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Adobe Lightroom Classic CC: The Easy Photo Editing Course

teacher avatar Phil Ebiner, Video | Photo | Design

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Course Introduction


    • 2.

      Download Your Practice Photos


    • 3.

      Importing Your Photos


    • 4.

      Organizing Photos


    • 5.

      Rating, Flagging, and Filtering


    • 6.

      Face Tagging


    • 7.

      Crop and Rotate


    • 8.

      White Balance


    • 9.



    • 10.

      Color and Saturation


    • 11.

      Sharpening & Noise Reduction


    • 12.

      Vignettes, Grain & Dehaze


    • 13.

      Exporting Photos


    • 14.

      Lens Corrections: Chromatic Aberration & Profile Corrections


    • 15.

      Color Grading Wheels


    • 16.

      Lightroom Calibration Tutorial


    • 17.

      Removing Blemishes with the Healing Brush


    • 18.

      Making Mask Selections: People, Faces, Subjects, Sky, Background, and more


    • 19.

      Graduated, Radial & Brush Filter Adjustments


    • 20.

      Adjustment Brush Presets


    • 21.

      Range Masks


    • 22.

      Using, Creating and Importing Presets


    • 23.

      Color Profiles


    • 24.

      Speed Up Workflow with Presets


    • 25.

      Stitching Together a Panorama


    • 26.

      Merging an HDR Photo


    • 27.

      Automatically Fix Exposure & White Balance


    • 28.

      Creating a Black Background in Lightroom


    • 29.

      Enhancing Eye Color & Changing Eye Color


    • 30.

      Whitening Teeth


    • 31.

      Smoothing Skin


    • 32.

      Removing & Smoothing Wrinkles


    • 33.

      Enhancing Lips & Changing Lipstick Color


    • 34.

      Enhancing Cheeks & Face Contouring


    • 35.

      Full Portrait Edit


    • 36.

      Editing a Portrait of a Woman


    • 37.

      Editing a Night Photo


    • 38.

      Editing a Long Exposure Photo


    • 39.

      Editing a Product Photo


    • 40.

      Editing a Nature Photo


    • 41.

      Editing an Action Shot


    • 42.

      Editing a Landscape Photo


    • 43.

      Editing a Travel Photo


    • 44.

      Editing a Couples Portrait


    • 45.

      Editing an Architecture Photo


    • 46.

      Editing an Aerial Photo


    • 47.

      Editing a Street Photo


    • 48.

      Editing a Macro Photo


    • 49.

      Editing a Pet Photo


    • 50.

      Editing a Maternity Photo


    • 51.

      Editing an Interior Nursery Photo


    • 52.

      Editing a Portrait of a Man


    • 53.

      Editing a Sports Photo


    • 54.

      The Map Module


    • 55.

      The Book Module


    • 56.

      The Slideshow Module


    • 57.

      The Print Module


    • 58.

      The Web Module


    • 59.



    • 60.

      Bonus: Free Lightroom Presets


    • 61.

      How to Install Lightroom Presets


    • 62.

      Preset Pack 1: Flat Matte Style


    • 63.

      Preset Pack 2: Street Grunge Style


    • 64.

      Preset Pack 3: Bold Contrasty Colors


    • 65.

      Preset Pack 4: Light & Airy


    • 66.

      Preset Pack 5: Vintage Vibes


    • 67.

      Preset Pack 6: Desaturated Colors


    • 68.

      Preset Pack 7: HDR Nature Pop


    • 69.

      Preset Pack 8: Black & White Presets


    • 70.

      Preset Pack 8: Tropical Teals & Oranges


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About This Class

Do you want your photos to look better… to look amazing?

Do you want to learn the world’s most powerful and efficient editing application, used by professional photographers?

If so, you’re in the right place - and I'm happy to have you here!

Start editing photos in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC (formerly Lightroom CC) today!

Maybe you're an amateur photographer who has done a little bit of photo editing, or maybe you have quite a bit of photo editing experience. Either way, we've made this course to help you make images that matter.

