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Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 89 of 116

Overview of Lightroom Desktop


Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 89 of 116

Overview of Lightroom Desktop


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Overview of Lightroom Desktop

for those of you who are professional photographers, we have talked previously about light room classic. Now we're going to talk about light room desktop, and there's a difference between light room desktop in Light Room Classic. And it's very important to understand the differences before you even decide which one you're going to use. Light Room Classic is a much more professional, workhorse oriented programme, whereas light room desktop, which is the newer version of light Room, which we're going to discuss now, is a smaller, more simplified version of light Room. It has the same raw processing engine inside of it. Eso it can accomplish most everything that light from classic can in regards to adjusting and editing an image. But there are a couple tools that are still kind of missing from it because it's still a developing program. So there one or two little pieces of the puzzle that aren't quite there yet. But also there are very big differences in the modules themselves. Rather tha...

n having a library module in the develop module in a book module on a maps module and all of these different tools all within one program light room desktop, the newer version of Light Room is is attempting to do on Lee one thing and do it very well. And that is to store, find and adjust your images really well and allow you to then send those images out, toe other places to do other things, like making books or making prints or editing the images in Photoshop or sending them to other services, other Web services, things of that nature. So it's just a much more pared down version on this schematic that I have in front of me here kind of shows you the difference between those two. Um, we've actually created a comparison between the two of these, so make sure you watch that if you want to get really into the details. But I want to express a couple really important points about light room desktop that we need to understand for the purposes of our discussion, which is light room desktop workflow. So the first thing that we need to understand is that light room desktop is always tied to the cloud. So anything that you put inside of light room desktop the entire file, whether you put a small J peg or whether you put a very large 30 or 50 mega mega pixel file in, it is going to go up to the cloud. It's going to go to the light room cloud, and that's gonna hold your image as a backup. Furthermore, it's gonna actually send those images out to all of your other devices, so it's going to send it to your IPad. It's going to send it to your IPhone. It's gonna even send it to other computers that happen. Have light room death stop on them, so it's going to allow you toe have access to your images anywhere you happen to be. But it is going to fill up that cloud quite quite rapidly because big files like 30 and 40 and 50 megapixel files take up a lot of space, especially when they're raw. So that's the first thing you understand Need to understand is that it's going to fill up a cloud. It's going to put everything in the cloud. And other than turning off your WiFi and never attaching your computer to the Web, there is no way to stop light room desktop from sending your images to the cloud. There's just no way to do it. Furthermore, if you put anything into a an IPad or into your IPhone in light room in your IPhone or your IPad or your mobile device, it's going to send the entire file from there to the cloud. And then that entire file will come down into light room desktop on your computer. So it's a two way synchronization between everything. The full file is going to be everywhere except for you can have on each individual device. You can tell it on Lee download a smart preview because I don't want to fill this device up with the same photos that air over on that computer or vice versa. I can even tell my computer not to download the full file on Lee upload the big files, but any time something new comes in, don't download the full file so I can do a little bit of tweaking on that. Secondly, you can. And if this is your primary mode of looking at photos, if light room desktop is your primary editor, you can and I highly suggest that you attach your computer to a hard drive system. So in my case, I would prefer to have a raid. One system now a raid. One looks a lot like this. It's got two drives in it. 12 and both drives are simultaneously receiving the same data. So if I put my images into Dr One, they're automatically duplicated to drive to. Furthermore, if I take out, drive to and I grab another copy, that's the same size drive and put it in his drive. Three. It will immediately take everything from Dr One and put it on to drive three. So now I have three copies. So a raid one system with two drives in it is probably the simplest, most effective way to back up your images on a hard drive system. I highly suggest that when you institute light room desktop that you tell it to store all of the original files locally as well as on the cloud. If you do that, you'll have a back up in the cloud and you'll have a backup at home. That's the best way to operate its not a good idea on Lee. Have all of your images in one particular place, and especially on the cloud where you don't really have total control over it. It's a good idea to have your main set of photos down on your hard drive here with you in your house or in your studio. Okay, so and and I highly suggest that that be a raid one system rather than some kind of like a Big Five drive, you know, turning your files everywhere, kind of like a dro bow or something like that, that really complicated. And if they fail, they fail big, whereas a raid one. It's very simple. If one of the drives fails, the other drivers fine. If the system fails, the drive itself is independent. The system. You could pull it out and put it in another drive housing, and it'll work. So that's my suggestion, for when you're actually working on your files and putting him in tow light room desktop, make sure that you have a disk drive where they can actually be placed

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.