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January 31, 2013

Applying Presets using the Painter Tool in Lightroom 4

I often see photographers using the Painter tool in Lightroom to apply star ratings. Don’t forget, there is a whole list of different items that can be applied – including Keywords, Label, Flag, Rating, Metadata, Settings (Presets), Rotation and Target Collection!



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November 30, 2011

Video Tutorial – Quick Tip – How to add Metadata After Importing Files

In this quick tip, Julieanne shows how to add presets/templates using the Metadata panel.

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August 17, 2011

LR3 – “Checking” Blank Metadata Fields

In the Edit Metadata Presets dialog, a blank metadata field with a “check” in the right-hand column will overwrite (eliminate) existing data in that field when the metadata preset is applied. I find this feature useful when I need to remove all of the metadata that I have previously applied to images so that I can start a demonstration with a “clean” set of photographs.

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August 16, 2011

LR3 – Assigning Metadata Templates After Importing Images

If you have forgotten to apply a metadata template when importing images into Lightroom, you can always apply it in the Library Module. To do so, select the images in the Grid view (in the Library module), and choose the desired template from the Preset drop down in the Metadata panel.

This is not only a good wayto add a “forgotten” metadata template but also to assign a more image-specific template to a subset of images. For example, you may have slightly different templates to apply different “Image Usage Rights” or other information to a subset of images.

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May 17, 2011

LR3 – Storing Presets and Templates with a Catalog

The option to store presets and templates with a specific catalog is particularly useful when there is a need for the photographer to work on several different computers. For example, in an educational “lab” environment, a student might have all of their images and catalog on an external drive making it easy to move from one machine to another during each “open lab” session. If they choose Preferences > Presets > Location  and check the “Store Presets with Catalog” option, any user-created preset (such as metadata templates, develop presets etc.) will be stored within the same folder as the associated catalog (instead of in the default location).  The advantage is that whichever computer you launch your Lightroom catalog on, you will see your presets and only your presets (as opposed to all of the other students’ presets).

If, however, you are working on a single computer, I would suggest that you do NOT check the “Store Presets with Catalog” option. Instead, save your presets (and templates) to the default location so that your presets will be accessible if you decide to create multiple catalogs.


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December 7, 2010

LR3 – Using Presets when Importing

To help minimize mistakes throughout your workflow, you can set up your favorite way to import files into Lightroom and then save them as presets. To do this, select your source on the left, by choosing your card reader, navigating through connected drives or by using the downward facing arrow to select from common locations. Then select how you want to import the files (Copy as DNG, Add etc.) and choose the options that make sense for your workflow on the right (Adding metadata, renaming files etc.). When finished, click “None” in the Import Preset drop down menu (at the bottom-center of the window) to save your settings as a new preset.

After defining your preset(s), you may want to tap the Tab key to display the window in it’s “Compact” format for ease of use on subsequent imports (where you can make changes such as keywords and metadata with out having to return to Expanded view).

And don’t forget, you can choose to eject or un-mount a volume from your system after import (using the checkmark next to the volume), and preview the size of the import using the File Size indicator in the lower left of the window.

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May 1, 2015

Quick Tip – Adding Copyright and Contact Information to Photographs in Lightroom

In this quick tip, you’ll learn how to add contact and copyright information to your photographs by creating and saving Metadata presets.

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April 21, 2015

Additional Tips and Hidden Gems in Lightroom CC

Here are a number of hidden gems that were easier to include in list form than in my video. Enjoy!

Import, Library and Collections

• In addition to adding images to a collection on Import, you can automatically add images to a collection when shooting tethered.

• You can show badges in the filmstrip, but have them ignore any accidental clicks (Preferences > Interface > Ignore clicks on badges).

• Flag and Rating categories have been added to the metadata filters.

• “Camera + Lens” and “Camera + Lens Setting” have been added to the Loupe info options (via the View options).

• Moving photos to another folder is faster than in previous versions.

