The creative tutorial home of image wrangler, Lesa Snider.


How Lightroom works: Where it keeps your images and presets, and how to back up

Lots of people are leaping onto the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom bandwagon. One reason is licensing and pricing—for $150 you get a stand-alone copy with a perpetual license or you can subscribe to it, along with Photoshop, for a slick $10/month. Another reason for Lightroom’s popularity is that it’s a superb alternative to the soon-to-be-dead Aperture. While Lightroom is light years easier to use than most editors, it works in a unique way and, as such, has several pieces and parts.

The trick to adding text to a print layout in Lightroom

Lightroom’s Print module makes it easy to design gorgeous print templates, but adding custom text to a print layout is tricky. Oddly enough, Lightroom’s Identity Plate feature is the easiest way to get it done, though formatting text can be challenging.

How to pick the best photo editor for your life

Browsing the App Store for new photo-editing software can be overwhelming. There are dozens of image editors, and it’s difficult to tell which is the right one for your needs. If you’re already using iPhoto or Aperture, stick with those free programs until Photos is released in 2015—it may be all you need.

3 easy ways to fix a subpar photo

When you think about all the variables involved in producing a well exposed photo, it’s a wonder any photo turns out halfway decent. If you’ve got a great subject but terrible color, the following shot-saving solutions can come to the rescue in a variety of apps...click here to read the full story on Macworld.com

What Photoshop doesn't want you to know about Lightroom

Even though Photoshop's immense popularity morphed its name into a verb—"Dude, she Photoshopped me out of the picture!"—it’s not for the faint at heart. Now that Adobe offers both Photoshop and Lightroom (plus other nifty goodies) for $10/month via its Creative Cloud Photography Program, a dirty little secret is creeping out of the image editing bag: it’s easier to edit images in Lightroom than in Photoshop. Brace yourself and consider the following major advantages...

Tran's Black Belt Spectacular

It was such fun to shoot Tran's Black Belt Spectacular event this past Saturday in Loveland, CO. What an inspirational event! The lighting wasn’t ideal (standard gym lighting); however, that was no problem for a Canon 5D Mark III + a 70-300mm L series lens + Lightroom! A huge thank you to www.LensProToGo.com for loaning me the gear. If you’re unfamiliar with them, they are the best rental camera gear company on the planet.

Lesa's Live Quote Contest Mar. 31- Apr. 2, 2014

Join me on creativeLIVE.com March 31-April 2 for three days of Adobe Creative Cloud Essentials and win big! Each day we'll choose FOUR lucky winners:

Lesa's Live Quote Contest Jan. 6-8, 2014

Join me on creativeLIVE.com January 6-8, for three days of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Essentials and win big! Each day we'll choose FIVE lucky winners:

FREE Photoshop Lightroom class Jan. 6-8

NOTE: Story edited on Dec. 17 to adjust dates from Jan. 8-10 to Jan. 6-8

Are you ready to take control of your photo library? Are you ready to actually enjoy processing your images? Then join me for a three-day immersion into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom from January 6-8, 2014 on creativeLIVE.com. You can watch the class for FREE in your web browser while it's live, though you can also purchase the course videos for a small fee (which is how I get paid for teaching it).

For more info and to register, visit http://lesa.in/1u3Ll34.

Black Friday Week Special: PS + LR = $9.99 for everyone!

This week only, Adobe is offering the Photoshop Photography Program to anyone. Previously the program was open only to those who qualified but this week that restriction has been lifted, meaning absolutely everyone -- including Creative Suite owners, students, new customers, and so on -- is eligible. The Photoshop Photography Program includes all of the following for US $9.99/month with a 12-month commitment:
• Photoshop CC
• Lightroom 5
• 20GB of online storage
• Behance ProSite
• Access to training resources on Creative Cloud Learn