Posts in Category "Adobe Lightroom"

November 15, 2016

Revealing Cropped Areas in Lightroom

When using the Upright modes to correct perspective in Lightroom, the resulting image is often cropped in order to avoid displaying blank areas around the edges. To help retain necessary information from the  original image that would otherwise be cropped use the Scale, X Offset, or Y Offset slider in the Transform panel to reposition the image within the canvas.

In the illustration below, after applying the Full Upright mode to correct perspective in Lightroom, the image on the left was scaled to 90% using the Transform panel (revealing the transparent areas around the edges of the image. The image on the right is the result of opening the image in Photoshop, selecting the transparent areas and then filling them using the Edit > Fill with Contents set to Content-Aware. The image on the left was scaled after using the Guided Upright control in Lightroom. Then, the image was opened in Photoshop, the transparent areas selected and filled using the Content Aware option under Edit Fill.

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October 19, 2016

Camera Raw 9.7 Now Supports Pressure-Sensitive Devices

Sorry to be late to the party on this one – I missed this announcement while I was out, but am so happy to have discovered it today!  Camera Raw now provides support for pressure-sensitive devices such as Wacom and Microsoft Surface Pro tablets.

Pressure applied to the pen affects the Flow slider within the Local Adjustment Brush. You can set your flow to a maximum value, and then use your pressure sensitive pen to fine tune. Lighter pen strokes result in decreased flow, and heavier pen strokes increase flow.

Adobe also supports the erase mode if your pen supports this feature. Turning the pen over and using the “eraser” side automatically switches the brush to the eraser mode, as if you had held down the option key.

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July 27, 2016

Making Finer Adjustments in Lightroom’s Develop Module

When making adjustments in the Develop module, you can click within any of the numeric entry areas to set a specific value. Then, use the arrow keys to modify the value (add the Shift key to modify in larger increments). However,  if you prefer to make changes using the sliders, click-drag to extend the develop module panel to make finer adjustments. Adding the Option (Mac) Alt (Win) key will allow you to expand it even farther.

Position the cursor over the left edge of the panels. The curser changes to double headed arrows. Click and drag left/right to resize.

Position the cursor over the left edge of the panels (where the red arrow is pointing). When the cursor changes to a double headed arrow, click and drag left/right to resize.

Note: this shortcut works with any of the panels in Lightroom.

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July 26, 2016

Resetting Files in Lightroom

Clicking the Reset button in Lightroom’s Develop module resets the image to Lightroom’s default settings. If, however,  you want to zero out all of Lightroom’s settings (including sharpening and noise reduction), apply the “Zeroed” preset in the Lightroom General Presets folder.

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If you have applied a preset on import, and want to reset the image to its imported state, use the History panel and click the Import state.

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The video below describes how to change the default Develop module settings in Lightroom (to enable Lens Correction and/or Remove Chromatic aberration for example). Because the video was recorded when Adobe announced Camera Matching profiles (in LR2!), the first six minutes of the video discusses these profiles. However, it then goes on to explain how to set your default settings in either Lightroom or Camera Raw and even though a lot has changed since then, you can still use the same method today for changing default settings for panels other than Camera Calibration – including Lens Correction.

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July 13, 2016

Lightroom for iOS 2.4 and Android 2.1. are now available for download!

Lightroom for iOS 2.4 includes the addition of local adjustment tools (Radial and Linear), raw file format support (technology preview), the ability to copyright photos on import, automatic lens profile correction (if your camera and lens combination are supported), and the ability to use keyboard shortcuts when a physical keyboard is attached to an iPad.

Local Adjustments Tools:

To use a local adjustment, tap the Local Adjust icon.

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Tap the icon in the lower left to choose between the  Linear and Radial Selection tools.

02Choose tool

Tap-drag in the image preview to apply the tool and change the settings as desired. Note: swipe in the options area to access additional settings to the right of Clarity.

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For the Linear Gradient:

  • Tap-drag the pin to reposition.
  • Tap-drag the center line to rotate
  • Tap-drag the start/end lines to increase/decrease the length of the fade
  • Tap the trash icon to delete the pin
  • Tap the plus icon to add a second adjustment

Note: each time you add a new adjustment, all settings are reset to zero.

