Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4

Over 10 hours of training covering the fundamentals and new features of Lightroom 4
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  • Lectures 83
  • Length 9.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2013 English

Course Description

This complete training program from Adobe Press and video2brain combines over 10 hours of exceptional video training to teach you the fundamentals of Adobe Lightroom 4 as well as the basic principles of image processing and management. Award-winning photographer and teacher Mikkel Aaland walks you through the main features of the program, showing you how to import images, apply keywords, and create Collections; then moving on to the Develop module, where you use sophisticated controls to bring out the best in each image. Mikkel also shows you how to export your photos to print, the Web, or to other media. The course includes extensive coverage of what’s new in Lightroom 4 such as the Map and Book modules, and vastly improved image processing engine.

What are the requirements?

  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4

What am I going to get from this course?

  • To introduce viewers to basic concepts and workflows in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4

Who is the target audience?

  • Photographers looking to incorporate Photoshop Lightroom into their workflow
  • People curious about what Lightroom is and how to use it

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Section 1: Introduction to Lightroom 4
This chapter will provide you with an overview of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, including an overall look at the software, an overview of the new features in version 4, and guidance on configuring Lightroom.
This video introduces Lightroom as an all-in-one solution designed for photographers from the ground up.
This video provides an overview of what's new in Lightroom 4.
Lightroom is organized in a way that makes it easy to progress through a logical workflow with your images. In this lesson we'll explore the structure of the Lightroom workspace so you can get up and running quickly.
Section 2: Project Explorations
Camera phones are now capable of taking perfectly good photos, and many of you will want to import these images into Lightroom so you can take advantage of Lightroom's powerful features. In this lesson you'll see how to do this with an iPhone connected to a computer via a USB cable.
In this video you'll see how easy it is to trim a video, set a new poster frame, apply a Quick Develop adjustment, and then upload the finished video to Facebook.
This project exploration shows you how easy it is to work efficiently by making multiple copies of the same image and applying different develop settings to each, without using a lot of extra storage space. You'll also see how to place multiple copies in a Lightroom stack and how to work efficiently with snapshots.
This Project Exploration provides a basic overview of the new process version choices available in Lightroom 4.
Section 3: Importing Your Photos
This video shows you how to import existing image files from a hard drive or memory card into Lightroom.
When you are working in the Lightroom Import dialog box, if you copy or move files from a source, you need to select a destination for the files and decide on a file structure. In this video you'll learn the best way to do this.
In this video we'll look at the choices you have when it comes to the way Lightroom handles previews, duplicates, and backups of your image files.
Digital cameras generate their own unique filenames, but if you are moving or copying files with Lightroom you can create custom filenames. In this video you'll see how to do this, as well as how to create a custom filename template in the Filename Template Editor.
Lightroom 4 lets you apply a preset develop setting and metadata to images on import, and in this video you'll see how.
There are several important preferences that affect the import process. In this lesson you'll learn what they are and how they can affect your work in Lightroom.
Section 4: Working with Lightroom
While Lightroom is ready to work for you right out of the box, you can customize a variety of settings to suit your particular preferences and workflow. We'll look at some of these in this video.
This lesson will cover the settings related to the use of presets in Lightroom.
In this lesson you'll learn about the recommended settings for using software other than Lightroom to optimize images that are being managed by Lightroom.
In this lesson you'll learn about file handling settings in the Lightroom preferences. For most people, the default settings are perfectly adequate, but it can't hurt to know what the options are.
As you'll see in this video, the interface options in Preferences are entirely about personal preferences, but making adjustments here can have a significant impact on your experience working with Lightroom.
The various controls in Lightroom are divided into panels. In this video you'll gain more familiarity with these panels, as well as the Lights Out display mode.
Lightroom uses catalog files to store information about the images it is managing for you, and using the right catalog settings can be very important. In this lesson we'll explore the best settings to use for your catalogs.
Lightroom allows you to create customized watermarks that you can apply to your images automatically through the Export feature as well as the Slideshow, Print, and Web modules. This lesson will demonstrate how to create your own custom watermark.
In this lesson you'll see how you can customize Lightroom to display your company name or logo as part of the actual interface. Customers just might think you're working with custom-made software!