The Develop Module

• When using the Radial and Graduated Filters to make local adjustments, Shift + T will toggle between editing the filter and the brush.

• You can now reposition edits created using the Adjustment Brush by dragging the pin. Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) reverts to the older behavior (“scrubbing” the applied adjustments when click-dragging left or right on the pin).

• Shift-drag to constrain the Adjustment Brush movements vertically or horizontally.

• Click once, then Shift -click in another area with the Adjustment Brush to draw a straight line between the points.

• Hover the cursor on top of the pin to display a Mask overlay for the Gradient and Radial filters.

• When cropping, there is a new Auto button (in the Angle area), that will try to do an auto level similar to the Upright command.

• Control + Tab allows you to cycle through the Upright modes.

• You can now choose CMYK profiles when using the Soft Proofing controls in the Develop Module.

• The Lens correction panel indicates if a photo has built in lens correction applied. (This can be especially helpful for micro 4/3s and mirrorless lenses that can be automatically adjusted using opt codes.)

Additional Preferences

• Option + Shift (Mac) | Alt + Shift (Win) allows resetting of preferences when launching Lightroom. (Launch the app and then immediately hold down the keyboard shortcut keys.)

• The Pinstripe texture option in the Interface preferences has been replaced with a “Darker” gray”


• Percentage options have been added to the image resizing section of the Export Dialog.

The Book Module

• Photo text metadata settings will now be saved with custom pages.

Touch Enabled Devices

• There is a new workspace for touch enabled devices which is very similar to Lightroom on mobile devices. When a keyboard is removed, Lightroom automatically enters this mode. Many of the same gestures that are found when using Lightroom on mobile devices are available for touch enabled devices including;  triple touch to show info, swipe to assign flags and stars,  swipe to move from one image to the next etc. These gestures are also available when the keyboard is attached so that a combination of mouse/gestures can be used at the same time.

• In addition, touch enabled devices have access to all of the panels in the Develop module (they’re not limited to the basic panel like Lightroom on mobile), including local adjustments (spot healing, graduated filter etc.), and custom presets.

Lightroom on mobile devices

Lightroom1.4 for iOS devices now includes the Auto Straighten option and an improved cropping experience.

Lightroom 1.1 on Android now supports device-created DNG files, support for Android tablets and support for micro-SD cards.

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December 19, 2013

Lightroom Files Can Contain Multiple Dates

Lightroom can display up to three different dates for a file in the Metadata panel: Date Time Original, Date Time Digitized and Date Time. Note: try setting the Metadata panel’s preset to EXIF to display them all. Here’s the explanation of when and why you might need these different dates:

• Date Time Original – This is the moment in time that is shown in the picture.  In other words, if you were at a new year’s eve party last year and took a picture at one minute before midnight, the Date Time Original of that picture is 12/31/2012 11:59 PM.

• Date Time Digitized – This is the moment in time at which the picture was committed to digital form.  For photos from a digital camera, this will always be identical to Date Time Original.  For film, it wouldn’t be.  For example, if you’d taken that new year’s eve picture on film, then waited exactly six months to scan (i.e., digitize) the film the Date Time Original would still be 12/31/2012 11:59 PM, but the Date Time Digitized would be 6/30/2013 11:59 PM.

• Date Time – This is the file creation date.  Again, for a picture from a digital camera that you haven’t mucked with, this will be identical to the previous two fields.  But if you generate a new file from the picture (using covert to DNG, as in your example, or via other means such as creating a PSD by editing in Photoshop) then this field will show the date on which the new file was created.  In other words, if you edited your new year’s eve picture in Photoshop at noon today, generating a new PSD in the process, the Date Time for the new file would be today’s date 12pm.