Key Topics in this Lightroom CC course:

  • Navigating the Adobe Lightroom Classic CC application
  • Importing and organizing photos
  • Fixing white balance, crop and exposure
  • Hue, saturation & luminance adjustments
  • Sharpening and noise reduction
  • Vignettes, grain and dehaze filters
  • Using and creating presets
  • Lens corrections
  • Removing blemishes
  • Gradual, radial and brush adjustments
  • Improving portraits and photos of people
  • Exporting photos and adding watermarks
  • and so much more!

Make your photos look better - fixing basic things like exposure, white balance, cropping & rotate. 

Take your photos to the next level with - localized adjustments, sharpening & removing noise, effects, vignettes and more.

What do you get?

  • Easy-to-follow video tutorials
  • Downloadable project files to follow along
  • Premium support from instructors who care

Who is this course for?

Whether you are using Lightroom Classic CC or a previous version of Lightroom, this course will teach you how to use the program to its fullest potential. This course was creating for beginner photographers, and advanced photographers looking to learn a new application.

Our Promise to You!

We'll be here for you every step of the way. If you have any questions about the course content or anything related to this topic, you can always post a question in the course or send me a direct message. 

We want to make this the best course on how use Adobe Lightroom. So if there is any way we can improve this course, just tell us and we'll make it happen.

Go ahead and click the enroll button, and we'll see you in lesson 1!



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Phil Ebiner

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Since 2012 have been teaching people like you everything I know. I create courses that teach you how to creatively share your story through photography, video, design, and marketing.

