One of the Most Unknown But Useful Tools in Lightroom

Lightroom has become quite an impressively capable editing program, able to tackle many advanced post-processing tasks that used to be reserved exclusively for Photoshop. As such, it can easy to overlook some of its tools. This excellent video tutorial will show you a lesser-known tool, what it does, and how to use it to create more precise edits. 

Coming to you from Anthony Morganti, this great video tutorial will show you the targeted adjustment tool in Lightroom and how to use it for efficient and more precise edits. The targeted adjustment tool is so useful because it allows you to adjust specific colors or tonal values without having to guess at what they are. For example, say you want to pump up the saturation of lake water in a photo. Lightroom has the HSL (hue, saturation, and luminance) panel to do this, but that water is probably a combination of blue, green, and purple hues. You could adjust those three sliders until you find the correct combinations, or you can use the targeted adjustment tool, and it will automatically adjust the constituent sliders in the correct proportion as needed. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Morganti. 

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EDWIN GENAUX's picture

OK! This is very unknown to me, have been using Lr from #4 and Thanks for the information. It is like PS now with so many things and you tend to just process all images through time the same way over and over. Well the new masking changed a lot where before it was a lot of brush work. In the beginning Lr was the first program to rid dust spots on the sensor but if you did not understand f/# and went to 16 or above you also got the back of the lens dust blob. Getting this todays hidden info is a new game changer, can not wait to try on the yin and yang colors of pegasus above the bright galactic center and also bringing out the gas glow colors seen in the hot summer sky at night the most difficult to adjust to be seen. A lot of new playtime!!

Jeff Wolff's picture

Excellent tutorial - very helpful. Thanks for this!

00rob00 Rob00Rob's picture

I use it for monochrome adjustments

Leopold Bloom's picture

I have never used it any other way. By far the best method.

LJB 701's picture

Excellent. Thank you

LJB 701's picture

Excellent. Thank you