For most ordinary people shooting with a digital camera, the only field they care about is Date Time Original, and the only reason to ever edit it is if the clock on their camera was set incorrectly for some reason when they took the picture.  For example, if you’d traveled from California to New York for that new year’s party, and forgot to adjust your camera’s clock to account for the time zone change, then that picture you took would show a Date Time Original of 12/31/2012 8:59 PM.  Since you know that’s not correct, you would probably want to edit the capture time and use the “Shift by a set number of hours” option to move the Date Time Original field ahead by three hours.

Thank you so much Ben for this excellent explanation!

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January 23, 2012

Lightroom 4 Beta- Enhancements to the Library Module

• In the Folder panel, you can now move and/or delete multiple folders at one time.

• In the Collection panel, Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) a collection to duplicate it. More specifically, if the collection is loose (it’s not in a Collection Set), Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) until a thicker line appear between two items (indicating that the collection will be duplicated), and release.  To duplicate a collection within a Collection Set or to duplicate the collection into a different Collection Set, Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win)  the collection on top of the Collection Set icon (watch for the highlight) and release.

• Stacking is now available in Collections.

• At the top of the Filmstrip bar, the selected image’s folder or collection is displayed. (This is really handy when in other modules.)

• The Flag attribute is now global.

• You can filter and/or search images based on their Metadata status. Images will be assigned one of several different statuses including Changed on Disk, Conflict Detected, Has Been Changed, Unknown and/or Up to Date).

• You can also search/filter on Map Locations and GPS Data (GPS Location or No GPS Location).

• That folder structure that you carefully crafted in the Develop module to hold your presets is now maintained both in the Import dialog box as well as the Quick Develop panel.

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October 26, 2011

Lightroom and Photoshop at Photo Plus in NY

Photo Plus starts tomorrow and I hope you will join me for one of my sessions on Photoshop and Lightroom (see descriptions below). I love how energizing NYC can be – here are a few snaps from my room. See you tomorrow!

Thursday October 27th, 2010 – 8:45 – 11:45    |     Photoshop & Lightroom: The Dynamic Duo

Are you using Lightroom to its fullest potential? Spend the morning honing your Photoshop and Lightroom skills, and learning how to streamline your workflow using these tools as the center for your image management and organization. Julianne Kost will give you an overview of Lightroom 3, the Library and Develop modules, including a discussion of file organization and management; filtering and finding files; using metadata and keywords; making collections of images; refining and adjusting photos; converting to B/W and adding special effects; and selective adjustments. Then you¹ll seamlessly edit those images into Photoshop CS5 and see some hidden feature gems and learn some time-saving best practices. Click here for the Lightroom Handout. Photoshop information is covered by video tutorials found here.


Friday October 28th, 2010 – 1:30 – 3:30    |     Maximize Your Productivity in Lightroom 3

Spend two hours honing your Lightroom skills with Julieanne Kost, Digital Imaging Evangelist at Adobe Systems. We’ll begin by discovering how to streamline your workflow using Lightroom as the center for image management and organization by taking an in-depth look at the Import dialog and the Library module. Then, discover how to work more efficiently by syncing images and use the power of presets to find out how to make the most of the many tools available in the Develop Module.  Finally, unleash the power of the output modules to deliver images to clients that express your unique vision. Click here for the Lightroom Handout.


Saturday October 28th  -3:30 – 5:30    |     Classroom 2.0: Online Teaching and Social Media (Panel)

Moderator: Jeff Curto, Panelists: Julieanne Kost, Mark Malloy, Erika Gentry & Joe Levine


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February 17, 2011

LR 3 – Advanced Filtering in Grid View

If you  have a large volume of images in your Lightroom catalog , it’s worth taking a few moments to look at all of the different options available from the Filters bar (so that you can quickly find the photograph that you’re looking for). Of course there are the standard filters, (Clicking Attributes reveals options such as filtering on star “Ratings” and Metadata reveals a column for filtering by “Date”, but there are other options that are often overlooked.

For example, to find retouched PSD or TIFF files, click Metadata (in the Filter bar) and choose File Type as one of the Column headers. Note: there are many additional Metadata filters to choose from – simply click on the name of the column and select the desired filter parameter from the drop down list.

