Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, or simply Lightroom, is an image organization and processing software created by the Adobe Systems for Windows and Mac operating systems. It performs three main functions, organizing pictures, editing pictures, and exporting pictures in the desired size.
There are no special prerequisites to learning Lightroom. It is a very intuitive software with a simple and easy to understand layout. Although the sheer number of functions may seem overwhelming, learning to work is easy. Only a basic knowledge of computer systems is required, along with an understanding of images, and a creative eye.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Supports an impressive array of properties related to organizing, editing, and exporting pictures, with editing being the bulk of them. Here are some features of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom that make it the software of choice for people working with pictures worldwide:
Creation of Presets:
Lightroom allows you to save image configuration settings you make to an image as preset. You can apply these presets to another image directly with just one click instead of laboriously going over and making each change in it. So if you have created a beautiful look for a picture by painstakingly adjusting each and every slider in the Develop module of Lightroom for hours, you can simply save all these settings as presets and you can apply all of these to another image directly.
Apart from saving you a lot of time, it also helps you to develop your own style. When you have a preset you like and apply to most of your pictures with only slight other modifications, it brings a degree of uniformity in your work and defines your style.
These presets can also be shared over the internet with other Lightroom users.
Non Destructive Editing:
Perhaps the greatest feature of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and its trump card over its cousin Adobe Photoshop is its ability to edit images non-destructively. Edits made in Lightroom are not applied to the original image, but to the image exported, which is a copy of the original with a different filename and/or directory path.
This leaves the original image untouched and free to be edited again and again.
Lightroom allows you to process a group of images together as a batch. For example, a group of pictures taken in low light conditions come out all underexposed. You can select all of them and correct their exposure together, saving you a lot of time while fine tuning them individually.
Easy Transfer of Adjustment Settings:
Image adjustment settings for one image can be easily transferred to another image with just a single click. Suppose you have taken a batch of pictures, have spent a lot of time fine tuning one, and the next picture is similar, you can apply all the settings of the previous image to the new one. This saves you a lot of time.
Lightroom can recognize faces and allow you to tag them with names. It then applies these tags to all photographs with the same faces, which makes it easy to group photographs having the same people in them.
Another useful feature of Lightroom is that it makes a file where all the edits you make are saved in its history, leaving the original photos untouched. This file called catalogue is very small in size, and allows you to apply the settings to your photos only when you need them exported.
The RAW format is the highest quality setting for photography in dSLRs, and Lightroom offers a very powerful editor for the RAW files. This allows you to apply edits to your picture with very little loss in quality, which happens often if images in JPEG format are edited.