Loupedeck CT: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom Classic

Hi, I’m Adam from First Man Photography
and today I’m going to show you how the Loupedeck CT can fit in perfectly
with your Lightroom workflow. So we start off on the home screen
once we’ve launched the Lightroom app, and usually the first part of my process is
to go through my images and rate them. We start off in the library module, and I can just hit button 1 to take me into the ratings workspace. Here on the left hand side on the dials
I have the thumb size, turning that and it will adjust the size
of the thumbnails in the library module. With the zoom dial I can just zoom into
an individual image, which is very useful. I can also then navigate between
the images with the main wheel and then look into them with the zoom dial. To bring up my rating, I hit FN+1
to bring up the advanced rating. Usually I will give mine a star rating,
so for this image that’s not selected I can click four stars or maybe even five stars. We can then scroll across, using the wheel,
to the other ones that I’ve not rated yet. I’m going to give them a rating of three
because they’re not quite edited yet. Through this workspace you have access
to all your normal functions you would always have in the library,
like “Add to quick collection”, or if I swipe across on the device like this,
I’ve got access to flags. So I’ll use the main dial to roll back to the first image, and then I’m going to click the number 2 workspace which, when I click that, automatically takes us from
the library module into the develop module, where I can then make some basic adjustments. The basic adjustments are set up on the dials here,
and to move to the second page of adjustments I can just swipe up
to get access to all those controls. But I think with this image, I just want to make
some basic temperature adjustments. So I can turn the first knob here
to add in a little bit more warmth to that image. I’m also increasing the tint a little bit,
to give you that sense of nice warm sunset feel. If I go a little bit too far, I can just press the dial down and it will reset that value. So it’s gone back to its original value and I’m just going to turn that up to about 11. The Loupedeck CT also gives me
quick access to the crop tool. Looking at this image, I think this
would look much better as a square crop, so I come up to my adjustments and click on
the crop tool to bring up the the crop in Lightroom. I then have all the adjustments I would like to make.
I might want to adjust the crop size, so I can make it down a bit like that
if I wanted to crop into the image and equally I can make fine rotations
using that knob there, or slightly bigger rotations using the wheel. I’m going to reset that because like I said,
this would look really good as a square crop. So I come back to the touch screen and I just hit 1:1
and that will make it into a square crop. Then just make minor adjustments with my mouse,
hit “Apply Tool” and it will apply that crop to the image, which I now think looks much better. Looking at this next image, it’s full of contrast
with those bright mountains in that dark foreground. When I have an image like that,
I usually want to exaggerate that contrast. I can do that using curves,
and it’s all easily controllable from the Loupedeck CT. Hitting FN+2 to bring up that second level of control,
I have access to all my curves. On the dial here I can adjust the highlights,
I can adjust the curve like that, come up to the darks as well and adjust it,
and have full control over those shadows. I can also use the main wheel to adjust
where the split occurs on that on that curve, so I can adjust the mid split like that,
come down to the low splits and do it like that and then again adjust it from there using the main dial. It just gives really nice control
over your curves and your contrast. You can also see on the device here
that we have some built-in curve presets that are shown in this layer of magenta controls
on the touch screen. Let’s move across to the next image here,
which is obviously full of color. Again, the Loupedeck CT gives me full control over
all of this color with the HSL panel in Lightroom. All I need to do to gain access to that is to hit number 3, as the the third workspace is the HSL. It appears on the touchscreen with
the Hue – Saturation – Luminance down the side. To adjust those controls, I just very simply turn the dial so I can affect the the Reds in this image, and you can see it moving up and
down on the scale there. Again, if I go too far one way or the other,
I can just press that down to reset it. To get access to the other colors
I just swipe up on the touch screen here, that gives me access so I can
turn down the purples here if I want to. Again I’ve gone a bit too far, so just hit
down on that and reset it. Swipe again and you get access to the Blues,
and the same again for those Yellows and Greens. Let’s move on to this next image
which is black and white. What I will often do with my black and
whites is to give them a slight blue tone, I just think it looks really nice. I do that through the use of split toning,
which I have total control of using the Loupedeck CT. I can just press on number 4
to go into the split toning and to give it that blue tint
I turn the hues up to about 235, I then go up on the saturation to about 11
and then do the exact same thing with the shadows. Go to 235 which brings up that slight blue tone
and then go up on the saturation to about 12. It’s a totally personal thing,
but I think that looks really nice. You can take that a step further if you wanted
and go with completely different tones, having a green tone on the shadows there…
it’s completely up to you. Right, so I’m just going to hit the undo button on the Loupedeck CT to give me that blue tone back. I now want to add a little bit of sharpening to the image,
so I’m going to do FN+5 to bring up the sharpening. Then I have the control on the dials here,
so I can just give it a little increase in sharpness, not much, just subtle changes. I want to do the same with the noise reduction,
so I hit the noise reduction button there and then we’re adding some noise reduction, which works really well for this image because it’s very smooth, and it’s a long exposure as well which can
introduce noise, bringing it somewhere up to 13. Let’s move on to the next image, this is a picture that will look really good with one of my built-in presets. It’s a preset that I’ve made myself in Lightroom,
and I can assign that to the Loupedeck, which gives me very quick access
to improve and speed up my workflow. To get to the software for setting that up,
I can just hit on the home button to go back, and then just click the little Loupedeck icon there and that launches the software for me. I’m going to assign it into the color panel here,
because it’s mostly color settings that I’m adjusting. So I’m just going to click on the color setting,
go to the touch screen here, and create a second page of that touch screen. I can then go to “Develop Presets”
over on the left hand side here and just find my user preset
in the drop down box there I just need to select the second page there
and then drag my preset onto it like that. So that’s done in the software; we can now
go back into Lightroom and bring up that page: Workspace 3 on the device and then just
swipe across to that second page where my bad weather preset is there waiting for me. I can just hit that and it will put that preset onto that image which now has that hugely dramatic feel to it. Once I finished processing my images,
I then want to export them usually and I can do that by going to workspace 8 on the device, which gives me all my export settings. I can also assign export settings
automatically to the Save key, so I can just press down on the Save key
and the Export panel comes up. I can also take my most commonly used presets there
and assign them to the touchscreen as well. As you can see, the Loupedeck CT fits into
every single stage of the Lightroom Classic workflow. It can improve efficiency and speed
and you can also customize it in any way that you see fit to just be specific to your workflow. I really hope you’ve enjoyed this introduction to
using the Loupedeck CT with Lightroom Classic!