Likewise, you can click Attribute and filter on Master Photos, Virtual Copies or Video Files (these icons are to the right of the Color Labels). Click Text and refine your filter to only IPTC, EXIF or Keywords when filtering. Click Metadata and filter on Label (including labels from different sets), ISO (perhaps helpful when applying noise reduction) and Copyright Status (to see if you have mistakenly neglected adding a copyright to a photograph).

When you set up complex filters, based on several attributes, remember to save a Filter preset like we covered in yesterdays post!

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September 27, 2010

Additional Training and Resources

Additional Resources



In her career as Digital Imaging Evangelist for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, Julieanne Kost has taught thousands of digital photographers how to get the most out of Adobe’s digital imaging software, in seminars, presentations, and blog posts ranging from nuts-and-bolts tips and tricks to inspirational tutorials on creating sophisticated artistic effects. As Lightroom has grown into the premier image organization and editing tool for photographers, she is often asked by her students and other fans to outline her own Lightroom workflow in a book. This is that book!


Part manifesto, part artist’s portfolio and part technical manual, Window Seat, The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking is guaranteed to awaken, delight, and inspire the creative spirit that lives in all of us. Photographer, creativity guru and Adobe digital imaging evangelist, Julieanne Kost travels by plane 200 days a year. For the past decade, she’s been shooting photographs from those airplane windows, recording the extraordinary world that lies beyond the everyday drudgery of business travel on a commercial jet. She urges us to consider – and embrace – that which is outside of our daily experience. To see all that we do in our lives as creative acts. To continually strive to stay awake and aware, challenging ourselves to go beyond the status quo.



Julieanne’s Online Video Course: Adobe Bridge CC Essential Training on

Learn to use Bridge CC to efficiently manage and organize media assets of all kinds. Adobe evangelist Julieanne Kost shows how to download photos from a camera into Bridge, rename the files, add metadata, and view, rate, and label photos. She also shows how to share the best images with filters and collections, and showcase them in slideshows.


Julianne’s Online Video Course: Adobe Camera Raw Essential Training from
Camera Raw is more than a plugin. It’s a powerful photo editing tool in its own right, capable of taking your photos from raw material to polished gems. In this course, Adobe evangelist Julieanne Kost takes you through all of Camera Raw’s capabilities, from fixing common but vexing problems to finding more creative uses for the program’s rich and nondestructive editing tools. Learn how to correct color, fix perspective problems, and enhance detail and contrast to make images come alive. Then find out how to make localized color corrections, custom black-and-white images, and even panoramas and HDR composites. If you’re interested in becoming more efficient in Camera Raw, Julieanne also includes a chapter on using presets, synchronization, and batch processing to automate some of your corrections.


Learning how to use Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best investment you can make to get the most out of your pixels. In Photoshop CC Essential Training: The Basics, Julieanne Kost  filters out the noise and complexity so that you understand the basic features and concepts you need to use Photoshop effectively, whether you’re a photographer or designer. Julieanne reviews the basics of digital imaging, from bit depth to image size, and shows how to use different Photoshop tools to crop and retouch photos, while always maintaining the highest-quality output. She shows the most efficient ways to perform common tasks, including working with layers, making selections, and masking. Along the way, you will learn the secrets of nondestructive editing using Smart Objects, and master features such as adjustment layers, blend modes, filters, and much more—increasing your productivity every step of the way.


Photoshop is a deep, complex, and at times intimidating product. If you’re using it for design, there may be many features you never want or need. In Photoshop CC 2017 Essential Training: Design, Julieanne Kost filters out the noise and complexity for designers, so that you’ll end up empowered and able to quickly get the results you want. This course gets you up to speed with Photoshop and shows the most efficient ways to perform common design tasks, including layout, image editing, drawing shapes, and working with type and fonts. Along the way, you will learn the secrets of nondestructive editing and mastering features such as layers, adjustment layers, filters, blending modes, layer effects, typography, custom brushes, and much more.


