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Download Free eBook, ‘Lightroom 5 Quick Start Guide’ (15 Chapters)

With the worldwide return of Adobe’s ultra-popular Creative Cloud Photography Plan where anybody can get both Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for just 10 bucks a month, we’ve had some readers asking us the best ways to learn these two top imaging tools…

Download the Free Lightroom 5 eBook!

We always mention about the free video tutorials on Adobe TV, as well as the super­lative, compre­hensive courses offered on Lynda.com – but now we can also recom­mend two new terrifi­cally helpful ebooks that you can work through step-by-step at your own pace. And fortu­nately, both books are completely free.

The first is the Adobe CC/CS6 Design Basics book that we recently featured, which is 200+ pages taking you through the core essentials of Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, and InDesign CC.

The second book now is Victoria Bramp­ton’s excellent Lightroom 5 Quick Start Guide, which really tells you everything you need to know to get going with Adobe Lightroom 5 from the ground up.

The Lightroom 5 Guide contains 15 chapters and is available as a free downloadable e-book in PDF format, as well as a browsable set of online HTML pages. It’s a series of solid intro­ductory tutorials designed to help you, as a beginner, get started with Lightroom and learn the basics, while avoiding the most frequent problems. And did we mention it’s free?

The full digital book is only 5MB in size, and so is easy to grab:


Lightroom 5 is included as part of the Creative Cloud via subscription, and is also available as a standalone application via traditional purchase. If you don’t have the software yet, just download a free working trial for either Windows or Mac OS (or try the whole Creative Cloud) – then install, run, and start your training…

Here’s the complete contents of this LR5 book:

Table of Contents
 1  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
 2  Before You Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
 3  Basic Lightroom Workflow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
 4  Installing Lightroom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
 5  Getting Photos Into Lightroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
 6  Backing Up Lightroom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
 7  The Lightroom Workspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
 8  Viewing your Photos in Lightroom. . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
 9  Selecting the Best Photos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
10  Adding Metadata to your Best Photos . . . . . . . . . . . 43
11  Finding and Filtering your Photos . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
12  Editing the Best Photos (link to sample images) . . . . . 51
13  Further Editing in Other Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
14  Your Finished Photos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
15  Congratulations, You’re Now a Lightroom User! . . . . . . 75

Frankly speaking, we should have posted this resource here sooner – it would have answered many questions!

And don’t miss dozens of free books for many other Adobe software products.

See Also

Download New Adobe CC 2014 Free Trials (Direct Links)

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  1. Andrew

    Awesome book, thanks a million

  2. Thanks for sharing it!

  3. Prabhath Kaushalya

    can’t download…any working links p/s

    • Hi Prabhath, the working link should be clear in the article above, where the button says “Download”…

      What issue are you having in particular – can you please give more details, any error message, etc.? We’d be happy to help but need a little more information on the difficulty you’re having.

      Also, did you try a different web browser or computer? Are you blocking or filtering anything with your browser(s) – like cookies, downloads, or any sites or URLs?

  4. Judy R

    I signed up for the mailing list and got an email back confirming submission. There are NO working links in the email for the dozens of free digital Adobe books. When I go to your page and click the download button all I get is the sign-up page.

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