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Adobe Lightroom Classic: 15 Tips To Improve Your Photography Today!

teacher avatar Tom Kai, Photographer and Graphic Designer

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Auto Tone


    • 3.

      Edit With Your Histogram


    • 4.

      Grid Overlays


    • 5.

      Lights Out


    • 6.

      Straight Horizons


    • 7.

      Before and After


    • 8.



    • 9.

      Radial Filter


    • 10.

      RGB Tone Curve


    • 11.



    • 12.

      Luminance Tool


    • 13.

      Virtual Copies


    • 14.

      Staying Organized


    • 15.

      Bulk Editing


    • 16.

      Consistent Style


    • 17.

      Bonus Tip: Identity Plate


    • 18.

      Final Thoughts


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Learn 15 amazing Tips and Tricks to improve the workflow and efficiency of your photography. At the end of this course, you will have learned 15 great tips to make your life as a photographer easier, you may even learn a few things about Lightroom that you never knew before!

I am Tom Kai, A professional photographer and graphic designer with an incredible passion for creating. I've been working in the creative field for the past 10 years and in that time I've learned a lot of useful information that I want to share with YOU! I am excited to help you to learn about "Adobe Lightroom Classic: 15 Tips To Improve Your Photography Today! If you want to see more of my work, I encourage you to check out my website HERE or feel free to follow me over on instagram @therealtomkai or you can just click HERE

This class is designed for those starting out in photography or for those who may already be established and want to learn a few new tips to improve their workflow and efficiency because in our industry, time is money and the more time you are able to save, the more clients you can get, the more work you can do, and the more money you can make. This course is in depth enough for those familiar with Lightroom, but also beginner friendly as I walk through my whole process, I am sure you will be able to follow along. I will be walking you through some shortcuts and tricks that I've learned over the years that have helped me improve my own workflow and the quality of my edits. 

This course is made using the classic version of Lightroom, however the principles and skills taught in this course can and will apply to other versions as well. You can also download a free trial of Adobe Lightroom from

In this course you will learn:

  • How to improve your workflow
  • How to become more efficient at editing photos
  • New techniques for editing photos
  • Tips about Lightroom that you may not have known before!
  • Shortcuts that can save you hours!

* All stock images in this course were provided by Signature Edits, Feel free to check out their website for more awesome free raw images to practice your photo editing skills! You can check them out HERE

If you liked this course, I encourage you to check out this other lightroom course that I made!

Also head over to my website to get your own presets that I made! They're cheaper than a cup of coffee! So head over and check it out HERE

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Tom Kai

Photographer and Graphic Designer


Hello there! My name is Tom and I have been in the creative field for the past 10 years! Over that time I have come to be very well versed in the whole adobe suite but especially photoshop and lightroom! 

I work mainly as a graphic designer and photographer but I also spend a lot of time helping clients and companies revamp their branding, create stunning advertisement material and provide them with a fresh set of creative eyes to solve their creative problems. 

Here on skillshare I will be teaching you what I wish I was taught a decade ago when starting out, from the basics of tools and their hidden features, to the more complex aspects of various content creation both for yourself and for potential clients. 

