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As you gain familiarity with the various adjustments available in the Develop module in Lightroom. You'll likely come to appreciate just how powerful these many adjustments are in optimizing your images. So much so that you might feel that the Library modules Quick Develop adjustments are really not for you. That they just dont provide you with enough control, and yet the Quick Develop adjustments can actually be very helpful when it comes to applying a similar adjustment to multiple images. Let me show you an example of where the Quick Develop adjustment is very very helpful.
I'm going to start off here in the Develop module. And we'll take a look at two images, you'll notice that for this first image, I've applied several different adjustments to the overall tonality. I've increased contrast, I've darkened the shadows, and I've darkened the blacks just a little bit. I also boosted the vibrance. Switching to a similar, but slightly different photo, you'll see that those adjustments have not been applied. I have essentially applied completely different adjustments to each of these images. If I then decide that I'd like to for example increase contrast for both of these images, you can appreciate that we would not want to achieve the exact same final setting for contrast. For this image I have a value of zero for contrast and for the previous image I have a value of plus 34 for contrast.
So if we were to synchronize the two images to the same contrast adjustment, one of them probably wouldn't look all that good. This is the advantage of the Quick Develop adjustments in the Library module. If I select two or more images, here I have these two images selected, and then go to the Library module and use the Quick Develop adjustments. Those adjustments are applied in a relative way. In other words, increasing contrast will increase contrast for both of the selected images by an equal amount. Not setting both images to the same contrast value, but increasing contrast by an equal amount of each image.
I'll go ahead and click several times to increase contrast somewhat strongly, and then I'll switch back to the Develop module so that we can take a look at the effect. You see that for the first image I now have a plus 94 setting for contrast, but for the other image I'm only at a plus 60. So I've increased contrast for both images but I did so relative to the original adjustments that had been applied. So by using that Quick Develop adjustment within the Library module, we can select multiple images, and apply a relative adjustment.
Several different types of adjustments, by the way to each of those images. Keep in mind that in order to apply that relative adjustment to multiple images. You do need to be looking at those selected images in the grid view, not in the loop view. But as you can see, those Quick Development adjustments, can actually be much more helpful than you might have realized.
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