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1. Course Introduction: welcome to this light room classic CC course. I'm so excited to have you here before we jump into the lessons. I just want to say hello and introduced myself if you haven't taken a course for me. My name is Philip Dinner, and I'm the founder of Video School Online. Since 2012 we've been creating top rated courses that teach people like you amazing creative skills. In this course, I'm going to show you how to edit photos using light room Classic. You're in the correct course, right? It's important to know that this course is for light room, classic CC users and not the cloud based light room C. C. I have another course on that program. If you're interested, we'll be using the latest 2018 version of Light Room Classic CC. If you're using an older version of Light Room Classic or even a previous version of just Light room or Photoshopped light room, you'll be able to follow along. If you're taking this course with a newer version in the future. From when I record this intro, that's fine, too will make sure to update the course with any important changes or additions that adobe ads. We designed this course to take you from absolute beginner with no experience all the way up to advance user feeling comfortable and confident. Using this amazing tool, you can see from the course outline that we start with importing and organizing the photos . We don't spend too much time there as I know you want toe jump right into editing. So the bulk of this course covers all of the different ways you can edit your photos to make them look awesome. Way go over all the tools in the development module and then show you how to export high quality images so you can share them with your family and friends. When I learned light room for the first time, I loved watching tutorials by photographers that show the entire process of editing a photo from scratch. And so that's why later, in this course, I've added several complete photo edits, showing you different styles of editing. That way you can see how you can use the tools that you learned earlier in the class and put them together to edit a complete photo from scratch. Make sure you download the practice photos in the next lesson, which will be using throughout the rest of the course. Also, I want to clarify that if you're in the photography masterclass, you may find some of these lessons are familiar. We've included the basic editing lessons from this class in the photography masterclass, but in this class we've added more advanced lessons in hours of additional full editing demonstrations that really take your skills to the next level. So if you're wondering, should you be in both classes, I would say yes. This light room class will really take your editing skills to the advanced level. And remember, if you ever get stuck, just post a question to the course will respond as fast as we can to help you out. I'm excited to get going, so download the photos in the next lesson. Then let's get going with life Room. 2. Download Your Practice Photos: make sure you download the course project files these their practice photos that you will be working with throughout the rest of the course. So go ahead and click the your project tab and then click this link right here, which will take you to a Google Drive folder that has some ZIP files that you will have to unzip. And in each of those files or folders, you'll find a number of photos that you can work with throughout this course, starting with the Practice Photos folder and then throughout the course, you'll probably see that we switched to some new sort of techniques, going from basic edits to more advanced tips and then to some actual portrait photos and then to some full editing sessions. And you'll use each folder within these project files for those different parts of the course. 3. Importing Your Photos: All right, let's dive right into light room. This lesson is how you import photos, so make sure you download the practice photos that we're going to be working with throughout the rest of this course from the previous lesson. Once you unzip that file, you should have a number of folders like this, and we're going to be using different folders in different sections of this course. The way that light room works in terms of importing photos is that it is actually reading the photos and having the photos on your computer. But it's not actually moving the photo file. It's just reading it from wherever you save it on your computer. So make sure you stay organized in your documents or in your finder. Whether you're using Mac or PC, it doesn't matter. Just make sure you're organized with your photos outside of light room, so that when you get into light room, it's easier as well. So I'm gonna really be showing you how to organize within light room. But I just want toe kind of say that because a lot of photographers asked me, How do I organize my photos? Make sure you're backing up and make sure you're organizing it. I organized by date by year than by month and then by shoot in a folder structure like that . But it's really up to you. Okay, so let's get into light room, and it's pretty easy if you open up light room for the first time. You should see something like this about the top. You have your library, you have your other tabs, which are the different work rooms and spaces that you're going to be able to edit photos in do things like maps and books and slide shows that we'll talk about later. In this course, up at the top left, you have your file menu. And then around here you have all kinds of different things that you don't really necessarily. You know what you're working with yet, But we're going to be covering this in the next lessons. What I want you to do first, though, is look over here to this import button down on the bottom left. If you click that or if you go to file import photos and videos, or if you press the keyboard shortcut shift command, I that would be shift control. I on a PC, you'll open up the import window. All right, so once you have the import window, you'll see that on the left hand side you have the source. This is looking at your computer files and the structure of your folders, or any external hard drives that are plugged into your computer, and you'll see that if you open up these folders, you'll start to see the folder structure of your computer. Now I have these folders saved on my computer. So if I