Teach yourself Lightroom DVD

50 easy-to-follow video lessons to perfect your lightroom technique!
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Discover the quickest and best way to sensational images in this comprehensive video course covering Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, brought to you by the makers of Teach Yourself Photoshop, Teach Yourself Photoshop Elements 12 and Digital Camera magazine.

In 50 easy-to-follow video lessons, image editing expert George Cairns takes you through all the key elements of Lightroom – the ultimate photo editing tool for any serious photographer.

Discover how to get started with the Lightroom interface, how to organise and keyword your photos, how to master all the key creative tools at your disposal, how to output your images to slideshows and galleries, and much more besides.

Get Teach Yourself Lightroom today and we’ll show you how to make your best photos look even better!



1. The Lightroom workspace

Get to know the general layout and purpose of Lightroom’s various organising, editing and sharing modules

2. Import your photos

Discover how to import images and video clips from a memory card or hard drive

3. Find photos fast

Find specific photos fast and protect your images by assigning your copyright details to the metadata

4. Organise images with Collections

Place photos into themed Collections and use Smart Collections to automatically gather files that meet specific criteria

5. Trigger a camera with Lightroom

Use Lightroom to trigger a camera that’s tethered to your computer and automatically add keywords as you import the shots


6. Introducing the Library module

Discover the key features of the Library module and customise it to create a cleaner-looking workspace

7. Sort your shots

Rate your images using stars, flag your favourites, and add images to Collections with a click of the Painter tool

8.Find images with keywords

Identify particular pictures by adding keywords to their metadata, then search for specific images using keyword filters

9. Tag images with location data

Use GPS data to pinpoint the shooting location of a photo in the Map module

10. Apply quick photo fixes

Use the Library module’s Quick Develop panel to overcome common problems with colour and tone while you organise your shots


11. Introducing the Develop module

A general overview of Lightroom's key image-editing tools and photo-fixing panels

12. Adjust tones with the histogram

Use Lightroom’s histogram window to diagnose and fix tonal problems in images

13. Use Smart Previews

Use Smart Previews to edit images that aren't currently accessible by Lightroom

14. Make basic colour adjustments

Use colour-correcting tools to boost weak colours without over-saturating strong ones

15. Crop and straighten

Use Lightroom’s Crop Overlay tool to improve composition and straighten tilted horizons


16. Remove lens distortion

Set up and apply lens profiles to automatically counteract lens-induced distortion

17. Fix perspective

Straighten converging verticals caused by perspectival distortion

18. Tackle high-contrast scenes

Tweak the tones of an image to reveal detail in the shadows, midtones and highlights

19. Remove a colour cast

Counteract warm or cool tints produced by an incorrect white balance

20. Reveal more midtone detail

Reveal more texture and detail by selectively increasing midtone contrast using the Clarity slider


21. Remove spots

Use the Spot Removal tool to remove sensor spots and other marks in a few clicks

22.Dodge and burn

Use the Adjustment brush to dodge and burn specific areas in a monochrome image

23. Mask and erase adjustments

Identify areas to be selectively adjusted using masks, then polish the adjustments to perfection

24. Improve skies

Selectively darken an over-exposed sky without altering the correctly exposed tones in the rest of a landscape

25. The Radial filter

Tweak over- and under-exposed tones in elliptical areas using the Radial filter


26. Fine-tune colour

Fine-tune the hue, saturation and lightness of specific objects using the HSL panel

27. Make better black-and-white images

Selectively lighten or darken greyscale tones in a mono conversion based on the original colours

28. Create a split-tone effect

Add separate washes of colour to the shadows and highlights of a monochrome image

29. Apply a vignette

Add mood to an image by darkening its corners and edges

30. Add effects to video clips

Use the Quick Develop panel to tweak the colours and tones in a video clip


31. Master the Tone Curve panel

Use the Tone Curve panel to target and tweak specific tones with precision

32. Sharpen your images

Give soft-looking subjects more impact while keeping sharpening artifacts at bay

33. Reduce unwanted noise

Smooth out chroma and luminance noise while preserving important image detail

34.Calibrate for your camera

Make quick adjustments to colour and tone by choosing from a range of camera-processing presets

35. Discover the power of Presets

Make instant creative adjustments to the colours and tones of a photograph


36. Turn day into night

Add a nocturnal hue to an image and selectively adjust exposure and colour to create different lighting effects

37. Creative cross-processing

Produce selective shifts in colour by mimicking a classic darkroom processing technique

38. Add retro film effects

Make a digital image look like an old film print by adding grain, vignetted edges and faded colours

39. Enhance any portrait

Get your subjects looking their best by removing spots, softening skin and teasing out detail in the eyes

40. Spot-colour tricks

Use this quick, easy and popular technique to selectively colour your photos


41. Soft proof your images

Identify and correct unprintable colours so the printed version looks similar to what you see onscreen

42. Introducing Lightroom’s Print module

Set up your page size and orientation and use the Layout Style panel to produce a Picture package or create a contact sheet

43. Custom layouts

Use the Template browser to create a range of print layouts, or create one from scratch by adding and modifying cells

44. Add watermarks

Use the Print module’s Page panel to protect your shots by adding watermarks or an Identity Plate to each photo

45. Conquer colour management

Get your printed colours looking their best using Colour Profiles to indicate which printer, paper type and ink is being used


46. Make a photo book

Turn a collection of images into a printed book with bespoke design elements

47. Create a slideshow

Use the Slideshow module to present your images as a series of stills and then enhance your slideshow with borders, music and text

48. Make a triptych

Use the Print module’s Custom Package layout tools to place three images on a single page and export the triptych as a JPEG

49. Publish on social networks

Export your processed pictures to social networks such as Facebook and set up additional sharing plugins

50. Create an online portfolio

Showcase your pictures in an interactive web gallery using the tools and templates in Lightroom’s Web module
*DVD-ROM works on Windows PCs and Macs