Learn to use the tools in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC for the cloud to organize and edit your images, fine-tune lighting and color, and develop an efficient image-processing workflow.
Do you have a lot of images to manage? Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a fantastic tool for digital photographers at any skill level who need to manipulate and organize photos and images.
This course will teach you how to use Lightroom Classic CC, Adobe's easy-to-use software that prepares, edits, and organizes photos quickly and effectively. Through hands-on exercises, you will learn to use Lightroom Classic CC like a pro and perfect your digital photos!
Note: Adobe offers two versions of Lightroom CC: Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC.
This course is written for Lightroom Classic CC only.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- This course is written using the Windows version of the software. If you have Mac, you will need to make standard Windows/Mac keystroke conversions which are included in the course material.
- PC: Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1803 or later.
- Mac: macOS High Sierra 10.13 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Lightroom Classic version CC or an updated version of 6, such as 6.1 (not included in enrollment).
- Adobe Lightroom Classic. Please have Lightroom Classic installed prior to beginning the course. Lightroom Classic is periodically updated as part of Adobe's Creative Cloud subscription service and we recommend you have the latest update installed. Lightroom Classic is not included with the course and requires a subscription with Adobe. Please note that this course is for Lightroom Classic, also known as Lightroom Classic CC, and not Lightroom CC, a similar but cloud-based version of Lightroom that is not compatible with this course. Version specifics can be verified from within Lightroom via Help > About Lightroom Classic.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- You will need to download zip files and extract images for use in class. The course provides basic directions for this, but you should be comfortable with downloading files, saving them on your computer, and locating them for use. Both Macintosh and Windows users are welcome, but Mac users should be aware that the course is written using Windows. Mac-Windows differences are minimal and using a Mac will only require a few standard Windows-to-Mac conversions. The software runs nearly the same on both.
You should feel comfortable acquiring digital images, either with a digital camera, using images scanned onto CDs, or scanning film prints. Basic computer skills, such as using a mouse, creating and accessing folders, and downloading and saving files will be briefly reviewed in this course, but should be familiar to you.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.Save time as you enhance and manage your digital photos. This course will show you how to effectively edit and organize photos using Lightroom Classic CC with hands-on, easy-to-follow exercises that will help you perfect your digital photo collections.
In the first lesson, you'll take some time to be sure you're comfortable with the way the online classroom works, downloading images for class, and where things are in Lightroom. You'll learn how to create an organizational system that works with Lightroom and keeps your images easily available to you. With Lightroom's import tools, you'll be able to add keywords to images and add personalized metadata for easy searches and Internet security.
Learn About Libraries
As you continue to learn about libraries and importing images to Lightroom, you'll be pleased to see how many options you have! This lesson will discuss shortcuts for photographers working with Lightroom and several different ways to speed up the import process. You'll also explore a variety of methods to add keywords and use them to search and sort your images. By the end of this lesson, you'll have all the tools you need to import, categorize, and sort images for a clean start to managing your images.
In this lesson you'll explore how Lightroom works behind the scenes—something you'll want to know as you move into developing or making changes to your images with Lightroom. With an understanding of how the Library module works for importing, organizing, and exporting images, you're ready to work with Lightroom's Quick Develop tools. In this lesson, you'll see how to make quick changes, not just to one image, but to groups and large batches of images. This is just the beginning of your journey through Lightroom's Develop tools. You'll also learn how to work with multiple images and make virtual copies—all part of Lightroom's quick and easy developing tools.
Shapes and Sizes
In this lesson, you'll begin your exploration of the Develop module and the many tools for editing and adjusting images. You'll have lots of hands-on practice with tools for straightening, rotating, and cropping images. It may seem like a straightforward subject, but Lightroom has many variations, so you can perfect both the shape and the size of your images. You may prefer to straighten based on a horizon in the image, or by fine-tuning the alignment against a grid. You can crop to a variety of different preset shapes, create your own custom shape, or crop by hand. You'll be pleased with the results!
The Right Light
Color is an integral part of the perfect print, and it's important to see how Lightroom helps you adjust your overall color tone and lighting with several sophisticated tools. In this lesson, you'll see how to pick the best white balance for your images, use a histogram to adjust the light, and find and correct problem areas with exposure clippings. These changes may be simple, but the right color and lighting bring your pictures to life, and you'll want to start the development process with these adjustments!
The Right Color
In this lesson, you'll complete your study of the Basic panel, and you'll have quite a collection of tools at your disposal from the Develop module. You'll focus on color and see how a subtle adjustment can clear away muted tones. You'll work with contrast, shadows, highlights, saturation, vibrance, and more. You'll also use the new Radial Filter tool. You may not know exactly what each of these does as you begin, but you'll find it's easy to experiment until you like what you see—and before you know it, you'll master the tools!
Sharp and Clear!
Next in your study of Lightroom, you'll have fun seeing the difference when you sharpen an image. Photographers work hard to shoot crisp images, but sometimes things don't go as planned, and that's where Lightroom's tools come in. You'll work with its sharpening and noise reduction tools and then see how to apply its editing options to batches of images, bringing Lightroom's two best features together. It just gets better and better!
To Sync or Not to Sync?
This lesson will continue to discuss synchronizing, or copying changes from one image to many. You'll work with several tools like Red Eye Correction, Spot Removal, and the Adjustment Brush so that you can see how Lightroom corrects subtle issues in selected areas. This lesson will wrap up the topic of the editing tools in Lightroom, and you won't be disappointed!
The first few lessons have shown you how to import images to Lightroom and develop them with an amazing array of tools. Now it's time to see what you can do with these images outside of Lightroom. This lesson is about exporting Lightroom's images, and you'll see that there are many options for size, shape, and further editing. Whether you're working with raw or JPEG, Lightroom will efficiently process your images, save your changes, and provide you images you can upload to printers, create scrapbooks with, or use with Adobe's companion products: Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
In this lesson, you'll see how to use Lightroom's Print module to create a variety of output options. Whether you print at home or send your images out to print, Lightroom has a number of menus you'll want to be familiar with. You'll see how to print single images, create contact sheets, and customize layouts for many purposes. Once you've mastered the Print module, you'll be ready to print with all the advantages of using Lightroom.
Rating and Collecting
In this lesson, you'll go back to the organizational side of Lightroom and see how to rate images with star ratings and color labels, and you'll also look at how to create collections. With all these tools, you'll be able to categorize and find things with very little effort, especially if you're using Lightroom's facial recognition feature! You'll see how to use Lightroom as a fast tool for locating images and moving forward in your workflow. You can work simply with Quick Collection and Target Collection, or you can create a sophisticated network of your own collections!
The last lesson will show off a bit with Lightroom's slideshow and identity plates. You'll see how to create both a PDF presentation and an MP4 Slideshow with music and special effects from your Lightroom collections. You'll also build an Identity Plate that you can use both in printing and presentations. With all the things you've learned in Lightroom, this is a great way to share your images with friends, family, and clients!
Beverly Richards Schulz is an award-winning photographer and graduate of the New York Institute of Photography. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley and a master's degree in Adult and Continuing Education. For the past 10 years, Schulz has taught at the University of San Francisco. With more than 15 years teaching experience, she has written over 30 digital photography and digital editing courses. She co-authored the book "Photoshop Elements 14—What's New?"
Eric Johnson is an experienced digital photographer and editor. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education (emphases on Computer Science) from Oregon State University and a Master's in Business Administration from Seattle University. Eric has worked for major software and computer corporations, freelance photography and editing services, and has been working with Beverly Schulz teaching Ed2Go photography courses since 2004. He is her co-author on "Photoshop Elements 14 - What's New?"