Inside Lightroom

O'Reilly Media's Inside Lightroom web site shows you how to tap the power of Adobe's photo management application that's designed for photographers who want to quickly organize, process, and output their images. With the help of our Lightroom community, you will quickly master this application and bring new efficiency to your photography workflow.

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Lightroom 2.3 Release Candidate is Available

January 24, 2009 | Comments: 18

Lightroom 2.3 Release Candidate is now available at Adobe Labs! Go to http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/Lightroom_2.3 for more information and to download the files. …read more

–– Gene McCullagh

Could an Algorithm Help with the Light, or lack of it?

January 21, 2009 | Comments: 7

How often have you thought ‘it’s not a bad image but........…read more

–– Les Haig

Take Another Look at Collections

January 20, 2009 | Comments: 2

Collections were a great idea in version 1 of Lightroom. It was so good, in fact, that Adobe decided to expand collections in Lightroom 2. Now you can access your collections in all of the modules via the Collections panel that appears in the left panel set in every module. But did you know that collections come in different flavors? We're all familiar now with collections, collection sets, and smart collections. But you can also create slideshow collections, print collections, and web gallery collections. They even have their own distinct icons so you can tell them apart!

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–– Gene McCullagh

Two Button Printing in Lightroom

January 19, 2009 | Comments: 9

This topic was addressed back in mid 2007, but I want to make sure that newer readers are aware of it, because for me it is one of the coolest capabilities of Lightroom. If you take advantage of templates, which...…read more

–– Laura Shoe

A Refresher on Image Previews

January 17, 2009 | Comments: 11

It’s easy to develop a routine of doing something the same way over and over again without considering how effective it is. Using Lightroom is definitely no exception. How you choose to handle initial previews has a direct impact on...…read more

–– Steve Paxton

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Inside Lightroom 2 - Exclusive Interview

July 29, 2008
Lightroom 2 is brimming with enhancements for all its modules. Derrick Story interviews Tom Hogarty and Frederick Johnson to find out their favorite features in this latest release of Adobe's comprehensive photo management application. Tom and Frederick share plenty of insights and helpful tips to help you quickly get up to speed.

Rendering Previews, Discarding Previews

January 01, 2008
Rendering and manipulating previews of your photos is easy in Lightroom. Excerpted from Mikkel Aaland's Photoshop Lightroom Adventure, check out step by step examples on how to use some of Lightroom's most popular features.

Renaming Files on Import, Proper Punctuation

January 01, 2008
Learn more about giving your files unique, machine friendly names when importing. Excerpted from Mikkel Aaland's Photoshop Lightroom Adventure, check out step by step examples on how to use some of Lightroom's most popular features.

Finding Missing Files

January 01, 2008
Find missing files with Lightroom's help. Excerpted from Mikkel Aaland's Photoshop Lightroom Adventure, check out step by step examples on how to use some of Lightroom's most popular features.

Creating and Using Watched Folders, Tethering a Digital Camera

January 01, 2008
By enabling Lightroom's Auto Import feature from the menu bar, you can automatically import photos into the Lightroom Library module using a designated watched folder. Excerpted from Mikkel Aaland's Photoshop Lightroom Adventure, check out step by step examples on how to use some of Lightroom's most popular features.

Creating and Using Stacks

January 01, 2008
Stacks are another useful way to organize your images. Learn how to create them! Excerpted from Mikkel Aaland's Photoshop Lightroom Adventure, check out step by step examples on how to use some of Lightroom's most popular features.

Using Quick Develop

January 01, 2008
The Library module contains streamlined image processing capabilities via Quick Develop. Excerpted from Mikkel Aaland's Photoshop Lightroom Adventure, check out step by step examples on how to use some of Lightroom's most popular features.

Noise Reduction

January 01, 2008
Lightroom's Noise Reduction feature can easily reduce the effect of electronic noise, while maintaining image detail. Excerpted from Mikkel Aaland's Photoshop Lightroom Adventure, check out step by step examples on how to use some of Lightroom's most popular features.

Lens Corrections

January 01, 2008
Add and remove vignettes with ease. Excerpted from Mikkel Aaland's Photoshop Lightroom Adventure, check out step by step examples on how to use some of Lightroom's most popular features.

Evaluating Tonal Distribution and Color

January 01, 2008
What you see on your monitor, even if the monitor is perfectly calibrated, can be deceptive. Let's look at the various tools Lightroom offers to evaluate your images. Excerpted from Mikkel Aaland's Photoshop Lightroom Adventure, check out step by step examples on how to use some of Lightroom's most popular features.

Adjusting Tone Directly from the Histogram

January 01, 2008
If you prefer, you can make your Basic tone settings directly from the Histogram. Excerpted from Mikkel Aaland's Photoshop Lightroom Adventure, check out step by step examples on how to use some of Lightroom's most popular features.

