I have been using Lightroom ever since it was first released in 2007. Most of what I know is through self-taught trial-and-error, but I also often peruse the Internet from time-to-time to improve my skills. While I consider myself an expert with this software there are always new bits of knowledge that can be learned regardless of one’s experience level. And when I want to learn something, my go-to resource is video training.

One of the most frustrating things I experience after finding a video tutorial online is discovering that it is 10, 15, or even more than 20 minutes long! While the video is likely filled with excellent information and top-notch training, I don’t have the time to sit through several minutes of a video waiting for the one thing I am hoping to learn. That’s when I came up with the idea for “Two Minute Tips” — video tutorials that are concise, to-the-point, and only a few minutes long.

In January 2010 I started recording these bite-sized tutorials to share here on my blog. The videos I created for this series were all Photoshop-related, but I had been wanting to create a comprehensive Lightroom course for my online store. After years of positive feedback of my “cut-to-the-chase” training style, I realized that the “Two Minute Tip” method would be a perfect platform, and that is how this training course, Lightroom: Two Minute Tips, was conceived.

In this video course you will find 137 short videos teaching tips and techniques using Lightroom CC, with the average video length being just over 2 minutes! I thoroughly explain how to import files, organization in the Library module, the panels and tools in the Develop module, how to work with presets, create a book in the Book module, and also how to use the Print module to create collages, picture packages, and more. And then the training finishes off with a chapter dedicated to exporting.

I hope you enjoy these “Two Minute Tips” and that it helps take your understanding of Lightroom to a whole new level!

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Chapter 1: Introduction

1.01 — Course Introduction (00:01:28)

This introduction provides a quick tour of what you’ll find in the video course.

1.02 — The Advantages of Using Lightroom (00:01:58)

Lightroom is an extremely powerful tool for organizing and processing photos.

1.03 — Lightroom Do’s and Don’ts (00:02:28)

Because Lightroom is a database, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind before getting started.

Chapter 2: Importing

2.01 — Why do I need to “import” photos? (00:01:42)

Importing is a required step in using Lightroom. But what is the purpose of going through that step in the first place?

2.02 — Quick & Dirty Import Settings (00:03:13)

Watch how you can quickly import a group of photos from a memory card with these simple and easy to follow settings.

2.03 — Importing Existing Photos into Lightroom (00:01:18)

You can easily add existing photos from your computer or external hard drive by using the “Add” setting in the import process.

2.04 — Importing from Another Computer or Hard Drive (Step 1) (00:02:27)

When you want to transfer photos between computers, or copy your Lightroom catalog to another computer, the first step is to export the catalog. You’ll learn that first step here, then complete the transfer process in Lesson 2.05.

2.05 — Importing from Another Computer or Hard Drive (Step 2) (00:01:59)

The second step to transferring your photos between computers is to import the catalog you exported. This lesson picks up where the previous video (Lesson 2.04) left off.

2.06 — Import Presets (00:01:10)

Import presets enable you to create settings within the Import panel, save those settings, and then apply them to new imports. If you use the same settings frequently, presets are a great timesaver.

2.07 — Quickly Importing to Recent Destinations (00:01:00)

Use this tip when you find yourself importing photos to the same locations over and over.

2.08 — Importing Raw+JPEG Files (00:01:58)

If you photograph with your camera set to “Raw+JPEG” and output both a Raw and JPEG file for each image, Lightroom has a setting that you may be interested in. With it, you can either keep these files together (so they are treated as one Raw file), or you can choose to separate them so that they appear individually.

2.09 — The Difference Between Raw & DNG (00:02:02)

Raw and DNG files behave almost identically inside of Lightroom. So, what makes them different from one another?

Chapter 3: The Library Module

3.01 — Move, Sort, and Delete Folders and Files (00:04:59)

Need to reorganize your Lightroom catalog? From the Library module, you can move, sort, and delete folders and images.

3.02 — Customizing the Workspace (00:01:47)

Learn how to resize, hide, and reveal the left, right, top, and bottom panes.

3.03 — Toggle the Visibility of Panels and Modules (00:01:18)

Learn how to hide or reveal individual panels and modules to de-clutter your workspace.

3.04 — Viewing Panels in Solo Mode (00:01:11)

De-clutter your workspace by using “solo mode” so that only one panel is open at a time.

