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Lightroom Classic: Essential Training


Lightroom Classic: Essential Training


Class Description


  • Understand how Lightroom keeps things organized – the catalog system.
  • Use The Library module: importing, keywording, metadata, organizing, and more.
  • Use the Develop module: Make global and local adjustments, use the tools, use and create presets.
  • Understand the Map module: Organize your photos geographically and use privacy settings.
  • Use the Book module: Create a book from scratch.
  • Use the Slideshow module: Create a slideshow, create presets, learn strategies for increasing your income using the slideshow module.
  • Use the Print module: Create prints, create proof sheets for clients, and learn other hidden features.
  • Use the Web module: Create galleries for online viewing.

In addition to the modules Mark will be covering:

  • Custom Presets for automating your workflow.
  • Watermarking your images.
  • Using Publish Services.
  • Integration with Photoshop, Lightroom, and Creative Cloud.


This class is a step-by-step walkthrough of Lightroom Classic, perfect for the beginner as well as those who have worked with Lightroom Classic previously. This class is everything you ever wanted to know about Lightroom Classic but were afraid to ask.

This class will give you an overview of Lightroom Classic and show you how to maximize its potential by creating a workflow for importing, keywording, adjusting, and exporting your images.


  • Beginner and Intermediate photographers.
  • Professional Photographers looking to streamline their workflow.


Adobe Lightroom Classic


  1. Class Overview

    Mark gives an overview of the class and the topics we’ll be covering. Instructions for downloading and installing the sample files we’ll be using during this class.

  2. What Is Lightroom Classic?

    Mark explains what Lightroom Classic is and how to get the most out of it using a consistent workflow. We’ll get our first look at the modules and gain an understanding of the Lightroom Classic system.

  3. Lightroom Classic vs. Lightroom vs. Photoshop

    Adobe’s naming conventions can be confusing. What are the differences between Lightroom Classic, Lightroom, and Photoshop? Which tool is best for you? Mark takes a closer look and answers these questions.

  4. Shortcut Keys

    During the class we’ll be using shortcut keys for many of the frequently used tools and actions. Mark explains how to find the shortcut keys for each module.

  5. An Overview of the Interface

    We begin our Lightroom Classic journey by looking at the tool’s interface. Mark explains what the modules, panels, and screen modes do. We learn how to show and hide areas of the interface.

  6. The Catalog System

    Lightroom Classic is not an image browser, it’s a catalog. Mark explains how Lightroom Classic is set up, how files are organized, and gives some insight about setting up your catalogs. Mark also explains the non-destructive nature of Lightroom Classic.

  7. A Look Under the Hood

    Mark explains the files and folder structure of the images he’ll be using for this class. Mark also discusses ways you can use Lightroom to organize images that already exist on your hard drives.

  8. Workflow and Presets

    The steps you use in your creative process are called “workflow”. Mark explains how Lightroom Classic is built for streamlining your workflow and how to use Presets to automate frequent tasks. Workflow and Presets can save you hours during post-production.

  9. Library Module Overview

    We take a close look at the Library Module to understand what it does, the behavior of each section of the interface, and learn about hidden tools.

  10. Library Module: Importing

    We begin our hands-on training by importing images from our sample files. Mark explains the process of importing images, adding metadata, and organizing images on your hard drive.

  11. Library Module: Organizing Your Images

    The key to finding images in a large catalog is to organize them. Mark describes ways you can add information to images that will make it easy to find and work with them for years to come.

  12. Library Module: Picking Winners

    How do you choose the best images from your photoshoot? Mark demonstrates how to use flags, star ratings, and color labels to pick your best shots. Mark then walks you through the Survey and Compare modes so you can find that needle in a haystack.

  13. Collections and Collection Sets

    Collections allow you to group images in logical ways. Mark describes how to set up collections and collection sets. Mark explains how to create automatic “smart” collections so Lightroom Classic can do the work for you.

  14. Develop Module Overview

    We take a close look at the Develop Module to understand what it does, the behavior of each section of the interface, and learn about hidden tools.

  15. Develop Module: Global Changes

    Mark explains how to use the Basic adjustment tools to adjust exposure, color temperature, make tonal corrections, and more. We’ll learn about effects, color grading, sharpening, and other tools. This is the tool you’ll use to make most adjustments to your images.