Linear and Radial adjustments can be quickly duplicated within an image:

  • Tap and hold the pin
  • Tap Duplicate Selection
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You can also apply the same setting to another file using the Previous button (the second to last option in the row of tiles).

For the Radial Gradient:

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  • Tap the white/black square with the arrows in it to invert the mask
  • Tap-drag the small white circles to change size.
  • Tap-drag the white line to rotate.
  • Tap-drag the large circle (with the gradient) to change the feather radius (fade range).

Note: the Radial selection can be larger than the image. Use the pinch gesture to zoom out and drag as desired.

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Raw File Format Support (Technology Preview)

You can now transfer raw files to your iOS device and work on them in Lightroom mobile. Add your files to the iOS camera roll. From there, import into Lightroom mobile.

There are a variety of ways to add files to Lightroom mobile including:

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  • Tap the Lr icon and enable  Auto Add Photos (to add photos to the All Photos view).
  • Tap the three dots next to any collection and Enable Auto Add (to add photos to that specific collection).
  • Within a collection, tap the Add Photos… button.

The raw files that you import onto Lightroom mobile (as well as any changes made to them) will be synchronized across devices including the Lightroom desktop application. In this workflow, a full version of the raw file is stored in the cloud (if you start by downloading photographs into the Lightroom desktop app, Smart Previews are stored in the cloud). Depending on your camera, you may notice that raw files take longer to download and take up more space on your device because of their size). This new functionality should enable me to leave my laptop behind more often as I can now select, edit, and publish raw images from my SLR while on location.

Lens Profiles and Copyright Data

You can also enable lens profile corrections for Raw only or All files as well as Add copyright metadata on import. Tap the Lr icon to access the settings and tap Import.


Choose to Enable (lens profile) Corrections on All files or Raw only and Apply Copyright data.

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If you have a physical keyboard attached to your iPad, you can use keyboard shortcuts in Lightroom for mobile

Note: Local adjustments and raw support are available for members with a Creative Cloud subscription or for a limited time through a free trial. As before, all of the rest of Lightroom for mobile works without being a paid member.

Lightroom for Android 2.1

The capture experience for Android has been redefined with the new Lightroom Camera widget. Not only can you capture raw files (DNG), the camera has a new Pro mode that allows you to control shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and focus manually. In addition, you can download and export full resolution files (if the files are within the Lightroom ecosystem).

Additional videos about Lightroom mobile can be found here: Lightroom Video Tutorials.

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July 4, 2016

Updated! Photoshop CC Essential Training (2015) on

I have updated and refined several of my videos in the Photoshop CC Essential training course on to include the recently announced new features and product enhancements. Even if you’re not a member, you can watch a number of the videos for free! Navigate to this page (Photoshop CC (2015) Essential Training with Julieanne Kost), click on the Table of contents tab and click the play icon to watch any of the unlocked Photoshop videos including:

• Customizing the keyboard shortcuts

• How large can I print my image?

• Making the canvas bigger using the Canvas Size command

• Using the Perspective Crop Tool

• Using Vanishing Point to paste in perspective

• Blending two images together using Layer Masks

• Selecting soft edge objects using Refine Edge

• Using blend modes to emulate an image transfer effect

• Straightening images using the Adaptive Wide Angle filter

• Creating a soft, diffuse glow with grain

• Adding flames to a photograph

• Clipping an image inside type

• Adding a keyline around an image

• Creating a time-lapse video

Or, navigate to the Camera Raw Essential Training page to watch any of the unlocked videos for that course:

• Bridge and Camera Raw or Lightroom: Which should you use?

• Correcting a tilted horizon

• Bringing it all together to make an image shine

• Customizing color using HSL

• Recreating traditional color toning effects

• Merging multiple images to create a panorama

To watch the full course (and thousands of other videos on a  variety of different topics), sign up for a paid membership. What a great way to celebrate the 4th of July! : )

You can check out all of my courses here including:

• Bridge CC Essential Training

• Introduction to Compositing

• The Art of Photoshop Compositing

And did you know that you can watch these videos off-line by using the desktop or mobile app?

