The Lightroom Mobile app is one of my favorites, as it makes photo editing easy. Whether you’re making small corrections or adding a more personal touch, you can get some amazing results. The first thing you should know is that this software is free, but there’s also a premium version that unlocks all the available options. You can get it from the app store on your phone. So if you haven’t already, download it now and let’s get started!
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This step-by-step guide will show you how to edit photos like these:
Once you’ve selected the photo you want to retouch, you’ll see a toolbar at the bottom of the screen with all the editing options on the app. These include crops, color corrections, angle corrections, and much more.
Now let’s go over some of the essential tools and tricks for creating amazing pictures.
Step #1: correct blemishes
If you want to correct details on the skin such as pimples, blemishes or textures, the Healing option is what you need. You’ll find it in the lower left as a band aid icon. The healing brush has several options for a whole range of uses. It works by duplicating another part of the photograph that you can select using one of the white circles. Here’s what it looks like:
As I said, you can adapt this brush to your needs. You can change the size, depending on the level of detail you need. You can also choose how defined or diffuse you want the brush, which adapts the intensity of the border. I recommend using the brush in the smallest size possible with a very blurred edge for a more natural effect.
Step #2: light
Light is one of the most important elements in photography. It’s something that can most radically change your mood. Identified by the sun icon, the Light option contains tools for increasing and lowering exposure and contrast, as well as highlighting shadows or points of light; you can even play around with the balance between all of these parameters.
Personally, I tend to lower the contrast and increase the shadows as it suits my aesthetic tastes. Even so, I recommend that you play around with the balances to find your own style and the configuration that best suits your photo.
Within this option, you’ll also find the Curves (RGB) tool. This will allow you to make some fine-tuning to the photo. A grid will appear with a diagonal line (as you can see in the photo). Click on each of the intersections (there needs to be 3 points) and then, in the middle of the first box, below, and to the left. These will be the points of light – white, grey, and black. You can drag the points in various directions to achieve different results. Adjusting the first point, for example, will allow you to make the blacks more opaque.
Tip: If you want to see a before and after for reference while editing, hold your finger down on the photo to make the original appear so you can compare.
Step #3: color
The Color tools let you change the temperature and the undertone of the photo, as well as make adjustments to the intensity and balance of the colors.
I recommend modifying the temperature first and then using the tint option to balance the colors. The saturation and intensity tools will help you brighten up colors or make them look duller. For more advanced edits, you can experiment with individually modifying the colors in the Mixture option.
Step #4: effects
To adjust the texture and definition of your photos, go to the Effects option. Adapting these elements can give your image a high definition look or, conversely, a vintage feel. The texture option will help you achieve an analog film look, while the clarity adjuster will bring you closer to an HDR style. Likewise, the vignette tool can create an interesting style for your photo by giving it an old-fashioned touch and highlight what is in the center of the image.
Now it’s time to export!
To save time, I like to save some combinations as presets. To do so, select the three dots at the top right of the screen and choose the create preset option. Now you can select which settings you want to keep in your new template and which ones you want to remove.
This is all you need know for editing a photo of any kind in Lightroom Mobile. Of course, this app provides you with many more options that you can experiment with to achieve other effects and nuances in your images, but it’s always good to have a decent grasp of the basics.
I hope you have a lot of success with this app!