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Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

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Skin Softening and Brush Work

Jared Platt

Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Jared Platt

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28. Skin Softening and Brush Work


Class Trailer
1 Differences Between Lightroom Desktop and Lightroom Classic 19:42 2 Hard Drives 08:06 3 File Organization 08:31 4 30,000 Foot View of Workflow 05:36 5 Importing into Lightroom 04:10 6 Building Previews 07:14 7 Collections and Publish Services 05:11 8 Keywords 06:27
9 Hardware for Lightroom 06:08 10 Searching for Images 07:51 11 Selecting Images 14:15 12 Organizing Images 04:02 13 Collecting Images for Use 14:56 14 Develop Module Overview 10:15 15 Profiles 11:34 16 Basic Adjustments 11:45 17 Basics Panel: Texture, Clarity, and Dehaze 05:31 18 Basics Panel: Saturation and Vibrance 02:40 19 Tone Curve 09:26 20 HSL 04:48 21 Split Tone 08:19 22 Lens Corrections 08:32 23 Details 09:34 24 Transform Tool 05:52 25 Effects Panel 10:00 26 Synchronizing for Faster Editing 07:40 27 Spot Tool 17:51 28 Skin Softening and Brush Work 07:00 29 Range Masking 13:28 30 Dodge and Burn 17:36 31 Working with Specific Colors 08:30 32 Edit Quickly with Gradient Filters 11:22 33 Making Presets 13:24 34 Preparing Image in Lightroom 09:51 35 Content Aware Fill 11:14 36 Skin Repair 02:44 37 Skin Smoothing 14:39 38 Expanding a Canvas 04:30 39 Liquify 10:22 40 Layers and Composite Images 12:54 41 Sharing via Web 17:52 42 Exporting Files 10:47 43 Sharing with Slideshows 08:00 44 Archiving Photos and Catalogs 19:54 45 Designing 13:35 46 Making Prints 11:27 47 Color Management and Profiles 13:00 48 Archiving Photos and Catalogs 11:31 49 Using Cloud Storage 04:09 50 Adding Images to your Portfolio 09:23 51 Collecting for Your Portfolio 18:03 52 Publishing Unique Websites Per Project 19:48 53 Sharing to Instagram 07:06 54 HDR 15:32 55 Panorama 06:41 56 HDR Panorama 09:54 57 Making Presets 15:39 58 Creating Profiles 18:09 59 Maps 07:08 60 Setup for Tethered Shooting 23:21 61 Sharing with the Client 05:42 62 Watched Folder Process 07:04 63 Second Monitor and iPad 06:09 64 Backup at the Camera 03:50 65 Gnar Box Disk Backup 06:45 66 iPhone and iPad Review 12:52 67 Importing to Lightroom on iPad 02:59 68 Cloud Backup 04:39 69 Adjust, Edit, and Organize 07:46 70 Using Lightroom Between Devices 11:27 71 Lightroom Desktop 05:27 72 Removing Images from the Cloud 10:49 73 Profiles 09:34 74 Light 04:34 75 Color 05:36 76 Effects 15:22 77 Details 08:33 78 Optics 03:49 79 Geometry 04:12 80 Crop 04:39 81 Adding and Using Presets and Profiles 13:41 82 Local Adjustments 15:40 83 Healing Tool 03:29 84 Synchronizing Edits 04:57 85 Editing in Photoshop 08:54 86 Finding Images 07:09 87 Sharing and Exporting Albums on the Web 09:18 88 Posting Images to Social Media 14:01 89 Overview of Lightroom Desktop 07:35 90 The Workflow Overview 10:08 91 Organizing Images 05:10 92 Albums and Shared Albums 18:21 93 Lightroom Desktop Workspace Overview 04:36 94 Importing and Selecting Images 09:23 95 HDR and Panoramics 22:44 96 Light 07:47 97 Profiles 07:23 98 Tone Curves 02:57 99 Color 08:35 100 Effects 17:01 101 Details 12:43 102 Optics 04:05 103 Geometry and Crop Tool 06:01 104 Sync Settings 02:40 105 Making and Adding Presets 03:48 106 Healing Brush 02:21 107 Brush Tool 03:14 108 Gradient Tool 04:16 109 Edit in Photoshop 02:53 110 Finding Images with Sensei 06:32 111 Sharing Albums on the Web 04:57 112 Print through Photoshop 02:09 113 Exporting Images to Files or Web Services 04:36 114 Connecting with Lightroom Classic and Mobile Devices 05:24 115 Archiving Images for Storage 09:55 116 Review of the Workflow 07:20