In addition, all of the Lightroom and Photoshop videos that I create for Adobe are free and can be accessed using the two links below.

Lightroom videos

Photoshop videos


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June 8, 2016

Adobe Announces Guided Upright in Lightroom CC

Now you can quickly correct perspective in a photograph with precision and control using the new Transform Panel, Guided Upright tool, and Offset sliders. Watch as Julieanne demonstrates how to manually position guides to automatically correct converging vertical and horizontal lines in images, which can then be repositioned within the canvas area.

Here are some handy shortcuts to know use while using the Guided Upright tool:
Shift + T will select the Guided Upright tool
“O” toggles the Loupe on and off (Located in the toolbar when the Guided Upright tool is selected)
“H” toggles the Grid overlay (Located in the toolbar when the Guided Upright tool is selected)
“A” toggles Tool overlay
Command + Option | Control + Alt -drag to reposition the image in the preview area via the Offset X/Y sliders. Add the Shift key to constrain to horizontal/vertical directions.

Click here for more information via the Lightroom Journal.

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May 25, 2016

Hiding and Showing Panels in Lightroom CC

Command -click (Mac) | Control -click (Win) the header of a panel to close all panels (hiding all of their options at once). Command -click (Mac) | Control -click (Win) again to display the contents of all panels.

To display the contents of one panel at a time, Control -click (Mac) / right -click (Win) a panel header (excluding the Navigator and Histogram panel), and select Solo Mode. In Solo Mode, clicking one panel header automatically closes the others. This can be especially useful when working on a laptop or smaller display.

Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click (Win) the  triangle on the panel header will also enable Solo Mode. The triangle will be a dot pattern while in Solo Mode and solid in the default mode.

Shift -click an additional panel’s header to display the contents of more than one panel while in Solo Mode.

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May 10, 2016

Using Lightroom to Reinforce the Visual Narrative (Adobe MAX 2015)

Here is a link to my presentation (Using Lightroom to Reinforce the Visual Narrative) at Adobe MAX last year.

Discover how to use the Lightroom Develop module to process images so that they reinforce the story you want to tell. Just as you choose a specific typeface to convey meaning, you can make adjustments to photographs in Lightroom to help define the mood, style and essence of the image. Adobe Evangelist Julieanne Kost will show you how to refine your personal style by using a combination of global and selective adjustments, as well as teach how to quickly apply those enhancements across multiple images.

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April 28, 2016

Hong Kong and Singapore Lightroom Library Shortcuts

Thank you to everyone who attended our “Take It | Make It” event in Hong Kong and I’m looking forward to the event this afternoon in Singapore! Because we will be covering so much information in such a short amount of time, I thought I should post my notes for the Lightroom module section in order to help reinforce the topics and shortcuts covered in the seminar.

Click here 2016 Tips_Library_Mod to download the PDF.

To watch additional tutorials and tips about Lightroom (including “What’s new in Lightroom”, The Lightroom CC Getting Started Series”, “Lightroom on Mobile Devices” and more) , click on the Lightroom Video Tutorials in the “Additional Information” area to the right.

To watch additional tutorials and tips about Photoshop (including “What’s New, Layers and Masking”, Automation” and more), click on the Photoshop Video Tutorials in the  “Additional Information” area to the right.

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April 27, 2016

Duplicating Saved Books, Slideshows, Prints, or Web Galleries in Lightroom

When you choose to create a Saved Book, Slideshow, Print, or Web Gallery in Lightroom, the project is saved in the Collections panel. To create a duplicate of any saved project (to create another book with the same layout but different images for example), Option-drag (Mac)  | Alt-drag (Win)  the collection until  you see a gray highlight and then release the cursor.

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March 21, 2016

Using Photoshop Actions and Droplets with Lightroom

Learn how to use Photoshop Actions to create Droplets that can be used in Lightroom to batch process images after exporting files.

