10 LIGHTROOM tips you SHOULD KNOW!


(upbeat music) – Whenever I buy a new lock,
keys, don’t need those, I try to see if I can pick
it to see how, you know, how strong a lock is. Now, this is a level five Master Lock that’s supposed to be, you
know, middle of the road. So throw my tension rod in here. This is my favorite pick. And the timer begins. Let’s see, so if I can just feel it. What is that, like eight seconds? Level five Master Lock, garbage. Don’t bother buying one. Come on. (energetic, beat-driven music) How do you like my mug? It’s so sick. Whoohoo. Welcome back, guys. So great to have you here
for another tutorial. Today, I’m very excited about. I have been asked for
another Lightroom tutorial since, well, my last Lightroom tutorial, which I think was like last summer. And it’s funny, too, because
it’s one of the programs that I literally use every single day. I’m editing photos every single day. And a lot of people just
kind of use it here and there and you fire it up and fix a photo up and then maybe you don’t
use it for a couple weeks. But there are so many
features within Lightroom. And we’re talking Lightroom Classic, CC, that’s what it’s called now. There are so meany features
inside this application that, I mean, I don’t think even half the amount of people
are taking advantage of. And I can say that because for like the first few years I used the software, I didn’t use any of these things. Now I’m using them all. So today’s video is 10 tips in Lightroom that you didn’t know about that now you’re going to know about that you’re gonna use every single day. And I would’ve made that the title, but I just don’t think that
would be good for the algorithm. Okay, let’s start off with number one. Okay, number one is Auto Tone. Now, this is a great way to
begin editing your photos, especially if you’re
newer to the software, you don’t have an extensive
knowledge base yet of the software platform, but
you kinda wanna get going, you’re not sure where to start. Auto Tone is a great place to start. Not many people know about this. Some of you may, that’s super cool. But you’re just gonna come on up here to where it says Exposure. Now if you notice, right
above that it says Tone and over to the right it says Auto. If you click Auto, it’s going to auto-adjust the settings for you to what Adobe Sensei
thinks is a good edit. Kind of like a good base,
a good starting point. So I usually notice that
it drops the highlights, lifts the shadows, kind
of fixes the exposure. And by no means is this
the finished product, but it gives you a good place to start. So, tip number one is Auto Tone. We’re moving on to number two. All right, tip number two
is resetting your edits. Now, obviously, the very bottom right, we’ve got a reset button. You can hit that and it
throws that photo right back to when you imported it raw. But, sometimes maybe you
made tons of adjustments. Maybe you were playing
with that curve line and you were sliding
things left and right, having a grand old time, and you don’t really wanna hit reset and just wipe that baby clean, you just wanna reset a couple things. So instead of having to slide
the sliders back to zero and just try to, oh, went too far, oop, little bit, oop, type zero, boom. For the sake of speed,
all you have to do is just double click on the actual effect. So let’s say my exposure’s down here and I wanna reset it to zero. Double click the word
exposure, boom, back to zero. So like imagine, if you were
sliding all over the place, all you gotta do to reset
one of those features is just double click the name and it’s gonna go back to dead zero. You are good to go. Moving on to tip number three. Tip number three, grid overlays. This blew my mind when I first saw it and I spent a good five minutes wondering what the heck it
was and thinking to myself, how have I never, how
have I never seen this? How have I, this is so much fun. When you’re gonna go crop a photo, you usually head over
here to this little jobby, this little square icon
known as Crop Overlay, which you can also access by
hitting R on your keyboard. Once you’ve hit R on your
keyboard, try hitting the letter O but continue cycling through
the letter O, keep hitting it. You’re gonna see a bunch
of different grid overlays to help you get different
types of composition. One of the ones that I particularly like is the one with all the
dimensions for a five by seven and a four by five and a two by three to kind of show me where
the photo would look good if I cropped it for that
specific aspect ratio. Another fun one that’ll probably throw you for a bit of a loop, pun intended, is the golden spiral, which a lot of people
look at and they go, huh? Now, you might be asking, what the heck am I gonna
use this golden spiral for? And it’s kind of like a
little bit more of like an advanced rule of thirds. If you know the rule of thirds, placing your subject in that
lower quadrant of a photo, the golden spiral is supposed
to kind of guide the eye, guide the viewer’s eye through the photo, in kind of like a sweeping motion, so that you’re moving around and you’re looking
through the entire frame. It’s supposed to help
you compose your photo to get that exact effect
when you are cropping through images that you’ve taken. So again, hit that R on your keyboard, cycle through your grid overlays using O, you can land on this golden spiral. But if you wanna actually
