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From Capture Through Edit Using Lightroom

Lesson 3 of 27

Creative Cloud Overview


From Capture Through Edit Using Lightroom

Lesson 3 of 27

Creative Cloud Overview


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Creative Cloud Overview

light room desktop for Adobe is a cloud based system. Now that doesn't mean that the program itself is in the cloud, and you have to be online in order to use it. What that means is that light room itself. Your program on your computer is tied to the cloud, which means everything that you put into light room wants to go up to the cloud so you will have an original image in light room on your desktop in a hard drive. But then, as soon as you put it there, light rooms also gonna take that image and put it in the cloud, the whole thing. So if it's a 13 megapixel file on your computer, it's gonna be a 13 megapixel photo in the cloud. And if you have other light room, either another laptop that has light room on it or an IPad or a android device on, do you have light room on those as well? The cloud is going to then broadcast that image toe all of your devices. Fortunately, each one of your devices can be, um, set so that it will either take the original photo so it'll download the original...

photo so all of your devices could have the original photos on them. Or and this is my preference. One of your devices say your desktop computer has the original file on it. The cloud has an original file on it. But when it broadcasts to your IPad or to your android phone or wherever its broadcasting to those we set the preference to Onley allow a smart preview download. And when we do that, then we limit the amount of space that we're using on the IPad itself. So if I have a small space on my IPad, I don't have to take hardly any of that space up because I can use smart previews on Lee on the IPad. And and so it's not taking up in space so I can set those preferences, and that's important to do. But that's the way the cloud system works. It's literally just that all of your light room clients, the programs that are on your various devices, are all talking to that cloud whenever they happen to connect. Now, your phone can actually connect to light room and talkto light room via the cellular signal, and you could tell it either to do that or not to do that in the settings on the IPhone and on the IPad on. Do you definitely wanna pay attention to that? Because you don't wanna be uploading and downloading files if it's burning all of your cellular data and so you could tell it on Lee to do that on WiFi. But all of these devices air talking to the cloud. And if I put photos in one device doesn't matter which device I put it in, it's gonna end up being accessible on all devices, uh, momentarily as soon as it has time to connect to a WiFi and send it up or go straight up through cellular. So that's a fantastic thing, because everywhere I go, I have access to all of my photos. Plus, if I'm going to adjust a photo on one of the devices, it will adjust it on all of the devices. That means that if I add keywords or if I adjust an image or if I crop an image, anything I do, even if I add an image to let's say I'm traveling and I start collecting, I do this all the time because I lecture. I take my IPad and I and I look through images. And as I look through images, I think, Oh, that would be good for this particular lecture. And so I grab it and I drag it into a, um, album specifically for that lecture, and then I can use it anytime I want. That's how I prepared this lecture is simply by being around my IPad and I just think, What do I want to talk about? And which images do I want to use when I'm talking to you? And so I make an album, and then I drag images into that album. I make a folder for those albums, and I drag images into our albums into that folder. And so now I have a folder full of items that I can use when I'm talking to you about light room, so something that you might want to do. If you're a professional photographer, you might make a portfolio of images for different types of activities, so weddings and portrait's and landscapes and commercial and and start dragging images as you find a great image, drag it in there, put it in there into an album so that the next time you're with a client or see someone that could be a client and they ask you what you do for a living or they ask you about your photography, you can say, Oh yeah, I have photos here and you can click on your child portrait album and then you can show them your child portrait right then and there because you're organized. And any time you put something on there, even if you were doing on in your desktop, it's now on your phone. It's now on your IPad, so no matter where you are, you have access to those photos, and I'll even show you throughout this workshop how not only can you have access to your photos on your devices, but if someone asks to see your images, you could create a website in seconds for them to look at as a portfolio of work. So it's a fantastic system and because it's connected to that cloud because you have that cloud, you not only have access to your photos anywhere you are, but you also have a an artificial intelligence system in the cloud that's looking at all those photos and it's doing all of the work up in the cloud. Like, for instance, finding faces, uh, is figuring out what those photos look like and what's in those photos so that when you start searching for things, you can find them because the artificial intelligence is sending information down based on your search is if I search for a hat, I'll find a hat because the artificial intelligence in the cloud is telling my systems what to do. So there's a lot of value toe having this cloud based system and light room just ties everything together, seamlessly and perfectly. And by the way, if you happen to be using light room classic as well, you can use light room classic in tandem with Light room on your IPad on your IPhone on your desktop here as the new version of Light Room and even on the Web so it ties into the whole system. Although we're not going to be talking about how it ties into light room classic because that's a whole different class, I'm assuming that you want to use light room in this class, and so that's what we're talking about and light room desktop. The new version of Light room is a cloud based system. It is something that wants to be talking to the cloud and you want it to talk to the cloud.

Class Description


  • Read your histogram and light meter to get the perfect exposure in the camera.
  • Make Panoramic and HDR images that look natural
  • Take your images from good to great in Lightroom.
  • Organize and find your images quickly anywhere, anytime.
  • Share your images with the world and even make a website to share your photography.
  • Retouch and enhance your images with targeted adjustments, sky replacements, removing and replacing distractions and much more.


No matter what camera you use or what you photograph, your images will always pass through the post-production process before you share them with the world. Taking a photograph at the camera is only the first step in the process of photography. It takes a great image capture and great editing to make a great photograph but it also takes great organization to keep track of it so you can share the beauty you have created. Jared Platt is here to teach you how to create high-quality images and edit your images in Adobe Lightroom to make them even better.

