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How to use the tone curve in Adobe Lightroom!

Intimidated by the tone curve in Adobe Lightroom? Let’s change that! In this video we breakdown exactly what the tone curve is, how it works, and how to use it to create a consistent portfolio. I’ll also be showing you how I used the tone curve to edit several photos from a portrait shoot I did with my friend Alex a few weeks ago. We also filmed that entire shoot, and you can watch it using the link below!

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17 thoughts on “How to use the tone curve in Adobe Lightroom!”

  1. Sean Dalton says:

    What are some of the other features in Lightroom that you’d like me to cover?

  2. Katja Heigl says:

    Absolutely great! Finally understood the tone curve! And my learning curve is even steeper! Can't wait for next week's class.

  3. Bao Yang says:

    This is incredibly helpful, Sean! Thankful to have a photography teacher like you! Keep up the great work!

  4. Thank you for another great video Sean! First, please make more videos like the one from last week. Second, I’d love a video going into the Color Grading tool in Lightroom!

  5. Pino Nguyen says:

    Thanks so much for such a helpful video, Sean! I have a question, how did you manage to create the same curve for the RGB? Is there a way to copy/paste them? Thanks!

  6. Great Vid, Sean! I didn’t know that I can save the curve, that’s a great new gift you gave me 🤩🙏🤩 great pics by the way 😍🤩😍

  7. Sean Dalton says:

    Pro tip I forgot to mention: You can right click the tone curve and select "snap to grid" to make it easier to line up the individual RGB channels to eachother. Your adjustments become less precise, but makes it quite easy to match!

  8. hejfabienne says:

    Thank you so much, this helped a lot! I still have one question: How can I make sure that the single RGB curves are identical in each channel? Is there as well a copy/paste between the channels or do I need to get them all aligned manually?

  9. James Amoh says:

    Didn’t even know you could custom save the curves. I was just copying and pasting the curve from the previous photo. I was totally unaware until you pointed it out to us. Thank you so much. Blessings!

  10. rohan says:

    Thankyou ..much helpful ❤️

  11. Your content it's so amazing..! I've learn a bunch of stuff becuase of your videos! Thanks dude!

  12. Hi Sean, thank you for the great explanation of the tone curve. I'm starting to master the tone curve more and more and so are my images. However, I'm still trying to understand what a good approach is for using the tone curve (RGB channels) vs Split toning. When do you use what? Because both can do the same thing; adding non-existing colors to an image. Looking forward to your response and hope to finally understand that part 🙂

  13. Very clear video! Lightroom always feel a little bit overwhelming so these short videos are really helpful. Thank you!

  14. Thank you for your effort, it’s helpful.

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