move that spiral around and flip it so it’s
inverted or left or right, you can do that by holding
shift and hitting O and that’ll flip the spiral around to wherever your composition is, so you can kind of follow that flow to help your compositions
just look better. That is tip number three. Mmm! Tip number four, boof. We’re talking lights out. You wanna hit L on your keyboard. That’s gonna isolate the
photo that you’re working on. It’s gonna dim that background so that you can get a clear perspective, uninterrupted, no distractions, of the photo that you’re editing. Hit L again on your keyboard,
it’s gonna black out everything entirely in the background so that you can just see that photo. And it’s a great way to
just kinda tap that button, sit back, take a look at your photo, and be like, hmm, what
do I need to change? Or sit back and just admire
the work that you’ve done. Now, if you wanna lessen how
much that background dims or increase it, you can
do that in the preferences by going up to File,
Preferences, Interface. And under Interface, you’ll
see the Lights Out tab, you can change the dim percentage. So I have mine set to 90. You can make yours whatever you want, but that’s just by hitting
L on your keyboard. Bah, lights out, boosh. This is tip number five. We’re callin’ this level
out, man, just level out. So if you wanna make
your horizon straight, yes, you can hit R on your keyboard and then kinda rock that
photo left and right using your cursor on the side,
but is it exactly precise? I mean, it’s pretty good, but
how do we get more precise? Well, you can go over and click on Angle. So once you click on that little level, what you can do is come over to the photo, click and drag to kind of match the straightness of your horizon and it’s gonna fix that for you. It’s just a little more precise, when you’re trying to nail
that straight horizon. Because you know, you’re
surfing through IG, there’s nothing worse
than when you see a photo and it looks amazing,
but it’s just a little, it’s just a little off, man,
I can’t double-tap that. I’m sorry, I just can’t do it. I’d love to do it, but I just like, double tap, I’m scrolling, man. That is the level, super
useful, I use it all the time. Tip number five, moving on to number six. All right, number six is before and after. Now, this is a very popular shortcut, but something that a lot
of people don’t use enough. You can use the comparison view,
after you’ve edited a photo to check the before and after so you can see how far
you’ve come during an edit. That is accessed by
clicking the little Y button down at the bottom left corner, here. That’s gonna bring up a
side-by-side comparison. I don’t use that one as much. What I like doing is hitting that slash button on your keyboard. That’s this one right here. While I’m editing, I
can drag those sliders, I can tweak different
things, I can add presets, and all I have to do to see
the original to what it is now, to see if I’ve maybe gone a little too far or if I need to kind of
go a little bit further or I like where I’ve arrived with my edit, all you gotta do is just tap that slash. That’s gonna show you before and after and that’s super fast. I don’t have to go down and click anything I don’t have to see two images. So the before and after feature
using that slash button, where it’s very obvious
that you would do that, it’s just so helpful having
it right at your fingertips. And I think more people should use it because it’s a really great tool to kind of tell you if you’ve
over-processed your image or, you know, if the original was better. And you can just get
there with a single tap, with a stroke, without
even having to look. So that is one of my favorites, even though it seems like
one of the most obvious. It’s one of the ones I use daily. Like, I actually use
these every single day. What does that say about me? Do I edit too much? No. All right, folks, moving
on to tip number seven. Boop. That’s a six, isn’t it? I’m sorry, bah. Number seven is clipping. Clipping! Okay, I love this one. It’s super easy. Again, it’s another keystroke. Hit the letter J on your keyboard. That’s this one right
here, just in case you, you know, you didn’t know. Hit J on your keyboard. You might notice nothing at the start and that’s a good thing,
if you notice nothing. But, check this out. Once you’ve hit J on your keyboard, go up to the exposure slider tab and just like crank it, slowly crank it. And you’ll notice that
as you are cranking it, those red clipping, those red highlights are starting to clip, but it’s showing you where it’s clipping. So sometimes our eyes, as much
as we’d like to believe them, can’t exactly differentiate
something that’s blown out to something that’s not. You might look at a photo and
think, nah, it looks fine. But if you just hit J,
science, computers, technology will tell you exactly where
your photo’s clipping. And I use this a lot both in the shadows, if you drag it all the way
to the end, it’ll go blue to show you where things are way too dark, and on the opposite end, red. So hitting J, using that clipping feature to be sure that you’re not clipping, woo, yes please and thank you. Tip number eight I like to call
the radial brush adjustment. Now, instead of vignetting
