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Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

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Expanding a Canvas

Jared Platt

Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Jared Platt

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38. Expanding a Canvas


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2 Hard Drives Duration:08:06
3 File Organization Duration:08:31
4 30,000 Foot View of Workflow Duration:05:36
5 Importing into Lightroom Duration:04:10
6 Building Previews Duration:07:14
8 Keywords Duration:06:27
9 Hardware for Lightroom Duration:06:08
10 Searching for Images Duration:07:51
11 Selecting Images Duration:14:15
12 Organizing Images Duration:04:02
13 Collecting Images for Use Duration:14:56
14 Develop Module Overview Duration:10:15
15 Profiles Duration:11:34
16 Basic Adjustments Duration:11:45
19 Tone Curve Duration:09:26
20 HSL Duration:04:48
21 Split Tone Duration:08:19
22 Lens Corrections Duration:08:32
23 Details Duration:09:34
24 Transform Tool Duration:05:52
25 Effects Panel Duration:10:00
27 Spot Tool Duration:17:51
28 Skin Softening and Brush Work Duration:07:00
29 Range Masking Duration:13:28
30 Dodge and Burn Duration:17:36
31 Working with Specific Colors Duration:08:30
33 Making Presets Duration:13:24
34 Preparing Image in Lightroom Duration:09:51
35 Content Aware Fill Duration:11:14
36 Skin Repair Duration:02:44
37 Skin Smoothing Duration:14:39
38 Expanding a Canvas Duration:04:30
39 Liquify Duration:10:22
40 Layers and Composite Images Duration:12:54
41 Sharing via Web Duration:17:52
42 Exporting Files Duration:10:47
43 Sharing with Slideshows Duration:08:00
44 Archiving Photos and Catalogs Duration:19:54
45 Designing Duration:13:35
46 Making Prints Duration:11:27
47 Color Management and Profiles Duration:13:00
48 Archiving Photos and Catalogs Duration:11:31
49 Using Cloud Storage Duration:04:09
51 Collecting for Your Portfolio Duration:18:03
53 Sharing to Instagram Duration:07:06
54 HDR Duration:15:32
55 Panorama Duration:06:41
56 HDR Panorama Duration:09:54
57 Making Presets Duration:15:39
58 Creating Profiles Duration:18:09
59 Maps Duration:07:08
60 Setup for Tethered Shooting Duration:23:21
61 Sharing with the Client Duration:05:42
62 Watched Folder Process Duration:07:04
63 Second Monitor and iPad Duration:06:09
64 Backup at the Camera Duration:03:50
65 Gnar Box Disk Backup Duration:06:45
66 iPhone and iPad Review Duration:12:52
67 Importing to Lightroom on iPad Duration:02:59
68 Cloud Backup Duration:04:39
69 Adjust, Edit, and Organize Duration:07:46
71 Lightroom Desktop Duration:05:27
72 Removing Images from the Cloud Duration:10:49
73 Profiles Duration:09:34
74 Light Duration:04:34
75 Color Duration:05:36
76 Effects Duration:15:22
77 Details Duration:08:33
78 Optics Duration:03:49
79 Geometry Duration:04:12
80 Crop Duration:04:39
82 Local Adjustments Duration:15:40
83 Healing Tool Duration:03:29
84 Synchronizing Edits Duration:04:57
85 Editing in Photoshop Duration:08:54
86 Finding Images Duration:07:09
88 Posting Images to Social Media Duration:14:01
89 Overview of Lightroom Desktop Duration:07:35
90 The Workflow Overview Duration:10:08
91 Organizing Images Duration:05:10
92 Albums and Shared Albums Duration:18:21
94 Importing and Selecting Images Duration:09:23
95 HDR and Panoramics Duration:22:44
96 Light Duration:07:47
97 Profiles Duration:07:23
98 Tone Curves Duration:02:57
99 Color Duration:08:35
100 Effects Duration:17:01
101 Details Duration:12:43
102 Optics Duration:04:05
103 Geometry and Crop Tool Duration:06:01
104 Sync Settings Duration:02:40
105 Making and Adding Presets Duration:03:48
106 Healing Brush Duration:02:21
107 Brush Tool Duration:03:14
108 Gradient Tool Duration:04:16
109 Edit in Photoshop Duration:02:53
110 Finding Images with Sensei Duration:06:32
111 Sharing Albums on the Web Duration:04:57
112 Print through Photoshop Duration:02:09
115 Archiving Images for Storage Duration:09:55
116 Review of the Workflow Duration:07:20

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


Dan Clarke

This class was great. I've never used Lightroom before and now I feel comfortable in it. Massive amount of good info.


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).

Kyosa Canuck

I hate to say this is a repetitive class due to covering much of the same things in each LR app. I appreciate Ben's classes better but this does give different perspectives. Also, Ben knows better than to use the word "super" let alone use it 10+ times per lesson.