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Adobe Lightroom Classic CC Workflow for Photographers

Lesson 10 of 26



Adobe Lightroom Classic CC Workflow for Photographers

Lesson 10 of 26



Lesson Info


if you're gonna import a catalogue, hope you question. Well, I was just thinking. So let's say your catalog is a mess, because you have, you know, things kind of all over, and you have too much stuff. Would this be a good way to be able to kind of start over per se? I'm gonna answer the what I call the atomic decision in a minute. Yeah. Thea Nuclear option. I will explain what I would do. I I will explain that. I like to explain it later. I like to offer hope first before resignation. Okay, so one of the things I like to do with collections is I can build workflow into the collection. So up here, I've got some collection sets, like here's all processing. Here's my different processes I would print with. So this is helping me kind of keep organized. Um, here, some portfolio stuff. I've got projects organized here, so I've got up no panorama projects. I've got a bunny of Langley's projects. I'm photographing the bunnies live in my town. So anything to kind of stay organized? I can create...

for that Now, I've got some other options, though, about collections that might be organizational like, Wow, I would love to be able to know that I could import photographs, put them in a collection, and then as I make my picks, move those into the next collection and then my edited into the next collection. So I have this structure I want to repeat over and over and over again. Every time I bring in photographs, it's my workflow is gonna be driven by collections because then I can go search all of my edited collections to find the photographs that are I'm editing. This is also going to show you how to import a catalogue as well. So this is a two for one demonstration. So I have a catalog that I'm gonna open up and show you That's called my workflow template. So we're gonna close out of this version of the catalogue and open up the light room template. The light room template has one photograph in it. You have to have one image for this process and workflow work. And if you're gonna import a catalogue in to your catalog, there has to be an image in it. If not, you lose your catalogues and collections. There's nothing mayor for it to do. There's nothing to really import. So I have a set of collections down here, and I have a folder collection set called Timpte and has 11111 in front of it. Reason for that is it's gonna put it at the top of the list when it gets imported, and then I haven't import over you and I have initial import, and then I have picks and rejects. Then I have a collection set because of a little icon there tells me it's a set and it has editing. I have round one round two and final edits that I have Weblog, Facebook and Instagram and then I have the final portfolio in print. So from a workflow standpoint, I have a project I'm working on. I'm gonna work on abstract metal, so for months and years, potentially, I'm gonna go out, photograph and find things that have metal in them that would go. All those photographs will then live in this initial imaging import. The photographs I've picked going to the picks, the photographs I have rejected would go into rejects. People always ask me, Why don't I have those it is rejected. Why don't get rid of it if I reject it and delete it? And it turns out it was important later. Software changes My taste change. My ability to edit gets better. So I don't want to ever get rid of the rejects. I might need something like that, or occasionally I'll reject something. But I'll have, like, three kind of variations of the image. And if I go back and I realized that's actually a better composition or point of view for this Siri's I'm working on. That's why. Don't get rid of the rejects editing. I have round one round two, round three for final, um, of sort of editing light at it like touch and it more and more than I think I'm finished. OK, my little weird world. Like I said, you're weird in your way. I'm weird my way, Okay, building my workflow. The Web folder is because I wanted to know, like if I put this photo anywhere and I put it on my blog's and I posted to Facebook that I put it on Instagram. So I built a folder for that collection for that, and that way I can go search instagram folders and to see your instagram collections and see what photos been posted. Instagram and then final are the two that actually matter in the grand scheme of my World is portfolio and print. Has it been printed? And is it in? My portfolio is in a portfolio level piece, and this gives me the opportunity to say there's portfolio level work in projects, but I don't want to necessarily move everything out and into a portfolio like it lives with this body of work. But it's a important portfolio peace. If I was gonna build a retrospective of my work, that would be kind of its its purpose. So that's that workflow. Now, when I work on a new project, I worked to this process pretty much every time. That is a lot of work to create over and over and over again. So I create the project. I got to create the collection, said that I could create the collections and then I'm gonna create the important and I have somebody looking out thinking I would never do that. I needed this. This is actually where my workflow is leading me. And if I don't like this, Werfel, if I'm like round to edit is too much. I'm gonna delete that. I'll just delete that collection. I'm not The collection said delete that collection. Okay, so now I have round one and then I'm going to say final. I'll just rename the final Let's say like, this is what I've decided my new workflow is gonna be. What I'm going to do now is in the key to this pieces. You'll notice this photograph, which is nothing but a white box I built in photo shop is in every one of those collections. So for this little trick toe work, the photo has to live in the collection. What we're gonna do is we're gonna import this collection into it would be my main catalogue. So we're gonna import it, and it's gonna build these collections with that one little photographing him. Then I could just delete the photograph, but the collections remain intact. So a lot of work that I'm automating there is no round about automation. Wait up, build a preset for this. I beg for preset collections. And when I talked to the injuries about their like build a catalog, I'm like No, I have to get a look. Um, and clearly, I'm one of the few people who think this is important, but I think workflow wise, this is important to build that structure if you're going to use collections efficiently and this is also the import piece.

