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Scott Kelby

The Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 5 Book for Digital Photographers

Felix Nelson
Cindy Snyder
Kim Doty
Dave Damstra
Jessica Maldonado
Scott Kelby
Published by New Riders

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The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5

I start the acknowledgments for every book I’ve ever written the same way—by thanking
my amazing wife, Kalebra. If you knew what an incredible woman she is, you’d totally understand why.
This is going to sound silly, but if we go grocery shopping together, and she sends me off
to a different aisle to get milk, when I return with the milk and she sees me coming back down
the aisle, she gives me the warmest, most wonderful smile. It’s not because she’s happy that I
found the milk; I get that same smile every time I see her, even if we’ve only been apart for
60 seconds. It’s a smile that says, “There’s the man I love.”

If you got that smile, dozens of times a day, for nearly 24 years of marriage, you’d feel like
the luckiest guy in the world, and believe me—I do. To this day, just seeing her puts a song in
my heart and makes it skip a beat. When you go through life like this, it makes you one
incredibly happy and grateful guy, and I truly am.

So, thank you, my love. Thanks for your kindness, your hugs, your understanding, your
advice, your patience, your generosity, 
and for being such a caring and compassionate mother and wife. I love you.

Secondly, a big thanks to my son, Jordan. I wrote my first book when my wife was
pregnant with him (16 years ago), and he has literally grown up around my writing. Maybe
that’s why he’s so patient as he waits for me to finish a page or two so we can go play Call
of Duty: Black Ops 2 with all his friends, and my buddies Matt, RC, Brad, Hans, and Jeff.
He’s such a great “little buddy” to me, and it has been a blast watching him grow up into such
a wonderful young man, with his mother’s tender and loving heart. (You’re the greatest, little buddy!)

Thanks to our wonderful daughter, Kira, for being the answer to our prayers, for being such
a blessing to your older brother, and for proving once again that miracles happen every day.
You are a little clone of your mother, and believe me, there is no greater compliment I could
give you. You’re my little sweetie!

A special thanks to my big brother, Jeff. I have so much to be thankful for in my life, and
having you as such a positive role model while I was growing up is one thing I’m particularly
thankful for. You’re the best brother any guy could ever have, and I’ve said it a million times
before, but one more surely wouldn’t hurt—I love you, man!

My heartfelt thanks go to my entire team at Kelby Media Group. I know everybody thinks
their team is really special, but this one time—I’m right. I’m so proud to get to work with you
all, and I’m still amazed at what you’re able to accomplish day in, day out, and I’m constantly
impressed with how much passion and pride you put into everything you do.

A warm word of thanks goes to my in-house Editor Kim Doty. It’s her amazing attitude,
passion, poise, and attention to detail that has kept me writing books. When you’re writing a
book like this, sometimes you can really feel like you’re all alone, but she really makes me
feel that I’m not alone—that we’re a team. It often is her encouraging words or helpful ideas
that keep me going when I’ve hit a wall, and I just can’t thank her enough. Kim, you are “the best!”

I’m equally as lucky to have the immensely talented Jessica Maldonado (a.k.a. “Photoshop
Girl”) working on the design of my books. I just love the way Jessica designs, and all the
clever little things she adds to her layouts and cover designs. She’s not just incredibly
talented and a joy to work with, she’s a very smart designer and thinks five steps ahead in
every layout she builds. I feel very, very fortunate to have her on my team.

Also, a big thanks to my in-house tech editor Cindy Snyder, who helps test all the
techniques in the book (and makes sure I didn’t leave out that one little step that would take
the train off the tracks), and she catches lots of little things others would have missed.
Thanks to “Big Dave” Damstra and his team, who do the layout work once the text and
graphics start coming in, and they do such a great job, on such a tight deadline, yet still turn
out books with a tight, clean layout that people love. You rock!
The guy leading this crew of creative superstars is none other than my friend (and Creative
Director), Felix Nelson, whose limitless talent, creativity, input, and flat-out great ideas
make every book we do that much better.

To my best buddy and book-publishing powerhouse, Dave Moser (also known as “the
guiding light, force of nature, miracle birth, etc.”), for always insisting that we raise the bar
and make everything we do better than anything we’ve done before.
Thanks to my friend and business partner, Jean A. Kendra, for her support and friendship
all these years. You mean a lot to me, to Kalebra, and to our company.
A huge, huge thanks to my Executive Assistant, Susan Hageanon, for all her hard work and
for handling so many things so well that I have time to write books.

Thanks to my Editor Ted Waitt at Peachpit Press. Like Kim Doty does in-house, you do
outside by helping me feel connected to “the mothership.” Thanks for all your hard work and
dedication to making the kind of books that make a difference. Also, thanks to my Publisher
Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel, and her team, including Sara Jane Todd and Scott Cowlin. 
(Lest we forget Gary-Paul.)

