tips and tricks to go from original image to finished photograph. x
  • 17
    Lightroom to Photoshop and Back
    Most of Lightroom's photography plans also include Photoshop—and there are times where those Photoshop tools are essential. Thankfully, Creative Cloud programs are designed to work together. Here, Mr. Wilmore explains the process of adjusting a Lightroom image in Photoshop, all the while keeping the Lightroom catalog up to date. x
  • 18
    Basic Troubleshooting
    Sometimes, things go wrong with programs. Why is Lightroom doing this? Why won't Lightroom do that? In this lesson, gain the tools you need to troubleshoot common Lightroom problems. Mr. Wilmore walks through the most common Lightroom problems you might face, many typically experienced by students and learners like you. x
  • 19
    Advanced Tips and Tricks
    Lightroom can certainly be used by beginning photo editors, but it can also be an essential tool for advanced photo editors as well. Here, discuss topics like working on two computers. Then, launch into some advanced tips and tricks to get the most out of your Lightroom subscription. x
  • 20
    Workflow Refinement and Final Summary
    In the final lesson of this workshop, put the final pieces together with tips to refine your workflow, from ways to share photos to a friend's smartphone to syncing with Lightroom Mobile to using web galleries. Then, wrap up with a recap before leaving as a fully-fledged Lightroom guru. x

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Ben Willmore is a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame who has taught over 100,000 Adobe Photoshop® users on all seven continents. His best-selling books, DVDs, and hit seminars have established Mr. Willmore as one of America’s favorite Adobe Photoshop® instructors, and he is often the top-selling speaker at design and photography conferences throughout the world. He writes for numerous digital imaging publications,...
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