Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video What is Lightroom Mobile and how does it work?, part of Learn Lightroom Mobile: The Basics.
- So what is Lightroom for Mobile? And how does it actually work? And what are some of the benefits and limitations of working with this tool? Well, in this movie I want to begin to answer those questions. Now we already know that we can run Lightroom for Desktop on a laptop or desktop computer, but now what we can do is extend our workflow to working on other devices, like a tablet or phone. And this particular workflow it all really hinges upon being connected to the Creative Cloud. Now this particular workflow, it begins in Lightroom for Desktop and there one of the things that we often do is we create what's called a collection.
A collection can be a single or a group of images or video files. So let's focus in on that topic. Let's say that we have a collection, which has an image inside of it, well, one of the things that we can do with this collection is we can choose to synchronize it. And when we select that option to synchronize that collection what happens is if we're a subscriber to the Creative Cloud it then sends that image or images up to the cloud, which then sends it over to one of our devices. Now it sends it over as a smart preview, which is a smaller version of the file, yet which still has full functionality in it, so that we can work with that file.
Now what are some of the things that we can do in Lightroom Mobile? Well, there's quite a bit. We can obviously view the image, or show it in a slideshow, we can add stars or labels, we can also process the image, that means we can change the exposure, the contrast, or crop the image, et cetera, and of course, we can really share easily from our mobile devices as well. Now this entire workflow, it really hinges on this whole idea of being about to synchronize settings across these two different tools. And here's how this works. Let's say that we're on our mobile device and we decide that we want to change this image to black and white, so we convert it to black and white.
Well, as long we're connected to the internet this will then send those settings over back to our desktop, and here you can see it will update over there as well. In other words, as we make changes in one place they're updated in the other place. So it's a synchronized, or cohesive workflow. If we're on our desktop when we make a change to the image well then it will show up on the mobile device as well. And all that this really means is that this overall synchronized settings, or having the ability to synchronize these settings makes for, at least for me, being a really happy camper, because it just extends the way that we can now work with Lightroom Desktop, so that we aren't confined to working with our desktop or laptop computer, rather we can also use some of our other devices as well.
Alright, well this leads to the point of asking the question well, what are some of the maybe limitations and benefits of using Lightroom for Mobile? One of the things that I like to just start to think about is that these tools, or these devices are really different, right? We have a desktop computer, which is big and robust and strong, then a laptop, and then we have our smaller devices, like our tablet or our phones. Let's compare these devices to different types of bikes. And the reason why I want to do this is if we look at bikes we'll start to see something really quickly, which is that with bikes each of these allow us to do different things.
Now I love biking and I have a mountain bike, a road bike, and a beach cruiser. And each of these bikes have inherent strengths and weaknesses. So if I'm going to go for a 100 mile ride I probably won't take the beach cruiser, or if I'm going to go for a mountain bike ride I wouldn't take the road bike. In other words, each of these different devices allow us to do certain things well, and other things perhaps not so well. I think the same thing could be said for Lightroom for Desktop or Lightroom for Mobile. Alright, well what are some of the say, limitations? Well, for starters Lightroom for Desktop doesn't have full functionality, we're missing some desktop features, like the ability to add keywords, create virtual copies, etc.
It's also only available for a single user, you need to have one catalog, one user, you can't share this with multiple people. It's just for you and your own work. And last, but not least this isn't a backup solution. It isn't as simple as just flipping a switch and all your images are backed up. It's not about backed up, it's about creating a cohesive workflow. Alright, what then are some of the benefits? Well, there are a lot, as you can see here. Really it's all about creating this synchronized, or this cohesive workflow between different devices. We can do a lot of our basic Develop edits, like exposure, contrast, color, we can apply presets, etc.
We can view the images, add flags and rating, we can share these files. We can import directly from a camera roll, and this is great, especially if you're using your phone, and what this allows you to do is just integrate those images that you're capturing while you're out there into your Lightroom catalog, so that's a nice feature. And then last, but not least it allows us to integrate what we're doing here with other apps as well. Whether those are Adobe apps, or another third party applications. So as you can see there are quite a bit of benefits to working with Lightroom Mobile. Alright, well that brings us back to the, kind of the first slide that we have here where I asked a question well, what is Lightroom Mobile, how does it work, and what are some of the limitations and some of the benefits? Overall, as you can see here, Lightroom for Desktop and Lightroom for Mobile are two separate applications, but they're really connected, and that's the point.
The point is that we're no longer chained to the desk or the laptop, but rather we can continue our work in other places. And we'll see how that works as we dig into how we can actually use this tool throughout the rest of the course.
- Importing photos in the Lightroom mobile app
- Synchronizing collections in Lightroom for desktop
- Rating and organizing photos with flags and stars
- Making photo adjustments
- Cropping photos
- Applying presets
- Fine-tuning color
- Applying a vignette
- Sharing photos from Lightroom for mobile
- Retouching with Adobe Fix
- Combining photos with Adobe Mix
- Editing photos offline
- Working with gestures