The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC Book for Digital Photographers, First Edition

Book description

Since Lightroom first launched 11 years ago, Scott Kelby’s The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers has been the world’s #1 top-selling Lightroom book (it has been translated into dozens of different languages), and in this latest version for Lightroom Classic CC, Scott did his biggest update ever, sharing all his latest techniques, insights, and invaluable tips using his award-winning, step-by-step, plain-English style that makes learning Lightroom easy and fun.


Scott doesn’t just show you which sliders do what (every Lightroom book does that, right?). Instead, he shares his own personal settings, his time-tested techniques, and his proven step-by-step method of learning Lightroom, so you can begin using it like a pro from the start.


Each year, he trains thousands of Lightroom users at his live seminars and through his blog at, and he has learned first-hand what really works and what doesn’t. He tells you flat-out which techniques work best, which ones to avoid, and why. You’ll learn:


  • His now famous SLIM (Simplified Lightroom Image Management) system that will teach you, step by step, how to organize your images, back them up, and be able to find them quickly and easily. Scott’s SLIM system is used by photographers all over the world and is taught at colleges and universities, because it’s so simple, straightforward, and it works.
  • How to make your images look like the pros and how to take advantage of the new RAW camera, creative, and B&W profiles—you’ll finally “get” the whole image-editing thing, and you’ll know exactly what to do, in what order, and why. 
  • How to use Lightroom along with Photoshop, and how to make the two work together absolutely seamlessly. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll be able to do, even if you’ve never used Photoshop before.
  • There’s a full chapter on how to use Lightroom on your mobile device to expand Lightroom’s power.
  • The last chapter really sets this book apart because this is where Scott answers his #1 most-asked Lightroom question, which is “Exactly what order am I supposed to do things in?” You’ll see his entire start-to-finish Lightroom workflow and learn how to incorporate it into your own workflow.
  • You can also download most of the same images used in the book to follow right along with.
  • And, you’ll get a killer collection of custom Lightroom Develop and Print presets to give you some of the most sought-after looks and effects, all with just one click.


This is the first and only book to bring the whole process together in such a clear, concise, and visual way. There is no faster, more straight-to-the-point, or more fun way to learn Lightroom than with this ground- and record-breaking book.

