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Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 38 of 116

Expanding a Canvas


Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 38 of 116

Expanding a Canvas


Lesson Info

Expanding a Canvas

Now, let's talk about a really interesting issue that is best done in photo shop. Simply because Photoshopped has a capability that light room does not have. I wish like room had this capability. You can see that if I have. I like this photograph that I've taken. Um and I like the fact that I've got extra space up here, but the one that I want to use is this image here. I stood up a little bit more. I don't want to use this one. I want to use this one. And the problem is is that when I shot it, I was angled. So if I reset this crop, the horizon line is skewed. And if I try and crop it so that the horizon line. So if I If I angle it so that the horizon line is correct, then I lose the action. I can't get the, uh, the top of the tree. So I've got a straight horizon line, but I have no top of the tree. So then I have to. So it's like, Well, what do I choose Horizon line or the top of the tree? So I can't do this inside of light room, and so I'm a little disappointed by that, so I'm going ...

to edit it in photo shop. So I'm just gonna click command E. It's going to take me to photo shop and inside a photo shop. If I use the crop tool inside a photo shop, this is a fantastic tool. If I use it, and I I'm just gonna turn the crop until I have the correct horizon line and then I'm going to expand my craft back up the way I wanted it in the first place because I wanted it to be that high. I don't mind all of this stuff. I'm gonna expand this edge out to Let's just go right about there. I think that's the crop that I want. But I have all this blank space, and there's this really great tool inside of Photoshopped that says, content aware. If I click on that, it's going to fill in all of these areas. Once I say go. So I'm just gonna hit this check box up here of the very top in middle, and when I do that, it's cropping the image, and it fills in all of the edges with the sky and with the rocks and all that kind of stuff once it's cracked. So there we go. Done. So now I have the correct horizon line. And if you zoom in here, look at this. Did a great job with sky. It even did a good job with the rocks over here. A little extra foliage. So it did a fantastic job. And now I have the image that I always wanted, even though I was skewed, I don't know. Why was that skewed? But I waas and I've still got the top of the tree and I've got the clouds up here. If you ever see a little bit of like a line or it didn't do quite as good a job filling so like right here, it created a little softness than all I need to do is go into the stamp tool. I'm just going to use it as a normal stamp tool and at 100% and I'm just gonna grab something here and just kind of and then you're good. So you all you're doing is just fixing any kind of lines that are created. But it did a fantastic job and now I'm ready to go. So I'm gonna close this up by command. W It's sending it back to Photoshop, and now I have a really great version of this image. But remember, you got to do everything possible in light room first, then you round trip to Photoshop so that once you get back here, you don't have to do any additional editing to your file. And by the way, once you've done that, it's stacked on the original. So I want you to go in and click on this one of two button right here and close the stack. That way, you're only looking at that top file. If you do that, if you keep your stacks closed or before you ever export anything, you simply go up to your, um, library, actually, photo stacking, and then you just say collapse all stacks. When you do that, any stack that's in the grid that you're looking at will be collapsed. Then highlight everything and exported, and your client will only see the top image. So going to photo shop in order to expand your canvas a little bit is a really good idea.

Class Description

All lessons are also available here for individual purchase.


  • Efficiently cull and retouch photographs
  • Manage your files to enable seamless and immediate recall
  • Get your computer and software to run faster
  • Create impressive photo books and slideshows
  • Take advantage of global adjustments
  • Improve your mobile workflow with both your iPhone and iPad
  • Deliver and share your images directly from Lightroom


Adobe® Lightroom® is the industry standard for post-production workflow and in Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide, you’ll learn Jared Platt’s gold standard for retouching and managing files quickly and efficiently.

Jared will show the ins and outs of Lightroom Classic, Lightroom Mobile, and Lightroom Desktop. He’ll demystify the difference between each and demonstrate when to use each one for maximum output.

Jared will share tips on improving every phase of your workflow – from shooting to archiving. You’ll learn how to take advantage of the latest Lightroom tools and features and become faster and more skilled at adjusting your images.