Thanks to Lightroom Product Manager Tom Hogarty for answering all my late-night
emails, and to Bryan O’Neil Hughes for helping out in such an impactful way throughout the
original development of this book.

I owe a special debt of gratitude to my buddy, Matt Kloskowski, for being such an
excellent sounding board (and sometimes tech editor) during the development of this latest
version of the book. Your input made this book better than it would have been.
Thanks to my friends at Adobe Systems: Terry White, Cari Gushiken, Bryan Lamkin,
Julieanne Kost, and Russell Preston Brown. Gone but not forgotten: Barbara Rice, Rye
Livingston, John Loiacono, Kevin Connor, Addy Roff, and Karen Gauthier.
I want to thank all the talented and gifted photographers who’ve taught me so much over the
years, including: Moose Peterson, Joe McNally, Bill Fortney, George Lepp, Anne Cahill,
Vincent Versace, David Ziser, Jim DiVitale, 
Cliff Mautner, Dave Black, Helene Glassman, and Monte Zucker.

Thanks to my mentors, whose wisdom and whip-cracking have helped me immeasurably,
including John Graden, Jack Lee, Dave Gales, Judy Farmer, and Douglas Poole.
Most importantly, I want to thank God, and His Son Jesus Christ, for leading me to the
woman of my dreams, for blessing us with two amazing children, for allowing me to make a
living doing something I truly love, for always being there when I need Him, for blessing me
with a wonderful, fulfilling, and happy life, and such a warm, loving family to share it with.

About the Author
Scott Kelby
Scott is Editor, Publisher, and co-founder of Photoshop User magazine, Executive Editor
and Publisher of Lightroom magazine, and host of The Grid, the weekly, live, webcast talk
show for photographers, as well as the top-rated weekly video webcast Photoshop User TV.
He is President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), the trade
association for Adobe® Photoshop® users, and he’s President of the training, education, and
publishing firm, Kelby Media Group, Inc.

Scott is a photographer, designer, and award-winning author of more than 50 books,
including The Adobe Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers, Professional Portrait
Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop, Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It:
Learn Step by Step How to Go from Empty Studio to Finished Image, Photoshop Classic
Effects, The Photoshop Elements Book for Digital Photographers, and The Digital
Photography Book, parts 1, 2, 3 & 4.

For the past three years, Scott has been honored with the distinction of being the world’s
#1 best-selling author of photography books. His book, The Digital Photography Book, part
1, is now the best-selling book on digital photography in history.

His books have been translated into dozens of different languages, including Chinese,
Russian, Spanish, Korean, Polish, Taiwanese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Dutch,
Swedish, Turkish, and Portuguese, among others, and he is a recipient of the prestigious ASP
International Award, presented annually by the American Society of Photographers for
“...contributions in a special or significant way to the ideals of Professional Photography as
an art and a science.”

Scott is Training Director for the official Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour and Conference
Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo. He’s featured in a series of
Adobe Photoshop training DVDs and online courses at and has been
training Adobe Photoshop users since 1993.
For more information on Scott, visit him at:
His daily blog:
Twitter: @scottkelby

Seven (or So) 
Things You’ll Wish You Had Known Before Reading This Book

I really want to make sure you get the absolute most out of reading this book, and if you take
two minutes and read these seven (or so) things now, I promise it will make a big difference
in your success with Lightroom 5, and with this book (plus, it will keep you from sending me
an email asking something that everyone who skips this part will wind up doing). By the way,
the captures shown below are just for looks. Hey, we’re photographers—how things look really matters.
(1) If you don’t want to read this, then go right now to and watch the short video I made to explain these
seven (or so) things in more detail. It’s short, it’s quick, and it will help you read this book in
half the time (okay, the “half the time” thing is marketing hype, but you’ll get a lot out of the
video, so head over there first. I’ll make it worth your while).

(2) You can download many of the key photos used here in the book, so you can follow
along using many of the same images that I used, at
See, this is one of those things I was talking about that you’d miss if you skipped over this
and jumped right to Chapter 1. Then you’d send me an angry email about how I didn’t tell you
where to download the photos. You wouldn’t be the first.
(3) If you’ve read my other books, you know they’re usually “jump in anywhere” books, but
with Lightroom, I wrote the book in the order you’ll probably wind up using the program, so
if you’re new to Lightroom, I would really recommend you start with Chapter 1 and go
through the book in order. But hey—it’s your book—if you decide to just hollow out the
insides and store your valuables in there, I’ll never know. Also, make sure you read the
opening to each project, up at the top of the page. Those actually have information you’ll
want to know, so don’t skip over them.

