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Four Ways to Adjust Lightroom Sliders

lightroomguy2020-06-03T18:35:25+00:00July 4th, 2017|Adobe Lightroom Classic, Developing, How To's, Video, YouTube|

Do you ever find yourself dreading the amount of time it takes to develop all the photos from your last trip? Well, you are not alone! Over and over again we hear from clients about how they avoid selecting and developing because of the shear number of photos they took. One of our solutions is to demonstrate how we take advantage of all the features that Lightroom has to offer. And one of them is, that there are four ways to adjust Lightroom sliders in the Develop module.

We know it sounds a little to simple but, knowing how to quickly …

Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts In Action

lightroomguy2020-06-05T21:03:10+00:00July 14th, 2015|Adobe Lightroom Classic, How To's, Keyboard shortcuts, Video, YouTube|

In an earlier post, I wrote about setting View Options – specific camera metadata you can view on your image thumbnails in Grid and Loupe Views (Shutter speed, F/Stop, Exposure, Date, Camera Serial #, etc.). It’s incredibly useful, especially learning what went right (or what went wrong!) with your image captures.

I use shortcuts all the time to turn the visibility of my metadata View Options on and off. But the Lightroom keyboard shortcuts I use in one module sometimes have a completely different function in another module. That’s because, unlike Photoshop, Lightroom appears to treat each module (Library, Develop, Map, Book, Slideshow, Print and Web) …

A Common Keyboard Shortcut Error in Lightroom

lightroomguy2020-06-05T21:04:28+00:00May 30th, 2015|Adobe Lightroom Classic, Keyboard shortcuts|


I love teaching keyboard shortcuts. But sometimes they come back to bite me. In this particular case, to help my students speed up their workflow, I teach them the keyboard shortcut of tapping the Y key in the Develop module for a preview of side-by-side before and after develop changes. Tap the Y again and you’re back in the Develop Loupe View. And here’s the common keyboard shortcut error in Lightroom: the T key is positioned right next to the Y key. And when T is unintentionally tapped instead of Y, you may not notice that it causes a change across all of …

Two Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts for Viewing Metadata

lightroomguy2020-06-05T21:04:23+00:00May 13th, 2015|Adobe Lightroom Classic, How To's, Keyboard shortcuts|

Here are two Lightroom keyboard shortcuts I use dozens of times every day. And they are:

#1. Tap the J Key in Grid View – Library Module

I set my Lightroom View Options in the Library to show specific photo metadata (Merriam Webster definition:data that provides information about other data) when I’m editing (paring down to the best of the best) in the Grid View. For me, it’s a learning experience. I get exposure information that tells me if I did something wrong (or right!) and see my capture time (important to me!). Expanded cells show me as much info as possible, including the …

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Lightroom reviews, tips and tutorials

Lightroom is Adobe's all-in-one photo organizing, RAW processing and editing tool. It can be used on its own or alongside Photoshop, which is designed for more complex editing and illustration work.

You can only get Lightroom as part of Adobe's various subscription plans. The Adobe Photography Plan page explains these in more detail.

There are now two versions of Lightroom, which makes things more complicated. Lightroom Classic CC is the more powerful 'traditional' version which use images stored locally on your computer. Lightroom CC is a newer, slimmed-down version that uses cloud-based storage where all your images are available everywhere. This Lightroom CC vs Lightroom Classic CC comparison explains the key differences.

