Check out ElectrodealPro’s Guide to post-processing photos in Lightroom below to learn how to process and edit photos in Lightroom.
Post-processing is one of the features that users need to know when using Lightroom, it is a way for you to make your photos look better, more attractive, for more Lightroom tips. You can find out through the articles on Taimienphi.
If you haven’t downloaded Lightroom and installed it, you can download it Lightroom Photo editing tools to your computer and install offline.
Instructions for post-processing photos in Lightroom
Follow the steps below to post-process your photos in Lightroom:
Step 1: Import the image file
In the Library module, import your image file into Lightroom. If you want you can apply built-in image import settings, or use dedicated keyboard shortcuts, especially in case if you need to import large quantities of images.
To apply the existing import settings, in the Lightroom window, access the panel on the right side, then access tab Apply during import. Access Develop settings =>User presets and click to select the preset you want to apply.
After importing the image file, you access the Develop module.
Step 2: Adjust white balance
There are many ways to adjust white balance. If the image file uses a neutral color gamut, you can use the Eyedropper tool. In this tutorial, the image file has no neutral reference, so ElectrodealPro will move the slider under the White Balance to balance the color gamut in the image file.
Step 3: Adjust highlights and shadows
The skin tone of the sample in the image file is slightly light, the hair color and background are a bit dark. In order to color balance objects in the image, we need to re-adjust the highlights and shadows. If necessary, we can adjust these settings later.
Step 4: Increase vibration and saturation
Next use the sliders under the Presence tab to increase the vibrancy and saturation of the image, then move the Whites slider to the right to adjust the portrait image and skin tone to look more realistic.
Step 5: Crop photos
We can crop the image at any position to make it most reasonable.
Step 6: Repair and smooth skin
Zoom in, zoom on the skin to correct, fade acne, scars or wrinkles. Pick the Brush Tool and adjust any settings you want to apply. While it is possible to use the presets for skin retouching, teeth whitening, … but these settings make the photo look awkward.
Adjust the Clarity slider to around -35 or -40 (Contrast to +35 and Highlights to +15 or more, this to maintain contrast and convert the subject’s face in the image to Flat), Sharpness up +20. These options and settings can be changed according to the skin of the object in your image file and the type of effect you want to apply.
The example below applies the settings above that evenly the skin tone and the skin looks brighter.
Adjusting the Clarity slider further down will merge the layers, making the image completely “flat”, just like there is no layer, so we can increase the Contrast, increase the shadows and increase the highlights to balance out. equal. The Feather and Flow options remain at 100%.
Step 7: Refine the adjustments
At the bottom of the image, check the box Show selected mask overlay (or use the O shortcut) to see exactly what part of the image uses the Adjustment Brush. Still using the Adjustment Brush, click on the erase brush tool and erase the brush effects around the eyes, mouth, and hair.
Step 8: Edit eye part
Enlarge the face of the subject in the photo even further, then use the Adjustment Brush to clarify and make the eye look more sparkling. On a side note, with increasing Clarity, other parts of the image will get darker. For balance, we’ll adjust the Exposure slider.
In the example below, ElectrodealPro also slightly increased the saturation of the iris to make the model’s eyes look greener.
Step 9: Lip color correction
The next step moves to the lips of the subject in the image. In this step we apply the same techniques as with the eyes to correct the lips, adjust the brush, clarity and increase the saturation.
Step 10: Tooth whitening
To retouch and whiten the teeth, continue to use the brush tool, decrease the Saturation slider% and increase the Exposure tool a little bit.
Step 11: Edit hair and background color
The last step we need to do is to fix the hair color and the background a bit lighter to reduce the contrast between the face and the background color.
The before (left) and after (right) images can be seen when making different edits:
So above, ElectrodealPro just guided you through the process of post-processing images in Lightroom. Also, if you do not know how to import photos in Lightroom or how to export and save photos in Lightroom, readers can refer to some articles already on ElectrodealPro to know how to do it.
Before post-processing of images, you need to know how to import photos in Lightroom, which means importing images from your computer’s hard drive to the program interface, if you do not know. how to import photos in Lightroom You can see specific instructions from our article.