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Lightroom Color Grade Tutorial

Lightroom Color Grade Tutorial

Color Grading Photos That POP In Adobe Lightroom

In this Lightroom Color Grade Tutorial, you’ll learn how to master color and make your photos pop using lightrooms color tools. Wondering how to color grade in Lightroom? Lightroom is incredible for editing colors and color grading your photos. Whether its because you want to know how to make your photos pop in Lightroom or how to make your photos look dark and moody, we’re going to unpack the nuts and bolts and look at the different ways to adjust color inside of Lightroom. If you’re after a Lightroom Color Grading Tutorial for beginners – This one is for you!

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hey guys Ryan here at signature edits
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and today I’m going to show you how to
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edit colors like a boss in Lightroom
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let’s do it
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today we’re going to be looking at this
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great image taken at the beach here’s
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our before and here is our after I’m
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going to show you how to do this so
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starting at the very top we’re going to
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adjust our exposure just to bring things
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down a little bit because you can see
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that the image starts off quite bright
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next we’re going to just add some
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contrast here and in Lightroom there are
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multiple ways to do the same thing so I
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don’t necessarily have to add the
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contrast up here if I wanted I could go
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to my tone curve hit three little points
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here this is the blacks of the image
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this is the whites so this is the
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highlights mid-tones shadows I made a
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point in each and by dragging our
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mid-tones down that’ll reduce the
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mid-tone contrast dragging it up will
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increase it so you can see here’s before
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and here’s after we’ve effectively done
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the same thing as just increasing our
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contrast up here but it’s slightly
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different because we’re adjusting the
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mid-tones instead of the entire image
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contrast so whatever works better for
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you the point is there are lots of ways
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to adjust color and different settings
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inside of Lightroom it just depends what
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works best for your situation so
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continuing down we’re going to add a
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little bit of clarity just to bring out
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the texture in those cliffs and just a
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little D haze that’ll help add our color
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saturation ever so slightly and make
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that sky pop a little bit little
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vibrance and maybe the slightest bit of
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saturation okay so that’s our basic
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adjustments next we’re going to go down
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to our HSL panel which is where the real
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color magic in lightroom happens this is
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where you get the super stylized looks
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they see on Instagram how well we head
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to our hue panel and by clicking this
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little drag er I can actually adjust any
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section of my image by clicking and
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dragging up or down so dragging up my
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image is going to affect that particular
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color the blue of the sky and make it
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more purple dragging it down it makes it
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more of a teal aqua color so we’re going
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to be going for aqua today because it’s
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more of a vintage sort of look plus
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purple sky generally doesn’t happen on
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earth so let’s go with the aqua today
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great and by clicking on these cliffs I
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can see what color range if you’re
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watching here in the HSL panel is being
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affected so I’m going to take my oranges
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and my yellows up towards red a little
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bit away from green perfect just like
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that now next I’m going to adjust the
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saturation level because my sky is
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looking good but it’s
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little bit extreme so I’m going to take
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the Blues I can either do that by
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clicking and dragging down and reduce
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the saturation or I can just click this
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little toggle bar and take it down a
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little bit last I’m going to take my
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luminance in this guy down just a little
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and that’ll help get some of that color
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back so that’s before the luminance and
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after now I know this looks pretty silly
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but we’re going to keep going and keep
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playing with our colors again here’s
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before and here where’s here’s what we
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got too so far next if I wanted to I
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could add some split toning to my image
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that’s another way to add color we can
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do that by adjusting my hue and taking
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my saturation up and this will add color
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to any of the highlights in my image so
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let’s say that I want to make it a
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little bit warmer and shadows same thing
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let’s say that I want to go for that
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you know orange and teal look that the
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blockbuster movies are so famous for
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well I can do that too let’s find a nice
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teal here somewhere around there
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and then take my saturation back down
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now a great trick to do this if you
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don’t want to take your saturation up
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just so you can see what you’re doing
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and then adjust it back down every time
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all you have to do is just press alt and
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then drag on this hue and that’ll
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automatically set the saturation preview
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to 100% so that you can quickly adjust
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or wherever you want to get your colors
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so let’s say there and my shadows as you
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can see you can do some pretty extreme
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effects if you want to but we’re going
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to be subtle a little by little we’re
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going to build this image we’re going to
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skip the detail lens correction
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transform effects because those don’t
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affect color so much and go right into
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our calibration now this is one of the
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most underused misunderstood parts of
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Lightroom why because it seems scary
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what exactly is calibration well it’s
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how Lightroom interprets the color of
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your images so we can get Lightroom to
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interpret your shadows is more green
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wears more magenta we can do the same
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with our Reds whether they’re red or
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interpret it more as orange I’m going to
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take the saturation up in those oranges
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and the Reds green same thing I can take
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it more towards green more towards a
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kind of yellowish blue and then my blues
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this is always the most significant
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change dragging it all the way this way
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is really going to bring out that aqua
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and orange look bring it all the way
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this way is going to make
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look like we’re on another planet so
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we’re going to take it in the middle
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they’re probably around here and just
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like that we’ve come a long way in our
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image here’s before and here’s after now
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the last thing that I’m going to do to
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adjust this images go up and adjust my
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white balance this is one trick that you
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can do if your image isn’t looking the
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way you want it to it could be because
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your white balance isn’t set right
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adjusting this is going to adjust all
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the colors in your image because it’s
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going to add warmth or coolness to the
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entire image so by taking it and warming
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it up just a little bit you can see how
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much more red and yellow comes out of
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the image how it just seems to pop
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whereas our before shot there’s a lot
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cooler
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so just by warming things up ever so
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slightly we can take that image and get
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a little bit more pop out of the cliffs
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and out of the sky so that’s a few ways
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that we can adjust color inside of
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Lightroom as you can see there’s lots of
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different ways to do the same thing I
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could also go to it my adjustment layers
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and make myself a quick little
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adjustment brush to bring out extra
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texture and some saturation so let’s do
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that here just like that and we’re gonna
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paint onto the class I could do the same
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thing with this guy by taking my white
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balance in my temperature my exposure
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down slightly saturation up clarity can
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go down D haze can go down because
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there’s not really much to da’s up in
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the sky and my sharpness down because
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that doesn’t matter and what painting
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that on here you’ll see the sky’s
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getting a little bit more intense and
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that’s mostly because of this trick up
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here both lowering the exposure upping
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the saturation and lowering the
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temperature you can really add blue to
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this guy even if it’s a little blown out
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so that’s just a nice little trick you
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can use and we can dial back that effect
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just by reducing our values here if you
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want to download this preset I’ll make
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it available in the link below I hope
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this tutorial was helpful for you if it
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was please don’t forget to hit that like
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button make sure to subscribe for more
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great content and if you have a question
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leave it in the comments below
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hey if you have an edit that you would
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like to see done or an image that you
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would like to see edited please send me
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a message I’ll get back to you and we’ll
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do it in a future tutorial alright until
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next time go make something awesome
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