In my last post I talked about getting to know the adjustment brush in Lightroom and Brett Jarnagin’s Lightroom Retouching Toolkit. LTR is a set of preset labeled adjustment brushes for almost every retouching task or photo enhancement. Photo Biz got him to do a webinar and show how they work. You should check it out.
For only $89 it is a great starting point, as it would take quite a while to test and create these your self.
The adjustment brush has been greatly improved in Lightroom 5. We now have the ability to do most retouching in Lightroom and not have to round trip into Photoshop. You can retouch skin, lighten wrinkles, adjust eye color, make lips more glossy and more. Non destructive edits with sliders attached so, now you can go back and tweak to you hearts content.
Once you get an adjustment you like you can save the brush so, next time you need to a that adjustment just select the brush your created from the drop down menu and paint away. The adjustment brush is the key to retouching in Lightroom you can layer them similar to the way you can layer adjustment layers in Photoshop. Once you get a understanding of how it works you’ll be retouching in Lightroom and saving yourself time involved in a round trip to Photoshop and back on more retouching tasks. You can also buy brushes to give you a head start like the set from my friend Brett at lightroomretouching.com. I have Brett’s brushes and they give you a great starting place for skin, dodging and burning and may others there are 49 of them even brushes for adding makeup like lipstick or blush.
I am alway looking for a Lightroom 5 tutorial that will help me get a better understanding of the tools in Lightroom. If you would like a better grasp on what the Adjustment Brush can do in Lightroom, I found this great lesson on Youtube from lynda.com. You should check it out, good stuff. Thanks Lynda.com
Lynda.com has a lot of awesome classes if you are looking to purchase some traning I would check them out. There are plenty of others on Lightroom like this one on uploading to flicker from Lightroom.
Jeffrey Friedl has made quite a few plugins for lightroom.
Plug ins to move your files to other places like twitter, Zenfolio, SmugMug, PicasaWeb, Google Drive etc.,
Plug Ins to manage your Meta data better . Tons of cool stuff. If you need lightroom to do something I would start your search here.
Thanks Jeffrey for sharing your cool tools.