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Learn How to Use Adobe Lightroom 4 Free – The Top 10 Techniques

Watch the Free Lightroom 4 How-to Tutorial: The Top 10 Techniques

Adobe Evangelist Terry White has a terrific new training session out showing you how to get started achieving immediate and impactful results using new Lightroom 4… This 37-minute class covers all the basics and walks through how to accomplish the top 10 things that beginners always want to know how to do.

Here’s the overview:

In this episode we’re going to take a look at how to get started with Lightroom 4 – the ten things beginners want to know how to do.  It’s kind of keeping up with a primer series I’ve been doing: I started with Photoshop and then I did InDesign, and now it’s time to do Lightroom.  So let’s jump right in and talk about the 10 things beginners want to know how to do right off the bat.

And here are some of the things you’ll learn in this tutorial:

  • Introduction to the Lightroom 4 User Interface
  • Understanding How Lightroom Works
  • Using Catalogs: Lightroom’s Databases
  • What Lightroom Does and Does Not Store
  • Importing Photos from Your Disk, Memory Card, or Camera
  • Organizing and Keywording Your Images
  • What ‘Copy as DNG’ Does
  • Photos in RAW format vs. Photos in JPEG
  • How to Shoot with Live Tethered Capture
  • Understanding Lightroom Workflow
  • The Difference Between Catalogs, Folders and Collections
  • Creating Collections: Groupings Within a Catalog
  • Reviewing Your Photographs: Picking, Rating and Labeling
  • Removing Shots You Don’t Like or Want
  • How and Why Collections are Like Playlists
  • The Develop Module: Making Nondestructive Adjustments
  • Adjusting Tone, White Balance, Highlights, Exposure
  • Localized Adjustments to Certain Areas Within an Image
  • Pumping Up Vibrance, Sharpening Faces, Adding Brightness
  • Deleting Control Points to Undo Adjustments
  • How to Integrate Image Editing in Photoshop
  • Retouching Your Photos Externally in Photoshop
  • Using Spot Healing to Touch Up Blemishes
  • Creating a Custom Identity Plate to Replace Lightroom’s Logo
  • The Printing Module: Using Templates, Setups and Layouts
  • Adjusting Print Margins, Spacing, Strokes and More
  • Uploading to Print Service Providers
  • Adding Your Custom Identity Plate to Printing Output
  • Exporting Images from Lightroom, as JPEG or Other Formats
  • Sending Photos to Email, Hard Drive, Web, or CD/DVD Disc
  • Understanding the Different Image Export Settings
  • Creating New Presets to Save Commands for Future Use
  • How to Put Your Own Custom Watermarks on Your Work
  • Using the New Email Command to Quickly Send Photos
  • Lightroom 4 Shortcuts, Tips, and Tricks

If you don’t have the Lightroom 4 program itself yet, then just download the free 30-day trial and you can start using it right away:


OK, all set?  Here is the free 37-minute Lightroom 4 introductory tutorial:

Want more?  Try these 4 additional hours of free Lightroom 4 video tutorials

Another helpful resource for understanding the product is the complete online documentation for Lightroom and all Adobe applications.

[ What’s the difference and what’s new between Lightroom 4 vs. 3 vs. 2? ]

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The video session above is also available as a free downloadable podcast for offline viewing (59MB, MPEG-4 video format).  Hope you get a lot out of it!

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