your photo in the sliders and just dragging that
out, sometimes I like to just highlight a focus area
of whatever shot that I took, which makes that area stand out more. We’re basically like creating a new lighting setup
for this specific shot by using an adjustment
layer within Lightroom. Now, this isn’t new technology,
this isn’t groundbreaking, this is done all the time. But for those of you who
don’t know Lightroom like this and would like to maybe
dive in a little bit deeper, just, you know, kinda
soar into that deep end, tread a little bit of
water, this is for you. So go ahead and follow along. Here is a portrait of myself
looking rather homeless. We’re gonna isolate that portrait so that the outside’s not as bright. And we’re gonna do that using
a radial brush adjustment. So go over here and hit that oval. Now, what you’re gonna
do is, under Effect, you’re gonna choose Exposure. And then you’re just gonna drag an oval. We’re gonna drag that to the center, make it however big you
want, you can make it small, you can use these little
buttons on the side here to just drag it bigger or drag
it smaller, what have you. And once you have it to
the area that you like, just go over here and adjust
the exposure settings. That’s gonna make the
whole background dark or the whole background light. Let’s go ahead and darken
that just a little bit. And subsequently you can hit
the Invert button down here and it’ll do the opposite to
the area that you selected. So if you want a specific
area of the sky darker, same thing goes. Here we’re just using a portrait. Go ahead and click that off. But once you’re done,
you’re just gonna hit Close. And that is what your photo looks like. If you wanna see the before
and after, like I taught you, hit that slash button, showing
you the before and after. And let’s go ahead and throw
that into isolation mode, just to get a better view. Look at us, learning things. That is a radial adjustment brush, one of my favorite things
to do to really pull focus to something that’s happening in an image that I really want to
be seen, be portrayed, I want people not to miss. Felt good. I like that one, that one felt good. Number nine, we’re
calling this one size up. Super easy, you’re just gonna
go over here to this panel. You’re going to drag it
all the way to the left. Lightroom kinda comes standard with that panel really, really narrow, which literally gives you a false sense of how much you’re sliding all
of those contrast sliders, exposure, highlights,
because it’s just like the bar is this big, it’s
literally like, it’s this big. So just slide it out. You can get way more precise, getting a way better
accurate representation of how far you’re moving those sliders. I mean, just drag the panel out. So, that again seems
like one of those like, that’s an actual tip
you’re putting in a video? Hell yeah it is, because
it’s super helpful. Size up, drag that panel out. Poof, mmm. All right, and the final
tip is organize yo self. And I say that because
Lightroom’s got a very good, efficient built-in organization system, just by hitting the
numbers on your keyboard or a couple letters. And that’s gonna help you differentiate your good shots from your bad shots, to selects for clients to the ones that you wanna use for whatever. And it’s really important and
it’s something that I use, again, I mean I use, I keep saying that I use all of these all the
time, and that’s because I do, which is why I’m making this video. So first up, number one,
you’re just gonna hit one through five on your keyboard. That’s gonna rate your photo. So if you like a photo, you hit five. That’s kinda how I do it. If I don’t like the
photo, I just skip them and I just keep hitting five
for the ones that I really like and if it’s like kind of mediocre, I usually land at around three. So that’s just using the
number pad to rate your photos. Subsequently to numbering them, if you hit six, seven, eight, nine, that’s gonna change the color
outline around that thumbnail. So maybe for the ones that you really hate so that you make sure you don’t pick them, you’re gonna hit six, that’s
gonna give it a red outline, that means like no good. Moving on from there, you can
hit P to flag these images, which is flagging it as a pick. And if you wanna unpick it, you can hit U. So sometimes it’s good if
you even have a client, and you sit down with the client, and you can go through the photos and they wanna look at
the ones that they like, and you can hit P for
the picks that they have and unpick the ones that they don’t like. And you can star the ones that you like, so you could show them both, these are your picks,
these are their picks, and then when you go back into
the editing after the facts, it’s just way more efficient and you’re not gonna confuse your files, especially when you shoot
something like an event or a wedding or you’ve got a
job that you’re trying to do, some kind of corporate job. That is very, very helpful. So that is organizing yourself. That is the 10th and
final tip of this video. And guys, I hope you enjoyed it, I hope you got something out of it. Hit that like button if
you liked this video, smash it if that’s
something that you’re into, subscribe if you aren’t already, and, and, I will see you
guys in the next video. Peace! (energetic music)