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1. Introduction: As a photographer, your time is important. You do not want to be spending hours editing photos and the time that you do spend editing, you want to be spent in the most efficient way possible because efficiency means more content and more potential earnings from clients. I want to welcome you to this course on Adobe Lightroom classic 15 tips to improve your photography today. My name is Tom Chi and I've been a photographer and graphic designer for almost 12 years now. I'm from the United States and I traveled around shooting photos from various clients and companies specializing in fashion and lifestyle and commercial photography. To see my work head over to my website at www dot the real-time or looking up on Instagram at the real Tom Chi. When I first started out in photography, I'll admit that I did not do things in the most efficient way. I would spend hours editing my photos and my organization was pretty much nonexistent, and that's the result I lost out on potential opportunities. However, in time, I learned tips and tricks that took my photography to the next level and then have me work with some major companies. Today, we're going to have a lot of fun. We will be going over 15 tips and tricks within Lightroom. Now you can start using today to take your editing and workflow to the next level, from organizational tools within Lightroom to hidden features you may not even know existed. I hope to teach you the things that blew my mind when I learned it for the first time and that have since a vastly improved my photos. This course is essentially for anyone wanting to take their editing to the next level. Maybe you're frustrated with your workflow taking too long to edit your photos. Or maybe you're having trouble with knowing even where to start with your edits because it can be quite daunting. Well, this course is for you and I'm super excited to share with the all that I know. I really hope you decide to enroll in this course. And if you do, I will be seeing you in the very next video. 2. Auto Tone: So the first step that I'm going to be sharing with you today is the automoton feature of Lightroom. This is a feature that it was tall is a bad one to use. However, it can be a great tool to use to get started with your edit. So we're here in Lightroom. If you haven't already, make sure you download all these images, there'll be in the course material for you to download. So let's use our first image and let's head over to the Develop tab. Now, this image is a looking, alright, the whites of the image are little bit higher because of this part, but it's not too bad overall. However, let's click Auto here. And Lightroom is gonna use its computer AI technology to figure out what would make this image look the best. So we see it pulls down the highlights a lot cuz the shadows up. I've liked it down a little bit and changes of vibrance and saturation. Now this is a great place to start. You can go ahead and make changes. But if we look at the before and after, you can click the y and y down here. You can see it's made some changes to our image, which is very nice. There can be a really great place for you to get started with your Edit. And this doesn't mean you have to use the auto edit as your final edit. You can go back and adjust the different settings. I might want to bring the blacks further down. I might want to bring the highlights backup even. And if you go down, you might see some other things might have been changed, but they might not. You might decide you want to put some split toning into this image, which you can if you want. So it's a very customizable and it gives you a good place to start. Number one for you is do not be afraid to use Auto to get started with your edits. 3. Edit With Your Histogram: All right, tip number two is to edit with a histogram is a really great feature to use and it's going to help you understand the histogram a lot better. So let's use our second image over here. And let's go over to our Develop tab, right, nice nicely. Our histogram lives up here in the top right of our Develop tab. And you can adjust all five areas. There's going to be five areas here we have the blacks of our image, we have the shadows, exposure, highlights and whites. And you can click on each one of these areas and drag them left or right to change it in your image. So let's go ahead and pull the exposure down. All I'm doing is clicking and dragging left. And as you see, I immediately pulled all of the exposure down and we can see the change being made down here as well. And it basic Develop tab. So let's go back up here and do a few more changes. I might want to bring the shadows up a little bit. Very nice. And we can see that a lot of the blues in our image lie in the shadow section. Now I might want to bring highlights up a little bit. And I might want to mom to bring the blacks down just out some more contrast to our image right now. So let's look at our before and after for this. And you see just by messing around with the histogram and little bit bringing it all more to the middle has really bumped up the contrast in the image really made it look a little bit better in my opinion. And it's a really great tool to help you understand for all the different parts of the light, the highlights and shadows of whites and blacks will lie in your image. You can really look at this and learn, and it's going to help you with your editing a lot. So let's go back into loop you and let's keep going with our third tip. 4. Grid Overlays: Tip number three, we're going to go over grid overlays. Now everyone knows when you crop an image, you can click the Crop Overlay or you can just hit are on your keyboard and change the different aspect ratios. But did you know you can change what this grid looks like. It doesn't have to be this three by three square. All you have to do is press o on your keyboard. And it's going to cycle through a few different types of grids for you. So as you see, we have a two-by-two one with a