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Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 24 of 116

Transform Tool


Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 24 of 116

Transform Tool


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

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.