100 Replies to “10 LIGHTROOM tips you SHOULD KNOW!”

  1. Hey I just wanted to say that I'm quite familiar with Lightroom and I've watched a number of editing tutorials to improve myself but I've still learned a lot of mini tricks in your video that I'll be sure to use. Thank you 🙂

  2. For level out, press R for the crop menu and hold down command for the level tool. Thanks for another awesome vid Peter!

  3. Can you please do more Lightroom tutorials? I’d love it if you could go into detail on certain features.

  4. First Peter McKinnon video I ever watched. Now I’m sure I’ve watched 70% of his videos.. Excellent work Peter.

  5. i just came across this channel today and im rather impressed. helpful content and entertaining but still punctual and to the point. props to you man.

  6. This is literally one of the most helpful videos ever! I've been using lightroom for years and I'm sitting here feeling like a dumbass because I didnt know half of these Haha

  7. For number 10. You can also hit CAPS LOCK before you rate your photos, this will allow you to auto-advance to the next photo.

  8. Great explanations & demonstration. Do you have a full course starting from total amateur to professional?

  9. Man! L is like I love you. Thats kind of the best thing I have ever learned… Probably not but a huge thing not to know! Thx!

  10. I don't have the "slash" button as you say. The only option that lightroom is giving me is the "y" button, to show 2 images(before and after), not replace the current edit with the before in its entirety

  11. Love your content dude! What screen brightness do you normally use when editing photos? I'm using a Mac thunderbolt display and finding my edited images a little dark when viewing on a phone or uploading to the gram.

  12. Three words for you men. Cool, Helpful and amazing. Wow! i wish i could be as good as you.. God Bless you with more talent, happiness and good health ofcours.

  13. You know you are an editor when you laugh at “Literally give you a false sense of how much you are sliding”

    😂 Literally laugh out loud

  14. So, none of these shortcuts worked in my version of Lightroom. I'm new to Lightroom software so is Lightroom CC completely different to this version of Lightroom? eg when I press L in mine it takes me to Linear Gradient

  15. Everyone with a level 5 master lock disliked this video after Peter showed their lock can be picked in 5 seconds

  16. This video made my day…for two reasons…It was funny (You're a great host) and I learned things. Thanks for your help as I start into Lightroom and the other programs in the Adobe Creative Suite.

  17. good tips for beginners of LR . I see from the number of views they~`re many 🙂 For clipping I don`t use J shortcut , for me better works clicking on the top corners of Histogram = left for blacks , right for whites and keeping the all the time on during processing image. Even changing white balance has huge influence for exposure and histogram shows everything without watching on the picture. I also never use LR to catalog my pics , is messy and confusing . Just try to move around your folders you will see what I mean .

  18. I just started learning how to photo edit using Lightroom and this video tips really helped a lot making the editing easier and effective specially those keyboard shortcut buttons.
    Thanks for the video!

  19. I liked the lock picking portion except for that the lock was already open. Go to 00:12, set your playback speed to .25, and watch as when he shows the lock it swings open. Plus keeping your hands over the lock the whole time. Still an amazing tutorial, this is just the first time I've noticed something lol.

  20. I was literally editing my photos of moraine lake and came across this video where you use a photo of moraine lake as an example hahahaha

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