(4) The official name of the software isAdobe Photoshop Lightroom 5” because it’s part
of the Photoshop family, but if every time I referred to it throughout the book, I called it
“Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5,” you’d eventually want to strangle me (or the person sitting
nearest you), so from here on out, I usually just refer to it as “Lightroom” or “Lightroom 5”
Just so you know.

(5) The intro page at the beginning of each chapter is designed to give you a quick mental
break, and honestly, they have little to do with the chapter. In fact, they have little to do with
anything, but writing these quirky chapter intros is kind of a tradition of mine (I do this in all
my books), but if you’re one of those really “serious” types, you can skip them, because
they’ll just get on your nerves.

(6) At the end of the book is a special bonus chapter, where I share my own start-to-finish
workflow. However, don’t read it until you’ve read the entire book first, or you might not
know how to do certain things that I’ll be telling you to do (that’s why I put it at the end of the book).

in #7.5 below). I put it there because Adobe has...well...they’ve kind of abandoned it (not
officially mind you, but come on—they haven’t really added any new features in the past
three versions, so I can’t [with a straight face] recommend that you use it at all). 
But, just in case, I still updated it and posted the chapter on the web, 
so just think of it as a bonus you won’t ever use.
(7.5) I created a short bonus video. It shows you step by step how to create Identity Plate
graphics with transparency (which you’ll learn about in Chapters 11 and 13). You can find it
at Okay, now turn the page and let’s get to work.


