How to use Lightroom?

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Adobe Lightroom is one of the world’s best software for image editing. This article will show you how to use Lightroom step by step.

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What is Lightroom?

If the photo you get is blurred by a change of camera settings, climatic, or some other reason, or if the brightness is inconsistent, then these are the best photo editing in the world. The software can be called Lightroom. Lightroom makes no changes or modifications to the original version of the photos you edit. When importing photos into the library, they are included as a new file. These are the newly added photos, not the original ones. The Lightroom software has multiple versions, but all of them are very similar in functionality. The latest versions can edit the image slightly. The interface of the Lightroom is as follows. For the first time user, lightroom software makes a little introduction as a software guide.

Lightroom interface
This is the normal interface of Lightroom software provided by Adobe.

Library Module

How to import photos to Lightroom.

  1. Library module > Import (lower-left corner)
  2. Choose File > Import Photos and Video / Or Drag a folder or files into the Grid view.

When you open Lightroom, this module first opens. The center shows the photos you have entered, and the left side shows the images that can be downloaded and stored as catalogs, folders, collections, and public services. To the right, you can see a few edits to change the photo’s details. When you need a pre-edited project, you can get it back through Lightroom. Go to the Catalog in the Library module for that.

Develop module

There are eight main categories in the development module. These are Basic, Tone Curve, HSL/Color/B & W, Split Toning, Detail, Lens Correction, and Effects & Camera Calibration. The settings in the two basic and tone curve categories are used to edit the color tone and light quality of the photos. The left side of the Develop module has four categories: Preset, Snapshot, History, and Collections. The preset is very important. Here you can choose presets with colors and lighting conditions that suit your photo. You can also save your version as a preset if needed. We can get more presets available online. These presets are very helpful in editing more photos at once. On the right are some tools for cropping the photo and retouching the skin. These tools can be used for editing to a certain extent, though not quite as adobe Photoshop.

Lightroom Develop mode
Develop mode > Basic Settings & Tone Curve Settings

Basic Settings

Basic tone settings are used to control the brightness and dark of the photo. Of these, the use of both Exposure and Contrast should be taken into consideration. If the contrast value increases, the dark areas in the picture become darker, and the full image becomes darker. If you want, you can use the light tone and auto white balance commands in the Lightroom to see if it fits the picture. To do so, right-click the photo you want in the photo gallery, and then under Auto Settings, go to Auto Tone and Auto White Balance.

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Tone Curve

The settings of the Tone Curve in the Develop module allow you to change the tone of the entire photo at once. The graph curve can be used if needed. Click and drag the graph line to change the image tone. The underlying settings will change with that.

HSL/ Color/ B & W

These settings are used to edit the full-color behavior of the image. HSL, Color, and B&W have three main components. HSL is Hue, Saturation, and Luminance. The three sub-categories are also under HSL. Eight colors can be changed from red to magenta, and all the colors in the photo. For example, if you improve the tone to red, only the red spot in the picture will change. The B&W is the black, white color to the photo. Eight colors are affected as before.

How to add a watermark in Lightroom?

  1. Open Export window (File > Export)
  2. Select a watermark and Choose ‘Edit watermark’ in the drop-down menu.
  3. Choose watermark Style (Text or Graphic)
  4. Customize Settings and click Done
Lightroom Watermark
Lightroom watermark window

How to export an edited photo?

  1. File > Export (Shortcut key Ctrl+Shift+E)
  2. Choose Export location
  3. Click the Export Button

Editing in Lightroom is much easier than editing raw photos. This is because raw images contain too much detail. The edited and exported photos are saved in a separate folder without causing any damage to the original photo. If you have any questions regarding this article, please comment. We hope to bring you more articles on photo editing, video editing, and animation.

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