The Split Toning Pane

January 01, 2008
The Split Toning pane can also be used to subtly tweak color in just the highlight or shadow areas and create a more pleasing looking image. Excerpted from Mikkel Aaland's Photoshop Lightroom Adventure, check out step by step examples on how to use some of Lightroom's most popular features.

Getting a Cross-Processing Look with Split Toning

January 01, 2008
Cross-processing is a popular technique in the film world, where film was deliberatively processed incorrectly. Excerpted from Mikkel Aaland's Photoshop Lightroom Adventure, check out step by step examples on how to use some of Lightroom's most popular features.

Exporting Revealed

January 01, 2008
With Lightroom, you can export one photo at a time, or as many as you wish. Excerpted from Mikkel Aaland's Photoshop Lightroom Adventure, check out step by step examples on how to use some of Lightroom's most popular features.

Saving Metadata to the Original File

January 01, 2008
In order to properly open or view your Lightroom adjusted image files in Adobe Camera Raw or Adobe Bridge you'll need to make sure these develop settings travel with the file. Excerpted from Mikkel Aaland's Photoshop Lightroom Adventure, check out step by step examples on how to use some of Lightroom's most popular features.

Using Metadata and Custom Text for Slideshow Captions

January 01, 2008
Possibly the single most compelling feature of the Lightroom Slideshow module is the ability to turn metadata associated with an individual image into a slide caption which is totally sizeable and positionable. Excerpted from Mikkel Aaland's Photoshop Lightroom Adventure, check out step by step examples on how to use some of Lightroom's most popular features.

Creating a Quicktime Slideshow

January 01, 2008
Here's a way to create a QuickTime slideshow with Lightroom. Excerpted from Mikkel Aaland's Photoshop Lightroom Adventure, check out step by step examples on how to use some of Lightroom's most popular features.

Lightroom Color Management

January 01, 2008
You may use a custom printer profile, or you can turn over the color management to your printer software. Excerpted from Mikkel Aaland's Photoshop Lightroom Adventure, check out step by step examples on how to use some of Lightroom's most popular features.

Customizing a Web Gallery

January 01, 2008
Lightroom ships with several templates for creating web photo galleries. You can customize these templates and save your own version. Excerpted from Mikkel Aaland's Photoshop Lightroom Adventure, check out step by step examples on how to use some of Lightroom's most popular features.

Basic Tonal Control in Lightroom 1.1

August 29, 2007
Using Lightroom's Develop module, you can do a lot to bring out the best tonal qualities of your images. Lightroom has easy-to-use sliders that allow you to react to the Exposure, Highlight/Shadow, and Brightness/Contrast needs of your images. In this excerpt from Chapter 5 of Photoshop Lightroom Adventure, Mikkel gives you a lushly illustrated overview of how to use the sliders in the Lightroom Develop module to quickly, easily, and satisfyingly make a variety of technical and aesthetic improvements to your photos.

Interview with Tom Hogarty, Lightroom Product Manager

August 17, 2007
O'Reilly Lightroom blogger Michael Clark caught up with Lightroom Product Manager Tom Hogarty at the Photo Arts Santa Fe trade show in Santa Fe, New Mexico. They sat down to chat about Adobe's professional photo management application, both as it stands now and where it might be going.

The Lightroom 1.1 Develop Module Revealed

July 26, 2007
In Lightroom's 1.1 Develop module, you'll find sophisticated yet easy to use tone and color developing controls. Other tools in the Develop module provide basic retouching ability, plus cropping, straightening and more. Our excerpt from Mikkel Aaland's Photoshop Lightroom Adventure provides a guided tour of Lightroom 1.1's shining glory.

The Lightroom 1.1 Library Revealed

July 03, 2007
In Lightroom's 1.1 Library module, you can edit, rate and sort images, add keywords and perform basic image processing on one or multiple images at the same time. Join us for a quick tour of its key elements, including an explanation of the new "catalogs" (formerly known as libraries) concept.

Creating Identity Plates in Lightroom

March 14, 2007
You can personalize the Lightroom environment by creating Identity Plates that appear throughout the application for a nice aesthetic touch. They also have very practical purposes as they can be used to identify slideshows, web galleries, and prints. Here’s how to set up an Identity Plate of your own.

Lightroom vs Aperture - The Results

March 06, 2007
During a week long field test of Lightroom and Aperture, Michael Clark put both photo management applications to the test comparing ease of use, tool set, speed, and output. He summarizes his findings in this article with illustrations comparing key functions for each program.

Lightroom Revealed: The Modules

January 30, 2007
Lightroom is designed to streamline the process of importing, processing, and sharing your digital images. Although much can be discovered by simply experimenting on your own, there is a lot to the application that doesn't immediately meet the eye. In this first in a series of downloadable PDF excerpts from his book "Photoshop Lightroom Adventure - Mastering Adobe's next-generation tool for digital photographers," Mikkel Aaland gives you a quick overview of each of the modules available in Lightroom 1.0 (Library, Develop, Slideshow, Print, and Web).