Class Description


  • Build an efficient Lightroom workflow for organizing and editing
  • Organize your Library with Folders, Smart Folders, and Collections
  • Master Lightroom's image editing tools in the Develop Module
  • Learn to print and manage colors from Lightroom
  • See the latest updates, through the February 2019 version of Lightroom


Turn your Adobe Lightroom Classic CC catalog into an organized collection of images even Marie Kondo would be proud of. In this workflow-focused class, you'll build a streamlined, efficient workflow from organization to image editing. Using Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, you'll learn best practices for editing and organizing inside Adobe's Creative Cloud software, then build a workflow suited to your style of photography. Take advantage of the latest Lightroom tools and master a start-to-finish Lightroom workflow.

Beginning with organization, master Lightroom's catalog tools from essentials like Collections to premium features like template catalogs and import presets. Learn how to go from a mess of images to a catalog that's easily searchable.

Then, amp up your images with an editing workflow designed for both maximum efficiency and image quality. Learn how to use Lightroom's adjustment tools, from the large-scale global edits to the minute details. Daniel shows photographers how to radically cut workflow time while improving the quality of your images and the organization of your digital world.

Looking to master Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC to edit photos anywhere instead of the desktop-based Lightroom Classic CC? Try Daniel's Intro to Lightroom CC for Beginners class, which tackles the mobile-friendly photography plan with 1tb of storage.


  • Beginners new to Adobe Lightroom Classic CC
  • Enthusiasts and hobbyists ready to build a more efficient workflow
  • Advanced photographers that simply haven't found an efficient way to organize images


Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 2019


Beginning his career working for Adobe's help center, Daniel Gregory is known as an expert in everything Adobe photo. The fine art photographer is certified by Adobe in both Lightroom and Photoshop, along with working as an instructor during Photoshop World. His classes cover all levels of Adobe photo editing, teaching newbies to professional photographers.

After working in the tech industry, Daniel switched gears for a more creative life working as a fine art photographer and educator, based in Washington state where he also teaches in-person classes at the Photographic Center Northwest. Hosting the podcast The Perceptive Photographer, he helps other photographers face the many challenges presented to the creative community. He now works with both film and digital photography and often mixes the two mediums, allowing the techniques and technologies to overlap. 


  1. Class Introduction and Basic Workflow Management

    Meet the instructor, then jump into the course with basic workflow management. Lightroom isn't designed just for photo editing, but for a workflow. Get started by recognizing your own individual style and integrating the essential workflow elements.

  2. Customize Develop Panel

    Even if you're familiar with Lightroom Classic CC, the latest new additions are hidden features that can boost your workflow. Learn what's new inside the photo editing software before jumping into the start-to-finish workflow, starting with the new tool to customize the Develop Panel.

  3. Enhance Detail

    In the February 2019 release, Adobe launched a tool called Enhance Detail that's not yet available in the new Lightroom CC (a re-design of Lightroom Mobile). Learn what this tool does, and how to eek a bit more detail out of your photographs in Lightroom.

  4. Profiles and Presets

    Adobe's boring standard profiles have now been reworked -- look through the new camera profile options to give your RAW files a better foundation. Learn the difference between profiles and presets.

  5. Color Range and Luminosity Masking

    Continuing through the newest Lightroom Classic features, watch the color range and luminosity selections in action and learn how to use the new tool. Working with the gradient tool, the color range and luminosity sliders make it easy to apply the effect to only a portion of the image. The tool is helpful for darkening just the sky or applying local adjustments only to specific colors.

  6. Import and Folder Organization

    Explore the new additions to the folder tools and a new option to automatically import any images added to a watched folder on your hard drive. Start cleaning up your library with tools for searchable keywords for folders and collections.

  7. Tethered Shooting, HDR, and Pano

    Finish up the list of new features with the updates to tethered shooting stability as well as HDR and panorama merges. Clean up a collection by using a "create stack" shortcut for HDR and panoramas, or combine multiple steps with the new HDR Panorama tool.

  8. Catalogue Overview

    Feeling like your Lightroom catalog is a disaster is normal, Daniel says. In this lesson, he talks catalog strategy, like when to use multiple catalogs and how to manage multiple catalogs.