3.05 — Setting the View Options (00:02:04)

You can add (or hide) information over the thumbnails and loupe by adjusting the View Options setting in the menu.

3.06 — Loupe Overlay: Layout Image (00:03:12)

If you need to preview your images in a design or with a graphical overlay, then use the “Layout Image” setting to add a temporary graphical overlay to the preview window in the Library module.

3.07 — The Toolbar (00:00:46)

Watch how to toggle the Toolbar visibility, as well as how to hide and reveal the settings that are displayed.

3.08 — Adding Metadata to Photos (00:01:37)

Learn how to add metadata (keywords, captions, and so on) to a group of photos in the Library module.

3.09 — Creating a Metadata Preset (00:02:28)

Metadata presets are helpful when you want to quickly (and regularly) apply the same metadata settings (such as the photographer’s copyright information) across several photos within the Library module, as well as during import. Design your own to save yourself time and keystrokes.

3.10 — Converting Raw Files to DNG (00:01:28)

This technique allows you to batch-convert your Raw files into DNG.

3.11 — Saving EXIF as Side-Car Files (00:01:20)

By default the changes you make in Lightroom are saved within the catalog, and not alongside your images. This means that if something happened to your catalog (it became corrupt, for example) then you would also lose all of the changes you made to those images. By saving the EXIF or “side-car” files with your Raw images, you can prevent accidental loss of the data and edits you have made to your images, such as develop settings, virtual copies, and more.

3.12 — Organizing with Collections (00:03:03)

Collections are a wonderful way to group your photos without having to relocate them to new folders. This video shows how to use the Quick Collection to create a temporary grouping of images, how to add photos with the Target Collection setting, and also how to create collections in the Collection panel.

3.13 — Group Similar Files with Smart Collections (00:01:57)

Smart Collections allow you to automatically group photos into a collection based on file type, metadata, keywords, and more! In this video, I show how to create collections that will automatically pull in HDR and panorama files as an example.

3.14 — Locating a Photo’s Folder in Lightroom (or on Your Computer) (00:01:17)

This video shows you how to quickly view the folder a photo is located in (either within Lightroom or on your computer). This is helpful when you have an image in a collection and need to find the folder in Lightroom, or if you want to view the physical copy of your image inside of your system’s file browser.

3.15 — Using Survey mode to find your best images (00:02:00)

If you have a group of photos you need to cull, or a sequence of similar images you need to narrow down to the keepers, then the Survey mode is the best way to do so.

3.16 — The Paint Can (00:02:05)

The Paint Can is a great tool for applying keywords, presets, metadata, and more! Take a look at some of the ways you can put it to use.

3.17 — Viewing Edits Made Outside of Lightroom (00:02:28)

Most of the processing you do to your photos will probably be inside of Lightroom. But what if you make changes to a Raw photos or another file (PSD or TIFF) outside of Lightroom? When that happens, the updates may or may not be reflected in the Lightroom catalog. This video shows you how to make those updates appear.

3.18 — Renaming Photos (00:00:59)

Need to rename some files? This video walks you through this very simple process.

3.19 — Changing a Photo’s Timestamp (00:01:16)

When traveling, you may forget to set your camera to its new time zone. You can easily change the date and time of your photos in Lightroom, however, if you forgot to update or change it in your camera.

3.20 — Merging HDRs (00:03:18)

When you photograph several high-dynamic range photos (HDRs), it can take time to process them one-at-a-time through Lightroom’s photo editor. With this method, you can queue several of these processes at once and let them develop in the background.

3.21 — Merging Panoramas (00:02:08)

This video demonstrates how to merge photos together to create a panorama.

3.22 — Copying GPS Data to Photos (00:02:18)

Learn how to copy the location metadata from one file and paste it into another image or group of images.

3.23 — Using Filters to Search the Catalog (00:02:05)

The Filters section is perfect for when you need to search for something specific in a large collection of images. Learn how to filter effectively and find your files more quickly.

3.24 — Jumping to Previous Folders & Collections (00:01:16)

Learn how to use the Filmstrip panel to quickly jump to previous sources in Lightroom (folders and collections), as well as create “favorites” so that you can quickly jump to these locations at any time.

