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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (often referred to as LR) is one of several professional level photo editing and management tools. While previous versions were available for purchase, the latest versions are available by subscription to Adobe's Create Cloud suite of tools. The open source software package darktable is often suggested as a free alternative to Lightroom.

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Lightroom upgrade from a student licence

I am thinking of buying Adobe Lightroom through a student licence. Will I be able to buy an upgrade licence when I'm not longer a student? Or will I have to buy the full licence?
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Filtering by date in Lightroom

In Lightroom 3, using the metadata filter with one of the columns set to Date in hierarchical mode, I can easily narrow down the date range. I can easily get all photos from 2010, or all October 2010 ...
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Does the number of smart collections affect Lightroom's performance?

While mucking around in Lightroom today and setting up some smart collections, I wondered if having a large number of smart collections might negatively impact performance? I'm thinking that ...
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Is there an Aperture equivalent for Windows, or do I need to use both Picasa and Lightroom?

As much as I'd like to work with Aperture, my main machine runs Windows (I only have a Macbook, no desktop Mac). For now, I have been using jointly Picasa and Lightroom for my photo management and ...
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Can I automatically convert RAW images to JPEG when publishing to Flickr in Lightroom 3?

I am using Lightroom 3, with the built-in Publish To Flickr feature. When I have a JPEG image (that isn't too large for Flickr), this feature works very smoothly. However, I often have RAW images, ...
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Any good alternatives to Lightroom for PC users?

I'm currently using Picasa for simple organise/tag/crop/tune tasks. I've downloaded and tried the evaluation copy of Lightroom, and I'm impressed. However as an amateur I find the UK price a little ...
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Updating pictures on Flickr with Lightroom which were originally not added with Lightroom

A while back, before I purchased LR3, I uploaded a few hundred photos to Flickr. Since, I received comments and fave's on several of them. However, I want to update them. Many need a little cropping ...
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What workflow should I use for processing RAW photos in Lightroom?

I started shooting in RAW, and I use Adobe Lightroom. What workflow would you recommend to use for the processing? I will really appreciate a detailed description of the steps (or a link to one). ...
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Over-saturated prints from Lighroom 3?

I have been doing most of my printing from Photoshop lately, as I've been fine-tuning levels and using advanced sharpening techniques to eek the most out of my prints. I started working with Lightroom ...
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Do Lightroom and Aperture force you into using a specific folder structure?

I'm getting busy, which is a good thing. I need to be able to batch process raws, or rather make global edits, to increase efficiency. I've heard that Aperature and Lightroom are both good at this but ...
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Why doesn't Lightroom offer conversion from RGB to CMYK?

I have never fully understood why Lightroom works exclusively in the RGB colour space. I would assume that a large number of Lightroom users use the software to prepare their photos for print. Yet, I ...
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Which Lightroom import presets should I use to get output like that from Capture NX?

When I import NEF photos into Lightroom, they do not look as good as they appear when importing into Capture NX. The colours look a little more muddy and there is a lack of contrast. This means that ...
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Why does my Lightroom/Photoshop preview change after loading?

Everybody who is using Lightroom probably has seen this. After importing RAW files, Lightroom shows a preview, but contrast and color of the preview change after a few short seconds to a slightly ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut in the Windows version of Adobe Lightroom for “Edit Keyword Metadata”?

I'd like to be able to click the first picture, <-edit keyword metadata command->, type keywords, arrow key to next photo... rinse repeat. However, I can't figure out the keyboard shortcut for '...
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Lightroom vs. Elements vs. Photoshop: Side-by-side comparison?

I'm a bit overwhelmed by the available options in regards to the three major photo editing apps from Adobe. Does anyone know of an article or site that lists the features of Lightroom, PS Elements, ...
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How can I have virtual copies in Lightroom default to being created at bottom of the stack

I use Lightroom for photography, sometimes I will launch Photoshop via Edit -> In Photoshop. Lightroom defaults to make a 16 bit TIFF copy of my raw file (fine) and opening that in Photoshop. ...
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Lightroom mass undo last develop step?

Is there a way to do a mass undo in lightroom's develop module? I'd prefer not to push arrow key and click on the last step for this many photos. The story, for those interested in face-palming: so ...
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Should I convert my JPEG images to DNG in Lightroom 3?

I am new to LR3 and have decided to convert RAW images to DNG on import. However, I have about 8000 or so JPEG images that I have brought in to LR and I am on the fence as to whether to leave them in ...
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Why employ the xmp sidecar file in Lightroom?

Currently I trust the catalog file to hold all of develop settings for my files. I don't use xmp/sidecar files. If you use them, why? I'm searching for a reason why I should use them.
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How do I get rid of shiny skin with Lightroom?

For photos taken with my Point & Shoot camera, the flash often leave people in the photo with a 'shiny skin' effect. Other than not using the flash (or at least moving the flash off the lens-axis),...
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Is there a way to partially apply a preset in Lightroom 3?

I have lots of Lightroom presets that are great, but some of them are a bit to severe. Is there a way to apply a preset at 50% strength for example?
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What is a good book for a Lightroom newbie?

