Lightroom 4 video tutorials

Lightroom 4 is shipping!  Here are some videos to get you going.

What’s New

In-depth look at the new Lightroom 4 features by Julieanne Kost:

The NAPP overview of Lightroom 4 new features:

Laura Shoe has a video overview of what is new.

Laura’s blog is sure to have more info coming.

Getting started with Lightroom or need a refresher?

In this series, Julieanne Kost takes you through in-depth tutorials to learn Lightroom 4.

The official Lightroom Help and Support page

Got a question? Try asking the Lightroom experts in the Lightroom forum.

More flexible upgrades from CS3 or CS4

In response to customer concerns, Adobe has improved upgrade options for CS3 and CS4 customers. While subscription plans offer some big benefits for future versions, a lot of users don’t want to make that leap just yet. So you’ll be able to purchase a standard upgrade until the end of the year.

John Nack’s excellent post lays out all the options.

Add a border to a photo in Lightroom

Many people like a border around their photos. The way to do this isn’t obvious in Lightroom, because there’s no border option when you export photos. One trick is to do it through the Print module. Here’s how:

  1. In the Library module, select the photo you want to have a border, then switch to the Print module.
  2. In the Template Browser on the left side of the application, select a Single Image template the correlates to the size you want the photo to be, such as 4 x 6 or 8 x 10.
  3. In the Image Settings panel on the right side of the application, select Stroke Border. Specify a Width of the desired size (such as 10 points) and click the color swatch to choose a color, such as white.
  4. In the Print Job panel, choose Print To > JPEG File. Specify the resolution and other options (sharpening, JPEG quality, etc.).
  5. Click Print to File.

There. You’ve just “exported” a JPEG of your photo with a border. Now you can post it online, upload to a print service, or do whatever you do with JPEGs that have borders.

For additional Help with Print module panels and tools, see Printing photos or, more specifically, Print borders around photos or Specify options in the Print Job panel.

A second way to do it is to create a border effect in Photoshop, and then apply it to your photo in Lightroom as an identity plate. Scott Kelby shows how in the tutorial Adding cool frame borders to your photos. The tutorial is old—for Lightroom 1 and Photoshop CS3—but the principles still apply and you can do it using Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5.1. For another (Lightroom 1) tutorial of this technique, see Sean McCormack’s frames video.

A final way is to use an export plug-in, such as Timothy Ames’s LR/Mogrify 2 plug-in.

Export to the web from Lightroom

In a continuing effort to improve Lightroom Community Help, I’ve rewritten the instructions for how to export photos using the Publish Services panel. I made each service on its own page/topic, and added links to relevant community videos and support docs to each page:

Hopefully, this structure is simpler and more straightforward. Pick your service; read the instructions; bookmark it.

What is that question mark next to my photos in Lightroom?

We hear the question all the time: “What is that question mark next to my photos in Lightroom?” Sometimes, the question takes a more panicked form: “Where did my photos go??? Lightroom lost my photos. Help!”

Don’t worry. Lightroom will find them.

If you move photos in the OS away from the location where Lightroom thinks they are, Lightroom loses the link to them. When that happens, you’ll see a little question-mark icon in the image thumbnail in the Library module, and in the Develop module, you’ll see a big message: “The file named XXX is offline or missing.”

The "missing photos" icon in the Grid view of the Library module

The "missing photos" icon in the Grid view of the Library module

The "missing photos" error message in the Develop module

The "missing photos" error message in the Develop module










To relink the photos, see the Lightroom Community Help topic Locate missing photos. There’s even a link to a video tutorial of the process as well.

If you move entire folders of photos in the OS and break the link in Lightroom, the folder appears dim in the Folders panel and has a question-mark icon.

Folders appear dimmed and have a question mark when Lightroom can't find them.

A missing folder in Lightroom





To restore broken links to folders, see the Help topic Locate missing folders. The topic Synchronize folders might be useful, too.

To prevent broken links between Lightroom and the folders and photos in your catalog, remember these tips:

  • Don’t move photos or folders in the Finder (Mac OS) or Explorer (Windows). Do it from within Lightroom.
  • If you store photos on an external hard drive, make sure it is attached and powered on when you start Lightroom. If the drive is disconnected, Lightroom will lose the links to the photos, even if they haven’t been moved.

Convincing color changes, redux

When you want to change the color of objects in an image, you might first reach for Photoshop’s Color Replacement tool. But that’s not always the best approach. For more effective and flexible alternatives, check out these techniques:

Searching for CS5 content?

Google sometimes favors older CS4 content simply because it’s been around longer. If that’s not what you want, just add “CS5” to any search, and bingo–the new stuff appears.

If you prefer the direct route, here are links to key CS5 pages:

Photoshop Help main page

A rundown of all the new CS5 features

Learn about Adobe Carousel

Some of you might have heard about a little announcement Adobe made at Photoshop World last week: a nifty new product called Adobe Carousel. Carousel manages all of your photos across all of your iOS devices and your Mac, so you can browse, edit, and share photos easily with friends and family. No manual syncing, no storage limits. Pretty nice.

To learn more about Carousel, watch a video about it, and sign up to be notified when it becomes available, go to the Adobe Carousel page on You should also check out product manager Sumner Paine’s blog post, in which explains some of the concepts and features of the forthcoming service.

If you have a question about Carousel, go to our Adobe Carousel community feedback page. Members of the Carousel product, engineering, and support teams are there to help.

View selective panels in the import window

You learn something new every day, and I just learned a really useful tip from Jim Wilde in a thread over at Lightroom Forums.

As you probably know, you can work in one of two import windows in Lightroom: One is a relatively complex window in which you select the source photos, decide how to import, and then specify an array of import/destination options in panels on the right side of the window.

Or, you can click the Show Fewer Options button to work with just a bare minimum of import options.

But did you know that there’s a third way to work? In the full import window, you can use a keyboard shortcut to display only the import panels you want to see and hide the others from view. Right-click (Windows) or press Control+Command and then click (Mac OS) any of the panel headers on the right side of the window to open a context menu. You can show or hide all panels; expand or collapse them; select only those you want to view (the ones whose settings you always need to customize); or enter Solo Mode. You can use the keyboard shortcut on the Source panel on the left side of the window, too, but I tend to need to keep that panel open.

For more information, see the following Help topics:

There. Now you’ve learned something, too.

Picture Package is dead? Long live Picture Package!

Many miss the old Picture Package feature from Photoshop CS3 and earlier. But did you know there are several ways to create packages in current Adobe apps?

Photoshop legend Michael Salinero provides several options, including a clever technique that uses Smart Objects to create flexible package layouts.