central focal point. So this can really help you find different focal points to your image. Not the one that I am the biggest fan of. If we keep cycling through here is, is this one the Fibonacci spiral? So the Fibonacci or golden spiral is pretty much built from a series of squares and curves connecting those squares. And what it does, it leads the eye through the image. So this is supposed to help guide the eye going to this one central focal point. But this isn't in the right place, is it? You can hit shift. Oh, and it's going to rotate that through your image. So let's say that I want to have this man be in this part of my image. I now have that there. And I can adjust the crop of my image and bring him closer to the centre. So we can play around with the crop here. Let's pull that down. So now we have this line of his path and going in towards him and you can hit done after that. And now this competition is a lot more pleasing to the eye. This line goes around here, and then it goes to him in the bottom left, a third of our image. And you can keep cycling through that. If we hit r and o, we can continue. And there are a few other ones which are really useful. So this overlay is going to show you different crops. So two by three ratio of five by seven or four by five. So this can show you what different crops would look like if you have it on Instagram, for example, an Instagram post as opposed and Instagram Story which are different ratios. Or on your website you can play around. He might want to have your image be a2 by three ratio on your website, or you might want it to be a four by five so you can play around and see which, which crop would look better for that. So let's keep hitting o. We have an far larger grid here, and then we're back to the original. So this is a fantastic tool that you can use to get some really good cropping, Dunning your image and help with the leading lines because that really helps to tie an image together and can really make or break an image because you're go with an image is to catch a person's attention. And if you're not able to keep them within your image, you're going to lose them. So having access to different kinds of grid overlays will really, really help you with your crops to make sure that your images are corrupt in the best possible way. Now, let's keep going. 5. Lights Out: My next tip for you is called lights out. Now what do you do when you want to just focus on the image and not pay attention to any of the other edits that you've made. Anything on the left here or anything done her, you just want to focus on the image and just analyze it and look at it. Well, a great and simple tool you can use is just by tapping on your keyboard. So if you tap L is going to take you into this dimmed light view as you see, everything on the edge here has dimmed out. So you can really pay attention and focus on your image to see if it's like you want it to look. Now if you hit L one more time on your keyboard, it's going to block everything out completely. It's going to blackout the whole screen and you're just going to have your image there. You can really analyze and look overseas. That's looking how you want it to look. Now, another thing you can do is you can change how much this dense. So now if we hit L, as you see it's fairly dim dot, we can adjust that. So let me cycle back to normal. And all you have to do is go to Edit. You go down to Preferences. And it's gonna open up this dialog box. Now what you're going to want to do is head over to interface up here in the middle. And then you're going to see lights out. So you can change the screen color. Have a go to a dark grey and medium gray, light gray or white if you would like. So for the example and have it go to a medium grey and that then level we can have it be from 90% to 50%. So let's have it be just 50%, and let's hit ok. So now when we have l, you see it's now a light gray and it's not deemed as much. If we hit l again, is gonna go to a light gray background. So that is one way in which you can isolate your image so that you can really analyze it, look at it to see if it's looking like how you want it to look, or just for you to admire and see your handiwork and how nicely you edited it. So let's keep going with some more tips. 6. Straight Horizons: So my next tip is going to help you get straight horizon lines every single time. This is really important if you're shooting anything really from landscape to urban city photography, even portraits can have backgrounds in the back that you want to make sure are completely level. So how are we going to do that? We have this image here. Let's go over it. It's our third image here. And let's go over to our Develop tab. And as you see, this horizon line is completely office very diagonal and is not looking too good. How are we going to do this? So your instinct might be to go into the crop overlay and then fiddle around with this trying to get it to be straight and you can get a fairly accurate line there. But what if you want it to be even better? Now I'm going to show you a very simple tool. It's right there in the crop crop tool here, carpal relate, and it is the angle tool, the straighten tool. And you can just click this and then you drag a line across your horizon line. You click that and automatically it's going to fix it to the correct angles. We have minus 2.22. I may not have gotten that angle just by messing around with this on my own. So let's hit done. And this crop is perfect now this is perfectly straight along the horizon and this image looks a lot better just because of that. So now you can get started with editing your image. You can hit auto like we did before and really start messing around with the colors in your image. 