In this class, you will learn how to get better captures with the camera and learn how to use Adobe Lightroom to edit and organize your images. You will learn how to organize, adjust, retouch, and share your images from your computer or your mobile device. You will learn how to add and retrieve your images from anywhere, create whenever inspiration strikes, and share your creations anytime you like. You will be amazed at what you can do to your images in seconds. You will even learn how to create panoramic and HDR images for those complicated landscape shots and how to replace a sky to make your images more dramatic. Jared will take you through each and every step of the process of capture and post-production in Lightroom.

When you are finished with this course, you will have the knowledge that will set you free from your desk.

Lightroom is Adobe’s answer to simple and powerful image editing and organization. Lightroom is always connected to the Adobe Creative Cloud so that your images are available on your desktop and laptop computers, your smartphone, iPad, and even on any internet browser. It is a cloud-based service that gives you everything you need to create, edit, organize, store, and share your photos across any device. Lightroom is much more approachable and simple than Adobe’s Lightroom Classic (the professional level industry workhorse). Whether you are new to Lightroom or are using Lightroom Classic, this call is indispensable in your photographic education.


  • Photo enthusiasts.
  • Photographers who want to enhance and perfect their images.
  • Landscape and travel photographers.
  • Photo artists.
  • Anyone who wants to organize and edit their photos.
  • Bloggers and influencers who post photographs.


Lightroom 2021
Lightroom Mobile
Lightroom Web
Photoshop 2021
Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Portfolio


  1. Class Introduction

    This lesson is a quick introduction to Jared Platt, your instructor.

  2. Outline

    This is a brief overview of what you will learn and why.

  3. Creative Cloud Overview

    This lesson is an overview of the creative cloud, how Lightroom connects to the Creative Cloud and how that will help you in your photo workflow.

  4. The Camera

    In this lesson, we discuss the important settings in your camera for capturing the best images and for making your workflow safer and easier.

  5. Perfect Exposure

    In this lesson you will learn how to get the very best exposure from your camera by learning how it talks to you and what your camera is capable of doing.

  6. Exposure Test Comparison

    You will learn how to compare and contrast what your camera tells you with the truth in the RAW data in Lightroom.

  7. Lightroom Overview

    This is a comprehensive introduction to Adobe Lightroom with a special review of the most important settings and preferences. You will learn how Lightroom functions, where and what Lightroom does with your photos and how to navigate within your Lightroom catalog.

  8. Importing Images

    Learn how to import your images into Lightroom and what happens to your images when you do.

  9. Image Review, Organization, and Selection

    In this lesson you will learn how to use the tools in Lightroom that will make the process of reviewing, organizing and selecting your images. You will also learn how Lightroom’s connection to the Creative Cloud and Adobe Sensei will make your tasks even easier.

  10. Image Editing and Enhancement

    In this lesson you will learn how to use each and every tool in Lightroom’s edit panel to adjust and edit your images. You will learn how and why to use each and every slider in Lightroom.

  11. Profiles and Presets

    This lesson is all about getting the look you want in your photo fast! You will learn how to do that with Profiles and Presets. You will also learn how to import and manage your exhaustive collection of Profiles and Presets.

  12. Local Adjustments

    Learn how to use the Gradient and Brush tools in Lightroom to further enhance your images.

  13. Black and White

    This lesson will take you through the four tools that every Black and White photographer needs to know.

  14. Retouching

    In this lesson you will learn how to use the healing brush and the local adjustment brush to beautifully retouch a portrait without ever going to Photoshop.

  15. Synchronization

    In order to speed you along in your post-production work, this lesson will show you how to synchronize the work you have done on one photo to hundreds of images with just the click of a button.

  16. HDR (High Dynamic Range)

    This lesson will teach you how to shoot and edit RAW HDR images to get the very best exposure in very challenging conditions.

  17. Panoramas

    Learn how to stitch fully RAW panoramic images in Lightroom.

  18. Photoshop

    This lesson will not only teach you how to round trip your images to Photoshop, as a bonus you will learn how to use the all new Sky Replacement tool in Photoshop.

  19. Sharing

    This lesson is all about sharing your images with others. Learn how to share your images will speed and ease, from Lightroom.

  20. Sharing Via Connections

    Learn how to use the Connections portal in Lightroom to deliver your images to professional photo services like SmugMug, White House Custom Color, and Blurb Books.

  21. Adobe Portfolio

    Learn how to create your own beautiful website for free with Adobe Portfolio right from your Lightroom images.

  22. Printing

    Learn how to print images from Lightroom even if Lightroom doesn’t have a print button yet.

  23. Lightroom Mobile Overview

    Learn everything you need to know about Lightroom on your mobile device so that you can get the most out of your images on everyone of your devices!

  24. Lightroom Mobile Camera

    Learn how to use the Lightroom Camera on your mobile device.

  25. Tips and Tricks

    Learn additional tips and tricks in Lightroom, including: keystrokes, stacking, versions, enhanced details, date and time change, find your best photos, viewing videos, and using target collections.

  26. Archiving

    In this lesson you will learn how to archive the bulk of your images so that they are not tying up valuable space in your Creative Cloud. Learn how to finish your workflow with the proper archiving techniques that fit into your Cloud based Lightroom system.

  27. The End

    This lesson is the end! It is where we wrap up all the loose ends, remind you to write, and say goodbye.


Teresa Piccioni

Great great great class: Jarett explains the Lightroom workflow clearly and thoroughly. I am not a native English person and my English is quite poor but Jarett explains in a very simply and clearly way everything and I understand all chapters perfectly. Thanks guys, great job. I highly recommend this lesson to everybody,


I have watched each and everyone of Jared's classes on Creative Live and they are first class. I've waited a long time for a new one and now we have it and it's another gem. This is a wonderful overview of Lightroom and will repay watching sections (or all of it) several times to absorb the wealth of information presented. For anyone new to Lightroom, this is just what the doctor ordered.


Really in depth, so helpful! Thanks