Create and Organize a Smart Keyword Hierarchy in Lightroom

Let’s tackle the most powerful feature for staying organized in lightroom: keyword hierarchies. When you have a solid keywording system, you can instantly pull up the exact images you’re looking for…which can save you hours of hunting around your catalog. And the time saved here will grow exponentially. Here’s what we’ll discuss in the following …

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How to Create and Organize Lightroom Collections

Now that your images and folders are reconnected to the catalog, it’s time to organize them into collections.  Here’s what we’ll discuss in the following lesson: The easiest method for organizing your existing images into collections. How to plan, create and maintain a collection hierarchy that accommodates YOUR workflow. How to automate the image organization process …

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Creating Depth and Dimension in Lightroom and Photoshop

Creating Depth and Dimension in Lightroom and Photoshop

Depth and Dimension…

The relationship between contrast, luminosity, and color is very delicate, and even a small change can completely alter the flow and balance of your composition.

For example: darkening the shadows will automatically push more attention towards your highlights, making that a heavier focal point. Also, brighter tones appear closer than darker, which can either enhance or flatten the perceived depth of your image.

Complete Guide to White Balance in Lightroom and Photoshop

Complete Guide to White Balance in Lightroom and Photoshop

White balance sets the foundation for your color and tonal work (even if you choose black and white treatment)…so it’s much more than simply setting the “mood” of your image. It’s directly related to image quality and clarity, which is why you want to set your white balance at the very start of your processing workflow (whether in Lightroom or Photoshop).

A common misconception is that if you shoot in raw format, then you don’t need to set your in-camera white balance and can simply “fix it in post”…

Steps for Smoother Brushwork in Lightroom and Photoshop

Steps for Smoother Brushwork in Lightroom and Photoshop

The Brush Tool …

If you’ve done any kind of processing in Lightroom or Photoshop, you’ve most likely worked with the brush tool. It’s the foundation of dodging and burning, any kind of blending, and many other creative processing techniques.

With the brush tool, you can literally paint over the areas you want to change…without the guesswork and unwanted side effects of the brute-force global adjustments. The ability to tailor your processing to the content of your image will not only give you higher-quality results…but will save you a lot of time in the darkroom.

However, this incredible feature can be a little tricky to master since there are quite a few settings that control how your brush performs…

So for this “mini-lecture”, I’ve got something extra-special lined up…two video lessons that will teach you everything to know about (1) how the brush tool works, (2) how to get smooth and seamless brushstrokes, and (3) advanced-level tips for taking full advantage of all this incredible tool has to offer.