Photoshop vs Lightroom: which program should you use and when?

by Life after Photoshop

Photoshop vs Lightroom, which is best? It’s not that simple, as anyone who uses them will know, because although there is some crossover (well, a lot of crossover), they have very different roles and very different strengths and weaknesses. One is not better than the other because it depends on what you want to do. […]

Filed Under: Featured, Lightroom, PhotoshopTagged With: Lightroom, Photoshop

Lightroom tone curves explained: Tone Curve vs Point Curve vs Target Curve adjustments

by Life after Photoshop

Curves adjustments are one of the key tools in photo editing, and Lightroom offers three ways of making curves adjustments. What’s more, the curves tools look different in Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC. Complicated? Not once it’s explained…

Filed Under: Featured, Lightroom, TutorialsTagged With: Channel, Curves, Darks, Highlights, Lightroom, Lights, Luma curve, Parametric curves, Point curve, S-shaped curve, Shadows, Targeted adjustment, Tone curve

Lightroom CC White balance tools explained

by Rod Lawton

White balance is one of the central image adjustments in any photo editing workflow. Here’s how the white balance tools in Lightroom CC work. 1 Edit button Click this to open the Edit tools sidebar. This is where most of Lightroom CC’s editing tools are found. 2 Color panel The Lightroom Edit panels expand and […]

Filed Under: Featured, Lightroom, TutorialsTagged With: As shot (white balance), Lightroom CC, Saturation, Temperature (white balance), Tint (white balance), Vibrance, White balance, White balance presets

Lightroom CC Profiles explained

by Rod Lawton

Lightroom CC offers a range of Presets and you can create or save your own. But Presets use a combination of editing tools and effects, while there is another, more basic adjustment you can make to the look of your photos with Profiles. Profiles have been around in Lightroom for some time, but it’s only […]

Filed Under: Featured, Lightroom, TutorialsTagged With: Lightroom CC, LUTs, Profiles

Lightroom CC Geometry panel explained

by Rod Lawton

Lightroom comes in two versions. Lightroom Classic CC, the ‘desktop’ version, is probably the most popular, especially amongst long-term Lightroom users, but Lightroom CC has a lot to commend it. On the downside, it means paying extra for Adobe Creative Cloud storage – the 20GB with the regular Photography Plan is not enough, and the […]

Filed Under: Featured, Lightroom, TutorialsTagged With: Constrain Crop, Geometry (Lightroom), Guided Upright (Lightroom), Lightroom CC, Perspective correction, Transform, Upright tool (Lightroom)

Did Lightroom Classic just get faster?

by Rod Lawton

Adobe’s August 2019 updates brought a number of new features and improvements to Lightroom Classic, including Accelerated image-editing with GPU support, the ability to organize collections with color labels, support for new cameras and lenses, and other enhancements such as PNG export and batch merge for HDR and panoramas. Hidden away in this information was […]

Filed Under: Featured, Lightroom, NewsTagged With: Lightroom

Capture One vs Lightroom: which is best?

by Rod Lawton

Capture One vs Lightroom: how do choose between these two programs? Here are they key differences, broken down section by section.

Filed Under: Capture One, Featured, LightroomTagged With: Capture One, Lightroom

Lightroom CC vs Lightroom Classic

by Life after Photoshop

The name is the same, but despite the apparent similarities, these are two very different programs. So what are the key differences between Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC, and how do you choose which one to use?

Filed Under: Lightroom, ReviewsTagged With: AI (artificial intelligence), Lightroom, Sensei (Adobe)

Lightroom HDR: how the HDR Merge tool works

by Rod Lawton

The Lightroom HDR merge option has been around for a while, so how does it work and how does it compare to a dedicated HDR tool?

Filed Under: Lightroom, TutorialsTagged With: HDR, Lightroom

How to change Lightroom’s default processing

by Rod Lawton

The default processing for camera RAW files in Lightroom is a reasonable start but quite often you find yourself making the same adjustments time and time again for specific cameras. I get that particularly with my Fujifilm X30. It’s a few years old now and has a pretty small sensor that’s prone to noise, but […]

Filed Under: Lightroom, TutorialsTagged With: Lightroom, Noise reduction, Profiles

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Adobe Lightroom

Photo editing and management software

Adobe Lightroom (officially Adobe Photoshop Lightroom) is a family of image organization and image manipulation software developed by Adobe Systems for Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and tvOS (Apple TV). It allows importing/saving, viewing, organizing, tagging, editing, and sharing large numbers of digital images.[4] Unlike Photoshop, Lightroom's edits are always non-destructive by keeping the original image and the edits applied to it saved separately. Despite sharing its name with Adobe Photoshop, it cannot perform many Photoshop functions such as doctoring (adding, removing or altering the appearance of individual image items), rendering text or 3D objects on images, or modifying individual video frames. Lightroom is not a file manager like Adobe Bridge. It cannot operate on files unless they are imported into its database first, and only in recognized image formats.

