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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
Here we were going to take a look at another scenario where Quick Develop may be helpful. We are going to be working on this file you can find inside of the white_balance folder. With this image, I picked the dandelion in my front yard and then I set it on my stove and I turned on the little stove light and I lit it that way and I put a green card behind it. A light in this case is really yellow. It doesn't look very interesting. It doesn't make the color snap or pop. Yet I have a vision for this that if I can remove that yellow perhaps the image will look better. So what we are going to do here is we are going to go to our White Balance option and I am going to go ahead and select Auto.
What it's going to do is to try to analyze the image, find something that it think should be neutral like white, black or gray and then modify the overall color temperature and in this particular case, that looks really good. Now, if I want to push that further, I could of course expand this and then go ahead and cool this off even a little bit more. Now another thing that I could do to this image will be to apply Auto Tone. What that's going to do for me is give me really nice contrast. So here we can see we have a completely different image, much more engaging.
I'll go ahead and increase the Clarity a bit in order to make it a little bit more visually appealing. Hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC to change the Clarity to Sharpening, and then I'll increase the Sharpening as well. All right! Well, in order to view the before and after, I am going to navigate to the Develop module and once in the Develop module, there is a great shortcut for the before and after for an image and that shortcut in the Backslash key. I think of that as going back in time. So when I press Backslash, here is the before where we started, and there is the after.
So navigating in back to a Library module with Quick Develop as you can see, sometimes the Auto White Balance, and the Auto Tone can be a really nice starting point for some of your photographs.
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