7. Before and After: All right, so you're going and making your edits. You're happy with your edit by honest see the before and after of your image. So first thing that you might want to do is go down here where you have the y n y and it's going to cycle between before and after views. Since a very nice, it's gonna show you the before and after, right next to each other. And you can cycle through this to look at it in a couple of different ways. And you see we have one above the other, one dissected in the middle, and then back to the first one. But what if you want to just hop between the before and after as the edit? Well, this is a tool that only started using recently and it's makes so much difference to my editing. It saved a lot of times. All you have to do is hit the backslash button on your keyboard. And it's going to show you the before of your image and you can toggle before and after. And you see in the top right here it says before when you're in the before view. So you can see what kind of edit and change that you're making. And this works for every single photo. So if we go back to some of the previous ones, you can hit the backslash again and toggle between the before and after to see how you edit is looking. And here's the first dimension that we were working with. I made some other tweaks to it. So if we hit the backslash again, we have the before and after. Now if you're wondering, I did edit all these three photos with the preset packs that I have created. If you want to buy those, head over to my website, www dot the real-time and pick up yours today. So that is tip number six, or really quick and easy way to look at the before and after images as you're editing in a very quick and efficient way. 8. Clipping: One thing that you want to avoid whenever you are editing is clipping the blacks and whites of your image. You do not want to have any of that in your image. So let's load up our fourth image here and let's go into our Develop tab. And now believe it or not, the human eye can lie to you. You might think your image looks good that the whites are exposed. Alright, it's not to blow now that the darks and lacks are alright, but they might not be. So all you have to do is hit j on your keyboard. And it's going to show in red where the highlights are clipping, where the whites are clipping actually. And the blues are going to show where the blacks are clipping. And you can fix that very easily, can do it down here or up here on your histogram like we did before. And just drag it back. And as you see, the blue points are slowly leaving. And you can also do that with the shadow. You can pull the shadows up and it can bring that out of the blue zone there. And same with the whites can bring that down, bring the highlights down as well. To really get rid of that. And then let's get rid of the rest of this here we might have to even play around with some exposure to our image. So let's put the exposure up ever so slightly. And you might end up with a little bit of clipping in your image and that is okay. So let's do that. And there you go. We've gotten rid of most of the clipping and our image. You can hit j again to toggle that off. And now I can go ahead and add more contrast and back into your image with your regular edit. So let me throw on a preset real quick. I'm going to choose my signature presets, which actually darkens the image quite a bit. And again, if we toggle J, we'll see now there's only a little bit of Highlight clipping. Everything else isn't looking fine. We see we have nothing clipping the blacks. So now all you can do here is just a, just a highlights a little bit, and you're good with your image. Ever really nice edit Maitreya image, and you are good to go. So do not be afraid to use j to look at where the image is clipping the blacks and the whites. Because you really want to avoid that because you get a lot of detailed back in those areas. So let's keep going to our next tip. 9. Radial Filter: Let's say that you have an edit that you're happy with. This image was edited with my preset vibes. But let's say you want to add a little vignette to your image. Now what most people might do is them, they might head down all the way down here. Want to go all the way down, has everything and people will end up going to affect Trajan, add some pulse crop vignetting. Now most people might add some vignetting in like so. It might change the midpoint and the roundness a little bit. Maybe even changed the feather to be softer. But this does not look very good, does it? Thought, let's turn that off for now. Let's go back to the original. And what we're gonna do is to add our own vignette, is we're going to use the radial filter tool. So you can hit Shift M or click this tool up here. And we're gonna make sure no settings are being applied. And we're going to drag a circle a little bit outside our image. Like so. Very nice. And we want the effect to be not on customer, we want it to be on exposure. We want to just exposure of the image. Now if you hover over, this is going to show you what area is being affected. So the outside of our images being affected. So if we bring the exposure down a little bit, we see everything else outside of that, if I go very extreme, is being affected. So again, a little bit goes a long way with this. So let's bring that down to about, let's go down just by one-stop. And here you can mess around with the different settings if you wanna make sure you're not crushing the shadows too much, we can bring those up a little bit. And very nice. And let's see if we want to add any color. I don't think we want to add any color. We just want to mess around with a vignette here. So let's hit done. And if we use a tool we used before for the before and after the backslash will see the before and after. There's a lot more focus on her face, on her eyes, especially without there being too obvious of a vignette to our image. Because vignettes content to be a little bit overdone and not done in a very nice way. So we want to be very subtle with our vignettes because it can really add a lot to our image and added good amount of focus to our image. So there is our next tip. 10. RGB Tone Curve: Our next tip has to do with the RGB section of our tone curve. Now in a lot of my editing, I used tone curve a lot. I use S curves on the tone curves to really add a