  9. Folders, Collections and Smart Collections

    What's the difference between folders and collections? Dig into Lightroom organization starting with Folders, Collections and Smart Collections. Learn best practices to working with these essential Lightroom features.

  10. Workflow

    Build a workflow using Lightroom Collections to easily maintain an organized catalog. Learn Daniel's collection hierarchy used for each import and a template shortcut to easily repeat the organization scheme for multiple catalogs.

  11. Importing

    Import a template catalog to your catalog to re-create a workflow organization scheme for each project. Then, work with file handling on importing files. Learn shortcuts for importing images, like creating import presets.

  12. Metadata

    Lightroom catalog so disorganized, it's easier to start from scratch? Learn how to re-launch your Lightroom without losing your edits using XMP metadata. With tools like renaming photos, learn metadata and tricks for cleaning up your catalog.

  13. Finding Photos in Lightroom

    Tools like stars, flags, and colors help make photos easier to find. With Daniel's tips, adapt Lightroom's tools to suit your specific style of photography, not the default. Work with tools to quickly find photographs, including Smart Collections.

  14. Workflow Tools in Develop Module Conceptual Framework

    Organization isn't limited to just the Lightroom Library. Build a streamlined editing workflow into your editing process. In this lesson, Daniel shares an ideal editing workflow to finish edits faster. Learn different keyboard shortcuts and Lightroom tips to help polish images.

  15. Editing Concepts

    Build a consistent, reliable, repeatable editing process by first understanding editing concepts. In this lesson, Daniel shares concepts that will help critically think about your edits while helping improve your edit speed in the long run.

  16. Editing a Photograph: Basic Panel

    With an editing plan in place, start working with overall adjustments inside the basic panel. Learn how to set the black and white points for the best exposure and shortcuts for quickly getting the most dynamic range from the image.

  17. Editing A Photograph: Detail Panel

    Inside the detail panel, add some finesse with the sharpness and noise reduction tools inside the detail panel. Daniel answers basic questions like how much sharpness is too much and what the radius slider does.

  18. Editing A Photograph: HSL/Color and Tone Curve Panels

    The HSL or color panel allows photo editors to control each individual color rather than applying adjustments to the entire image. Gain insight into what color adjustments to make first and what to look for when adjusting colors in Lightroom CC.

  19. Editing A Photograph: Regional Edits

    Dive into regional adjustments using the graduated filter tool. Master tricks like stacking gradients. Then, work with local adjustment tools such as the brush.

  20. Black White Options

    A repeatable workflow means the editing process is similar even when working in black and white. Learn tricks for working with monochrome. Add in tools like vignettes.

  21. Regional Editing using Luminance Masks and Local Adjustments

    Work with luminance and color masks when working on regional edits to fine-tune the image. Find insight into shortcuts for getting gradient and brushes exactly where they need to be with minimal effort.

  22. Virtual Copies, History, and Snapshots

    Lightroom CC is a non-destructive RAW file editor, which means you can easily undo different edits without affecting the original image. While non-destructive, tools like virtual copies can help you make multiple edits of the same image. Learn how to work in Lightroom's History, then discover the lesser-known snapshot tool.

  23. Basic Color Management

    Colors on one screen look different from the color on another screen. Managing color helps ensure the colors in the final print are the hues you were aiming for. In this lesson, Daniel helps photographers better understand color management to create images that look great both on screen and on paper.

  24. Soft Proofing

    Soft proofing in Lightroom helps photographers better visualize the print before actually printing. This tool works with information about the paper you are using to create a more accurate preview of the output. Lightroom will even show you what colors in the image are out of your monitor's gamut range.

  25. Making the Print

    Work inside Lightroom's print module to design contact sheets, print multiple images, print the biggest possible image for your printer, and more. Master print templates, paper profiles and more.

  26. Exporting Images

    With the editing complete, get those polished images out of Lightroom to share to social media and more. In the final lesson, Daniel walks through the different export options, including exporting presets, renaming files, resizing, metadata, watermarking and more.


a Creativelive Student

I watched this course live. Really good!. Of course, I like all of Daniel Gregory's classes. It's a real treasure when one finds a really good teacher who thinks like oneself. I thought that I already knew Lr well so I was really surprised about how much I learned from this course. I learned so many ways to improve my workflow efficiency.

Anne Dougherty

I was impressed by the amount of information covered in depth, and by Mr Gregory’s teaching style. I’m somewhat new to Lightroom and found his explanations of its capabilities, and why you would use it rather than Photoshop for specific processes, enormously helpful. I especially appreciated his lessons covering printing. This is invaluable information. Great class.

Warren Gedye

This was a great course. Daniel certainly explains it well and in terms I can understand! Super worth it and learnt loads of new tricks! Great job!!