Post-Processing Tips of the Week

Week 1: Snapshots

A Lightroom Classic (or Lightroom) Snapshot captures all the work you have done on a photo at a particular point in time.

Keeping a record in Snapshot form means you don’t have to use the History panel if you want to revert back to an earlier version of your photo.

Snapshots also help you remember completely different versions of the same photo (e.g. one color, one black and white).

They are a great way to learn how to improve your editing in Lightroom Classic.

In this video Trent Bates of The Visual Center YouTube channel demonstrates how to create and manage Snapshots in Lightroom.

Additional resources on this topic:

  • Working with Snapshots in Lightroom Classic
  • Using Snapshots in Lightroom Classic
  • Four Ways to Use Snapshots in Lightroom
  • Virtual Copies and Snapshots and History, Oh My!
  • Use Lightroom Snapshots and History to do Before and After Comparisons
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    Week 2: New Lightroom Features in the October 2022 Update

    As part of the recent Adobe MAX 2022 conference, Adobe announced updates to a variety of products, including the Lightroom ecosystem.

    Lightroom, Lightroom Classic, and Adobe Camera Raw all now have more AI-powered masking options — including a Select Object tool — as well as Content-Aware Remove, interface tweaks, and more.

    In this video, Forest Chaput de Saintonge of The Rocky Mountain School of Photography YouTube channel takes a look at the all of the new features and how to use them.

    Additional resources on this topic:

  • Photography at Adobe MAX 2022: New features for Adobe Lightroom and more
  • Feature Summary | Lightroom Classic (October 2022 release)
  • October 2022 Release for Lightroom Classic, Lightroom, and Camera Raw (LightroomKillerTips)
  • Adobe adds AI masking and content-aware healing to Lightroom 2022 (Engadget)
  • Adobe Lightroom Update Enhances AI Masks and Adaptive Presets (PetaPixel)
  • Lightroom, Lightroom Classic get more AI masking, Content-Aware Remove (Photofocus)
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    Week 3: Photoshop 2023 New Features and Updates Explained

    As part of the Adobe MAX 2022 conference in October, Adobe announced updates to a variety of products, including Photoshop.

    Learn what's new in that tool with this no-fluff tutorial from Jesus Ramirez of the Photoshop Training Channel.

    The video looks at the most significant updates, like the Backdrop Generator, Substance Materials, Delete and Fill, Photo Restoration Filter, Live Gradients, and more!

    Additional resources on this topic:

  • Adobe Photoshop update adds refined selections and AI photo restoration (Yahoo!)
  • Photoshop is making it easier to quickly edit and collaborate on projects (The Verge)
  • Adobe Photoshop Update Improves Selections, Sharing, ACR, and More (PetaPixel)
  • What's New in Photoshop 2023 (Oct 2022 Update) (Matt Kloskowski)
  • What's new in Photoshop 2023 + Adobe Camera Raw 2023 (photoshopCAFE)
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    Week 4: Color Grade in Lightroom Classic Like a Pro

    In this video, photographer Anthony Gugliotta tells you everything (well, maybe not EVERYTHING, but certainly a lot) you need to know to color grade your photos in Lightroom Classic like a professional.

    He will show you how the Color Grading Panel works and provide three methods for using it to edit your photos.

    Additional resources on this topic:

  • A Complete Guide to Color Grading (in Lightroom and Photoshop) (Adorama)
  • How to Use the Color Grading Tool in Lightroom (CaptureLandscapes)
  • The 4 Key Techniques for Colour Grading in Lightroom (People of the Planet)
  • Lightroom Color Grading Process for Warm and Vibrant Landscape Photos (PetaPixel)
  • Lightroom Color Grading: An Easy Way to Supercharge Your Photos (Digital Photography School)
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    Week 5: Portrait Masking in Lightroom Classic

    The October 2022 update to Lightroom Classic added the most powerful portrait editing and masking features ever available to the tool.

    In this video, Matt Kloskowski demonstrates how to make the best use of these exciting new capabilities. 

    NOTE: These masking enhancements are also available in the latest versions of Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw.

    Additional resources on this topic:

  • Deep Dive Into the New Masking in Lightroom (Anthony Morganti)
  • Masking in Lightroom Classic (Julianne Kost)
  • How To Use Lightroom Classic - Automatic Face and People Selections For Portrait Editing (Michael Sladek)
  • NEW Lightroom Masking VS Photoshop - Which is Better For Photo Editing (David Johnston)
  • Lightroom Color Grading Process for Warm and Vibrant Landscape Photos (PetaPixel)
  • Masking in Lightroom (Nicole S. Young)
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    Week 6: Photoshop Blending Modes - An 8-Minute Crash Course

    This Photoshop tutorial is a concise explanation of blending modes and how they work.

    Jesus Ramirez of the Photoshop Training Channel will also teach you how you can quickly narrow down your search and find the right blending mode for the result that you want to achieve.

    Additional resources on this topic:

  • Blending Modes Explained - Complete Guide to Photoshop Blend Modes (Photoshop Training Channel)
  • The Science of All 27 Blend Modes in Photoshop (PIXImperfect)
  • The Five Most Useful Layer Blending Modes in Photoshop photoshopCAFE)
  • How to Use Blending Modes in Photoshop (PHLEARN)
  • Blending Modes in Photoshop Explained (Nemanja Sekulic)
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    Week 7: How To Properly Use Lightroom Profiles

    In this tutorial, Anthony Morganti demonstrates how to properly use Lightroom Profiles.

    He also explains how they're different from Lightroom Presets and how to install 3rd party profiles into Lightroom.

    Additional resources on this topic:

  • The Power of Profiles in Lightroom Classic (Julianne Kost)
  • Lightroom Presets and Profiles: What Is The Difference? (Glyn Dewis)
  • How To Apply Preset and Profiles To Your Photos in Adobe Lightroom (Picfair)
  • Presets vs. Profiles (Which One Should You Use?) (Matt Kloskowski)
  • Lightroom Color Profiles | How To Make Your Photos Look Better (Ryan Troy)
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    Week 8: Opacity vs. Fill in Photoshop

    A common question when using layers is what is the difference between opacity and fill in Photoshop?

    In this tutorial, Marc Newton of The School of Photography compares using opacity vs. fill in text layers and in photography. Using opacity and fill in Photoshop will dramatically improve your photography and here he shows you how.

    Additional resources on this topic:

  • Opacity vs. Flow vs. Fill in Photoshop: Explained (PIXImperfect)
  • What Is The Difference Between Opacity Vs. Fill in Photoshop? (Photo Feaver)
  • Opacity vs. Fill in Photoshop—Demystified! (Nucly)
  • Layer Opacity vs. Fill in Photoshop (What's the Difference?) (Michael Bullo)
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