3.25 — Stacking & Auto-Stacking (00:03:09)

Learn how to stack photos manually and automatically, grouping them together like a deck of cards. This video will help keep your Library nice and tidy.

3.26 — Dealing with the Exclamation Mark (00:02:03)

Have you ever seen that pesky exclamation point appear on your photos? Learn why this happens, how to avoid it, and how to locate your photos.

3.27 — Synchronizing Folders to Find Missing Files (00:02:17)

Another way to locate files and folders when you move them outside of Lightroom, or if they have an exclamation mark, is to synchronize your folders.

3.28 — Facial Recognition (00:02:23)

Lightroom has facial-recognition software that allows you to search for and categorize your photos based on who is in them.

3.29 — Setting Up Publish Services (00:02:45)

The Publishing panel allows you to quickly and very easily publish your photos online or to your computer. This video shows the basic setup and an example of this feature.

3.30 — Publishing to the Hard Drive (00:01:48)

The “Hard Drive” setting within the Publish Services panel allows you to quickly export photos to a specific folder on your computer without having to go through the export process.

3.31 — Publishing to Facebook (00:01:56)

If you use Facebook and like to share your photos, then the Facebook publishing plug-in might be a good option for you! Watch this video to see how to configure these settings.

Chapter 4: The Develop Module

4.01 — The Develop Module Overview (00:02:26)

A quick preview of the module’s panels, tools, as well as ways to zoom into your image.

4.02 — Simple 3-Step Processing (00:02:47)

See how I develop my photos using this simple three-step process to make a nice, clean edit.

4.03 — Raw vs. JPEG in the Develop Module (00:2:01)

You can use Lightroom’s Develop module to different several different types of files, including JPEG!

4.04 — Resetting Panel Adjustments (00:00:53)

Learn how to reset your sliders and other adjustments to their default settings.

4.05 — Basic panel: White Balance (00:02:01)

Check out these tips for adjusting the white balance setting in the Basic panel.

4.06 — Basic panel: Tone (00:02:42)

Learn how to use the sliders in the Tone section of the Basic panel to correct the brightness and contrast in an image.

4.07 — Basic panel: Presence (00:01:58)

Learn how the Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation sliders can affect your image.

4.08 — Tone Curve panel (00:02:29)

This panel allows you to further enhance the tones of an image by manipulating the tone curve.

4.09 — The HSL & Color panel (00:02:46)

Use this panel to control the hue, saturation, and luminance of individual colors in Lightroom.

4.10 — The B&W panel (00:01:39)

Discover how the B&W panel works, and learn where to enable or disable the “auto-mix.”

4.11 — The Split Toning panel (00:01:24)

The Split Toning panel allows you to add different colors to the shadow and highlight areas of an image to enhance the color, give it a “cross-processed” look, or even make a color correction.

4.12 — The Detail panel: Sharpening (00:03:23)

This video walks you through the use of each of the sliders in the Sharpening section in the Detail panel.

4.13 — The Detail panel: Noise Reduction (00:02:48)

Learn how to remove noise from your image using the Noise Reduction section of the Detail panel.

4.14 — The Lens Correction panel: Profile (00:02:48)

Use the Lens Correction panel to remove chromatic aberration (a.k.a. “purple fringing”), and apply a lens profile to correct the distortion in an image.

4.15 — The Lens Correction panel: Manual (00:02:55)

Discover how to manually correct the lens distortion and chromatic aberration in an image using the Manual settings in the Lens Correction panel.

4.16 — The Transform panel (00:01:21)

If your photo is crooked, slanted, or too narrow, or it needs to have its perspective aligned, then the Transform panel is the place to go!

4.17 — The Effects panel: Vignette (00:03:13)

The Vignette section of the Effects panel enables you to easily create a beautiful vignette.

4.18 — The Effects panel: Grain (00:02:02)

This lesson reviews each of the settings in the Grain section of the Effects panel.

4.19 — The Effects panel: Dehaze (00:02:30)

You can remove haze and fog, or you can add a faded look to a photo with the Dehaze slider.

4.20 — The Camera Calibration panel (00:02:12)

Learn what the Camera Calibration does and also how to change the profile and manipulate colors.

4.21 — Creating a Custom Vignette (00:02:17)

If you want to have full customization of your vignettes, then you may want to skip the Effects panel and add a radial filter instead. Watch this lesson to learn how!