go into those specific folder, which I could find by going into my documents under video school online Underclass his under Lighter, whom under light room classic CC under supplemental resource is. So if I click on one of these folders, it's going to open up all of the photos within this folder. If you don't see the photos right, click and make sure you choose includes sub folders. If you don't see that, that's okay, too. You'll see this option in the middle. That says no photos found include sub folders, or you can just go to the sub folders. So I have this advance editing folder. We have extra photos. We have full editing sessions. And when I do that, we see all of the different photos pop up in this big window in the middle. And this is where we can select the photos that we want to import. Now, I went through all of my document folders to find these supplemental resource is. But whether you you put it on your desktop or it's on external hard drive, you're just gonna find it through this sort of file menu. So I'm just going to include sub folders going to give you this message saying that it's going to include all of the photos. And now this is where you can choose what to import and what not to import. So for us, we're going to import all of these photos. But if you wanted to, you could uncheck photos that you don't want to import. You can also quickly uncheck photos with this button down here, toe uncheck all, or go back and check all you can go through and open up a bigger window with this button down here. Then you can use your arrow keys to go right and left and then at the bottom. You have this including import check box. So this is a better way to maybe see the photos if you're on a photo shoot, or if you went travelling and shot a bunch of photos, you might not necessarily need to import all of your photos. That being said, the way that I typically import photos is all important, all of the photos, and then I'll start to organize later on choosing which photos I actually want to import over. On the right hand side, we have some options just to pay attention to what's automatically checked on is this. Don't import suspected duplicates button. This is important because you actually don't want to be re importing the same photo multiple times in light room because then your organization can get kind of wonky. And if you go out and you open up light room again and you're trying to find the photo that you edited previously, if you have multiple photos of the same photo or multiple versions of the same photo, then it's going to get really confusing. Another option you here have here is called Add to collection now, so a collection is sort of a folder within light room that is a way to organize your photos . Now I'm gonna uncheck that and we'll look at that in a minute because we can actually add photos to collections and organize them that way in the future. You also have some developed settings. If you have automatic sort of presets that you want to add, which if that can be done later on, we'll learn about presets and then some meta data options again, not something to worry about right now, when you've selected all the photos that you want to import, just click the import button down here. Now. Actually, what I want to do is just select one of these folders one at a time to import. So I'm going to start with this folder, which is the advanced Portrait editing folder. So I have selected all of those photos, and now I'm going to click import so you'll see that it imports are five files were now back in this library tab. Now, just to show you what happens if you click on another tab up here we go to different sort of windows. So the developed tab is where we're going to spend most of our time in this course where we're actually editing photos, you have these other ones, and then library is really where you organize your photos. So in this organizational structure you have these different windows. You can make these windows smaller and bigger by dragging them in and out. You have your bar down here with all of your photos that you could also make bigger or smaller. And so when you're in one of these views, for example, we can change the view with these buttons down here as well In the library, you can also select which photo you want to look at from your trade down here. Your photo trade. Now we're gonna talk about rating and ranking and filtering in just a minute. But one other thing I wanted you to notice is your metadata, which is over here. So you have the metadata from the photo. So, for example, if we look at one of these photos, you'll see if you shoot, shoot in raw modes specifically in depending on your camera, you'll see settings like your exposure shutter speed or aperture your eye. So rating the camera lens that was used when it was shot If you have things like your GPS capability on, it will have like place. And that will actually help it appear on the map. And you can also add things like keywords and things up here a little bit more advanced. And the next we're going to look over here on this left hand side, this window, which is where you really start to organize your photos, and we're going to look at that a little bit deeper in the next lesson. 4. Organizing Photos: Now I know what you want to do is jump into editing our photos to make them look amazing. But organizing in light room is a huge aspect of what light room is capable of doing. And learning these things right now will really help you become a better photo editor in the long run, saving you lots and lots of time. So I mentioned this is what we're going to be looking at. In this lesson. You have different ways to find the photos that you've previously imported into light room . You have your catalog folders and then collections catalogue. Think of that as a quick sort of way to that light room has preset options for finding photos. You can click the all photos button and that will open up all the photos that you've ever imported into light room. You have all sink photographs, which is, if you are using sort of the sink light room aspect of their cloud based service, you have some quick collections and then previous import. So with previous import, if you imported your photos say you closed light room and then you come back and you want to get quickly to the photos you just imported the last time. This is a great place to do it. That being said catalog is probably my least favorite way of finding