lot of my images. And I'm going to show you how you can use an RGB parts of our tone curve to make some really cool edits to our image. So let's load up image number six here. Let's hit and develop. And we're gonna scroll down. We're not gonna edit anything for now. We're going to go down to our tone curve. You see you have this first section which is the parametric curve. And we have our point curve, and then we have our red channel or green channel and our blue channel. So let me show you just how much each of these blue, so the red channel will make her image more red or more cyan or green, whatever you wanna call that color. Let's say Control Z. To undo that, I'm just going to show you what these do for now and then we'll go through the edit in just a moment. Now the green channel will bring your colors closer to green or magenta. And the blue channel will bring it closer to blue or yellow. So let's start with our red channel and let's put in a slight S-curve. Okay, so let's bring the shadows down and the highlights up into the red area. Very nice. Let's go into our green channel. It's not looking that good right now, is it? Trust me, it's going to look better. Let's add some purple and let's pull the highlights, a backup towards the green. And let's go to our blue channel. Understanding very simple s-curves. Let's pull this down towards the yellow. And we're going to add a point, pulling the highlights back to the blue and look at that immediately. A lot more punch to our image. If we cycled between of a foreign after using the backslash, we see when from a rather flat looking image to a more cinematic magazine were the type of image. And you can go back and edit all of these points on my brain. And the dark point of this up to crush the blacks ever so slightly same actually with the red channel might do that a little bit on the red. Not too much. And you can get really specific and add as many points as you want along this curve. I tend to keep it very minimal. I usually at two or three points, sometimes I'll add a point to the middle just to make sure that I have the middleware I want it to be. And this is what I used to create a cinematic type of look in my image. I used the tone curve heavily on the action cinema preset that I have on my website. So if we go back to the blue channel, I'm going to add another point in the middle here as well. And there you go. We can toggle this on and off. We can toggle the before and after of our image. And that is a large change. And I'm really happy with that edit. And all we did was adjust the tone carbon and nothing else. And there you have this tip on using the RGB sections of our tone curve. Let's keep going. 11. Reset: Now let's say that you have your edit. I've edited this one using my preset in bloom. Let's say you want to reset this part of your image. Well, if you wanted to reset your image, most people would hit reset over here, and it would change it back to the original import version of your image. Now let's Control or Command Z. To undo that, we only want to reset just certain parts of it. Let's say we want to reset the split, toning 12x squared it without the split telling me. Now, one thing that you can do is you can just toggle this off, turn off the split toning, and as you see, it's taken out all of the pink and purple tones of our image. And now we can export this edit without the split toning. It's a very simple tip that not many people know. But you can really easily get a few different versions of one, edit, a few things on and off. So again, we can toggle the HSL slider off. We see it's changed some of the blues in the backgrounds and on her glasses. So we can export this as a version. Immediately. We have 23 versions of this one edit. And it doesn't apply to just colors. It can apply to the whole tone curve itself. So we can toggle the tone curve off. And we can export this width, the color adjustments, but without the tone curve being adjusted. So again, you can get very customizable with only one edit. You can get a couple of different versions exported out. And it can really help you get a few versions to show for a client work impulse to get all those likes online. And what are we really helpful as you continue editing? 12. Luminance Tool: Next step has to do with the luminance tool and a tool that not many people use because they might not understand it or they might be scared of it when it's a really, really effective way to give a lot of character to your image. So here we have an edit that I've applied to this image of a countryside view here, I've applied to wonder less preset to this image. And let's get down to our hue saturation luminance panel. And let's scroll down past all of the edits that I've made. So everyone knows the hue slider. You can change the colors in your image. Okay? So we have that everyone knows is saturation you increase or decrease the saturation of a specific color. So let's do that from the awkward or therefore the greener, it will be very noticeable. But what is luminance will essentially luminance adds white or black to a specific color in your image. So for example, let's look at our greens. I've zeroed out the green, OK, one blue because those are very present in this image. I'm going to show you the effects that it can have on the green. If we add white to it, we see in our image, all of this brightens up. If we add black to it, it darkens down. So I'm gonna darken a little bit. I'm gonna do luminance down there and fill the Aqua and blue. What I'm actually going to do is I'm going to pick this illuminance ticker is essentially picks out a color in your image and adjust the luminance of that color. I choose this part of the sky. I'd like to get a little more detail back in the sky. So you can click and start dragging up or down. If you drag it up, it's going to add white. If you drag it down, it's adding black. You can see in the blue and awkward in the luminance panel there being changed. So let me add a little bit of black to those colors. And that is looking a lot better, a