Whether you’re an experienced photographer or someone who has just recently purchased a camera, learning how to use Photoshop is the best investment you can make to get the most out of your pixels. In Photoshop CC 2017 Essential Training: Photography, Julieanne Kost reviews the Photoshop features and techniques that are most useful to photographers, from tonal adjustments to retouching. This course gets you up to speed with Photoshop and shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, compositing, and even painting. Along the way, you will learn the secrets of nondestructive editing and mastering features such as layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, filters, layer masks, and other features that make Photoshop the most popular and powerful image editing software on the market.


Introduction to Compositing

By choosing elements that work together to form a cohesive message, Julieanne Kost is able to create a composite image that’s more powerful than its individual parts. In this course, she shares the fundamental creative and technical concepts behind photo compositing, from creating diptychs that juxtapose images in separate “frames,” to assembling multiple exposures and strengthening visual impact with textural information. With these simple yet powerful techniques, Julieanne shows how to pull together different imagery and create new, unified visual narratives.


Julieanne’s Online Video Course: The Art of Compositing from

Join Julieanne Kost as she walks you through her creative thought process and explains how she transforms concepts and raw images into entirely new works of art using Adobe Photoshop. Discover how to select the images you need to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Master the tools used in compositing, including adjustment layers, masking, blending, and Smart Objects, so that the technology doesn’t get in the way of expressing your creative vision. Learn how to adjust scale and perspective and manipulate texture and focus to help viewers temporarily suspend their disbelief long enough to enter your world.


Julieanne’s Online Video Course: Photoshop CS6 Essential Training on

The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.



The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC / Lightroom 6 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers — by Martin Evening

If you want to know everything there is to know about Lightroom, then this is the book for you.

The DAM Book Guide to Organizing Your Photographs with Lightroom 5

This book not only tells you how to organize your images, but does so adding context as to why it’s critical.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC/6 — The Missing FAQ —  by Victoria Bampton

Victoria’s book is an excellent resource based on real life experience. Her title of Lightroom Queen is well deserved.

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC Book for Digital Photographers — by Scott Kelby

Scott’s books are easy to read and his task based, step by step instructions will get you up and running, improving your photographs and workflow in no time.

D65’s Lightroom Workbook Workflow, Not Workslow in Lightroom 5 — by Seth Resnick

I know that your workflow will improve if you read this book.



Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers — by Martin Evening

If you want to know everything there is to know about Photoshop, then this is the book for you!

Photoshop Masking and Compositing, Second Edition by Katrin Eisman, Sean Duggan and James Porto

This is an excellent book that covers when, why and how to composite images.

The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers — by Scott Kelby

Scott’s books are easy to read and his task based, step by step instructions will get you up and running, improving your photographs and workflow in no time.

Photoshop Compositing Secrets — by Matt Kloskowski

Matt will show you step by step how to create several of the trendy effects that are so popular today.

Visual Poetry: A Creative Guide for Making Engaging Digital Photographs — Chris Orwig

Chris shares inspiration, simple techniques, and assignments to boost the creative process and improve your digital images using natural light without additional gear.



Here you can view excellent training from top Photoshop trainers including Chris Orwig, Deke McClelland, Bert Monroy and many more.


CreativeLive offers classes from industry experts such as Jack Davis, Ben Wilmore, and Jared Platt.


The National Association of Photoshop Professionals have training on Photoshop and the entire Creative Cloud collection of applications. Learn from the “Photoshop Guys” including Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski, as well as photography icons such as Jay Maisel, Joe McNally, Moose Peterson, John Paul Caponigro and many more.

Photoshop Cafe

Photoshop Cafe  has an awesome list of diverse trainers each with their own specialties including Jack Davis, Colin Smith, Jane Connor-Zeiser, Jim Divitale, Tim Cooper and more.

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