Introduction to Lightroom Classic CC

Introduction to Lightroom Classic CC

Save time as you enhance and manage your digital photos. This course will show you how to effectively edit and organize photos using Lightroom Classic CC with hands-on, easy-to-follow exercises that will help you perfect your digital photo collections.
6 weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Details

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.

Enrollment Options:
Instructor-Led
6 weeks Access Course Code: lrc
Start Dates*Dec 11 | Jan 15 | Feb 12 | Mar 18
*Choose start date in cart
$115.00

Syllabus

In the first lesson, you'll take some time to be sure you're comfortable with the way the online classroom works, downloading images for class, and where things are in Lightroom. You'll learn how to create an organizational system that works with Lightroom and keeps your images easily available to you. With Lightroom's import tools, you'll be able to add keywords to images and add personalized metadata for easy searches and Internet security.

As you continue to learn about libraries and importing images to Lightroom, you'll be pleased to see how many options you have! This lesson will discuss shortcuts for photographers working with Lightroom and several different ways to speed up the import process. You'll also explore a variety of methods to add keywords and use them to search and sort your images. By the end of this lesson, you'll have all the tools you need to import, categorize, and sort images for a clean start to managing your images.

In this lesson you'll explore how Lightroom works behind the scenes—something you'll want to know as you move into developing or making changes to your images with Lightroom. With an understanding of how the Library module works for importing, organizing, and exporting images, you're ready to work with Lightroom's Quick Develop tools. In this lesson, you'll see how to make quick changes, not just to one image, but to groups and large batches of images. This is just the beginning of your journey through Lightroom's Develop tools. You'll also learn how to work with multiple images and make virtual copies—all part of Lightroom's quick and easy developing tools.

In this lesson, you'll begin your exploration of the Develop module and the many tools for editing and adjusting images. You'll have lots of hands-on practice with tools for straightening, rotating, and cropping images. It may seem like a straightforward subject, but Lightroom has many variations, so you can perfect both the shape and the size of your images. You may prefer to straighten based on a horizon in the image, or by fine-tuning the alignment against a grid. You can crop to a variety of different preset shapes, create your own custom shape, or crop by hand. You'll be pleased with the results!

Color is an integral part of the perfect print, and it's important to see how Lightroom helps you adjust your overall color tone and lighting with several sophisticated tools. 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. These changes may be simple, but the right color and lighting bring your pictures to life, and you'll want to start the development process with these adjustments!

In this lesson, you'll complete your study of the Basic panel, and you'll have quite a collection of tools at your disposal from the Develop module. You'll focus on color and see how a subtle adjustment can clear away muted tones. You'll work with contrast, shadows, highlights, saturation, vibrance, and more. You'll also use the new Radial Filter tool. You may not know exactly what each of these does as you begin, but you'll find it's easy to experiment until you like what you see—and before you know it, you'll master the tools!

Next in your study of Lightroom, you'll have fun seeing the difference when you sharpen an image. Photographers work hard to shoot crisp images, but at times . . . things don't go as planned, and you'll be able to put the snap back into your images with Lightroom's tools. You'll work with its sharpening and noise reduction tools and then see how to apply its editing options to batches of images, bringing Lightroom's two best features together. It just gets better and better!

This lesson will continue to discuss synchronizing, or copying changes from one image to many. You'll 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 will wrap up the topic of the editing tools in Lightroom, and you won't be disappointed!

The first few lessons have shown you how to import images to Lightroom and develop them with an amazing array of tools. Now it's time to see what you can do with these images outside of Lightroom. This lesson is about 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: Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

In today's lesson, you'll see how to use Lightroom's Print module to create a variety of output options. Whether you print at home or send your images out to print, Lightroom has a number of menus you'll want to be familiar with. You'll see how to print single images, create contact sheets, and customize layouts for many purposes. Once you've mastered the Print module, you'll be ready to print with all the advantages of using Lightroom.

Today you'll go back to the organizational side of Lightroom and see how to rate images with star ratings and color labels, and you'll also look at how to create collections. With all these tools, you'll be able to categorize and find things with very little effort, especially if you're using Lightroom's facial recognition feature! You'll see how to use Lightroom as a fast tool for locating images and moving forward in your workflow. You can work simply with Quick Collection and Target Collection, or you can create a sophisticated network of your own collections!

The last lesson will show off a bit with Lightroom's slideshow and identity plates. You'll see how to create both a PDF presentation and an MP4 Slideshow with music and special effects from your Lightroom collections. You'll also build an Identity Plate that you can use both in printing and presentations. With all the things you've learned in Lightroom, this is a great way to share your images with friends, family, and clients!

Requirements

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • 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.

Software Requirements:

  • 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 such as 6.1 (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Notes:

  • You will need to download zip files and extract images for use in class. The course provides basic directions for this, but you should be comfortable with downloading files, saving them on your computer, 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 using a Mac will only require a few standard Windows-to-Mac conversions. The software runs nearly the same on both.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Instructor

Beverly Richards Schulz is an award-winning photographer and graduate of the New York Institute of Photography. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley and a master's degree in Adult and Continuing Education. For the past 10 years, Schulz has taught at the University of San Francisco. With more than 15 years teaching experience, she has written over 30 digital photography and digital editing courses. She co-authored the book "Photoshop Elements 14—What's New?"

Reviews

I have taken many courses with Beverly and Eric over the years. These courses have been in general photography and photo editing. They are excellent instructors and I will continue to study with them. It is my belief that Beverly and Eric genuinely care about their students and promoting the art of photography.

I had a very pleasant experience taking this class. The information was presented in an interesting and friendly format and touched on many aspects of the application. I definitely plan to take more of these classes to continue my education.

I really enjoyed the course. I have tried several methods to get a start at understanding Lightroom and until now hadn't really been successful. It was good to discover that I could still learn something new. Thank you.

I think Beverly does a great job with her courses. This is the third one I've taken and I was glad to see she was the instructor. I like that she has the images for editing included for download with each lesson, so we can try her steps and come out with the same changes as she's trying to teach us to do. It would be impossible to do these lessons if we had to first come up with our own images. Well organized and very useful lessons!

I love this instructor! This is my second course with Beverly and she has helped me grow worlds in my photography editing. I am looking forward to taking classes with her in the future.

Excellent course. I had some experience with other Adobe products, but none with Lightroom. The material was presented in such a way that it was easy to follow and challenging, without being overwhelming. I will take other courses to build on this one.