How to Edit in Lightroom Classic

How to Edit in Lightroom Classic

I’ve been getting so many requests for how I edit my photos so I decided to share my knowledge with you all! The video above goes into great detail of how I edit and I walk you through the entire process.

First things 1st, you should purchase the Adobe Creative Cloud package here. It costs about $120 a year (only $10 a month) depending on what plan you purchase, but it’s completely worth it.


It’s important to play around with Lightroom Classic when you are starting out. When I first started I had no idea what I was doing but after hours of practice, I finally have a handle on how to use the applications.

You’ll definitely want to watch the above video but I’ve also created a step by step guide with photos of how I edit using Lightroom Classic.

  • Import your photos in the library tab and select the folder you wish to import photos fromScreen Shot 2019-09-11 at 6.52.37 PM
  • Switch to develop modeScreen Shot 2019-09-11 at 6.51.20 PM
  • For a side by side comparison hit the before/after button highlighted below (YY)
  • Play around with the hues, everyone’s style is different so find a hue you like and stick with it so your photos have consistencyScreen Shot 2019-09-11 at 6.51.39 PM
  • I’ve found it’s best to bring up the shadows to 100 since it brightens the photo
  • Play around with the whites and blacks for comparison
  • The tone curve is one of my favorite features of Lightroom ClassicScreen Shot 2019-09-11 at 6.52.00 PM
    • If you want your picture brighter, bring it up the line
    • For a darker more moody feel bring it down
  • Scroll down to colors and start playing around with some of the colors you want to bring out and takedown in the saturation tabScreen Shot 2019-09-11 at 6.52.17 PM
    • For me, I always bring down the blue and red tones since it gives the photo that vintage feel that I like
    • You will learn what you like and don’t like by practicing
  • The luminance colors always highlight the actual color you are playing with
  • When you’re done editing head back to the library page and select the photos you want to export and press export
  • Choose the folder you want to save to and VOILA you just edited your 1st photo in Lightroom — PROUD OF YA!

Below you’ll find some before and after pictures of my editing techniques

Thank you for reading my How to Edit in Lightroom Classic. I hope you’ve learned some new tricks to take your photos to the next level! If you have any questions feel free to comment below.



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1 Comment

  • Reply Taylor Deer

    This is awesome Courtney! What a super helpful post for someone just starting out with Instagram, blogging, photography, etc.

    September 12, 2019 at 6:41 pm
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