  1. Can you do a version of hold shift and click whites/blacks to set points? Also can you use the equivalent of holding option while sliding black/white? cheers

  2. As a user of the original Loupdeck controller, wow, this was amazingly……..fiddely. How on earth am I supposed to remember at all times what I have put on either button 2, or Fn+2? The contextual screen is great, but why on earth would you not put 8 twisting knobs on it so you have a 1:1 relation with colour adjustment, instead of that swiping gesture. Its faster to just use your mouse in Lightroom than this. I am confused as to who this is for or what gap in the market this pluggs? Maybe its better when used in video software than Lightroom? I hope you will come with an update to the original Loupdeck with contextual button screens, and keep the 1:1 relations between buttons/Knobs and Lightroom functions. Thats why I use it. I am just very confused… Because I usually love gadgets and cool details like screens in buttons and wheels, but this was……a mess. Sorry Loupdeck.

  3. Not great for photo editing because you have to look down on your deck. The point of using a deck is so you can focus on your work. Physical buttons & dials are better. However, I can see this might be great for video editing.

  4. i suppose that learning curve with this device will be similar or even steeper than with regular hotkeys on the regular keyboard

  5. I own both the loupedeck and loupedeck+ and I love them so much. But whenever I edit in Photoshop, I am using a pen display tablet on my right hand and a tartarus v2 keypad for my shortcuts on my left hand. I am so used to that set-up that I don't even look up from the screen when I edit. I am trying to see myself using this but I am not sure if it will replace my pen display tablet and my tartarus. I don't like looking away from the screen to check in which mode I am in with the loupedeck ct. Same scenario with using LR, I am so used to the location of each knob in loupedeck+ that I don't even look down away from the screen.

    Don't get me wrong, this product will really help if I don't have my current set-up. It looks so cool to use.

    Maybe I will do more research and try to find out how this will be incorporated in my work flow.

    Maybe when I travel this will be good because instead of bringing my loupedeck+ and tartarus keypad, I just need to bring this with my laptop.

