How To Edit Film In Lightroom

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Editing Scanned Negatives with Adobe Lightroom

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Bones Edits for Batch Processing

These easy seven steps will assistance you quickly catechumen your negative scans into usable blackness and white positive images.

ane. Import your files to Lightroom

2. Click on the first negative, go to the develop tab to begin editing the first photo

Adobe lightroom Develop tab view

three. Catechumen to Black and White

using lightroom to convert a photo to black and white

4. Utilize Curves to capsize negative into positive image.

Lightroom tone curve adjustment

Click the box in the lower right mitt corner of the curves tab and make sure information technology is in point curve. This should show a select-able point at each end of the curve. Take hold of the lower left hand point and slide all the mode upward, and so the upper right mitt point and slide all the fashion downwards.

After completing this step, you tin salvage the capsize adjustment every bit a preset. This will save y’all fourth dimension in the futurity. Do this by clicking on the give-and-take custom to drop down the carte, and then click relieve. This will bring up a box that volition allow you lot to save information technology, blazon in “Invert” and next fourth dimension you edit y’all can but click in that location and select capsize in the drib downwardly menu.

using lightroom curves to invert a black and white negative film scan

five. Crop image

During this pace I do a ‘loose’ ingather because I am virtually to batch edit the whole grouping of photos and the alignment may take shift a fleck from photo to photo while scanning. I utilize an unlocked ratio and then I can come across the edges of the film frame. In one case I become to consign the final image I will practice a more precise tighter crop and decide whether or not I want to keep the motion picture frame in the image or crop only the photo.

cropping a photo in lightroom

6. Sharpen prototype slightly ~ 70 – 100

I exercise an initial sharpening on the photo- this will exist practical to all images and then I don’t do whatsoever more than specific editing at this point.

Sharpening an image in lightroom

vii. Batch process all the images

In the lower carte du jour with the photo thumbnails select your first paradigm (the one yous only edited) and while holding shift click the last image. This should highlight all the images. Then hit the sync push button.

Batch processing photos with lightroom sync feaure

Cheque the boxes pertaining to the edits that you just fabricated.

  • Treatment and Profile

  • Tone Bend

  • Sharpening

  • Ingather

  • Procedure Version

options for syncing image edits in lightroom

Click Synchronize and y’all should meet all your negative thumbnails turn positive!

lightroom thumbnails of taos new mexico film photos

Individual Paradigm Editing

one. Using Adjustment Sliders


Under the Basic tab and Tone subsection, you will discover the exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, backs, and whites. Because nosotros inverted the curve to create a positive paradigm, the adjustment sliders  Volition BE BACKWARDS.


Sliding the exposure bar to the left lightens the whole image, sliding the exposure bar to the right darkens it.


The whites option controls the blacks in the image. Sliding to the left lightens the dark areas of the prototype and sliding to the right makes the blacks darker.


The blacks pick controls the whites in the image. Sliding to the left lightens the bright areas of the paradigm and sliding to the right makes the light areas darker.

These sliders operate usually.


The clarity slider operates ordinarily. Increasing clarity will heave contrast and sharpness. Decreasing clarity will make the epitome soft and blurry.


Dehaze slider in adobe lightroom

The Dehaze slider volition too sharpen the paradigm, and when working with the inverted curve, it often makes the image brighter. It also adds some noise, i.east. makes the prototype grain stand out. I often play with this to meet it’s issue and and so back it off a flake so it isn’t extreme.

2. Transform:

If the camera lens wasn’t exactly parallel to the image or the motion-picture show wasn’t completely flat when being scanned the image may exist distorted slightly. To gear up this, get to the transform tab and click “Guided.” Then use your mouse to draw 4 lines around the edges of the film frame or image. This will square up any distortion from the scanning process.

guided perspective tool helps straighen an image

3. Radial Filters, Aligning Castor, and Gradient Filters:

Radial Filter:

using radial filters in lightroom

I liked the way the low clarity gave it a dreamy await and then I used a radial filter, clicked off of the invert box to highlight the out edges of the image, lowered the amount of plumage to give a more than distinct eye and lowered the clarity. To see which portion of the prototype you are affecting yous can toggle the mask view on and off with CTRL + O (the letter of the alphabet o not the number)

Radial filter in photo editing software

I wanted to acuminate the image more in the center so I used a new radial filter, this time I left the capsize box checked and then increased clarity and dissimilarity. I also wanted to make the whites popular a bit so I increased the whites slider*.

*For some reason when using brushes, or filters the whites and blacks bear normally!

Adjustment Castor:

In this image, I wanted to make the shadows in the lower left paw corner darker. So I used a brush to paint a mask in those areas then used the Blacks slider toward the left to darken the shadows. Over again the sliders now carry normally.

three. Spot Removal

spot removal tool in adobe lightroom

removing imperfections from photos

If you picked up dust or hairs in the scanning or evolution process or whatsoever other imperfections be in the photo, these can easily be removed with the spot removal tool (brusque cut = Q). Use your mouse wheel or the slider to accommodate the size and so paint over the imperfection. It will automatically effort and observe a similar area to grab from and heal your spot. Sometimes information technology picks an area that doesn’t friction match well, you can grab the dot and place it over an surface area that is more appropriate.

how to use spot removal tool to clean up photographs


ane. From Lightroom to your harddrive:

Lightroom export settings for instagram and facebook

Right click on the image, become to file, or CTRL +Shift + E to export the image.

  • Cull the location for the file to end upwards

  • Name the file ( I utilise custom name if exporting individually or name + seq # if exporting in majority)

  • For smaller file sizes move the quality slider down, I apply ~75-90 or I limit the file size if there is a max size for my purposes.

  • For Instagram or Facebook select long edge, brand it 1080 pixels and resolution 72.  This will ensure the paradigm is set up to post and prevents the social media app from screwing upward the photo during compression.

  • I use sharpen for screen High, simply most people seem to say standard is best.

Hasselblad 500cm Ilford HP5+ photo taken at Taos Pueblo New Mexico

Last Image I just edited and exported using the settings equally shown.

Earthen Oven, in Taos Pueblo, NM

captured with Hasselblad 500cm

50mm Zeiss Lens

Ilford HP5+

two. From Lightroom to your mobile device:

For Facebook the previous method works great, merely for Instagram you need to complete the additional footstep of emailing or dropboxing the photo to your mobile device in order to upload. To salve this footstep, I export photos for Instagram directly onto my telephone by syncing my Lightroom classic app with Lightroom mobile.

Collections menu in lightroom
  • Go back to the Library Tab. Select the images you want to export and click the plus + next to the collections tab on the left paw menu.

  • Name the collection, bank check include selected photos and brand new virtual copies (if you call back you might desire to edit further on your mobile device without making changes to the current photos in your computer’due south itemize.

Creating a collection in lightroom
  • Striking Create

  • Now get to the drove in the left paw menu and ensure the little symbol with arrows to the right of the name is showing, if information technology is not click there to allow that collection to sync.

  • Up in the pinnacle left corner above your name you should see “syncing.” If it does non click on the arrow next to your name and hit the play button next to the sync pick.


Now open Lightroom Mobile on your phone to view your new drove

saving a photo to an iphone

posting a photo on instagram

saving an photo from lightroom to your phone

iphone mobile lightroom screenshot
  • Click the paradigm you want to export

  • Click the share icon in the top right corner

  • Cull “salve to photographic camera gyre” from the bill of fare below

instagram logo

Now when you lot open Instagram, your photo is on your camera roll gear up to post!