Initially, Adobe Lightroom was one product only. But as of 2017, it has become a family of products consisting of Lightroom Classic, Lightroom (desktop), and Lightroom Mobile. While similar, these two products have significant differences, mainly in how they store images and interact with Adobe's cloud storage offering, and in feature parity.


Lightroom Classic [5]is focused on the following workflow steps:

Similar in concept to the 'Organizer' in Adobe Photoshop Elements and other image organizers, this module imports and exports images, creates image collections, organizes images by their metadata, and adds ratings to them. Library is the gateway into Lightroom.
Supports non-destructive editing of images en masse. This module is more for retouching, i.e., enhancing and improving digital photographs, including changing color balance, improving tone, removing red-eye effect, sharpening, reducing noise, cropping, straightening or converting to black-and-white. It cannot create or edit non-photographic images (such as drawings, symbols, line arts or diagrams or maps), or render text or 3D objects. It has very limited photo doctoring features. TIFF, JPEG, PSD (Photoshop), PNG, CMYK (edited in RGB color space) and raw image formats are supported.[6] It has several standard presets for color correction or effects, and supports sharing custom presets online. Another often used feature in the Develop module is the ability to synchronize edits from one selected photo to the whole selection.
Added in Lightroom 4, it facilitates geographically organizing photos based on embedded or manually added geolocation data (since end of 2018 this is no longer supported for up to Lightroom CC 2015.x / Lightroom 6.x).[7]
Added in Lightroom 4, it allows creating photobooks.
Allows creating slideshows from any number of photos, to which music or a background can be added.
Prints images. Printing parameters such as layout and orientation can be adjusted.
Creates a web gallery for website owners. Several templates to influence layout are available.

Tethered Capture Support for many popular Nikon and Canon DSLRs.[8]


Lightroom release timeline

In 1999, veteran Photoshop developer Mark Hamburg began a new project, code-named Shadowland (a reference to the 1988 KD Lang music album of same name[9]). Hamburg contacted Andrei Herasimchuk, former interface designer for the Adobe Creative Suite, to start the project.[10] It was an intentional departure from many of Adobe's established conventions. Forty percent of Photoshop Lightroom is written in the scripting language Lua. In 2002, Hamburg left the Photoshop project and in fall of the same year he sent a first experimental software sample, name PixelToy, to his former teammate Jeff Schewe for review; in 2003, Hamburg presented Schewe a first version of Shadowland in a very early UI version.[9] After a few years of research by Hamburg, Herasimchuk, Sandy Alves (the former interface designer on the Photoshop team), and Grace Kim (a product researcher at Adobe), the Shadowland project accelerated around 2004. However, Herasimchuk chose to leave Adobe Systems at that time to start a Silicon Valley design company. Hamburg then chose Phil Clevenger, a former associate of Kai Krause, to design a new look for the application.[10]

Photoshop Lightroom's developers work mostly in Minnesota, comprising the team that had already created the program Adobe ImageReady. Troy Gaul, Melissa Gaul, and the rest of their crew (reportedly known as the "Minnesota Phats"[11]), with Hamburg, developed the architecture behind the application. George Jardine was the product manager.[10]

Beta development[edit]

On January 9, 2006, an early version of Photoshop Lightroom, formerly named only Lightroom, was released to the public as a Macintosh-only public beta, on the Adobe Labs website. This was the first Adobe product released to the general public for feedback during its development. This method was later used in developing Adobe Photoshop CS3.

