Quick Tip: How to Invert Photos in Lightroom

Lightroom has no option to invert photos but using an easy trick with the Tone Curve, you can invert any photos you like! This is great for giving your photos an x-ray look or even to simply invert your slides/film/scans back to its original colors without having to go through Photoshop.

Step 1

Select the photo then go into the Develop module.

Step 2

Go into the Tone Curve area in the Develop module.

Step 3

All you need to do is invert the tone curve! Lightroom’s tone curve is finicky and always snapping back. You can’t just adjust the curve as you like but follow the steps that we did in the images below and you’ll easily create an inverted tone.

Step 4

Lets say always shoot film and need them inverted. That would be a lot of work! If only Lightroom reduced their Tone Curve it would be fine. But here’s a better way – just save your Tone Curve. Click on the Tone Curve dropdown menu and click Save. Give it a name, we recommend “Invert”. Now when you start Lightroom, you can load the Invert tone curve from the dropdown menu saving you time.

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19 thoughts on “Quick Tip: How to Invert Photos in Lightroom”

  1. This is handy for doing ‘contact prints’ of negatives. I put my negs on a lightbox and take a picture with my smartphone. In LR I can then invert the image and see what’s on my negatives. Having said that, there are Android apps that will do this for you in the phone.

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