4.22 — Creating a Faded Matte look (00:01:02)

Add a vintage, faded look to an image using this technique.

4.23 — The Crop Tool Overview (00:02:48)

Come along on a walkthrough of all of the settings inside of the Crop tool.

4.24 — Changing the Crop Orientation (00:00:35)

This video shows you how to change the orientation of your crop from horizontal to vertical and vice-versa.

4.25 — Adjusting Tone with the Histogram (00:00:59)

The Histogram panel is not just for reading the tone in your photo! I’ll show you how you can also use it to directly adjust the blacks, shadows, exposure, highlights, and whites in your photos.

4.26 — Viewing clipped highlights and lowlights (00:02:28)

The best way to prevent clipped highlights and lowlights is to preview those areas so that you can make changes. Learn how in this video.

4.27 — Previewing Before and After Images (00:01:14)

Take a look at the various ways you can preview your images before and after making your adjustments.

4.28 — The History Panel (00:01:41)

You can use the History panel to “go back in time” on your photo, as well as use it to customize the “before” state when previewing your before and after image. See how it works.

4.29 — The Snapshots Panel (00:01:42)

Learn how to create and use Snapshots to create different processing versions from one file.

4.30 — Virtual Copies (00:02:20)

Virtual copies are a great way to create more than one version of an image inside of Lightroom.

4.31 — Adding a Graduated Filter (00:03:49)

Learn how to create a selective linear graduated adjustment, and then brush out specific areas to refine the mask.

4.32 — Adding a Radial Filter (00:02:46)

Learn how to apply a circular or oval-shaped radial filter to make selective adjustments to your photos.

4.33 — Using the Brush Tool for Selective Edits (00:01:26)

The Brush tool can be used to add develop adjustments to only a specific area of your image. Learn how in this video.

4.34 — The Brush Tool’s “Auto Mask” Feature (00:01:26)

The “auto mask” feature with the Brush tool allows you to “stay in the lines” when brushing over certain areas of your photos. Learn how it works in this video.

4.35 — Reset All Develop Settings (00:00:37)

Use this option to erase all edits to an image and start over from scratch.

4.36 — Fixing Color Cast (00:04:17)

There are a few different ways to correct color cast. In this lesson I show how to remove color casts from both Raw and JPEG files, including an old scanned photograph.

4.37 — What is “soft proofing”? (00:03:11)

Soft proofing is a good way to preview a photo to see how it may look after it is printed. Learn how to use it in this lesson.

4.38 — Spot Removal: Best Practices (00:02:45)

Learn the difference between the Clone and Heal tools, plus some tips on brushing and dabbing out blemishes in your photos.

4.39 — Removing dust spots and specks (00:01:14)

Use this technique when it’s difficult to find all of the “hidden” dust spots and specks in your photo.

4.40 — Syncing and Auto-Syncing Edits Across Images (00:02:39)

Have a group of photos that need similar adjustments? You can “sync” those files in the Develop module to copy the settings across your selected images.

Chapter 5: Working with Presets

5.01 — Importing Presets (00:03:47)

After you downloaded presets from the Internet, you need to import them into Lightroom. Watch this video to learn how.

5.02 — Creating a Preset (00:01:50)

Learn how to create your own presets and save them in the Preset panel.

5.03 —Updating Existing Presets (00:00:45)

If you want to make changes to an existing preset, you can learn how in this lesson.

5.04 — Creating a “Favorites” Preset Folder (00:01:47)

Lightroom does not have a way to mark presets as “favorites,” but there is a manual workaround that you can use instead. I’ll show you how in this lesson.

5.05 — Applying Develop Presets on Import (00:01:28)

Learn how to set a develop preset so that it applies to all of your images during the import process.

Chapter 6: The Print Module

6.01 — The Print Module Overview (00:03:02)

Take a look at a brief overview of what you will find in the Print module.

6.02 — Using Collections in the Print Module (00:00:57)

I find that the easiest way to organize images for printing in the Print module is to first put them into a collection. This allows you to quickly access only the photos you need.

6.03 — Setting the Proper Page Size (00:01:50)

One of the first steps in printing is to set the page size. This video demonstrates how to do just that using the Page Setup window.