  16. Develop Module: Local Changes

    Mark explains how to use the local adjustment tools to make changes to specific areas of an image. Mark demonstrates the crop, spot removal, red eye, and local adjustment filters.

  17. Virtual Copies

    Lightroom Classic allows you to make as many different versions of an image as you want, without taking up a lot of hard drive space. Mark shows you the ways you can use Virtual Copies to enhance your creative process.

  18. Building A Develop Preset

    Mark explains how to create custom looks with Develop Presets. We build our first Develop Preset and save it for future use.

  19. Exporting and Export Presets

    Lightroom allows you to export images in many different formats, sizes, and resolutions. We learn how to create Export Presets to save time when exporting for the same places repeatedly. Mark demonstrates how to build presets for Instagram, Facebook, E-Mail, and other frequent destinations.

  20. Creating a Watermark

    Mark explains how to create a watermark that can be used when exporting an image, printing, on slideshows, and more. We’ll create several watermarks and save them in our catalog to be used whenever we want.

  21. Creating an Import Preset

    Import Presets will keep your catalogs healthy and organized. Mark will explain the benefits of creating Import Presets and give a demonstration of how they work. Then we’ll create our first Import Preset and add it to our workflow.

  22. Photoshop/Lightroom Integration

    Lightroom Classic has tools for working with Photoshop, Lightroom, and other external photo editors. Mark explains how Lightroom Classic integrates with other software and how to sync photos with Creative Cloud. We also learn how some of our Presets are automatically shared with other Adobe applications.

  23. Catalog vs Lightroom Preferences

    You can configure Lightroom Classic to behave just the way you want. Mark explains the Preferences that apply to Lightroom Classic and the Preferences that only apply to each specific catalog.

  24. Managing Catalogs

    In this session, Mark explains how to configure file locations, import images from existing catalogs, and back up your data.

  25. Tethered Shooting

    It’s simple to connect a camera to Lightroom Classic with a USB cable and shoot tethered. Mark explains how to set everything up and use Presets to save post-production time.

  26. Publish Services

    You can automatically have Lightroom Classic publish images to specific locations and keep everything in sync, even after edits have been made to an image. Mark walks through the process of setting everything up and gives specific examples of how to use Publishing Services to get your work to the world.

  27. The Map Module

    The Map module allows you to use the built-in geo-tagging to get a visual representation of where your photos were taken. Mark shows you how to use the Map Module as a tool for sorting and locating images. Mark also explains how to protect your privacy by removing location metadata automatically.

  28. The Book Module

    You can create beautiful wedding albums, travel books, and more by using the Book Module. Mark walks through the process of creating a book from scratch, using auto-layouts, and creating Book Presets.

  29. The Slideshow Module

    Slideshows can be used at wedding receptions, for self-promotion, showcasing your work, teaching students, and many other things. In this session, Mark walks through the template browser, explains how to create and add your branding to slideshows, set slideshows to music, add watermarks, and more. Mark gives wedding and event photographers some tips, and strategies for increasing sales by using the Slideshow Module.

  30. The Print Module

    Lightroom Classic makes it easy to print your images, whether it’s creating a fine art print or a draft quality contact sheet, you can do it in the Print Module. Mark explains the layout styles, template browser, and hidden features of the Print Module.

  31. The Web Module

    Mark explains how to create customized web galleries that can be exported or uploaded to your self-hosted website. Mark explains the differences between publishing using the Web Module or using Adobe Portfolio for a more modern solution

  32. Creative Cloud Integration

    Lightroom Classic is part of Adobe Creative Cloud. It’s possible to sync and share work between Lightroom Classic and Lightroom, Photoshop, Spark Post, and Adobe Portfolio. Mark walks through several scenarios for using the Creative Cloud integration.

  33. Class Wrap Up

    Mark gives his final thoughts and shares some additional learning resources.



This is an excellent class to learn about Lightroom Classic. Since it's not the same as Photoshop, I found Lightroom Classic to be confusing and difficult to intuitively figure out. Mark Wallace is an expert and exceptional teacher for the program and I learned so much today in this free class presentation that I am planning to purchase the program so I can continue to have a solid understanding of Lightroom Classic basics. Thanks, Mark, for inspiring me to get back into computer photo editing with LR Classic!