Section 5: Working with the Library Module
The Library module is where you'll likely spend a lot of your time in Lightroom. It provides a variety of options for sorting, organizing, and reviewing your images, and in this lesson you'll get an overview of what it has to offer.
The Grid view serves as a virtual lightbox, enabling you to quickly scan through and manage your images. This lesson will show you all the ways you can put the Grid view to use in streamlining your workflow.
The Loupe view is primarily a way of getting a closer look at a single image. In this lesson you'll learn to make the most of the Loupe view for evaluating your images.
When you need to choose a single image from a set of similar photos, the Compare view offers a solution. You'll learn how to put it to use in this lesson.
The Survey view is helpful in narrowing down a selection to a single image. You'll learn how to work with this view in this lesson.
The Filmstrip provides you with a persistent display of your images, regardless of which module you're using in Lightroom. This lesson will show you how to maximize your use of the Filmstrip.
Lightroom provides support for managing and editing video clips along with your still images, and this lesson will show you how to make the most of this capability.
Quick Collections allow you to work with a set of images without having to create a formal collection for them. In this video you'll see how to put a Quick Collection to use in your workflow.
Photographers tend to think of their photos as being organized into photo shoots, and Lightroom extends this concept with collections. In this video you'll learn the basics of working with collections to create logical groups of photos.
Staying organized is easy when you let Lightroom do some of the work for you. In this lesson you'll learn how to use Smart Collections to automatically sort your images.
In this video you'll get an overview of how ratings, labels, and flags can help you keep your images better-organized.
Keywords are a particularly flexible form of metadata, and in this video you'll learn the basics of working with keywords in Lightroom.
Besides the metadata applied to your images by the camera, you can also add your own metadata to images. In this lesson you'll learn how to enter specific information for individual photos, and also how to update multiple photos at once.
Before long you'll accumulate a large number of images in Lightroom. In this video you'll learn how to use filters to help you locate the specific images you're looking for.
If you like a tidy workspace, you'll love using stacks to group similar images. In this video you'll learn how to put this powerful feature to use.
There are a variety of situations where your files may go missing from Lightroom, and this lesson will help you understand how to avoid those situations or resolve them when they occur.
In this lesson you'll learn the difference between catalogs, folders, and collections and gain an understanding of why you should use all of these methods to organize your images.
There is a tremendous wealth of information contained within your Lightroom catalogs, and in this lesson you'll learn to safeguard that information by backing up your catalogs.
In this video you'll learn how to export images from Lightroom so they can be shared with clients, sent out for printing, and otherwise put to use outside of Lightroom.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a publishing service to share your images in a web gallery without even needing to have your own website.
Section 6: Working with the Map Module
This video will give an overview of the new Map module and explain some relevant privacy and security preferences.
This video will show you how to work with both GPS-tagged and non-tagged photos. You'll see how to filter based on location and how to create a saved location to streamline your Google map navigation.
If your camera doesn't generate GPS data, a popular and easy way of adding it is to synchronize the date and time of your camera with a GPS-enabled device such as a camera phone. With Lightroom and a tracklog from your device, you can then automatically add GPS data to your image file.
Section 7: Editing Essentials
There is no reason to reinvent the wheel every time you work on an image. Lightroom offers plenty of out-of-the-box develop presets that can be applied with a single click to save time and streamline your workflow, and you can also create your own custom presets. In this video you'll get a basic intro to using develop presets.
This video explains, step by step, the process of ensuring correct white balance, exposure, and tonal distribution using the sliders in the Basic panel of Lightroom's Develop module.
This video shows you how to use Lightroom's Clarity slider to add punch to your images, as well how to add a romantic, dreamy look with negative Clarity settings.
When should you use the Vibrance slider and when should you use the Saturation slider? This video will show you the difference.
After you set your basic exposure, you should turn to Lightroom's Tone Curve panel for fine-tuning and even more control. This video will show you how to get great results.
Lightroom's post-crop vignette controls create flexible and natural-looking vignettes that bring attention to centrally located parts of your image. In this video you'll see how to use the Color and Highlight Priority sliders, as well as the Contrast slider, which brightens highlights.
How do you apply changes made to one photo to another photo? In this video you'll see that there are many ways, from copying and pasting to creating a preset.
In this video you'll see how to use Auto Sync to work simultaneously on multiple images while editing just one.