lot punchier. So if we toggle this on and off, is going to toggle all of the adjustments that we've made. It's really added a lot of punch to our image. And Really given that a sense of grit and, and a bit of that HDR look that a lot of people have in their nature landscape photography. So let me add a little more of the darkness into the green. And it might even bring the luminance of the yellow down. A lot of the time trees and plant life have yellow in it. So you want to make sure that you're adjusting as well as a green when you're adjusting this. So again, you can click this to toggle the color selector off. And then if we talk to them before and after with our backslash, we have the before and the after. A lot more character to this after image. So let's get going to our next tip. 13. Virtual Copies: Now we have one of my favorite tips that I use every single time that I edit, and that is the use of virtual copies. Virtual copies is one of the best things you can do because it allows you to get multiple edits of one single photo without taking up extra space on your computer. What virtual copies does it creates a virtual copies, not real copies of your image of virtual copies. And it lets you get multiple edits of a single photo. So let's do that for this photo that I've edited, I've applied the wanderlust preset to this as well as some other changes. But let's say I want to have three different versions of this edit. So all you do is you right-click on the image down here and you click create virtual copy. And you're going to see it says virtual copy one created and this one is called copy one. Now let's go back to the original and let's do create virtual copy again. So we have two copies of our original image. And now you can go ahead and add any kind of other edit that you want. So let me add, let's choose one that looks good. I'm going to choose, I'm going to choose action camera out kind of like the tones in this image. And then for this one, let's, let's try. Let's try my signature edit. And I'm going to reduce some of the highlights of this and the whites and bring that down ever so slightly as well as exposure. So now within a few seconds, I now have three edits of one photo. So we can scroll through these and see the three different looks that we have. And I can choose one that I like the best for my Instagram or for my website. I might decide that this one looks better than the original. And then I can go ahead and export this. And it's a very simple to do. So this tip is one that I really, really hope that you do because it's gonna give you so many more options for your edits. 14. Staying Organized: One of the most important things when it comes to editing your photos is staying organized. Staying organized is something that I did a lot of trouble with when I first started out because I did not know all the different ways that you can actually state organized when editing your photos. So let's say for example, you're looking through your photos and you're on your first image here. And you're looking through your photos. So one thing you can do is set a rating for each of your photos. Pressing one through five on your keyword is going to give it a one star, two star, three star, four or five. And we can see that over here being applied as well as down here onto our image. So if we go back into this view, we see this image now has a five-star value. So this is a great way you can go through your images quickly and decide what you want to rate each one. So let's say this one, I wanted to be rated five. This one I might decide it's a for this one, it might not be too happy with it. I'll put it down to three. So you can really quickly go through your images and decide what you like and what you don't like. So within a matter of minutes, I can go through and organize all of these images to see what I like. I can decide these two other edits that I did earlier just for I like the original one, I give that a five and this night times the doctor who let's say I want to give it a two. Then what you can do is in this view, you can filter it to show by rated items. So this first, sorry, is going to show one star and higher images. This is going to show two star and hire three. And as you see slowly images are starting to leave for certain higher. So if you want to see just your five-star images that you like the most, you can click that and look immediately I have the four images that I liked the most ready to go. And that is not the only way that you can label your photos. So let's go back and let's do filters off for now. Now let's say you have another method of labeling your images. Let's say I want to enable them by color. So you can press six through nine on your keyboard to label them red, yellow, green, and blue. And this is more noticeable again in this V over here, where there is a border that goes around your images. Now you're unable to get the purple color label using the keyboard here. So you'd have to set that manually by. You can get these first four just using six through nine on your keyboard. So what I'd like to do is I choose the images that I liked the most. So for example, let's say I wanted to make the image green. So I'm going to hit eight because that's an image that I want to post. So I keep going. I might decide this one I maybe want to post. So I'm gonna give that a seven, which is labeling it yellow. So now you can go through and decide on all my images. I might say red, not gonna post that. I might want to pause this, I might want to post this image. I might be on the fence about this. So you can really quickly go through your images, decide what you want to post, or for whatever other reason you can color label your images. I'll give that one a green, I'll give this one a yellow, a yellow, a green. And I don't want to post this at all. And again, you can turn the filter's on, go down to the rated, and this time you can filter by color. So if I only want to see the green images, these are the images that I've decided that I wanted to export and pulse-like