Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom – Retouching for Photographers


Duration: 3 Days


In this three-day class, you will learn to use Lightroom and Photoshop together to dramatically speed up your workflow and decrease editing time. You will learn when to use each program and how to transfer images back and forth. Lightroom works essentially as a database or catalog of all of your images. You will learn how to import, organize, correct, and add creative color effects in Lightroom using global and local editing tools, and how to merge multiple exposures and create panoramas.

You will also learn to use Lightroom to handle high volume organization of images, including how to manage your entire post-capture workflow, including offloading content from your memory card to your computer (or external drive), assessing, rating, tagging, organizing, searching, editing, sharing, and outputting images for various uses.

In Lightroom you can make non-destructive changes – Lightroom keeps track of every edit you make in the Develop module. In effect, you have unlimited undo forever. Changes are applied when you export a copy of the image, in this way your originals are always accessible.

In Photoshop, you’ll learn practical techniques for combining photos, pro-level retouching, creating precise selections, masking, turning a photo into a painting and pencil sketch, and adding creative blur effects.
Photoshop excels when you need to make precise selections and targeted adjustments to your images. Use Photoshop to select and mask detailed areas, and to remove and reposition objects. Photoshop is also used for enhancing photos with text or other nonphotographic artwork. You will learn the skills needed to use Photoshop for design, illustration, and 3D and video work.

Whether images were created in Photoshop or Lightroom, in this class you will also learn to manage output for various types of projects including slideshows, books, fine art-style signed print layouts, other types of print templates, and how to set up output for social media and web galleries.


Students should have experience with Photoshop and working knowledge of the skills covered in Core Skills: Level 1. Specifically, you should know the work area, be able to do basic photo selections and corrections, as well as understand layering, masks, and channels.

What’s included?

  • Authorized Courseware
  • Intensive Hands on Skills Development with an Experienced Subject Matter Expert
  • Hands-on practice on real Servers and extended lab support 1.800.482.3172
  • Examination Vouchers & Onsite Certification Testing- (excluding Adobe and PMP Boot Camps)
  • Academy Code of Honor: Test Pass Guarantee
  • Optional: Package for Hotel Accommodations, Lunch and Transportation

With several convenient training delivery methods offered, The Academy makes getting the training you need easy. Whether you prefer to learn in a classroom or an online live learning virtual environment, training videos hosted online, and private group classes hosted at your site. We offer expert instruction to individuals, government agencies, non-profits, and corporations. Our live classes, on-sites, and online training videos all feature certified instructors who teach a detailed curriculum and share their expertise and insights with trainees. No matter how you prefer to receive the training, you can count on The Academy for an engaging and effective learning experience.


  • Instructor Led (the best training format we offer)
  • Live Online Classroom – Online Instructor Led
  • Self-Paced Video

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Getting Started
About Classroom in a Book
Windows vs. Mac OS instructions Prerequisites
Accessing the Web Edition Lesson files
Accessing the Classroom in a Book lesson files
Installing Lightroom and Photoshop
Why use both Lightroom and Photoshop
How Lightroom and Photoshop differ
Where Lightroom excels / Where Photoshop excels
Creating a Lightroom catalog for use with this book
Getting help in the applications and on the web
Help PDFs
Additional resources

Importing and Managing Photos in Lightroom
Lesson overview
Preparing for this lesson
Storing your photographs
Building a folder structure for your photos
Importing photos into a Lightroom catalog
Importing photos from a hard drive
Using the Synchronize Folders command
Using the Library module
Meeting the panels
Customizing your view Renaming your photos
Using the Library module
Meeting the panels
Customizing your view
Renaming your photos
Organizing your photos
Applying markers
Assessing, culling, and creating collections
Adding keywords
Other ways to apply (and delete) keywords
Finding photos
Using the Library Filter
Using smart collections
Review questions / Review answers

Using Lightroom’s Develop Module for Global Adjustments
Lesson overview
Preparing for this lesson
Using the Develop module
Undoing adjustments and saving multiple versions
Mastering the adjustment workflow: The big picture
Syncing changes to multiple photos
Review questions / Review answers