photos because Fuller's can quickly get lost and photos you imported a month or a week or a year ago can quickly be lost. Folders is the next option, and this is good. If you understand and have a really good organized hard drive, this structure will show you folders that you've imported based off of where they are on your computer Now, since I reset light room before he started teaching this course, I've only imported this one folder from last lesson so far, and so this is the only folder I've seen. But if you've imported lots and lots of Fuller's, you'll see them all over here, and this is just based off of what it's named and where it's at on your documents. Collections is the way that within light room you can create folders for your photos and organize them that way, and that's what we're going to be doing. So to create folder, just click this plus bite button and choose create collection, and I want you to set this up similar to me so you can find the photos later on in the course. So this one I'm going to call Advanced Portrait, editing all these other settings. Just leave out one thing to note, though. You see that it says includes selected photos. If you have photos selected in your library, it will add them to this collection that we create. I only have one photo selected, and so if I click, create what happens is now this new folder basically that appears here on Lee has that one photo. So how do I go back to that folder that has all eight of those previous photos? I can either click right here in the folders or go to previous import, and you can see all of them. Now, if I want to move all of these photos into that new collection that I created, I can select all of them by just command A. That's select all or Aiken, select one and then shift. Click the next, the last one to select all. Or you could command or control click. If you're on a PC, specific ones that you want to add, and then just simply click to drag and drop them into this folder. So now if I go to this advanced portrait editing folder, they're all right there. All right, so I want to show you now, quickly, what happens if we want to import our next folder? So if I click import, it opens up our folder structure to the previous sort of place that we imported from, which is nice. And so, if I want to import this extra photos folder, we can either import them and then go back and create a new collection, or we can choose add to collection. You see, now we have the collection we just created over here, or we can create a new one. So I'm going to do that by hitting the plus button and call this extra photos and then choose, create and then import. So now we have these two folders right here with in our collections. You also knows that we have those two folders right here within our folder structure. And we also now if we click previous import, we only see the photos from the extras photos folder that we just imported. If we click all photographs we can see all of them now. I'm quickly going to import the rest of the folders of photos that are for this course, and I want you to do the same and then we'll meet up after. So if you followed the instructions, you should have five folders right now like this. Advanced portrait editing, extra photos full adding sessions, panorama photos and practice photos. You'll also see them all right here. So you might be wondering Fill, this is cool. But why would we create our own collections when we can easily find them right here? And the reason is because you can better organize the photos right here. We can actually create master folders and put all of these sub folders within it, which makes it really, really easy and much easier than in the folders category right here, because I believe me. After years of editing and importing literally hundreds of folders of photos, it's much harder to find those folders within this structure. Then, under collections, for example, I could have a collection for wedding photography or travel photography, or I could do it. However I want, I could do 2018 2019 and then by month. But with collections you have much more flexibility. So to create sort of a master folder, choose the plus button right here and choose create collection set. So this is going to be a set of collections. I'm going to call this light room classic CC course, then shoes created. Now this is has a little drop down option. Now, there are any photos in it now. But if I select all of these folders and dragged them into the light room classic Succeed course Master folder Now I have them all within their and I can easily open up all the photos from this course or go into specific ones, which is gonna be easy moving forward with this class now, by simply tangling this up and down, we can more quickly and easily find the photos were looking for. All right, So we still have some amazing options for organizing, filtering and raiding our photos in light room. And we're going to be going over those options next. But now you know a big tool and a big skill in how you create collections to stay organized in light room 5. Rating, Flagging, and Filtering: in this video, you're going to learn how to filter and rate your photos so that you can easily find the photos. You want to add it now or in the future. So I've opened up this folder of practice photos, just the general practice photos. These they're the ones we're going to start working with in the next lessons on actually editing a couple quick things that really quick for making your experience better. You can easily open and close thes windows in light room to expand your workspace. Make it easier to see the photos by clicking these little arrows right here so I can turn off the photo trade down there. I can turn off our menu up there so we have a better full screen view and then just hovering over one of the men use on the top bottom or the sides will actually open it up. Or just clicking that arrow will reopen it up and kind of lock it in place. So once we're done sort of going through an opening up our collection, we don't necessarily need that. Another thing is by clicking the green button up here on a Mac or there should be a similar sort of full screen view button up at the top. You can get rid of your file menu, which you don't necessarily need right now. All right, so in light room, you have different options for rating photos. First off, why would you want to sort of rate or flag your photos? The main reason is to