My First “From Flat to Fabulous in Lightroom” Start-to-Finish Tutorial of 2017

Happy Monday everybody — this is going to be a GREAT week! So great, in fact, that I wanted to celebrate by doing my first “From Flat to Fabulous in Lightroom tutorial of the year. You’ll see the whole post processing edit from start to finish.

It’s below, but if you like this sort of tutorial, right below that video is the official trailer for my “From Flat to Fabulous in Photoshop” course, where I do 12 of these start-to-finish projects all in Photoshop and Camera Raw, and I provide you with the original files for download so you can follow right along. OK, here’s your assignment for this great day:

(a) watch the tutorial below
(b) watch the official trailer below that
(c) go take the course (here’s the link). OK, let’s get started!

OK, that’s the tutorial; now watch the really quick official trailer below:

OK, here’s the link to that course (if you’re not already a KelbyOne member, you can take the 10-day Free Trial and watch the full course right now plus enough 600 or so full length classes while you’re there).

Hope you found that helpful. 🙂



Author: Scott Kelby

Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Editor of "Lightroom magazine"; Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography books. You can learn more about Scott at

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  1. Why do my images in Lightroom all say that the Profile is “Embedded”, and as a result, I do not have a choice of options as you did in the video?

    Thanks –


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    • Are you shooting Jpeg? You loose a lot of data with jpegs, go with RAW.

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  2. Great article with interesting tips. Thank you very much for sharing.

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  3. Simple, fast and hopefully not furious after watching, great job Scott! 🙂

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    • It’s a nice edit sure, but when you pull down the highlight you remove the tonal contrast between the highlight and mid-tones while adding saturation into the mix, right? If you convert this to a B&W after the compression of tonal range – it is basically a image made up of colorimetric difference. So in that regard, it is like editing a HDR – removing contrast and adding color+microcontrast (clarity), right? I’m just trying to find out why not shoot bracketing (BKT) and edit like HDR or with luminosity masks in PS or AuroraHDR and keep the contrast somewhat like “normal”.

      If I barely close my eyes and look at sunset then it appears very flat in tonality for me (bright to darks). Don’t hate me, I’m simply trying to find out of people hate normal contrast and tonality in images and love micro contrast and color.. I try editing for both but my images drown in Instagrams wealth of over-edited images (by my eyes). Maybe it’s just me, maybe I’m too “touchy” about this .. 🙂 .. I’m also a black and white photographer so I love contrast.

      Best regards

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