I've been trying out Lightroom 3 for awhile, and like what I see. I will be buying it in the near future, thanks to a student discount. I'm sure I've only just scratched the surface so far, and being ...
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How does Lightroom store data about photos?

I've seen numerous mentions of Lightroom's database, or catalog, and having to back it up. Being used to Bridge and Camera Raw, I'm accustomed to seeing sidecar .xmp files alongside my RAW files. ...
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How to import photos and metadata from Flickr to Lightroom?

While exporting photos (and metadata) from Lightroom to Flickr is relatively simple, importing your own photos and metadata from Flickr to Lightroom doesn't seem to be as straightforward. I have a ...
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Why are my Lightroom exports too dark in Flickr?

I've been using LR3 for a while now and have noticed that when I export a photo to JPG and upload it to Flickr it ends up slightly darker. The exported photo is ok, it's the image when viewed through ...
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What are the differences between Picasa and Lightroom, other than price?

I've heard about Adobe Lightroom before, but never really understood what's so great about it, or why you'd pay for it when you can get Picasa for free. I know Lightroom probably has more ...
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What are best practices for using Lightroom libraries?

How do you organize your lightroom library (libraries)? Since I am a casual photographer, I have a single huge library with all my photos in it. Then I create smart collections to be able to find my ...
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What is the best way to synchronize Adobe Lightroom databases between two computers?

What is the best way to synchronize Adobe Lightroom databases between two computers (a desktop and a laptop)? I'd like to be able to edit photos on either machine, and preferably not copy the whole 3+...
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Batch adjusting the date (but not the time) of photos imported into Lightroom?

I purchased a new camera during my vacation, but I managed to take a whole night worth of photos with the incorrect date. I purchased the camera July 18th, but managed to set June 18th as the date. ...
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How to apply develop settings to multiple images at once in Lightroom?

I'm in the Develop module in Lightroom 3. The secondary monitor shows a grid with multiple photos selected. When I change a develop setting, e.g. exposure +1, the setting is only applied to one of ...
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Is it normal for memory usage in Lightroom 3 to exceed 1.5GB, and what can I do about it?

I'm currently running a 2008 unibody 15" MacBook Pro 2.53 with 320GB 5400 RPM hard drive and 4GB of system memory. I've upgraded to Snow Leopard and I'm running Lightroom 3 (64-bit). I have two ...
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Apple Aperture or Adobe Lightroom: which is better for post processing RAW photos?

This is probably an old chestnut, but I'm trying to decide between purchasing Adobe Lightroom or Aperture for Mac, and would appreciate any pointers that would help me decide. I think I've outgrown ...
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Where can I find user created camera and lens profiles for Lightroom 3 and Camera Raw 6.1?

The new Lightroom 3 and Adobe Camera Raw 6.1 have a lens and body database included to automatically correct your image. For a small description of this new features: Quickly and easily perfect ...
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Does Lightroom have a healing brush?

Does Lightroom have a healing brush? I'm aware of the spot-healing capability, for some corrections I need a brush to paint the healing. Photoshop has this, but it slows my workflow down to have to ...
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Does anyone have any tips to make Lightroom run faster?

I'm running Lightroom 2.6 on Windows XP and it runs painfully slow. Just navigating from one image to the next takes a few seconds. What can I do to speed it up?
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What keyboard shortcut could I use to step through presets in Lightroom?

Is there a keyboard shortcut to step through presets in Lightroom? I have development presets grouped in folders, for example one of them is B&W. I often find myself stepping through a number of ...
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Getting started with photo editing suites

I saw Adobe Lightroom on my friend's computer and it seems awfully complex to me. Basically he was adjusting color palette of the photo by changing some curves and moving sliders. I noticed that many ...
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Is there a way to synchronise JPEG metadata into RAW files in Lightroom?

I've shot RAW + JPEG for most of my photos, and have added quite a lot of metadata to the JPEGs using Windows Live Photo Gallery. I've mainly added keywords and people tags (thanks to the new face ...
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What were the optimal JPEG settings for Facebook photos in 2010/2011? [closed]

Every time I upload a photo to facebook I'm disappointed; the photos just look really bad. What size do you recommend, dpi, etc? If it helps, I'm using lightroom.
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Where can I get Lightroom Presets?

Could you recommend a good source of presets for Lightroom?
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How do I move Picks from a Collection to a Folder in Lightroom 3?

On one of the rare occasions I've used Lightroom Collections, I found myself wanting to transfer the Pick/Reject info from the Collection back to the main Folder the photos are in. Picks are ...
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What are the benefits of using Collections in Adobe Lightroom?

I use Lightroom a lot (and love it), but I don't use Collections at all, instead just preferring to keep photos in folders, and then tag/flag/pick within that. People often rave about Collections, ...
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What benefit does Lightroom 3 offer over Photoshop + Bridge?

I've been happily using Photoshop and Bridge to manage and edit my digital photos. I'm aware that Lightroom 3 was recently released, and decided to take a look at it, since Lightroom has been widely ...