Table of contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication Page
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Other Books by Scott Kelby
  7. About the Author
  8. Table of Contents
  9. Seven (or So) Things You’ll Wish You Had Known Before Reading This Book
  10. Chapter 1. Importing: Getting Your Photos into Lightroom
    1. First: Move All Your Photos onto One External Hard Drive
    2. What to Do When You See a Question Mark on Your Photos Folder
    3. You Need a Second Backup Hard Drive
    4. And You Need a Cloud Backup, Too
    5. Get Your Photos Organized FIRST, Before You Launch Lightroom
    6. Importing Photos Already On Your Hard Drive
    7. Choosing How Fast Your Photos Appear
    8. Importing from Your Camera (Easy Method)
    9. Importing from Your Camera (Advanced Users)
    10. Using Lightroom with a Laptop? You’ll Love Smart Previews
    11. Save Time Importing Using Import Presets (and a Compact View)
    12. Choosing Your Preferences for Importing Photos
    13. Converting RAW Photos to the Adobe DNG Format
    14. Four Things You’ll Want to Know Now About Getting Around Lightroom
    15. Viewing Your Imported Photos
    16. The Two Flavors of Full-Screen View
  11. Chapter 2. Getting Organized: My System for a Happy Lightroom Life
    1. Four Important Things to Know First!
    2. Want a Happy Lightroom Life? Use Just One Catalog
    3. Where to Store Your Catalog
    4. How to Make a Collection from a Folder
    5. Organizing Photos Already On Your Hard Drive
    6. Why You Need to Use Pick Flags Instead of Star Ratings
    7. Organizing Photos You’re Importing from Your Camera
    8. Two Tools to Help You Find Your Best Shots: Survey and Compare View
    9. Smart Collections: Your Organizational Assistant
    10. Reducing Clutter Inside Your Collections by Using Stacks
    11. Adding Keywords (Search Terms)
    12. Face Tagging to Find People Fast
    13. Renaming Your Photos
    14. Finding Photos Using a Simple Search
    15. Lightroom is Automatically Organizing Your Images on a Map
    16. Map Organizing Even If Your Camera Doesn’t Have GPS
    17. Making Collections from Locations on the Map
    18. Dealing with “The File Could Not Be Found” Message
    19. Lightroom Is Automatically Organizing Your Photos by Date Behind the Scenes
    20. Backing Up Your Catalog (This Is VERY Important)
  12. Chapter 3. Advanced Stuff: That Next Level of Importing & Organizing
    1. Shooting Tethered (Go Straight from Your Camera, Right Into Lightroom)
    2. Using Image Overlay to See If Your Images Fit Your Layout
    3. Creating Your Own Custom File Naming Templates
    4. Creating Your Own Custom Metadata (Copyright) Templates
    5. Using Lights Dim, Lights Out, and Other Viewing Modes
    6. Using Guides and Grid Overlays
    7. When to Use a Quick Collection Instead
    8. Using Target Collections (and Why They’re So Handy)
    9. Adding Copyright Info, Captions, and Other Metadata
    10. From Laptop to Desktop: Syncing Catalogs on Two Computers
    11. Dealing with Disasters (Troubleshooting)
  13. Chapter 4. Customizing: How to Set Things up Your Way
    1. Choosing What You See in Loupe View
    2. Choosing What You See in Grid View
    3. Make Working with Panels Faster & Easier
    4. Using Two Monitors with Lightroom
    5. Choosing What the Filmstrip Displays
    6. Adding Your Studio’s Name or Logo for a Custom Look
  14. Chapter 5. Editing Your Images: How to Tweak Your Images Like a Pro!
    1. My Lightroom Editing Cheat Sheet
    2. If You Shoot in RAW, You Need to Start Here
    3. Setting the White Balance
    4. Setting Your White Balance Live While Shooting Tethered
    5. Seeing a Before and After
    6. Want to Copy a Particular Look? Reference View Can Help
    7. Auto Tone (It’s Finally Actually Really Kinda Pretty Good)
    8. Expanding Your Tonal Range by Setting Your White and Black Points
    9. Controlling Overall Brightness (Exposure)
    10. My Power Trio: Combining Whites + Blacks + Exposure
    11. Adding Contrast (Important Stuff!)
    12. Dealing With Highlight Problems (Clipping)
    13. Fixing Backlit Photos and Opening Up Dark Areas
    14. Clarity: Lightroom’s Detail Enhancer
    15. Making Your Colors More Vibrant
    16. Removing Haze
    17. Automatically Matching Exposures
    18. Putting It All Together (Here’s the Order I Use for My Own Editing)
  15. Chapter 6. Painting with Light: The Adjustment Brush & Other Toolbox Tools
    1. Adjusting Individual Areas (Dodging & Burning)
    2. Five More Things You Should Know About Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush
    3. Selectively Fixing White Balance, Dark Shadows, and Noise Issues
    4. Retouching Portraits
    5. Richer Skies Using the Graduated Filter
