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Basic Develop module workflow

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Video: Basic Develop module workflow

One of the things that I have discovered from teaching Lightroom in the classroom is that sometimes it's helpful to focus in on a small little task. Other times it's helpful to take a look at how you can string together all the different pieces in an overall workflow, and that's what we are going to look at here. And you know one of our first steps, in working in the Develop module in regards to our workflow, is of course to do a little bit of organizational work. And here I am viewing all of my images. What I want to do is select a few that I am going to work on in the Develop module.

Basic Develop module workflow

One of the things that I have discovered from teaching Lightroom in the classroom is that sometimes it's helpful to focus in on a small little task. Other times it's helpful to take a look at how you can string together all the different pieces in an overall workflow, and that's what we are going to look at here. And you know one of our first steps, in working in the Develop module in regards to our workflow, is of course to do a little bit of organizational work. And here I am viewing all of my images. What I want to do is select a few that I am going to work on in the Develop module.

So I will click on this image here, which is surfer_workflow.jpg, hold down the Command key on the Mac, Ctrl key on Windows. I will select this other image, titled nick_1.CR2, and then I will select this photograph, which is artist.CR2. Now that I have selected these images, I am going to go ahead and scroll down to Collections. Here in Collections, I will simply click on the Plus icon and then choose Create Collection. This will open up our Create Collection dialog. Here, I will name this Collection Workflow.

And I'm doing this just to get you to think about that even though we are focusing in on workflow in the Develop module, it always starts somewhere else. We always do our organizational work somewhere, and then we get to Develop. All right, well here, we will include these selected photos and then click Create. This will then give us this nice collection here, and the great thing about this is that if we select another folder, what we can do is we can navigate to Develop module, and in the Develop module, we will also see that Collection. If we want to view those images in that Collection, we will simply click on that option here, and now we have these three photographs in this collection.

All right, well let's start off with this image here. I am going to zoom out a little bit so that we can evaluate it in its entirety. The next thing that I might want to do is kind of clean up my interface a little bit. It's kind of hard to focus in on the task at hand, currently. So in order to be able to do that, I am going to hide a view things, and what I am going to hide is my filmstrip down below, and I will do that by pressing the F6 key. I also want to hide the panels on the left; I will do that by pressing F7 key. Now that's not an essential step when working in the Develop module, although it is something that I like to do now and again, in order really focus in on the task at hand, which is the art and craft of image-making.

I really want to zero in on that. Let's scroll back up to the top here, and let's evaluate what we have. Let's close some of these panels up just so that we can focus in on the Histogram. Now if the Histogram isn't open, you can press Command+0 on a Mac, Ctrl+0 Windows. One of the first things that's nice to do is to press the J key. That will turn on our Clipping Indicator. You can also do the same thing by simply clicking on these little icons here. Now that's just getting me familiar with the image.

What type of tone do I have? What type of color do I have? What all I have to work with? Well now that I have started to evaluate this image and determine that, you know what, I have pretty good exposure here, I am going to jump down to my Basic panel. And a lot of times in the Develop module what you are going to do is start up at the top and work your way down. So let's open up the Basic panel, either by clicking on it or on a Mac press Command+1 on Windows press Ctrl+1. Here in the Basic panel, one of the first things we encounter is the White Balance tool.

We can select this by pressing the W key. Now currently, what I want to do is hover over my image, and notice that this is a little bit blue over here, and as I start to evaluate this, I wish I had the Navigator panel visible. No big deal. I'll press the F7 key to bring it back, and here is why. When I hover over this area, you can see its showing me an update of what the image would look like in regards to its White Balance if I were to click on that spot. And again, you can see it changes as I hover over these different areas.

Well again, I feel like this is just a little bit cool, so I'll click on that area. And then now I don't need the Navigator panel anymore, so I press the F7 key in order to close that. And all that I wanted to do there was just illustrate how we can customize the interface as we start to work on our images, so that we can get the best of both worlds. Well now at this point I am done, so I want to exit this tool, and I currently happen to do not have Auto Dismissed checked on, so in order to get out of the tool, we will simply press the 'W' key again.

All right, well let's get rid of the Clipping Indicator. That's distracting right now. We don't need that. So I will press the J key in order to hide that. So far, we were really just working on a couple of shortcuts, setting the stage, maybe working on our Color Temperature. Well the Color Temperature now is really nice and warm, but maybe too warm, and we will have to take a look at that as we progress through some of our other controls. One of things that we might want to do next is work on some of the tonal areas of the image. For example, if we press J again, we remember that we have some overexposure here in these highlights, and also some trap shadows.

