In this Lightroom 5 Essentials installment, Chris Orwig breaks out the Adobe Lightroom power tools. Learn advanced techniques to improve images with creative color, retouching, and other effects in the Develop module. Chris shows you how to crop and straighten your photographs for instantly improved compositions; remove dust and distracting background elements; selectively paint in adjustments to make your subject's skin, teeth, and eyes shine in portraits; and make both subtle and dramatic color changes, including black-and-white conversions. Plus, learn to increase image quality through noise reduction and clarity adjustments, apply split toning and vignettes, and correct for lens distortion.
Topics include: Cropping and straightening photosRetouching with the Spot Removal toolEnhancing the sky with the Graduated Filter toolImproving exposure and color with the Adjustment BrushModifying tone with the Tone Curve controlsCreating better black-and-white photosReducing noise with sharpeningSplit toning to create a sepia toneCorrecting distortionUnderstanding camera calibration in Lightroom