6.04 — Picture Packages (00:01:10)

Use the Picture Package setting to create one print page with an image repeated throughout the page.

6.05 — Custom Print packages (00:01:42)

Custom Packages allow you to have more than one different photos on a printed page.

6.06 — Making a Custom Collage (00:03:03)

Collages are a fun and artistic way to present several photos all at once on the same page.

6.07 — Saving User Templates (00:00:48)

Similar to presets, user templates enable you to save a layout to reuse later with other photos.

6.08 — Adding Text or Logos (00:02:53)

You can use the Print module to overlay text or logos over your images.

6.09 — Saving a JPEG from the Print Module (00:02:50)

You don’t have to actually print from the Print module. As you’ll see in this video, you can create JPEG versions of your documents instead! These files can either be shared online or sent to an off-site printer.

6.10 — Color Management: Profile, Intent, and Print Adjustment (00:04:03)

Find out how to set the Color Management and Print Adjustment settings with this lesson.

6.11 — Creating a saved print (00:02:08)

Print layouts do not automatically save with their photos, and if you click away from the Print module or select a different collection, then you run the risk of losing your work. To continue working on a specific print again, you will want to save that print as a working file. I’ll show you how.

Chapter 7: The Book Module

7.01 — The Book Module Overview (00:02:52)

Take a quick tour of the Book module in this video. Along the way in this brief overview, you’ll learn how to get set up to create your very own book by viewing the pages, knowing which photos have been added, and setting up guides and filler text.

7.02 — Book settings (00:03:43)

The Book Settings panel is where you decide on the overall dimensions of the book, paper type, and quality, as well as what format you want your book to be when it is finished (a Blurb print book, PDF, or JPEG files).

7.03 — Auto Layout (00:02:23)

The fastest way to get started with a book project is to use the Auto Layout feature. As you’ll see, you can then modify and customize the layout to your liking.

7.04 — Add, Move, and Remove Pages (00:01:33)

Learn how to add, move, and remove pages in the Book module.

7.05 — Changing the Page Layout (00:02:10)

Lightroom comes with a collection of pre-made template files to use when laying out your book. Plus, you can also create and save customized templates.

7.06 — Working with Photos (00:02:59)

Find out how to add photos one at a time (or in batches), set the proper fit to the photo cell, and set the padding around the images to add more or less space between cells.

7.07 — Adding Text and Image Captions (00:02:05)

You can add custom text and image captions to your photos. Plus, you can create templates to pull data from the metadata of your files to auto-fill the photos’ text boxes.

7.08 — Stylizing Type and Creating Style Presets (00:01:18)

Once you have text added to your page, you will probably want to style that text by changing the font, size, color, alignment, and so on. This lesson shows you how to do that, and also how to create style presets to apply the same settings across other text cells.

7.09 — Applying Type Presets to All Pages (00:02:21)

In lesson 7.08 you learned how to create a style preset for your type. In this lesson, learn how to apply that same type style to all text cells across several pages at once.

7.10 — Adding Page Numbers (00:02:09)

This video shows how to add page numbers, start them on a specific page, and even hide them as-needed.

7.11 — Changing the Background Design (00:02:04)

If you don’t want a plain white background for your book’s pages, you can add a design or photo, and even a color.

7.12 — Creating a Saved Book Project (00:01:29)

When working on a book, it’s a good idea to create a saved version of that book project so you can return to it later to make updates and changes.

Chapter 8: Maps, Mobile, & More

8.01 — Open Any Catalog When Launching Lightroom (00:01:22)

Lightroom will typically open the most recently used catalog. However, you can choose the catalog to open when launching the program and even set a default catalog as well.

8.02 — Clearing the Preferences File (00:01:44)

If Lightroom is acting wonky, sometimes clearing the Preferences file is a good way to sort out the issue.

8.03 — Increase the Cache Size to Improve Speed (00:02:35)

Lightroom can slow down if the cache size is too small. If you have ample space on your computer’s hard drive, then increasing the cache size may be your best option to speed things up.

8.04 — Backing Up Your Catalog (00:03:27)

The Lightroom catalog stores a lot of information, and losing that data can be time-consuming and frustrating. The best way to prevent this is to regularly back up the catalog. This lesson walks you through your back-up options.