choose the best photos that you've shot toe actually move forward with with editing. Ah, lot of times you'll import an entire folder of photos from a shoot. You might shoot hundreds of photos at a portrait session session or a wedding or something like that, and you might need to go through and pick your best ones. There's different ways to rate. There's a star rating than there's also a flag raiding. And then there's also a color label labeling sort of option. I use the star rating system to add a star rating to a photo. All you have to do is to go to that photo and click one of these star ratings right here. Or you can use the keyboard shortcut, which is the number 1234 or five on your keyboard. and that's a great shortcut, so I can literally go through just with my hands on the keyboard. Press the right arrow button to go to the next photo. Say Yep, I like that photo. Go to the next one and you decide what these ratings mean For me. Five stars. Means is a great photo. Definitely going to add it. Four stars means it's a pretty good photo. I'm still going to edit it, but it's not my favorite photo. So if I'm like posting on social media or something all know ahead of time that only five star photos are really the ones that I should pay close attention to with editing three stars can be whatever that could be for you. Yes, I'm gonna edit it, but it's not a great photo. And then one and two stars might be photos that you're just not even going to edit. So if I press one for example, set that one is one will set. This one is too will set. This one is three. This one is too. And this one is one. Now, with these all have star ratings. If we go through them, you can see that it changes right here at the same time, you could also use the flag rating. So you have these flag or unflagging basically this pic or reject. So the keyboard shortcuts R, p or X. So instead of using a rating system, you want to just pick or reject. You can do that. So say we do This is pick. This is a picture. This is X reject. Reject. This one is a pick. This is a reject, and then this one is a reject as well. You'll notice that has the little flag symbol up here and the ones that are rejects. They're kind of faded out down here in our little trade down here, your photo trade the other way you can label is by giving it a color. So if you right click and choose set label, you can set a label to a different color. Now this again, it's up to you how you use these colors, you could say, Oh, red are my great photos or yellow are my great photos that I want to add it and then green are my not so great photos. So it really is up to you to determine why you want to choose a color label or what you want your rating to mean. Ah, but that's up to you. Let me just set this one to red so that we'll see that later on and you'll see down here. It kind of the background is red. Well said this one right click color label, Blue. So that's all good and everything that we can actually rate our photos. But how do we filter them? Well, we have these filtering options down here in the bottom, right? Right now the filters are off. If you just click one of these filters, it will turn it on. So, for example, we have the accepted and reject filter right here. So if we click the filter for flagged photos on Lee, the flag photos appear. If we click the unflagging photo as well, this means we're now selecting photos that have been flagged and ones that haven't beginning given a flag rating. If I check the flag, but and again, it will turn that off. So you see, you have to kind of double click it to turn them on and then off so I can also just go unflagging or rejects right there. And so maybe you need to go through these again and say, Oh, actually, this one right here is going to be a pick. So if we actually press that button and automatically filters that, it moves it to our flag photos and now it won't appear in our reject bin. Okay, so does that make sense for our flags? Next, we have our star rating. So here we can set our star rating. If we click a star, it will automatically defer to photos that have been giving a rating of three stars or greater. If we click four stars, it will be four stars or greater five stars, five stars or greater or a one star or greater. Or you can click the little equals sign down here and choose what you want it to be. It could be less than or equal to or equal to. Maybe we just want to see three star photos. So you said that to equal to three stars clicking the rating again will turn that off and then let's just turn off. Rating is greater than or equal to, and now it will show all of our photos again. And then, lastly, you can filter by color. So we marked one as red, and we also marked. One is blue so clicking those will open those photos up. These buttons right here are based off of if you've edited the photos or not, so we have unedited photos or edited photos. So since we haven't edited any, if we click on edited filter than all of those will disappear, and you can combine these weaken, say, we want unedited photos that are three stars or higher and red filters so you can combine those types of ratings to however you want at the core, though, what I do is basically using the star rating to say that these are photos I'm going to edit and these ones I'm not, and you can do the same thing with the flag or the not flag. I just like having the stars so that I can also tell myself at the same time that these are the best best photos, these air Good. I'm still going to edit them, and these are just not so great photos. So that's how you filter Photos were also going to look at face tagging in the next lesson and a couple other minor things 6. Face Tagging: The last thing I want to show you is that you can actually face tag people. So that's this little button down here. So first thing you have to do is click this button right here, which will enable sort of a face box. And so, if you have a photo of multiple people, people or one person, you have this little cross hairs and just click and drag a rectangle over their face. I'm gonna type and will because this is my body will. And now it has saved this as will now if I go to the next photo, for example, it will automatically recognize this as a face. But it also recognized that this isn't from will. So I'm going to type in Phil because that's me. But notice if I go to the next one. It already guess is that this is will because it does have some facial