Using Lightroom’s Develop Module for Local and Creative Adjustments
Lesson overview
Preparing for this lesson
Using the Graduated Filter tool
Using the Radial Filter tool
Using the Adjustment Brush tool
Lightening teeth
Lightening the whites of eyes
Enhancing irises
Softening skin and blurring stray hairs
Darkening and blurring the background
Removing distractions with the Spot Removal tool
Removing sensor spots and syncing changes
Removing objects from photos
Reducing wrinkles beneath eyes
Using Clone mode to remove a stray hair and lipstick smudge
Adding creative color effects
Converting a color photo to black and white
Applying split-toning and retro effects
Tinting a photo with color by hand
Saving metadata to files
Review questions / Review answers

Lightroom—Photoshop Roundtrip Workflow
Lesson overview
Preparing for this lesson
Setting up Lightroom and Photoshop for smooth integration
Configuring Lightroom’s External Editing preferences
Configuring Photoshop’s Color settings
Configuring Photoshop’s Maximize Compatibility preference
Keeping Lightroom and Camera Raw in sync
Sending a raw file from Lightroom to Photoshop
Adjust the photo in Lightroom
Send the photo to Photoshop
Send the photo back to Lightroom
Reopen the PSD for more editing in Photoshop
Add final adjustments to the PSD in Lightroom
Sending a JPEG or TIFF from Lightroom to Photoshop
Sending a photo from Lightroom to Photoshop as a Smart Object
Accessing snapshots in Photoshop’s Camera Raw plug-in
Running filters on a Smart Object in Photoshop
Review questions / Review answers

Lightroom to Photoshop for Combining Photos
Lesson overview
Preparing for this lesson
Combining photos for texture and collage effects
Adding texture to a photo using another photo
Fading photos together using a soft brush and a layer mask
Fading photos together using a gradient mask
Fading photos together using shape tools
Combining photos into the perfect group shot
Making HDR images
Merging to HDR in Lightroom
Faking an HDR in Photoshop
Exaggerating edge contrast in Photoshop
Making panoramas
Merging to a panorama in Lightroom
Fixing a curved horizon in Photoshop
Review questions / Review answers

Lightroom to Photoshop for Selecting and Masking
Lesson overview
Preparing for this lesson
Selection basics
Selecting by shape
Using the Rectangular Marquee tool
Using the Pen tool
Selecting by color
Using the Magic Wand tool
Using the Quick Selection tool
Using the Focus Area command
Selecting hair using the Select and Mask workspace
Selecting using channels
Review questions / Review answers

Lightroom to Photoshop for Retouching
Lesson overview
Preparing for this lesson
Removing unwanted content in Photoshop
Using the Spot Healing Brush and Healing Brush tools
Using the Clone Stamp tool
Using the Patch tool
Using Content-Aware Fill
Moving content in Photoshop
Using the Content-Aware Move tool
Using the Content-Aware Scale command
Smoothing skin realistically in Photoshop
Sculpting a portrait using Photoshop’s Liquify filter
Slimming your subject’s face
Slimming your subject’s tummy and waist
Review questions Review answers

Lightroom to Photoshop for Special Effects
Lesson overview
Preparing for this lesson
Artistic portrait treatments
Adding a soft glamour glow
From portrait to painting
From portrait to pencil sketch
Adding creative blur effects
Accentuating a focal point with the Iris Blur filter
Creating a tilt-shift blur effect
Adding motion to skies
Adding motion to a subject
Creating a social media cover photo
Designing the cover photo
Saving the cover photo as a PNG
Review questions / Review answers

Exporting and Showing Off Your Work
Lesson overview
Preparing for this lesson
Setting up an identity plate
Creating a watermark
Emailing photos
Exporting photos
Exporting and sharing using publish services
Creating prints Books, slideshows, and web galleries
Next steps
Review questions / Review answers
Production Notes