Don’t you hate that feeling that you know you’re missing out on something, but you just can’t quite figure out what? Today, we’re sharing 6 features within Lightroom you may not know about (yet)! These 6 edits are ones that I’ve slowly figured out over the years, but are very quick and will change the way your photos look!
1. Making skin look flawless (but not unnatural)
I think we’ve all seen it or have done it before – blurring out our face in hopes of looking like we are younger, have better skin, etc. Although this “airbrushed” look sometimes works, most of the time it looks unnatural and the opposite affect we want! Luckily, there are ways around this, and the spot removal tool in Lightroom will become your best friend. All you need to do is select “healing” on Lightroom Mobile or the “Spot Removal” tool in Lightroom Desktop and click each blemish away! It vanishes acne or any other blemishes while looking 100% natural!
2. To remove people in the background
Sometimes we don’t realize how distracting someone in the background of a photo can truly be (as demonstrated in a before/after picture below). To rid these randos once and for all, follow the same steps as #1 and click these people goodbye! This small trick will draw your viewer’s attention to the right places and will make your photos better, trust me!
Select “healing” on Lightroom Mobile or the “Spot Removal” tool in Lightroom Desktop and click those people away! It finds a similar spot in the photo to match and cover these people with.
3. Blue Luminance
Knowing how to adjust the blue luminance on a photo can really make the sky in your photos pop! The blue luminance can be found in the Lightroom mobile & desktop app. If you head to your color mix, you can bring down the luminance on the blue colors in your photo, which most of the time will affect your sky. Additionally, I recommend bringing down the saturation with this so your sky doesn’t look too fake.
These are the settings I used for the blues in this photo below!
4. Orange luminance
Orange luminance is a necessary to make your skin tone look accurate in Lightroom. If you are using a preset, there’s a very good chance you will need to fix the orange luminance and saturation for what looks good on you. Orange luminance controls how much light is being projected onto everything orange in your photo, so you can bring that down or up depending on how light or dark you want your skin to look. Make sure you adjust the saturation as well – there’s a good chance you’ll want to bring that down so you don’t look like an oompa-loompa!
5. Enable Profile Corrections
Something within Lightroom that I really only learned about a year ago is to enable profile corrections! When you select “enable profile corrections”, this allows Lightroom to correct your photo for any distortion, vignetting, etc. that your camera lens may have. Below you can see a before and after of enabling lens corrections!
“Enable profile corrections” can be found in your Lightroom mobile and desktop settings.
Now you may have known about the transform panel before – it’s the section in Lightroom where you can adjust the vertical and horizontal orientation of your photos. However, one thing I have noticed many content creators online using the transform panel to add a different perspective on their photos. Sometimes the best way to get a new perspective on your photo is to select “auto” and allow Lightroom to auto-correct how your photo should look.
One way that a friend shared she used the transform tool is to accentuate her long legs. You can adjust the vertical orientation to do this, and although it always doesn’t look natural, it’s definitely a fun feature to try out. When editing with this, make sure you check “constrain crop”.
In this photo, I adjusted the vertical orientation +10 to lengthen the bottom of the photo, and you can see the difference.
There you have it! Six different features and edits within Lightroom that you may not have realized were there! These tricks are ones that I’m constantly using and can be super helpful to anything from professional editing to everyday Instagram posts! Let us know what you think below or if you have any questions!