Adobe Lightroom Selective Adjustments. The develop panel or module was actually designed as a raw image converter. It is exactly the same as Adobe Camera Raw. The look a little different, but you can do exactly the same thing on both. Adobe Lightroom is still a raw image converter, used to process, .cr2, .cr3, .nef, .arw, and .dng, however, it can be used as an image editor. I use Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw for setting white balance, basic global and selective adjustments. You will learn over time what are the applications positives and negatives. Finally, I then send the image to Adobe Photoshop by using the quick key, Mac-CMD/E and PC-CRTL/E.

Lightroom Develop is a three part series. The first two we look at global adjustments, which are adjustments made to the entire image. The last video tutorial we will look at Lightroom selective adjustments, which focus only on a particular area. Most adjustments to an image are Lightroom selective adjustments.

Lightroom selective adjustments are adjustments you make by either turning a selection into a mask or just manually creating a mask. Masks can be difficult to understand at first, but they actually very simple. Let say we want to brighten a face. We can slide the exposure +5. In this case we do not want the exposure to brighten the whole image +5 so we create a mask on the face. The most basic mask is either black or white. Anywhere in the mask that is “black” you are hiding that +5 adjustment. Anywhere there is “white” in the mask you are applying the +5 in exposure. We will look at the different ways to make adjustments in Adobe Lightroom Classic.

Lightroom Classic Series

Welcome to Adobe Lightroom Classic YouTube video tutorials. This is a series of YouTube videos designed to teach you how to use Adobe Lightroom Classic, and in this case Adobe Lightroom Classic Preferences. I will try and update the videos as the program changes over the years. If you are new to Adobe Lightroom Classic, follow the video order from 1-?. This is the same order I use to teach Adobe Lightroom Classic in a college class. However, if you are just interested in learning a specific technique, free free to jump around.

Lightroom Selective Adjustments are the key to well toned images.


I will have two different types of videos in this series. Videos designed to teach you how to use the program, and videos designed to show you how to adjust an image. Some of how I look at or tone an image can be subjective. I try to be as straight forward as possible to let you know when some should be done a certain way, verses a subject adjustment.

Most people never take a look at Adobe Lightroom Classic Preferences, but there are some adjustments that need to be made to make the program more efficient. The two most important are external editing and performance. Performance settings will really depend on your computer specifications. All the Adobe programs require a large amount of RAM, a good processor and hard drive space.

    Items Covered in this Video


    How to make a variety of Lightroom selective adjustments in Adobe Lightroom Classic, by using masks to hide or show an adjustment.

    Lightroom Pros

    • All in One Program
    • Easy Editing with Sliders
    • Batch Processing
    • Batch Exporting
    • Organization
    • Non-destructive

    Lightroom Cons

    • Catlog (Hard to Understand)
    • Very Slow
    • Limited Photo Editing
    • Cloning and Health Tools (Photoshop is Better)
    • Book, Slideshow and Web are Useless

    I have a Facebook Group called, “Learn Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and Bridge.” I created this group because I get a lot of questions on YouTube that are hard to answer unless I can see the issue. This will allow a place you can ask questions, and more importantly post images and videos.

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