    6. Making Tricky Adjustments Easily Using Color and Luminance Masking
    7. Spotlight Effects (and Off-Center Vignettes) Using the Radial Filter
  16. Chapter 7. Special Effects: Making Stuff Look…Well…Special!
    1. Applying Filter-Like “Looks” Using Creative Profiles
    2. Virtual Copies—The “No Risk” Way to Experiment
    3. Changing Individual Colors
    4. How to Add Vignette Effects
    5. Getting That Trendy High-Contrast Look
    6. Creating Black-and-White Images
    7. Making Great Duotones
    8. Creating a Matte Look
    9. Using One-Click Presets (and Making Your Own!)
    10. Sun Flare Effect
    11. Cross-Processing Fashion Look
    12. Creating Panoramas
    13. Adding Beams of Light
    14. Creating HDR Images
    15. Making Streets Look Wet
  17. Chapter 8. Problem Photos: Dealing with Common Image Problems
    1. Fixing Backlit Photos
    2. Reducing Noise
    3. Undoing Anything (or Everything!)
    4. Cropping Photos
    5. Lights Out Cropping Rocks!
    6. Straightening Crooked Photos
    7. Removing Stuff with the Spot Removal Tool
    8. Finding Spots and Specks the Easy Way
    9. Removing Red Eye
    10. Automatically Fixing Lens Distortion Problems
    11. Fixing Lens Problems Yourself Using Guided Upright
    12. Fixing Edge Vignetting
    13. Sharpening Your Photos
    14. Fixing Chromatic Aberrations (a.k.a. That Annoying Color Fringe)
    15. Basic Camera Calibration in Lightroom
  18. Chapter 9. Exporting Images: Saving Jpegs, Tiffs, and More
    1. Saving Your Photos as JPEGs
    2. Adding a Watermark to Your Images
    3. Emailing Photos from Lightroom
    4. Exporting Your Original RAW Photo
    5. Publish Your Images with Just Two Clicks
  19. Chapter 10. LR with Photoshop: How and When to use Photoshop
    1. Choosing How Your Files Are Sent to Photoshop
    2. How to Jump Over to Photoshop, and How to Jump Back
    3. Keeping Your Photoshop Layers Intact
    4. Adding Photoshop Automation to Your Lightroom Workflow
  20. Chapter 11. Photo Books: Creating Beautiful Books with Your Images
    1. Before You Make Your First Book
    2. Making Your First Book In Just 10 Minutes
    3. Using Auto Layout to Automate Your Layout Process
    4. Making Your Own Custom Pages
    5. Adding Text and Captions to Your Photo Book
    6. Adding and Customizing Page Numbers
    7. Four Things You’ll Want to Know About Layout Templates
    8. Customizing Your Backgrounds
    9. Helping with Layouts and Printing Outside of Blurb
    10. Creating Cover Text
    11. Custom Template Workaround
  21. Chapter 12. Printing: Unlocking the Power of the Print
    1. Printing Individual Photos
    2. Creating Multi-Photo Contact Sheets
    3. Creating Custom Layouts Any Way You Want Them
    4. Adding Text to Your Print Layouts
    5. Printing Multiple Photos on One Page
    6. Saving Your Custom Layouts as Templates
    7. Having Lightroom Remember Your Printing Layouts
    8. Creating Backscreened Prints
    9. The Final Print & Color Management Settings
    10. Saving Your Layout as a JPEG (for Photo Lab Printing)
    11. Adding Custom Borders to Your Prints
  22. Chapter 13. Video: Working with Video Shot with Your Camera
    1. Trimming Your Video Clips
    2. Choosing the Thumbnail for Your Video Clip
    3. Pulling a Photo from Your Video Clip
    4. Editing Your Video Clip (the Easy, but More Limited, Way)
    5. Serious Video Clip Editing (Using Lots of Goodies!)
    6. Let’s Make a Short Movie (and Even Save It in HD Quality)!
  23. Chapter 14. Going Mobile: Using Lightroom on Your Phone/Tablet & More
    1. Four Really Cool Things About Lightroom CC on Your Mobile Device
    2. Setting Up Lightroom on Your Mobile Device
    3. How to Sync Collections over to Lightroom CC (Mobile)
    4. Working with Your Albums
    5. Adding Pick Flags and Ratings to Photos
    6. Editing Your Images on Mobile
    7. Cropping & Rotating
    8. Sharing Your Lightroom Albums on the Web
    9. Sharing a Live Shoot to a Phone, Tablet, or the Web
    10. Lightroom Mobile’s Advanced Search
    11. The Built-in Camera (It’s Pretty Sweet!)
    12. The Desktop Version of Lightroom Mobile is Lightroom CC
  24. Chapter 15. My Workflow: Here’s my Typical Start-to-Finish Project
    1. It Starts with the Shoot
    2. Workflow Step One: Importing Your Images
    3. Workflow Step Two: Sorting Your Images
    4. Workflow Step Three: Editing Your Selects
    5. Workflow Step Four: Getting Client Feedback
    6. Workflow Step Five: Printing the Image
    7. Other Ways You Can Continue Learning with Me
  25. Index

Product information

  • Title: The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC Book for Digital Photographers, First Edition
  • Author(s): Scott Kelby
  • Release date: May 2018
  • Publisher(s): New Riders
  • ISBN: 9780134545325