On June 26, 2006, Adobe announced that it had acquired the technology of Pixmantec, developers of the Rawshooter image processing software.[12]

Further beta releases followed. Notable releases included Beta 3 on July 18, 2006, which added support for Microsoft Windows systems. On September 25, 2006, Beta 4 was released, which saw the program merged into the Photoshop product range, followed by a minor update on October 19, which was released as Beta 4.1.

Version 1.0[edit]

On January 29, 2007, Adobe announced that Lightroom would ship on February 19, 2007, list priced at $299 US, £199 UK.

Lightroom v1.x is not updated when an upgrade to v2 is installed; a new serial number is needed.

Version 2.0[edit]

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 Beta was advertised in official emails from Adobe in April 2008. New features included:

  • Localized corrections: edit specific parts of an image
  • Improved organization tools
  • Multiple monitor support
  • Flexible printing options
  • 64-bit support

The official release of Lightroom v2 was on July 29, 2008, along with the release of Adobe Camera Raw v4.5 and DNG Converter 4.5. Adobe added DNG Camera Profiling to both releases. This technology allows custom camera colour profiles, or looks, to be created and saved by users. It also allows profiles matching the creative styles built into cameras to be replicated. Adobe released a full set of such Camera Profiles for Nikon and Canon models, along with basic Standard Profiles for all supported makes and models, through Adobe Labs, at the same time as the Lightroom v2 release. This technology is open to all programs compliant with the DNG file format standard.

Version 3.0[edit]

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.0 beta was released on October 22, 2009. New features included:[13]

  • New chroma noise reduction
  • Improved sharpening tool
  • New import pseudo module
  • Watermarking
  • Grain
  • Publish services
  • Custom package for print

On March 23, 2010, Adobe released a second beta, which added the following features:

  • New luminance noise reduction
  • Tethered shooting for selected Nikon and Canon cameras
  • Basic video file support
  • Point curve

Although not included in any beta release, version 3 also contains built-in lens correction and perspective control.[14]

The final version was released on June 8, 2010 with no major new functions added. It had all the features included in the betas, added the lens corrections and perspective transformations, and a few more improvements and performance optimizations.

Version 4.0[edit]

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.0 was officially released on March 5, 2012 after being available in beta format since January 10, 2012.[15] It does not support Windows XP. New features included:

  • Highlight and shadow recovery to bring out detail in dark shadows and bright highlights
  • Photo book creation with templates[16]
  • Location-based organization to find and group images by location, assign locations to images, and display data from GPS-enabled cameras
  • White balance brush to refine and adjust white balance in specific areas of images
  • Added local editing controls to adjust noise reduction and remove moiré in targeted areas
  • Extended video support to organize, view, and make adjustments and edits to video clips
  • Video publishing tools to edit and share video clips on Facebook and Flickr
  • Soft proofing to preview images when printed with color-managed printers
  • Email from within Lightroom

Version 5.0[edit]

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.0 was officially released on June 9, 2013 after being available in beta format since April 15, 2013.[17] The program needs Mac OS X 10.7 or later, or Windows 7 or 8. Some of the changes include:

  • Radial gradient to highlight an elliptical area
  • Advanced healing-cloning brush to brush the spot removal tool over an area
  • Smart previews to allow working with offline images
  • The ability to save custom layouts in the Book module
  • Support of PNG files
  • Support of video files in slideshows
  • Various other updates, including automatic perspective correction and enhancements to smart collections

An update to Version 5, 5.4 allows syncing a collection to Lightroom Mobile App released for iPad on April 8, 2014.