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Importing Getting Your Photos Into Lightroom
Before You Do Anything, Choose Where to Store Your Photos
Next, Do This: Set Up Your Folder Organization (It’s Really Important)
Getting Photos from Your Camera Into Lightroom
Using Smart Previews to Work Without an External Hard Drive Attached
Importing Photos Already on Your Computer
Save Time Importing Using Import Presets (and a Compact View)
Importing Video from Your DSLR
Shooting Tethered (Go Straight from Your Camera, Right Into Lightroom)
Using Image Overlay to See if Your Images Fit Your Layout
Creating Your Own Custom File Naming Templates
Choosing Your Preferences for Importing Photos
The Adobe DNG File Format Advantage
Creating Your Own Custom Metadata (Copyright) Templates
Four Things You’ll Want to Know Now About Getting Around Lightroom
Viewing Your Imported Photos
Using Lights Dim, Lights Out, and Other Viewing Modes
Seeing a Real Full-Screen View
Using Guides and the Resizable Grid Overlays
Lightroom Killer Tips
Chapter 2 Library How to Organize Your Photos
Folders and Why I Don’t Mess with Them (This Is Really Important!)
Sorting Your Photos Using Collections
Organizing Multiple Shoots Using Collection Sets
Using Smart Collections for Automatic Organization
Keeping Things Tidy Using Stacks
When to Use a Quick Collection Instead
Using Target Collections (and Why They’re So Handy)
Adding Specific Keywords for Advanced Searching
Renaming Photos Already in Lightroom
Adding Copyright Info, Captions, and Other Metadata
If Your Camera Supports GPS, Prepare to Amaze Your Friends
Organizing Your Photos on a World Map
Finding Photos Fast!
Creating and Using Multiple Catalogs
From Laptop to Desktop: Syncing Catalogs on Two Computers
Backing Up Your Catalog (This Is VERY Important)
Relinking Missing Photos
Dealing with Disasters
Lightroom Killer Tips
Chapter 3 Customizing How to Set Things Up Your Way
Choosing What You See in Loupe View
Choosing What You See in Grid View
Make Working with Panels Faster & Easier
Using Two Monitors with Lightroom
Choosing What the Filmstrip Displays
Adding Your Studio’s Name or Logo for a Custom Look
Lightroom Killer Tips
Chapter 4 Editing Essentials How to Develop Your Photos
Are You Seeing Different Sliders? Read This First!
Setting the White Balance
Setting Your White Balance Live While Shooting Tethered
My Editing Your Images Cheat Sheet
How to Set Your Overall Exposure
60 Seconds on the Histogram (& Which Slider Controls Which Part)
Auto Tone (Having Lightroom Do the Work for You)
Dealing With Exposure Problems (the Highlights and Shadows Sliders)
Setting Your White Point and Black Point
Adding “Punch” to Your Images Using Clarity
Making Your Colors More Vibrant
Using the Tone Curve to Add Contrast
Two Really Handy Uses for RGB Curves
Adjusting Individual Colors Using HSL
How to Add Vignette Effects
Getting That Trendy High-Contrast Look
Creating Black-and-White Images
Getting Great Duotones (and Split Tones)
Lightroom Killer Tips
Chapter 5 DJ Develop (Part Deux) More Ways to Tweak Your Images
Making Your RAW Photos Look More Like JPEGs
Seeing Befores and Afters
Applying Changes Made to One Photo to Other Photos
Virtual Copies—The “No Risk” Way to Experiment
Editing a Bunch of Photos at Once Using Auto Sync
Using One-Click Presets (and Making Your Own!)
Using the Library Module’s Quick Develop Panel
Using Soft Proofing to Make Your Images Look Good in Print and on the Web
The “Previous” Button (and Why It Rocks!)
Lightroom Killer Tips
Chapter 6 Local Adjustments How to Edit Just Part of Your Images
Dodging, Burning, and Adjusting Individual Areas of Your Photo
Five More Things You Should Know About Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush
Selectively Fixing White Balance, Dark Shadows, and Noise Issues
Getting Creative Effects Using the Adjustment Brush
Retouching Portraits
Fixing Skies (and Other Stuff) with a Gradient Filter
Custom Vignettes & Spotlight Effects Using the Radial Filter
Lightroom Killer Tips
Chapter 7 Problem Photos Fixing Common Problems
Fixing Backlit Photos
Reducing Noise
Undoing Changes Made in Lightroom
Cropping Photos
Lights Out Cropping Rocks!
Straightening Crooked Photos
Finding Spots and Specks the Easy Way
Oh Hallelujah, It’s a Regular Healing Brush! (Finally!)
Removing Red Eye
Fixing Lens Distortion Problems
Auto Correcting Perspective and Other Lens Problems Using Upright
Fixing Edge Vignetting
Sharpening Your Photos
Fixing Chromatic Aberrations (a.k.a. That Annoying Color Fringe)
Basic Camera Calibration in Lightroom
Lightroom Killer Tips
Chapter 8 Exporting Images Saving JPEGS, TIFFS, and More
Saving Your Photos as JPEGs
Adding a Watermark to Your Images
Emailing Photos from Lightroom
Exporting Your Original RAW Photo
Publish Your Images with Just Two Clicks
Lightroom Killer Tips
Chapter 9 Jumping to Photoshop How and When to Do It
Choosing How Your Files Are Sent to Photoshop
How to Jump Over to Photoshop, and How to Jump Back
Adding Photoshop Automation to Your Lightroom Workflow
Stitching Panoramas Using Photoshop
Creating HDR Images in Photoshop
Lightroom Killer Tips
Chapter 10 Book of Love Creating Photo Books
Before You Make Your First Book
Building Your First Book from Scratch
Adding Text and Captions to Your Photo Book
Adding and Customizing Page Numbers
Four Things You’ll Want to Know About Layout Templates
Creating & Saving Your Own Custom Layouts
Creating Cover Text
Custom Template Workaround
Lightroom Killer Tips
Chapter 11 Slideshow Creating Presentations of Your Work
Creating a Quick, Basic Slide Show
Customizing the Look of Your Slide Show
Adding Video To Your Slide Show
Getting Creative with Photo Backgrounds
Working with Drop Shadows and Strokes
Adding Additional Lines of Text and Watermarking
Adding Opening and Closing Title Slides
Adding Background Music
Choosing Your Slide Duration and Fade Length
Sharing Your Slide Show
Lightroom Killer Tips
Chapter 12 DSLR: The Movie Working with Video Shot on Your DSLR
Working with Videos
Chapter 13 The Big Print Printing Your Photos
Printing Individual Photos
Creating Multi-Photo Contact Sheets
Creating Custom Layouts Any Way You Want Them
Adding Text to Your Print Layouts
Printing Multiple Photos on One Page
Saving Your Custom Layouts as Templates
Having Lightroom Remember Your Printing Layouts
Creating Backscreened Prints
The Final Print and Color Management Settings
Saving Your Page Layout as a JPEG
Adding Custom Borders to Your Prints
Lightroom Killer Tips
Chapter 14 The Layout Creating Cool Layouts for Web & Print
Here Are Some of My Layouts for You to Use
Bonus: 24 Cool Lightroom 5 Develop Module Presets
Chapter 15 My Portrait Workflow My Step-By-Step Process From the Shoot to the Final
Workflow Step One: It All Starts with the Shoot
Workflow Step Two: Right After the Shoot, Do This First
Workflow Step Three: Finding Your Picks & Making a Collection
Workflow Step Four: A Quick Retouch for Your Selects
Workflow Step Five: Emailing Your Clients the Proofs
Workflow Step Six: Making the Final Tweaks & Working with Photoshop
Workflow Step Seven: Delivering the Finished Image(s)
10 Important Bits of Advice for New Lightroom Users
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