recognition and I can just click the check mark if it's not well, for some reason, you can click the Deny and then type in your custom name, but I'm just going to say yes, this is will. So that's how you automatically tagged these photos with faces, but there's another way you can do it. Click this button right here to turn on the people view. And so, if you want, you can ask light room toe automatically look through all the faces in the entire catalog and start tagging or choose only find faces as needed. And you can do that manually. I'm going to say, start finding faces. And if it finds an end named person, you just have to type in their name Sam. And now we have all of our photos that we've imported into this collection that have been recognized, and you can go to the photos with those people. So by double clicking someone's name or the photo, you can open up their specific photos. That's another cool trick in light room Classic CC to do facial recognition. It's not something I do a lot of, but I find some people who take a lot of photos of their family. It's a great way to organize their photos. You can turn off this facial people mode by clicking that button there or pressing O on your keyboard. So those are a lot of the ways to rate flag label and filter your photos and tag them with faces. If you have any questions, please let me know. Otherwise, we're going to move into the editing aspect of light room. So go ahead and open this folder or this collection that you've created of photos, the practice photos, and then head over to the development tab to start editing, seeing that next lesson. 7. Crop and Rotate: in this lesson, we're going to learn how to crop and rotate in adobe light room Classic CC. So select the photo that you want to edit, then click the develop module tab of at the top. Now you have your adjustment options over on the right, with lots of different menus that some are open because I've used those recently. But you can just open these different windows by clicking the arrow or the triangle on the right hand side of the title. And there's also some presets over here on the left hand side to adjust the size of your windows. Sometimes I'm just not using this stuff over here right now, something that click this little arrow on the left hand side and then say, I want even more room at the top and I don't need this menu up here. I can click this arrow. Then if I just hover over it, I can click on it up there, which allows me to have a bigger canvas for editing. Same here. I can click down to get rid of that tap, that sort of tray at the bottom with all our photos. Okay, so to crop you want to click this little box that has, like, the dotted line around the edge, Click that, and that brings up our crop options. You'll also notice that sort of an overlay with corners that look like you might be able to do something with them by hovering over them. Ah, and also this grid, which allows us to use things like the rule of thirds and to strain and horizons and things like that in an easier way. So this photo it's a nice photo. It's a lovely background. Whoever that guy is looks kind of funny, but it's kind of centered and awkward lease to the left of the frame. So I want to use more of the rule of thirds with this photo. So the easiest way to crop of the quickest is just to click and drag one of the size or the corner and sort of drag in her out. You'll notice that right now the aspect ratio is locked to the original. So here's this little lock icon. If I unlock that, I can drag this anywhere I could make a super skinny photo. I could make it super lot wide. And if I finish that? All right, So say I drag it, That kind of ends the cropping, and then I could move my photo around in that crop. This way, when you're done, you just click the done button at the bottom or press the return key on your keyboard. But I'm not done, because that's a really awkward photo and crop. You see now that this aspect is custom, because that's what I create just by clicking and dragging. But if I click this custom menu, you can see that there are different preset options for aspect ratio as shot, which is usually what I leave. And then I just zoom in her out. Or it's kind of like zooming in by dragging in and out and moving around. Or I use one of these other presets like 1 to 1, which is a good aspect ratio for instagram or 8.5 by 11 which is good for prints or five by seven, which is another common print size. You could even enter custom ones like I've done here with 1920 by 10 80 which is perfect for TV screens or mobile device screens so you can create your own custom ones. I'm gonna leave it as shot. But it was gonna drag in slightly and try to put my face sort of mawr on that last line. Or maybe because I'm actually facing I'm turned the other way. I might move myself over here just a little bit. Something like that. Try to get my eyes close to that intersection of these lines so that I'm following the rule of thirds. You can also rotate by hovering over the corner and dragging to the left or right if you want. Try to make my eyes mawr aligned or more parallel along the lines. You also have this angle, which is cool, Cool, quick way to adjust the rotation of an image as well. So say we're happy with that. Gonna press return on my keyboard and now we have cropped it. Let me go find another image and I'll show you. You really quote trick. Let's say this one of Sam in the background. Okay, so in general, you want to make sure that your horizons are are flat. This one's kind of tricky cause there's mountains, so I'm going to stick with this one. Even though there's not a horizon, this is a good example. If we go into our crop, click this sort of ruler tool, this level next to angle. What we can do now is drag along any straight line, which typically would be your horizon. And then light room will automatically rotate the image, so that's perfectly straight across your image. So that's a quick way to actually level any photos that have a horizon in it. Good trick to now. Okay, so let's go back to this photo and we are looking good with our crop. And then the next lessons were going, Teoh, start editing it, fixing things like exposure, white balance and that kind of stuff, too. 8. White Balance: after I crop a photo. The first thing that I tend to do is fix the white balance of an image in first. Really, the reason why I cropped first is so that I don't have to worry about anything that