Lesson Info

Skin Softening and Brush Work

now what I want to do is I want to actually go in and work on her skin. I want to soften the skin up a little bit, so that's just a nicer skin tone. And if I were to do this in the develop module just globally, I could do it with the texture or the clarity knobs. But the problem is the texture and clarity. Knobs are global, so they're affecting everything in the photograph, including her hair, the textures on her dress, all that kind of stuff. So what we want to do is we want to select just the area of her skin that we're gonna work on. So what I'm gonna do is I'm actually going to click on the brush and I'm going to go in with the brush and paint on effect. And that effect is going to be a negative texture, a little bit of positive clarity, just so that, like I get some nice like, the chunkier things get a boost. But the skin gets a little bit of ah, cover of, ah, softness to it. The other thing, that and I'm I'm doing this so you can see what I'm thinking when I'm creating an effect.

So I'm gonna work on the texture So let me zoom in So you can see this. I'm gonna work on the texture Bring it down I'm gonna add a little bit of clarity just so I get sharpness in the eyes and the eyeliner and stuff like that. But I'm gonna take contrast down So I'm taking contrast down Because all of the all of the things that you see an inconsistent skin is a matter of contrast inside the skin. So I'm taking the contrast down itself. I'm going to bring the shadows up just a little bit so that I've got kind of ah filling in the shadows cause the shadows create like, texture in the skin like a poor Think about a poor It's it's a shadow. Um And so I've done all of that. And then the last thing I want to do is take a little sharpness out. Remember, if you were take sharpness on a global photo and just really jack up the sharpness of the super Sharp, you would see that the face would get like, crunchy and it because it's sharpening the actual pixels and so it would get really crunchy and ugly. And so when you take the the sharpness down, you do the opposite and you smooth it out. So those are the kind of things that I would do in order to create this effect to give me a nice soft look on her face. So what I'm gonna do now is I'm gonna brush that in, but in order for you to see what I'm doing right below the photo on the left hand side here is a show selected mask overlay, and I just gonna paint it in and show you the overlay. And I have the overlay as green, you can choose what color the overlay will be. But I'm just doing a green overlay and I'm just coming in and painting her arm. And I'm painting this arm here and then her face. So there's all the skin and you're probably wondering, uh, Jared, that's not very accurate. And that's fine. It doesn't matter. It doesn't have to be super accurate. Ah, and I'll show you why in a second. So the first thing we're gonna do is check and see how our settings worked. So let's go toe Oneto one and then let's look and I'm going to just turn this on and off. So remember I said all these settings before I ever even painted anything. I was just I knew kind of what needed to be done based on the idea of what creates texture on skin. And so, based on that idea, it looks good, and I'm gonna turn it on and off so you can see the final effect. So here's what it looks like before, and here's what it looks like after see how it glows. It's just a nice, healthy glow to her skin. There's still texture in it. There's still pours. You can still see things in her skin, but it's soft. It looks good. It's not like, uh, it doesn't look like dolls like Plasticky doll Look, um, so I like the way that looks. So now that I've tested all of the settings that I just made, here's a little tip. You actually get to create a preset here, So we're gonna go in, let me zoom in here again, and I'm going on this effect. I'm gonna click the custom right above it says custom and I'm going to go down to the very bottom of this list and at the very bottom, and I want you to look at how they're labeled. See all that. So see, I have all these skin options, and I really like that one. It's a really great look on her skin, so I'm going to save that as a preset. So I'm gonna do it under hair and makeup. So that's in the four hundreds, and I'm just going to do it as 4 So it's going to be 4 10 and I will call it healthy, warm, healthy glow. That's what we just call healthy glow. All right, so 410 is gonna be the name of that. So I'm going to save it as a new preset, and I'm gonna call it four for Healthy Glo. Oh, I need to put skin at the beginning of it there. So for 10 skin healthy glow, and so now when I click on it, see, it's right in its right position, so very easy. And if I ever want to rename it, which I think I kind of messed up on the name I said, Yeah, there should be a dash. There should be a dash after instead of before. So I'm just gonna go back down here and I'm gonna rename the preset and we're gonna call it Skin dash healthy glow and get rid of that and rename There we go. So now it's gonna fall right into place with all of my other presets. So I click on that. So from here on out, if I ever want that skin healthy glow again, all I have to do is go in here If I create, If I go to brush something and it's, you know, on some other, I could just click on it and go toe for 10 skin healthy glow. And I've got everything mapped out the way I want it and then just painted in. So use those presets again. Just never do anything twice if you if you've If you've done something once and it took you a while to figure out what you liked and what style you liked, save it is a preset so that you never have to do that again. You just toggle it on and paint

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).