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Transform Tool

Jared Platt

Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Jared Platt

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24. Transform Tool


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

Transform Tool

this one of my favorite tools, One of my very, very favorite tools. Um, and that is the transform tool. So the transform tool is super useful for people who are architectural photographers. Um, I'm gonna Okay, so this is what the image looks like on its own. And and if I turn this back on, you can see the change. So there's before there's after before, after this is something Several years ago, you had to go to photo shop to fix, but now it's inside a light room resident, and it's is such I find myself transforming and adjusting images to really square the edges up to make them even that much more better. And I It's fantastic. Like when you really pay attention to this, the frame edge and the edges inside the photograph and square them up and make them really nice and tight. It it makes the photograph what it is. I couldn't live without the transform tool now, but let me show you how it works, So I'm gonna I'm gonna reset the upright tool in a case like this. There are several ways to ...

do it, and I'll be honest with you. I I almost never use any tool except for the guided upright so you can do vertical level auto. So if you'd say level, it's just gonna try and level the photograph. If you say vertical, it's going to see vertical lines and try and make them square with the frame edge. If you say full, it's gonna try and square everything up in a lot of times full really screws up. Um, an auto is just auto is meant for you. Turn it on auto, so that if you ever included in a preset, just automatically tries to interpret and decide which one is the best tool to use. But what I'm going to do is guided because it's the most useful. I click on guided, and when I click on Guided that there's a little little hash tag right here, and when you click on it, it gives you a little, um, cursor with that weird hash tag on it. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go up here, and I need to find all of the vertical and horizontal horizontal lines that matter. So in this case, the vertical lines air these two pillars right next to me. So I'm gonna click on here, and I'm gonna drag down on this vertical line here and nothing happens because I only have one vertical line I need to have actually two vertical lines to do anything. So I'm gonna click on this one here and dragged down to here. See there and now you saw that they just straightened. So it it transformed the image to make sure that those two pillars are directly straight up and down. Now, I need to find a horizontal line that is critical to the success of the image, Not just any horizontal line. Usually you want to choose horizontal lines that are close to the frame edge. That's kind of the way you choose thes. And so what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go, and I'm gonna choose this one way back here. That's a good horizontal like that is your horizon line. And so I'm gonna go and click on this floor, this baseboard there and it just shifted a little bit. It wasn't quite off, but a little bit and so But it maintained the vertical lines, and now it just morphed the image. So that now there's a straight horizontal line, and then the last thing I want to do If I really want to make this image perfect, I can then come up here into this area. And I could say I want this line here, this this swoop to be straight at the corners. And so I'm going to just grab each corner there and then I'm gonna come over to this corner here and they're So now I know that that is an absolutely symmetrical, perfect example of an architectural shot. It's perfect. And then I've got the lady here, which is my wife, Um, and she's reading some kind of historical document on the wall there. But I love the shot because it's so perfectly done. Um, anyway, so that is how we use the transform tool. Feel free to play around with it. You can do things by slider, and you can do things by auto. But my favorite thing is the guided upright. That's that's the coolest thing about the transform tool. Okay, so now Oh, and by the way, it works great, even with people. So when I'm working on people here, here's the transform tool again, and this is off. See, It was a little screwy that way, and and I was shooting from the side a little bit. And then when I turned on the guided, it adjusted everything and the people still look good. So it's it's rare that the transform tool or that yeah, that transform tool will actually ruin a person. It does a pretty good job. I mean, you would have to go drastic in order for it to stretch a person in a weird way, so it does, does a great job.

Class Description

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  • 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).