8.05 — Rendering Previews (00:03:48)

To preview your photos and view them up-close, you need to render previews for those images.

8.06 — Smart previews (00:03:53)

Smart Previews allow you to continue working with your photographs even when the main hard drive that stores those photos is disconnected.

8.07 — The Quick Develop Panel (00:01:36)

The Quick Develop panel is an often overlooked feature in the Library module. I’ll demonstrate how to quickly process your photos with this powerful feature.

8.08 — Using Quick Develop to Batch Process (00:00:56)

The fastest way to batch process photos, either by individual adjustments or with a preset, is to use the Quick Develop panel in the Library module. This lesson picks up where Lesson 8.07 left off, showing you how to process groups of photos.

8.09 — Editing Videos (00:03:27)

Learn how to stylize your videos by adding tone and color adjustments, presets, and also how to trim the videos to make them shorter.

8.10 — Creating a Custom Identity Plate (00:03:41)

Learn how to customize your workspace with custom text or a logo to appear instead of the default “Lightroom” logo on the top-left of the window.

8.11 — Editing (and Re-editing) in Photoshop (00:04:59)

Do you use (or want to use) Photoshop to edit your files from Lightroom? This video shows you how to bring a photo into Photoshop, and then re-edit that same photo after you have applied additional Lightroom Develop settings.

8.12 — Open as a Smart Object in Photoshop (00:01:58)

If you want to retain the non-destructive properties of your Raw file while also editing the photo in Photoshop, then you will want to use the “Open as Smart Object” option. This lesson shows you how it works.

8.13 — Integrating Lightroom with Plugins (00:02:09)

If you have purchased or downloaded third-party plug-ins or other apps that integrate with Lightroom, this video will show you one example on how the editing process works. I’ll demonstrate using ON1 Photo 10.

8.14 — Manually Adding GPS to Images (00:01:11)

When your camera does not have GPS capability, you can still add location data to your photos manually using the Map module, as you’ll see in this video.

8.15 — Creating Saved GPS Locations (00:01:35)

Saved Locations allow you to quickly add frequently visited GPS data to photos. Creating them is easy.

8.16 — Adding Location Data From a GPS Log (00:04:16)

You can create a GPS log using your phone or other GPS device, and then embed the location data with your photos in the Map module. Check out how in this lesson.

8.17 — Syncing with Lightroom Mobile (00:03:28)

Lightroom Mobile is one of the many advantages to subscribing to the Creative Cloud. With it, you can sync specific collections to the app, and then view those collections on your phone, tablet, web browser, and more.

8.18 — Setting the Lightroom Mobile Settings (00:01:06)

The Lightroom Mobile app is a great place to grab both your mobile photos, as well as images in a collection, and share them online. Take a tour of the necessary settings in this video.

8.19 — Sharing Synced Collections (00:01:21)

Learn how to make your synced collections public and receive a link to share them online.

Chapter 9: Exporting

9.01 — Exporting: Location and Filename (00:02:57)

Watch how to name your exported files, as well as pick a location best for your export.

9.02 — Exporting: Videos (00:02:10)

You can export any edited videos from Lightroom using these settings.

9.03 — Exporting: File Settings (00:02:56)

This lesson discusses the different file types you can convert your images into when exporting still photographs.

9.04 — Exporting: Image Sizing (00:01:59)

The Image Sizing section allows you to choose the final size in pixels, inches, or centimeters, and you can change the resolution of your exported files as well.

9.05 — Exporting: Sharpening and Metadata (00:01:23)

You can add extra sharpening to your images while they are being exported, as well as restrict the amount and type of metadata that is embedded into the exported files.

9.06 — Exporting: Keywords (00:02:16)

A quick explanation of the “Write Keywords as Lightroom Hierarchy” setting in the Metadata panel.

9.07 — Exporting: Watermarking and Post Processing (00:03:49)

Use the Watermarking section to add text or a logo to your photos. Plus, you can tell Lightroom what to do with the file after it is exported (open in another application, show in the browser, etc.).

9.08 — Creating an Export Preset (00:02:14)

Export presets make it easy to export files for similar purposes (printing, sharing online, etc.).

9.09 — Quickly Export with Presets or Previous Settings (00:00:58)

You can quickly export using either presets or your previous settings without going into the Export window.

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