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Editing Photos Using AdobeLightroom and Other Photo Processing Software

Adobe Lightroom and other photo processing software programs are best used to edit photos that you took with your digital camera. However, it is also possible to make adjustments to photos that were taken years ago with a film camera or even on a Polaroid film.

Let’s look at the photo of a child with her grandmother and grandpa that you might have had on your camera at some point in your life, or during your life. You can easily edit this photo by using the following tools in Lightroom. If you did not have a light box to set the background to in those days, you may use Photoshop or another application to set the background.

Go to the Adjustments Tool in Lightroom and choose Add a Bright Colors. This will bring up a dialog box that will allow you to choose from a number of options. If you selected a background with white or black text, you may want to make the text darker so it won’t be hard to read.

To get the sepia effect, click the drop down and select Scaled Histogram. Click again and select Luminosity and then click the Add Adjustment Brush icon to add the sepia effect. If you wish to have the sepia effect applied over the entire image, choose RGB <> Sepia. The Hue/Saturation slider can also be adjusted to add more of the sepia effect.

There are a few other editing tools in Lightroom to make a quick edit to an image. Go to the Effects Tool, then click the Adjustments icon. The Adjustments Tool window will appear. In the Adjustments tool, make the following changes. For the size of the image, make the adjustments to the top right corner, and for the size of the Adjustment Layer, click on the same drop down that you used to set the size of the sepia effect. For the hue and saturation of the image, change the hue and saturation sliders. For the color of the image, make the adjustments to the hue and saturation slider. To bring out the colors in the image, change the contrast slider.

The Adjustment Brush can be used to adjust the hue and saturation of an image. However, with the larger size of the brush, the effect is not quite as strong.

When you go back to the original photo, you may wish to use the Undo and Redo buttons to take a fresh look at the image. Go to the Auto Adjustments tab and make the adjustments that you made in the Adjustments Tool. Go to the Threshold tab and click the button that says “Threshold”. On the Threshold Options dialog box, adjust the threshold slider as needed.

To keep things interesting, you may want to try adding some personal touches to your photo. To do this, go to the Transform tab, and click the button that says Transform. The Transform tab in Lightroom will display many different editing tools to choose from. You may want to try different selections and transform options.

Go to the Enhance tab and click the button that says Enhance. On the Enhance Tools dialog box, adjust the settings as needed. As an example, if you want the photo to be brighter, adjust the brightness slider. If you want the photo to be faded, adjust the contrast slider.

Once you have edited the photo in Lightroom, you can download the image and open it in other programs such as Photoshop or Adobe Bridge. Make sure you keep the original images in case they need to be used as reference for the edits.

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