What is Lightroom Classic? (Lightroom brief Guide)
Whether you are a beginner or pro or somewhere in between, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic includes all your essential tools for amazing photography on the desktop. With Lightroom Classic, you have access to powerful one-click tools and advanced controls to make your photos look amazing. Easily organize all your photos on your desktop and share them in a variety of ways.
Lightroom Classic includes all the tools you need for most digital photography tasks in one intuitive solution. It’s your go-to app for organizing, enhancing, and sharing your images, every day. It helps photographers work faster and more efficiently with one image, a set of images, or a large image library.
Lightroom Classic supports most native camera raw file formats in addition to PNG, DNG, TIFF, and JPEG formats. In other words, it supports the formats primarily used in digital cameras. Lightroom Classic also supports the PSD file format for enhanced integration with Photoshop.
Lightroom Classic offers a nondestructive editing environment, which means your original photographs are never changed. Instead, the changes you make to your photographs are stored in metadata as a series of instructions. Whether you’re viewing them onscreen, creating a web gallery, or making prints, Lightroom Classic is simply applying those instructions to the original, untouched photo file. This provides you complete flexibility and control because any change you apply to an image is 100% reversible at any time.
Adobe Lightroom Classic CC is the essential tool for organizing, editing, and sharing your photography.
Your photos organized
Lightroom Classic CC lets you organize your photos on your computer and offers a rich set of tools for keeping track of your photos, such as collections, keywords, face recognition, flags, stars, color labels, and search filters.
As your photo library grows, you can quickly find any photo based on when you took it, where you took it, and who is in the photo.
Perfect images on your desktop
Lightroom Classic CC editing tools are intuitive and powerful. So making basic adjustments to color and brightness are a snap. Retouching, local adjustments, and perspective corrections are quick and simple.
Lightroom Classic CC edits are non-destructive, which means you can experiment fearlessly, and then revert to your original with just one click.
Lightroom Classic application workspace
Lightroom Classic is a complete toolbox for professional photographers, organized into modules. Each module focuses on a specific portion of the photographic workflow: the Library module is for importing, organizing, comparing, and selecting photos; the Develop module is for adjusting color and tone, or creatively processing photos; and the Slideshow, Print, and Web modules are for presenting your photos.
Each of the modules in the Lightroom Classic workspace includes panels that contain options and controls for working on your photos.
A. Library Filter bar B. Image display area C. Identity plate D. Panels for working with source photos E. Filmstrip F. Module Picker G. Panels for working with metadata, keywords, and adjusting images H. Toolbar
The Filmstrip, located at the bottom of the workspace in every module, displays thumbnails of the contents of the folder, collection, keyword set, or metadata criteria that is currently selected in the Library module. Each module uses the contents of the Filmstrip as the source for the tasks performed in it. To change the selection in the Filmstrip, go to the Library module and select different photos.
Learn how to import your photos into Lightroom Classic for editing, organizing, and sharing.
1. Start importing photos
Open Lightroom Classic CC on your computer. In the Library module, click the Import… button to open the Import window.
Note: If you’ve inserted a camera memory card into your computer, the Import window may open automatically.
2. Choose import settings
You can import from a computer, hard drive, or camera into your Lightroom Classic CC catalog.
Importing from a computer or hard drive:
• On the left, select folder(s) of photos to import. If you don’t see your photos, make sure Include Subfolders is checked.
• At the top, click Add to import without moving photos.
• You can uncheck photos you don’t want to import.
• On the right, you can choose additional import options.
3-1. Importing from a camera
• On the left, select the camera card from which to import. You can choose to Eject (the card) after import.
• At the top, click Copy. The Add and Move options are not available when importing from a camera.
• You can uncheck photos you don’t want to import.
• On the right, in the Destination panel, choose how to organize imported photos (by date, into one selected folder, or by subfolders), and preview the import destination in your file structure. You also can choose additional import options on the right.
3-2. Import your photos
Click the Import button in the bottom-right corner of the Import window to start the import. Lightroom Classic CC automatically switches to the Library module, where the imported photos appear.
4. Edit and organize your photos
Once your photos have been imported, they will appear in a Previous Import collection in the Catalog panel. You can also open the Folders panel to see the folder where the photos are stored on your hard drive.
Now you can organize, edit, and share your images in Lightroom Classic CC.
Develop module basics
The Develop module contains two sets of panels and a toolbar for viewing and editing a photo. On the left are the Navigator, Presets, Snapshots, History, and Collections panels for previewing, saving, and selecting changes you’ve made to a photo. On the right are the tools and panels for making global and local adjustments to a photo. The toolbar contains controls for tasks such as changing between Before and After views, playing an impromptu slideshow, and zooming.
A. Presets, Snapshots, History, and Collections panels B. Toolbar C. Histogram D. Photo information E. Smart Preview Status F. Tool strip G. Adjustment panels
Work with Develop presets
Presets provide a way to save a group of settings and apply them to other photos. Once you create and add a preset to the Presets panel in the Develop module, it remains there until you delete it. The presets also appears in the list of Develop settings which you can apply while importing photos.
Preview and apply a Develop preset
A set of default presets is listed in the Presets panel of the Develop module. Click the Lightroom Classic Presets folder to display the default presets.
• To preview the effects of a preset on your photo, move the pointer over it in the Presets panel. The effect is displayed on your photo in the Loupe view and in the Navigator panel.
• To apply a preset to the photo, click it in the Presets panel.
In Lightroom Classic CC 7.4 (June 2018 release), a new preference option has been added that allows you to disable the live preset preview on your photo in the Loupe view.
1. Choose Edit > Preferences (Win) or Lightroom Classic > Preferences (Mac).
2. In the Preferences dialog, go the Performace tab.
3. In the Performance tab, deselect Enable Hover Preview Of Preset In Loupe.
4. Click OK.
Import Develop presets
Beginning with Lightroom Classic CC 7.5 (August 2018 release), you can also bulk import XMP presets and profiles, DCP profiles, and LCP profiles as part of a zip file. However, .lrtemplate presets can’t be imported as part of a zip file.
To import Develop Presets in Lightroom Classic, do any of the following:
• In the Presets panel [Develop module], click the plus (+) icon at the upper-right corner and choose Import Presets from the displayed drop-down options. In the import dialog box that appears, select the preset files or a .zip file containing presets. Click OK.
In this case, all the presets are added to the User Presets group.
• In the Presets panel [Develop module], right-click on the desired preset group and in the import dialog box that appears, select the preset files or a .zip file containing presets. Click OK.
In this case, the presets are imported into the selected preset group.
Create a Develop preset
Presets you create are based on the current settings of the selected photo.
1. In the Develop module, click the Create New Preset (+) button at the top of the Presets panel or choose Develop > New Preset.
2. Click Check All to select everything or click Check None to deselect everything, and then click to select each of the settings to include in the preset.
3. Type a name in the Preset Name box, specify which folder the preset should appear in, and click Create.
The preset is added to the list in the Presets panel in the specified folder.
We hope this article helps you to have a better understanding of how Lightroom works and how Lightroom Presets can speed up your editing time after a little work.
Instead of manually editing a photo from scratch, you can simply apply a preset to make a huge change and edit from there.
There are tons of presets on the world wide web that you can use to save your time. Also, our Professional Presets are created to help photographers impact their edits and produce premium high-quality results in seconds.