  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Lightroom
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Lightroom and learn new features to help edit photos
  • Students who’d like to take ordinary images and make them look extraordinary with some image editing or Lightroom fixes


Adobe Lightroom Classic 9.2
Adobe Lightroom Desktop 3.2
Adobe Lightroom Mobile 5.2


Jared Platt is a professional wedding and lifestyle photographer from Phoenix, Arizona. Jared holds a Masters of Fine Arts in the Photographic Studies and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University and has been a professional photographer and college educator for the past 12 years and has been a speaking, debating and lecturing for the past 17 years. His attention to detail and craft make him a demanding photography instructor. Jared has lectured at major trade shows and photo conferences as well as at universities around the world on the subject of photography as well as workflow. Currently, Jared is traveling the United States and Canada teaching and lecturing on photography and post production workflow. Join him online for monthly "Office Hours" at


  1. Differences Between Lightroom Desktop and Lightroom Classic
  2. Hard Drives
  3. File Organization
  4. 30,000 Foot View of Workflow
  5. Importing into Lightroom
  6. Building Previews
  7. Collections and Publish Services
  8. Keywords
  9. Hardware for Lightroom
  10. Searching for Images
  11. Selecting Images
  12. Organizing Images
  13. Collecting Images for Use
  14. Develop Module Overview
  15. Profiles
  16. Basic Adjustments
  17. Basics Panel: Texture, Clarity, and Dehaze
  18. Basics Panel: Saturation and Vibrance
  19. Tone Curve
  20. HSL
  21. Split Tone
  22. Lens Corrections
  23. Details
  24. Transform Tool
  25. Effects Panel
  26. Synchronizing for Faster Editing
  27. Spot Tool
  28. Skin Softening and Brush Work
  29. Range Masking
  30. Dodge and Burn
  31. Working with Specific Colors
  32. Edit Quickly with Gradient Filters
  33. Making Presets
  34. Preparing Image in Lightroom
  35. Content Aware Fill
  36. Skin Repair
  37. Skin Smoothing
  38. Expanding a Canvas
  39. Liquify
  40. Layers and Composite Images
  41. Sharing via Web
  42. Exporting Files
  43. Sharing with Slideshows
  44. Archiving Photos and Catalogs
  45. Designing
  46. Making Prints
  47. Color Management and Profiles
  48. Archiving Photos and Catalogs
  49. Using Cloud Storage
  50. Adding Images to your Portfolio
  51. Collecting for Your Portfolio
  52. Publishing Unique Websites Per Project
  53. Sharing to Instagram
  54. HDR
  55. Panorama
  56. HDR Panorama
  57. Making Presets
  58. Creating Profiles
  59. Maps
  60. Setup for Tethered Shooting
  61. Sharing with the Client
  62. Watched Folder Process
  63. Second Monitor and iPad
  64. Backup at the Camera
  65. Gnar Box Disk Backup
  66. iPhone and iPad Review
  67. Importing to Lightroom on iPad
  68. Cloud Backup
  69. Adjust, Edit, and Organize
  70. Using Lightroom Between Devices
  71. Lightroom Desktop
  72. Removing Images from the Cloud
  73. Profiles
  74. Light
  75. Color
  76. Effects
  77. Details
  78. Optics
  79. Geometry
  80. Crop
  81. Adding and Using Presets and Profiles
  82. Local Adjustments
  83. Healing Tool
  84. Synchronizing Edits
  85. Editing in Photoshop
  86. Finding Images
  87. Sharing and Exporting Albums on the Web
  88. Posting Images to Social Media
  89. Overview of Lightroom Desktop
  90. The Workflow Overview
  91. Organizing Images
  92. Albums and Shared Albums
  93. Lightroom Desktop Workspace Overview
  94. Importing and Selecting Images
  95. HDR and Panoramics
  96. Light
  97. Profiles
  98. Tone Curves
  99. Color
  100. Effects
  101. Details
  102. Optics
  103. Geometry and Crop Tool
  104. Sync Settings
  105. Making and Adding Presets
  106. Healing Brush
  107. Brush Tool
  108. Gradient Tool
  109. Edit in Photoshop
  110. Finding Images with Sensei
  111. Sharing Albums on the Web
  112. Print through Photoshop
  113. Exporting Images to Files or Web Services
  114. Connecting with Lightroom Classic and Mobile Devices
  115. Archiving Images for Storage
  116. Review of the Workflow



Thorough but very easy to follow. I've noticed a significant improvement in my work since starting this course a couple weeks ago, and I'm also spending noticeably less time editing my photos. I appreciate that it's up-to-date as of October, 2020, so the info is current (I wish CL would take down some of the older courses, since software changes make some of them obsolete).

Kayode Olorunfemi

I have been using lightroom for upwards of 6years and I still found this course incredibly useful. It can be useful learning through desperate tutorials online, but having a course that ties everything together, coupled with foundation principles, is invaluable.