ends up being outside of my crop in terms of editing and making look better. For example, maybe there was a big red ball over on the side that I cropped out, and I would have had to play around with to make look good while editing. But since I cropped it out first, I don't have to worry about it. Okay, so in terms of white balance, the easiest way to do that is under our basic options. And so there you have in this first sort of block right here are white balance options, depending on if you shoot in raw or J. Peg and you're editing a rock or J peg, you'll have different options sort of presets up here in the top, right? I believe that Sam mentioned something about how if you are shooting and raw things like editing color or applying color filters or styles or presets while shooting in camera doesn't matter as much because you can adjust everything later, and that's true. And this is an example of where we can use the as shot white balance or we can choose one. This was kind of in the shade, so let's see what that looks like. It makes everything a little bit too warm, so that's not right. Daylight might look a little bit more natural compared to what was as shot as shot looks a little bit cool. So maybe daylight or you can use an auto selection. That light room has that tries to make it look proper. Sometimes these don't look good, and there are a couple more keyboard shortcuts that I want to teach you right now that will help you out. One is the back slash button. It's the backslash, not the forward slash. A lot of people get confused in the email me and say, Fill, This doesn't work. It's the backslash where you see the before and after before after before. While I'm pressing it down, the other is L, which allows you to get sort of a simple view of your photo without any distraction. So if I do that then before and after with the by slash. That's an easy way to see more clearly. You can also use these buttons at the bottom of this window to do comparisons of actually this one. Let's Dio before and after and then you can kind of just click through and you can change the view split screen or side to side going back here to see the full screen. Okay, so those are the presets now, None of those were really working that well for me. So I conduce a custom white balance with these sliders. The way that sliders work in light room is you can either click and drag to the left or right to adjust them. You double click to set it to what it originally was. Or you can hover your mouse over the slider and use your arrow keys going up or down to jump the slider up or down. And this is a good way to make kind of fine tune your adjustments. So that's how the sliders work. Or you can actually click within the number and type in a specific numbers. Say you know that. Okay, we want this to be at 3200 or whatever. Then that's going to give you put the white balance temperature, the light saying that this light was 3200. Obviously it wasn't because that looks to blue is probably more around 5600 or something like that, and that looks better. So this first lighter is with the temperature. And so what does that make you think of? Well, you're lighting scale, your warmth, your coolness, your kellan temperature. And so if you go to the left, it's gonna make it more cool. Go to the right. It's gonna make it more orange and warm. So let me undo that. You also have this tent which goes from green to magenta. So sometimes depending on the light source that you're using or even in this example, where we were surrounded by green trees and green leaves, it gave sort of a green tent, which you might like, but it might not look so natural, so you might have to combat that by adding some magenta. Or maybe you're under some sort of weird fluorescent light gives that green tint know that the tint slider is where you can fix that. Okay, so if I was doing this myself on this photo. I would probably slide to the right just a little bit to get back some of that warmth and then maybe play with the tent just a little bit going from right to left. Sometimes I like going extreme and then dialing it back so that I can really see what I'm doing and then say, Oh, that's way too much. Let's go back. I don't even know where it started. It started at 19 so just a little bit might help. And again, we can go do the backslash before after it. That looks more natural to me. The other option for selecting your white balance is with the white balance eye dropper right here. If you click this, what you're supposed to do is then find something that is white or neutral, without colors in your image, something that is like a gray that has no color. Because then you're telling light room that what I'm clicking on is supposed to be white, and then all of the other colors around it adjust to that white balance or that white point that you set. Now, this isn't going to work in this image because there's nothing really white. If I click on the green trees, for example, what's gonna happen is everything gets really pink and magenta ish. Because what we've told light room was that this green trees should be white. It should be neutral. It should be de saturated, and so it makes everything else pink. Accordingly, it drags it up that tint slider. I'm gonna under that with Command Z. If I click, say, I think my teeth are perfectly white. It z close, but everything gets a little bit too cool. So this is not a good example for this photo. Let's see if there's another photo with something that is more white. This one, I mean the color. The problem is that the white balance auto setting was really good for all of these photos . So you don't really need. I mean, this might be the best option if I click the eyedropper, click somewhere on the street right here. And that looks better. So if I do before, after and the reason why I clicked down here on the street rather than somewhere in the light right here, which is pure white, and you can see when I click that it says cannot set the white balance here. Please click on a darker, neutral area because if your images over exposed that's not necessarily white. That's just overexposed. And there's not really any information in that part of the image. Four. Light room to see and to use similar to down here on this photo if I click up here. Nope. It's too bright. It's over exposed. So you need something that is well exposed, white or gray to use this color picker if you are, you know, holding up a white piece of