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Lesson 1 from: Combining Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC for a Seamless Workflow

Jan Kabili

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1. Class Introduction

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Class Introduction

What we're gonna cover today is how to use light room and photo shop to make your photos look great. And this is a topic that I've taught a lot. I've taught it online. I've taught it in my life light room workshops, and I've even even written a book about it, called The Light Room and Photo Shopped for Photographers Classroom in a book, The Official Adobe Classroom in a book. And the reason I've spent so much time on this topic is that I think it's really important for everybody who loves to take photos and who needs to edit their photos, whether it's for the love of it, because it's really fun to Dio or because you have to do it for business. And it doesn't matter what kind of photographs you take, whether you like to shoot weddings or friends and family or events or nature or fashion or street photography, whatever you like to shoot. This is a topic that's important for you to know, because the truth is that ever since light room came out, which is about 10 years ago, I've been getti...

ng the question everywhere. I teach G. What should I do? I'm a photo shop user. Should I learn White Room? Should I switched a light room? Hey, I'm a Libra. Muser. Why do I need to use Photoshopped to? Can I just use light room? I hear this all the time from people and my answer to the question Should I use light room or photo shop is no. You know what I mean? The answer to the question is that's not the right question. The real question is, how do I use the two together? Because when you use the two together, you get the best of both worlds. And so what I want to cover today in this class is how you can use the two programs together to make the best of your photos. We're going to talk about not only how to use the two programs together, but also why, And I'm going to give you a bunch of specific examples. I'll walk you through some situations that you're going to encounter most probably where it makes sense to use both Photoshopped and light room. You'll get the best results and you have the most efficient workflow if you do that. So that's what we're going to cover today. Now, before we actually jump in and start doing it, I want to make sure you know what I mean by using them together. So here's like in a nutshell, what I'll call the round trip workflow between light room and Photoshopped. So in general you'll start in light room. That's where I am right now. You can see Ah light room on my screen, and from light room or in light room, you'll make what I consider kind of the basic photo quality edits to your photos, and I think it's a good idea to do as much of that as you can in late room. For example, you'll make the exposure look better if necessary. You'll make colors look better. You might fix lens distortions. You might do a little capture sharpening, and then that's kind of the bulk of what I suggest that you do in light room initially, and there are a couple of reasons that I think you should do most of that in like Room One is that if you do all that work in light room and then you pass your photo over to photo shop, the way I'm going to show you to do it and then you finish up in photo shop, come back over the light room. Light room will automatically keep track of the photos that you edited in photo shop. And that is such a relief. I mean, I don't know about you, but I take hundreds of thousands of photographs. Really. My main catalog is just brimming over with photographs, and if I didn't have light room to keep track of them, I don't think I would ever find the ones that I need in any particular day for any particular purpose. So it's very important to have light room automatically keeping track of your photos even after you've take them to photo shop and brought them back. So that's one reason to start the process in light room rather than say, Hey, I'm going to just open a photo and photo shop and start working on it and hope it somehow gets into light room or have to import it manually into light room after you're done with it in photo shop. So that's one reason to start with light room, and the second reason to start with light room is light room is so user friendly when it comes to developing your photos and you'll see we're going to do it together, you'll see me doing it. And I think you'll agree. If you haven't already spent time editing your photos in light room, that really is so nice and easy and discoverable and right there for you, as opposed to some things in photo shop where you have to know the secret handshake. So those are two reasons to start in light room, and after we start doing those basic edits in light room, then for many photos you'll be done. But there will be some photos with which you want to go further, and it's when you want to go further, either for creative reasons or because you want to do some special kind of editing. Or you just want to do some deep dive editing that you'll take your photos from light room to photo shop using the method that I show you. And then you'll do your editing and Photoshopped. When you're done there, you'll save and boom they'll appear back in leg room, so that's the essence of the light room. Photoshopped workflow. There's a lot more I mean, there's so much more that I was able to fill a whole book, right? But that is kind of where we're going. Just so you know, So you're not totally in the dark because I imagine there are a lot of people who've never really tried this. They've either done most of their editing in light room or done it in photo shop. And after this, you should be able to use both in the way I just described.

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Ratings and Reviews

a Creativelive Student

She is a wonderful instructor--very clear and concise--and offers so much information in a short time. Great!

Makinde Ilesanmi

This course was very useful. I enjoyed every bit of it, and Jan did a good job explaining [in simple terms], the interaction between LR and PS. Definitely a 5star


Even though I've never worked with Lightroom, the instructor was very clear about how to use the basic tools and move from LR to PS. She explained things well, didn't rush through so fast that it was impossible to follow her (as I have found with some of the other instructors on She seemed to have goals that filled the time without having to rush through or talk a mile-a-minute. I've been using PS for more than 25 years and am so used to it, I was reluctant to try Lightroom. From what I learned in the session, I'm confident I have enough knowledge to begin using its basic functions in conjunction with PS.

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