Do you have a lot of images to manage? Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a fantastic tool for digital photographers at any skill level who need to manipulate and organize photos and images.
This course will teach you how to use Lightroom Classic CC, Adobe’s easy-to-use software that prepares, edits, and organizes photos quickly and effectively. Through hands-on exercises, you will learn to use Lightroom Classic CC like a pro and perfect your digital photos!
Note: Adobe offers two versions of Lightroom CC: Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom CC. This course is written for Lightroom Classic CC only.
You’ll learn how to create an organizational system that works with Lightroom and keeps your images easily available to you. Then, you’ll learn to import, categorize, and sort images for a clean start to managing your images.
In this lesson, you’ll see how to make quick changes, not just to one image, but to groups and large batches of images. You’ll also learn how to work with multiple images and make virtual copies—all part of Lightroom’s quick and easy developing tools. Then, we’ll begin our exploration of the Develop module and the many tools for editing and adjusting images.
In today’s lesson, you’ll see how to pick the best white balance for your images, use a histogram to adjust the light, and find and correct problem areas with exposure clippings. Then, learn to adjust color by working with contrast, shadows, highlights, saturation, vibrance, and more.
We’ll work with sharpening and noise-reduction tools in this lesson, and then you’ll see how to apply any of the editing options to batches of images, bringing Lightroom’s two best features together. You’ll also work with several tools like Red Eye Correction, Spot Removal, and the Adjustment Brush so that you can see how Lightroom corrects subtle issues in selected areas.
This lesson is on exporting Lightroom’s images, and you’ll see that there are many options for size, shape, and further editing. Whether you’re working with raw or JPEG, Lightroom will efficiently process your images, save your changes, and provide you images you can upload to printers, create scrapbooks with, or use with Adobe’s companion products. Then, you’ll see how to use Lightroom’s Print module to create a variety of output options.
Learn how to rate images with star ratings and color labels, and we’ll also look at how to create collections. Finally, you’ll see how to create both a PDF presentation and an MP4 Slideshow with music and special effects from your Lightroom collections.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- 2 GB of dedicated VRAM is suggested for large, high resolution monitors, such as 4K and 5K-resolution monitors.
- PC: Windows 7 or later.
- Mac: OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic version CC or an updated version of 6 (for example: 6.1).
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Students will need to download zip files and extract images for use in class. We provide basic directions for this, but students should be comfortable with downloading files, saving them on their computers, and locating them for use. Both Macintosh and Windows users are welcome, but Mac users should be aware that the course is written using Windows. Mac-Windows differences are minimal and students with Macs will only need to make a few standard Windows-to-Mac conversions, and we include notes when those need to be made. Instructors have Mac computers and software available to answer questions. The software runs nearly the same on both.
When can I get started?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
How does it work?
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
How long do I have to complete each lesson?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
What if I need an extension?
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.