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Lightroom for Faces

via LinkedIn Learning


Learn how to retouch portraits—without using Adobe Photoshop—by using familiar Photoshop tools that are available in Adobe Lightroom.

Retouching faces used to be challenging without using Adobe Photoshop, but recent improvements in Lightroom—involving the Spot Removal tool, Clone Stamp tool, Adjustment Brush tool, syncing capabilities, and more—have made it much simpler to use Lightroom as a stand-alone solution. This course shows you how to save time by staying in Lightroom instead of Photoshop. Discover how to remove unwanted blemishes, make local or targeted adjustments, enhance eyes, smooth skin, and more.


  • Editing headshots and portraits in Lightroom
  • Exercise files
1. Lightroom Optimal Settings and Tips for Speed
  • Preferences: Performance
  • Catalog settings
  • History states
2. Tools Overview
  • Spot Removal tool
  • Adjustment Brush
  • Other tools and keyboard shortcuts to make your life easier
3. Blemishes
  • Spot Removal tool to remove blemishes
  • Change reference area
  • Spot healing: Remove custom opacity
4. Local Adjustment Brush Overview
  • What it does
  • Resetting the tool
5. Saving Custom Local Adjustment Brushes
  • Five time rule
  • Create and save a local adjustment brush
  • Modify and update a local adjustment brush
  • Decrease the overall effect of a local adjustment brush
  • Local adjustment brush recap
6. Eyes Reloaded
  • Global overall brush
  • Fixing under eyes
  • Adding lashes and brows
  • Fixing eye whites
  • Iris brushes
7. Skin
  • Smooth skin
  • Add back skin texture
8. Dodge and Burn
  • What are dodge and burn?
  • Dodge to reduce distracting elements
  • Burn to reduce distracting elements
9. Mouth and Teeth
  • Whiten teeth
  • Add lip color
10. Syncing Adjustments across Multiple Images
  • Sync multiple adjustments across images
  • Thank you and free brushes

Taught by

Kristina Sherk

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