and select all of these. Click export. And I have all my ready to go in a very organized way. And then I can go to my maybe images, unselect the green only show the yellow. And then I can see and take a second look at these images to decide on what I want to pause. And maybe I might go back to my red flagged images and decide, you know what, I might actually want to post this image. So that is a fantastic way you can keep organized. And the other advantage of having your images categorize an organized in this way is if you're showing them to your clients. So for example, let me remove all the color ratings from our images here. So I'm just gonna go through and really quickly remove all the color ratings that we've made before. It's gonna take just a second. This is a very quick thing to do, which is why I like it so much. And let's say you're showing your images to your client. You're going through your images and any image that they like. You can hit P on your keyboard, just the letter P, and it's going to flag that picture. So the client may decide they like this image. So you keep going. They may say, flag that one. They might really like this image and this image, and it might really like this image. So then he comes back to your computer after you've met with your client and you want to just send them the images that they've picked because you've used p, all the images have already been picked. But you can filter all of those out again. So you can go up here and choose just the images that are flagged. And there you have five images that your client has picked out and you can just export it and send it over to them right there. And right then. So staying organized is going to be super crucial for you in your editing to make sure that you can find the images that you want, but that they are categorized in the way that you want. And that if you're meeting with a client, they can really showcase your work to them in a very easy and coherent wave. Now, let's keep going with a few more tips. 15. Bulk Editing: One of the biggest time savers that I found when it comes to editing photos is bulk editing, editing everything at once. Now how do you do that? Let's do it for all of these images showing. So let's find this first image. And let's say I like this Edit and I want to apply to everything. So let's head over to our Develop tab. And it is incredibly, incredibly simple. So with your original image selected, You're gonna shift click on all the images that you want to edit with that same look, and you're going to hit Sync. Now the synchronized Settings tab is going to come up. You're essentially going to want to make sure that everything is checked here. If you don't want to mess with anything, you'd want to keep everything as it is. So what we're going to do that but you want to make sure that everything is check. Let's make sure treatment and profile is checked. White bones, basic tone. You don't really want to change anything. The only thing you might want to change might be local adjustments, but I'm going to keep that on with our brush. So let's hit synchronize. And Lightroom is going to take a second to apply that to all of our images. So now if you hit control or command D, it's going to de-select everything. And now we can go through one by one and see that that same Edit husband all of our images. And it's helped them to have a more unifying look for some images and might not work. You might have to still tweak things a little bit. So for example, for this one, I might want to bring up the shadows and the saturated ever so slightly, but it's still keeping the same Edit applied to everything. So let's keep going through our images as applied it to this image, to this portrait that we edited earlier. And it's looking fairly decent applied to all of these images. Again, for this one, I might want to bring the saturation down a little bit. And I might want to bring some of these colors up. So again, you can still customize everything after you've done this. Let's do that for this Edit. And I just want to make sure that all of these are looking good. Amount at a little bit of contrast back to this image and cool it down ever so slightly. Like so. I'm happy with this one. I will bring the lights down just a little bit because I see that it was clipping ever so slightly. And then our last dimension, it's a little dark, but let us bring the shadows up. Just a touch. So now we've applied this one edit to everything. And a matter of seconds, literally took a few seconds to click the first image, select all of them, and then sync the same Edit. This is especially useful if you have multiple images from the same photo shoot. So for example, if in this photo shoot that I have right in front of us here had, let's say, 10205000 photos or with the same lighting, the same subject matter, same conditions. You can cite one image, select all of them, and apply the same Edit throughout every single photo is gonna save you so much time in contact to edit each image individually. And it's gonna be a fantastic thing for you to use as a photographer going forward. Now, let's go on to our last tip. 16. Consistent Style: My last tip for you has to do with the importance of having a consistent style. As much as you want to have different color tones and different looks to each image, it's not going to look good if you have it on your website or your Instagram feed, because it's not gonna look cool. He says it's not going to be a consistent style. So let's look at the images that we've edited today. As you see, these are the edits that I made before I did the sinking to all of the edits and afraid that the bulk editing that we did in the previous tip, as you see, these images have vastly different color tones. We have some that are more grungy, more darker, more, more saturated, more in your face, more muted and red tones, more darker, Moody green and cool tones. This is a very inconsistent what I like to do. I'd like to turn the size of the thumbnails up so that it's a three-by-three because this, for me