You have control over the saturation, luminance, and hue of individual colors in Lightroom's HSL pane. In this video you'll see how to alter colors via sliders and using Lightroom's Target Adjustment tool (TAT).
In this lesson you'll learn the advantages of Lightroom 4's new processing capabilities and see how to choose between the old and the new.
Chromatic aberrations show up as color shifts, mostly on the outer edges of an image. In this video you'll see how to get rid of these color shifts in Lightroom using controls found in the Lens Corrections panel.
Lightroom 4 has added the ability to soft proof your image to help you avoid printing or displaying out-of-gamut colors. In this video you'll see how to use this exciting new feature.
In this video, you'll learn all you need to know about the Library module's Quick Develop panel.
When you create virtual copies of an image in Lightroom, you can apply different settings, try different looks on each copy, and experiment to your heart's content with no risk. In this video you'll see how.
Section 8: Retouching and Correction: Local Adjustments
The Graduated Filter allows you to apply tonal adjustments gradually across a specific area of an image. In this video you'll see how to work with this very useful feature.
All digital cameras produce electronic noise, but getting rid of this noise is a snap with Lightroom's new process version and noise reduction features, as you'll see in this video.
Image sharpening is really just an exaggeration of contrast along edges. But what is the best strategy to optimize sharpening in Lightroom? In this video you'll see how to use Lightroom's sharpening sliders and get a better understanding of what it means to properly sharpen an image.
In this video you'll see how to isolate critical content and improve an image with the Crop Overlay tool in Lightroom. You'll also see how to use the Crop Overlay tool to straighten an off-axis horizon line.
Miss the old film look? Now you can give your image a film-like effect with Lightroom's grain sliders. You'll see how in this video.
Lightroom's awesome Lens Corrections feature can make an inexpensive lens with lots of flaws look fantastic. You'll see how in this video.
Red-eye caused by on-camera flash can give your subject a demonic look. Lightroom allows one-click red-eye removal and you'll see how it works in this video.
Sensor Dust Removal
In this video we'll use Lightroom's spot removal, Adjustment Brush, and vignetting tools to improve a portrait shot.
This video presents a complete overview of the Adjustment Brush tool and shows you how to use it to sharpen, alter color and exposure in, and add tints to specific areas of your image.
Section 9: From Color to Black-and-White
Black-and-white conversion in Lightroom can be as simple or as complex as you like, and in this video you'll see the various options available.
It's easy to use presets or Lightroom's Spilt Toning panel to add color tints to your image, and in this video you'll see how.
Section 10: Sharing
Printing in Lightroom is a straightforward process, though with many options to choose from. In this lesson you'll learn the basics of setting up Lightroom to print one image at a time.
In this lesson we'll take a look at how you can configure a print job to produce multiple images on the same page.
The print settings are critical to consistent and accurate printed output, and in this lesson you'll see how to configure these settings properly.
In this video you'll see how quick and easy it is to create a basic HTML or Flash-based web gallery in Lightroom thanks to the straightforward options in the Web module.
This lesson shows you how to review your gallery in a web browser and then export the files or upload them directly to your website.
In this lesson you'll learn how to create a slideshow in Lightroom by modifying templates to produce a customized presentation.
Besides presenting a slideshow directly on a monitor or projector, you can also email a slideshow to others, allowing them to have the experience of viewing your images without even being in the same location. This video demonstrates how it works.
This video guides you through a straightforward workflow for preparing your images for inclusion in a book.
Before you add photos to your book you need to choose a format and in this video you'll see how. We'll also look at various Book module preferences.
In this lesson you'll learn how to create a book by starting with a predefined layout and customizing it to suit your preferences. You'll also see how easy it is to send your finished project to Blurb for printing or to the PDF format.
Section 11: Closing Thoughts
Thanks for watching! Over time your skills will improve, especially when you see that everything you do in Lightroom is changeable, and there are little or no consequences to making a mistake. If you run into trouble, the beauty of this video tutorial format is you can go back to any specific lesson at any time and fast forward to precisely to the information you are looking for. Now get to work and make some great photographs and share them with all of us!

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Peachpit Press, Books, eBooks and Videos for Creative People produces top-notch videos, books and ebooks on the latest in graphic design, Web design and development, digital photography, multimedia, video, and general computing. Our award-winning products are authored by the creative industry's top professionals and feature step-by-step explanations, timesaving techniques, savvy insider tips, and expert advice. Peachpit is the home of Peachpit Press, Adobe Press, Apple Certified and New Riders and is the publishing partner for The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), and others.

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