  6. Please bring this flexible config possibilities to the loupedeck plus and a shortcut overview printing function.

  7. This Loupedeck CT is NOT for photo editing…The touch screen looks cool, but that will make my workflow slower. I wanna keep my eyes on my photos not the touch screen.

  8. I have the first Loupedeck and whilst I used it for a few weeks in the end it gathered dust somewhere in my office, the new one looks pretty nice. Great video but the sound track could do with being turned down / off.

  9. Just ordered mine. I'm crap with hotkeys remembering, and I would like to put controls where I want. So I'll try it and see if it helps my work flow. I'm getting it for photo and video editing. Anything that gets the project delivered faster I'm for. But hey that's me 🤷🏾‍♂️

  10. I've received mine couple of days ago and so far not convinced this will speed up the editing process, most things are easier to find and handle with the keyboard shortcuts. But it is a nice gadget 🙂

  11. This is perfect for someone like me who wants to turn different dials to see the changes rather than swiping the mouse back and fourth. I have the luxury of time and this will help me be more precise when editing since I am very anal about the little details.

    I can understand a creatives frustration when they do not find an extra tool to help their workflow. But I don't understand being negative about a product that doesn't work for you smh

  12. Wow so it does everything I can already do with my keyboard!!?? Really how can you justify charging almost $500 for what you can already do? In the words of PT Barnum, there is a sucker born every minute. Buy a Wacom tablet, more versatile.

  13. I am skeptical about the use of this. when in lightroom one of my hands is holding the pen to my Wacom Tablet and the other is at the control wheel of the tablet. I am not sure I have any leftover hands. and if you ask me, a pen moving a slider or brushing a photo is better than a hand moving a wheel.

  14. Nice video and product. When you are doing sharpening, is there any way to get the Loupedeck CT to do it like when you should down the option key and can see the mask of where you are sharpening and where you arent’? That’s a common used way to do it and important to me at least.

  15. Nice video and product. When you are doing sharpening, is there any way to get the Loupedeck CT to do it like when you should down the option key and can see the mask of where you are sharpening and where you arent’? That’s a common used way to do it and important to me at least.

  16. I have some restrictions of my hand function. Can’t get my hands on one of these to try, so can I ask how easily do the top 6 dials turn?

  17. I really want to love it, but it's just counterproductive. If the lightroom panels actually showed up on the device you wouldn't need to keep looking back at the screen to see whats adjusted and by how much etc. Think about it, with a mouse, you don't look at it each time you move it or click something. This device just adds an extra step. It's like the touch bar on mac, looks cool but its a pain. Make an iPad app that can be used to control all this

  18. GREAT VIDEO. I just bought and received form you guys my Loupedeck CT, and was wondering if you could use the CT along with Loupedeck + to edit in LR, PSA, FCP, etc? Can they be used together at the same time??

  19. I am trying (till the cows come home!) to add a couple of custom buttons to the adjustment brush page in LR, and for the life of me I cannot access the page that comes up whenever you him the touch button for any of the adjustment tools (adjustment brush, gradient, etc). There is no place I can access that page that has the “O” shortcut, and the “H” shortcut, among a few other buttons. I want to add an “A” shortcut to turn on and off auto mask, but cannot access the page. What is the reason for this please?

  20. Thanks s for the reply. I have been using them together now for about a week. I cannot access the adjustment brush (or any of the adjustment tools’ ) pages to add a button to the secondary page that pops up after selecting these adjustment tools. I just want to add a button to turn on and off the automask feature. I was told by someone at Loupedeck that this will be corrected in the upcoming software update. Is that true?

  21. Only just got mine…. is there any way to use the big wheel for linear curves? Also for sharpening/noise reduction I often use the alt key to set my levels. Is there a way to do this?

  22. There has been many, and much
    conversations about how this work with Ableton / PHOTO SHOP / ** LIGHTROOM***,
    but now will you take the time to do / make a video to show has this works with
    ( ** ADOBE AUDITION **… but you have it on your site that It does,  why is the focus such on just Ableton. There is
    the 48min Video on ** ADOBE AUDITION **…

  23. Good morning, sir,
    Once my work on Lightroom is finished, the next day I can't log in on the Loupedeck CT tablet.
    I have to reboot my system (iMac).
    Do you have a method to make Loupedeck CT synchronize with the opening of Lightroom?
    Thank you for your feedback

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