Version 6.0[edit]

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 2015 (version 6.0) was officially released on April 21, 2015.[18] The program needs OS X 10.8 or later, or Windows 7 or 8. It is the first release of Lightroom to only support 64-bit operating systems. New features include:

  • HDR Merge
  • Panorama Merge
  • Performance improvements, GPU acceleration
  • Facial recognition
  • Advanced video slideshows
  • Filter Brush

Lightroom 6.7 increased the minimum version of macOS required to OS X 10.10.[19]

Apple TV[edit]

On July 26, 2016, Adobe launched Lightroom on Apple TV, a means of displaying photographs on a large screen using Apple's network appliance and entertainment device.[20]

Development branches[edit]

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC (unofficially: version 7.0) was officially released on October 18, 2017. It is the first version of Lightroom that is not available with a perpetual license (one-time purchase price); instead, it must be licensed through a monthly subscription model, with the fee initially set at US$9.99/month. Once the user stops paying the monthly fee, the program will be limited to viewing existing catalogs, without the ability to apply further changes to images.

Adobe Lightroom CC is the new online cloud-based version of Adobe's Lightroom application and can be installed alongside Lightroom Classic CC. It is included in the same US$9.99/month photography plan, but has limited editing features in comparison to Lightroom Classic CC. It can be installed on desktops, laptops, iPad and mobile. Lightroom CC has the ability to sync developed photos easily between a laptop, iPad and mobile devices, which is the major difference between both applications.[21] Its user interface is also more similar to that of Adobe's mobile version of the applications.

Adobe Lightroom Classic CC[edit]

This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it.(May 2020)
  • Version 9.3 (June 16, 2020; 2 months ago (2020-06-16)) [22]

In June 2020, Adobe released an update to Lightroom Classic, with improved features. These features were focused on Performance Improvements, UI Improvements, Local Hue Adjustment, ISO Adaptive Presets, Centered Crop Overlay, New Default Presets, and New Camera and Lens Support.

With the new Local Hue Adjustment feature, one can now make subtle tweaks to a specific hue in only a localized region your image, without that change applying to the entire image .[23]

Adobe Lightroom CC[edit]

This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it.(May 2020)
  • Version 3.3 (June 16, 2020; 2 months ago (2020-06-16)) [24]

Market share[edit]

According to 2009 statistics from research company InfoTrends, released by Adobe Systems product manager John Nack, of the 1,045 North American professional photographers who were interviewed, 37.0% used Lightroom, 6.3% used Aperture, and 57.9% used the Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in. Of Macintosh users, 44.4% used Lightroom and 12.5% used Aperture.[25]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^"Lightroom Classic CC system requirements". Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  3. ^"Lightroom CC system requirements". Retrieved 2019-03-16.
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  7. ^"Map view not available in the Map module".
  8. ^"Light Room 3 now supports tethered capture for Nikon D7000". Blog[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ abThe Digital Negative, Book by Jeff Schewe
  10. ^ abcJeff Schewe (January 9, 2006). "The Shadowland/Lightroom Development Story". Archived from the original on 11 January 2006. Retrieved 2006-01-09.
  11. ^Jeff Schewe (January 9, 2006). "Announcing Adobe Lightroom". Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-29.
  12. ^Adobe (June 26, 2006). "Adobe buys RawShooter engine". Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  13. ^"Lightroom 3 Beta announced". October 22, 2009. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  14. ^"Preview of Lens Correction Solution for Camera Raw 6 and Lightroom 3".
  15. ^"Lightroom 4 beta now available".
  16. ^"Another lay out for an Amazon Kindle Photo eBook using only Lightroom 4". Blog[permanent dead link]
  17. ^"Lightroom 5 now available".
  18. ^"Adobe – Creative Cloud Photography update".
  19. ^"Lightroom CC 2015.7 now available", Adobe Systems, 20 September2016.
  20. ^Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge. "Adobe launches Lightroom for Apple TV." July 26, 2016. August 8, 2016.
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  23. ^"Adobe Lightroom vs. Lightroom Classic". Elopement Presets. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
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