Note: Although this video was recorded in previous versions of Lightroom and Photoshop, the technique will still work today and, in fact, you could create conditional actions and process both vertical and horizontal files at one time! Click here to find out more about conditional actions in Photoshop.

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March 18, 2016

Search Added to Lightroom Web as Technology Preview

“Lightroom on the web makes it possible for you to access all of your Lightroom images from nearly any computer around the world, and today we’re announcing the addition of Technology Previews, a series of features that will let you test drive new functionality before it’s officially available. The first Technology Preview we’re making available is Search, which coupled with our new image analysis technology, lets you search through any image you have synchronized online, either with Lightroom for mobile, Lightroom on the web, or with Lightroom desktop through a synchronized collection. We’ll be releasing new Technology Previews as they’re ready, which you’ll be able to use and even provide feedback on the functionality, helping to shape the feature.” —Josh Haftel, The Lightroom Journal

To enable the feature launch Lightroom on the web (, and log in. In the upper left, click the LR menu, then click to select Technology Previews from the list. 03_18LRweb

Toggle on the Search switch and choose Apply Changes.


The search technology will search on a lot of different things, including metadata such as file names, captions, titles, camera, lens, and exposure data, location, faces, etc. It will grow to include additional data in the future (hence the “technology preview”). You can also try searching your library for general topics such as food, travel, animals, and more.

Search results based on "animal".

Lightroom web search results based on “animal”.

Note: it might take a little bit to create the initial index of your photos (depending on how many you are working with) in order to return the optimal search results.

Please let us know what you think on the Lightroom forums. 

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March 1, 2016

What is the difference between Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC?

I came across this very useful document that shows what the differences are between Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6.

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February 12, 2016

Customizing the Default Setting for ACR and Lightroom

I have customized my default processing settings for Lightroom in order to apply both Enable Profile Corrections and Remove Chromatic Aberration on import. To do this, I selected a raw image, moved to the Develop module, and clicked the Reset button to remove any previous edits made to the file. Then, I checked both the Enable Profile Corrections and Remove Chromatic Aberration options.

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To save the settings, choose Develop > Set Default Settings > Update to Current Settings.

Note: Although the dialog says that the changes are not undoable, it only means that the shortcut Command + Z (Mac) | Control + Z (Win) won’t undo the settings. Don’t worry, you can return to the dialog at any time and choose Restore Adobe Default Settings if needed.

Note: Although the dialog says that the changes are not undoable, it only means that the shortcut Command + Z (Mac) | Control + Z (Win) won’t undo the settings. Don’t worry, you can return to the dialog at any time and choose Restore Adobe Default Settings if needed.

Once the defaults are changed, any images taken with that camera model will automatically have the Enable Profile Corrections and Remove Chromatic Aberration settings applied when they are imported into Lightroom (any images that are already in the catalog remain as they were). Because you are simply enabling Profile Corrections, if you change lenses, Lightroom will automatically look for and apply the appropriate lens correction profile based on the EXIF data in the photo.

If you are using multiple camera models, you will need to customize the default settings for each one (by taking a raw file from each camera model into the Develop module and changing and saving the settings). You can even save out different settings for each camera based on ISO settings and serial number using Preferences > Presets > Make defaults specific to camera serial number and/or Make defaults specific to camera ISO setting.  This can be very useful when using custom camera profiles and/or changing Noise Reduction options for example.


Personally, I like automating the application of Enable Profile Corrections and Remove Chromatic Aberration to my images. However, there are some drawbacks. First, because I have told Lightroom to render Lens Corrections on every image I import, if I import 1,000 images but end up using only 100 of them,  adding the Lens Correction to all of the “unused” files may add additional rendering time for previews (how much time depends on your system, file size etc.). If you notice a slowdown in your workflow, you may prefer to create a Lens Correction preset and apply it just to your best images. In addition, if you have lenses that you don’t want corrected, you would have to remove the settings. It’s really up to you and how you prefer to work.

Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) changes the Reset button to Set Default and displays the Set Default Settings dialog.

Finally, you should know that when you choose to customize the default settings  in either Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw, those settings are saved for both products.

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