This quick tutorial is a easy method to add/change color, saturation, lightness and more to an image in Lightroom.

Below is the before & After image:








I used the below steps to obtain the final image:

  1. Tone

To start, begin with the “exposure” slider and bring it a bit down or up, depending on your image style. Then with “highlights” & “shadows” slider, bring the “highlights” slider all the way down and the “shadows” slightly up.

For the “white” & “black” slider, hold down the ‘alt’ key and drag the slider for whites a bit up and black down.

  1. Presence

Then add some “vibrance” and “clarity” with the slider to the image.

  1. WB – White balance

For the “temp” slider, bring it slightly down and turn up the “tint” slider to bring in some magenta.

  1. Tone Curve

Ad “tone Curve”, adjust the sliders to your liking,  I like to minus the ‘highlights’, add some ‘lights & darks’ and minus ‘shadows’.

  1. Split toning

Choose a color that best suits your image, play around with different colors from dark to light to see which color suits best.

  1. Detail

Adjust the detail sliders to your liking, in this image, I adjusted almost all the sliders to my liking, you can add more sharpening and less luminance as you want.

  1. Lens correction

Adjust the correction of your image with the camera you used.

  1. Effects

Add some vignetting to minus the “Amount” and increase “Midpoint” + “Feather”.


And lastly..

  1. Gradient filer

Add 2 separate gradient filters, one for the ‘sky’ and one for the ‘bottom’, increase the exposure to make it slightly darker.



It’s a quick tutorial, so much more can be added or changed to get the final results you prefer.


One of the main reasons why I love Lightroom is because of so many different options to choose from, it’s almost perfect to get that image you set your mind to be like.  “,