kind of imitates what Instagram would look like my Instagram feed because I've mindset to three-by-three grid. So if you scroll down, you'll see there's no consistent cohesive style in these images when it comes to editing. And as much as you might think, this looks better in this particular style over another style, it's very important to make sure that you do keep it in one particular style. Now, let's head back. I'm gonna make the thumbnail smaller again. And I'm gonna go over here to another collection of images that I have where all of these have the same Edit applied to all of them. Let's look at that, shall we? And immediately, these images look a lot more cohesive, even though that they're from different shoots, different subject matter from landscape to portrait, they all have the same Edit applied to it. The same amount of shadows ring brought up to give it that faded look. And this was a lot more cohesive if we make the thumbnails for this large, again, if you're scrolling through this person's Instagram, you would think that they have a fairly consistent editing style across their images. It's a very similar throughout all of them. So if we compare the two, let me make the thumbnail smaller again. We can see just how disorganized and this may be, in my opinion, the edit for this particular image looks better in this group of images. However, if this edit would not look good on this image, and as much as I don't want to, having the same Edit applies to everything. We'll make sure that everything has a cohesive feel to it. And that is really important because if you're pitching yourself to a brand, to a company, to a client, they're going to look at your photos, everything that you've done, and they won't realize if you do not have one look across all your images because when they hire you, we want you for your particular style. So if they don't see that, they're going to move on to someone who does have a particular style that catches their fancy. And I have a surprise for you. I'm going to give you one bonus tip in the next video. So let's get to it. 17. Bonus Tip: Identity Plate: I'm gonna give you guys one more bonus tip. And that's not really going to help you with your workflow with their editing at all, but it can add a little personal touch to your Lightroom. And I've gotten a few questions about this in some previous courses and in some comments over on my Instagram, which if you aren't following, you should definitely follow me at the real time chi. But my tip is on how to customize this nameplate up here at the top. The way you can do that is you head. And it is very, very simple. You go down to identity plate setup. This is where you can change the size of the font and what texts is written here. So I can have this be whatever your name is, your name can be under put John Doe for now. It can be John Doe photography. So when you're showcasing or work to a client, you're whole Lightroom can look a lot more professional despite having your name. So let me put my name back there and you can change the font. I have mindset to the specific one, but if I want, I can make it, I can make it be Vogue. I can make it be anything that I want. So I'm gonna put it back to what I had. And they can change it to be regular Bold. The telephone doesn't have those variations that you can easily adjust that and you can change the size of it. And you can also use a graphical identity play. If you have an image that you would want a logo, you can use that here. So again, you can click this. You can click and drag an image into this space. And doesn't want you to use images that have transparency. So this is going to be P&G type of images for the most part, that'll be the best to use in my opinion. But you can add your local here if you would like. But I use a styled text identity plate but my name, so you can add your name in there. And you can also change this section up here. If I want to change the font for that, let's see, I want that to be quicksand. There we go. Talking a lot slicker, a lot cleaner, more consistent with the style that I have. And again, I can make that bold if I would want. I'm going to keep that regular for now. And you can change the size of the font as well. You can also change the color. So for example, if I want the text to be a bright neon green, I don't know why you'd want it to be bright neon green, but it might be for your brand. Let's hit OK. And now all the other tabs that are not selected will be that color. You can also select the color for your main text. So for that to be a magenta, we can hit okay, and now this looks very horrendous, but you can also change the color of your name over here, but I'm going to leave that and I'm going to actually revert all of this back to what I had before. So I'm just go white here. And this was a light gray color. We can hit OK there. And they can just hit OK and it saves your settings to what you wanted to. So there's a little bonus tip for you. And in the next video we're going to wrap this course up. So let's get to it. 18. Final Thoughts: And there you haven't, you've made it through my course on Adobe Lightroom classics, 15 tips to improve your photography today. I hope that you've learned a lot today, tips and tricks that you can apply to speed up your workload to be even more efficient to improve the quality of your edits and to ultimately land you more clients. I would like to mention that I am selling presets right now for a special introductory price over on my website. So head over to www dot and the real-time forward slash resets to get your presets today. And these are presets that I use in this course and U2 can use in your edits. If you've enjoyed this course, I encourage you to leave a review and rating as that helps me out and feel free to check out my teacher page, to check out other Lightroom and Photoshop courses that I've made, ranging from beginner courses all the way to mastery level courses. And it's been a pleasure teaching you today and I hope to see you again in a future course. Take it easy.