We can use these Recovery sliders to bring back some of the detail. I am not going to go too far though, because it will make the image look unnatural, and I am okay losing detail in some of these areas, because those are bright lights, and I don't need detail. It's irrelevant information. Next I will go to my Fill Light slider, and I'll bring that up, just to bring back some detail there in the shirt. Well, let's press the J key to hide the Clipping Indicators. How else could we make that same adjustment? Well you could also hold down the Option key on the Mac, Alt key on the Windows and then click and drag on your sliders. And as we do that we will get those clipping indicators, and you can see that it's showing me the Clipping Indicator as I modify the slider, again, while holding down Option or Alt.

Okay, well so far, so good. What about our Blacks? I don't really think we need to do anything with us those. I think we are good to go in regards to that area of the image. We have nice, deep, dark tones. We can work on the brightness just a touch here, add a little bit of contrast, interesting though. Take a look at this. I am going to exaggerate for a minute. When we increase contrast, we are also increasing color saturation. So now that warmth is way too warm. So let's bring this contrast back down to something a little bit more reasonable, but then let's go back to our Temperature slider and just modify that that touch.

We don't need to have it quite so warm there, and we don't want to overdo things, especially because we are adding contrast. So again, although we typically start at the top and go down, we will of course bounce around a bit as we work our way through these sliders. Next, most images need just a little bit of clarity. That gives us nice midtone contrast. Here I will increase Vibrance, which will increase the color saturation without oversaturating the face, and we have made our way through the Basic panel. Let's press the Backslash key.

There is the before. Here is the after. Or we can press the Y key, and then Shift+Y in order to look at the before and after side-by-side. Press Shift+Y again, and it will toggle back to that other view. Press the Y key by itself, and it will exit out of that Split View. In evaluating this photograph by pressing Backslash or Y, looking at our before and after, I would say, hey, you know what? I think we are going in a pretty good direction. I might just decrease that Color Temperature there, just a bit, and again, just playing with this, trying to find a nice place for this photograph.

I want it to be warm because it's a portrait, but I don't want to overdo things. So far, so good. Let's continue to work on this image, and we'll do that in the next movie.

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  1. 2m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 4s
  2. 17m 59s
    1. Creative tip: Using Lightroom
      1m 31s
    2. An overview of Lightroom
      3m 53s
    3. Photographic workflow puzzle
      2m 36s
    4. Why use Lightroom?
      6m 25s
    5. Lightroom and Photoshop
      3m 34s
  3. 29m 34s
    1. The Lightroom interface
      3m 19s
    2. Essential interface shortcuts
      4m 50s
    3. Using the interface shortcuts
      5m 4s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      2m 41s
    5. Using a graphic identity plate
      4m 44s
    6. Changing the panel end marks
      2m 12s
    7. Creating a custom panel end mark
      2m 54s
    8. Changing the image background
      1m 46s
    9. Modifying other interface preferences
      2m 4s
  4. 49m 43s
    1. Importing and file formats
      4m 35s
    2. Importing preferences
      2m 36s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      6m 27s
    4. Catalog, import, and preview preferences
      6m 40s
    5. Importing photos from a folder
      5m 44s
    6. Creating a metadata preset
      4m 45s
    7. Importing photos from a CF card
      9m 16s
    8. Using Auto Import
      3m 53s
    9. Using multiple hard drives
      4m 14s
    10. Creative tip: Discard
      1m 33s
  5. 11m 17s
    1. Introducing tethered shooting
      3m 46s
    2. Working with tethered shooting
      7m 31s
  6. 40m 30s
    1. Working in Grid view and Loupe view
      3m 0s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      5m 14s
    3. Shortcuts in Loupe view and Grid view
      1m 39s
    4. Customizing Loupe view and Grid view
      2m 46s
    5. Comparing two images
      4m 55s
    6. Surveying multiple images
      5m 20s
    7. Working with the toolbar in Grid view and Loupe view
      3m 58s
    8. Working with folders and files in the Library module
      6m 25s
    9. Using dual monitors
      7m 13s
  7. 27m 28s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      4m 27s
    2. Working with catalogs
      3m 19s
    3. Exporting catalogs
      1m 44s
    4. Updating legacy catalogs
      3m 2s
    5. The relationship between the raw and DNG catalogs
      3m 8s
    6. Working with raw files in Lightroom
      3m 53s
    7. Working with DNG files in Lightroom
      6m 5s
    8. Creative tip: Using the right gear
      1m 50s
  8. 9m 43s
    1. Using Quick Develop in the Library module
      2m 37s
    2. Synchronizing processing settings across multiple images
      3m 32s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      1m 45s
    4. Applying white balance and auto tone adjustments
      1m 49s
  9. 35m 28s
    1. Introducing flags, stars, and labels
      5m 0s
    2. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      6m 34s
    3. Adding images to a Quick Collection
      2m 11s
    4. Integrating collections with your workflow
      5m 13s
    5. Grouping images with collections
      3m 7s
    6. Using Smart Collections
      4m 39s
    7. Sorting images
      3m 0s
    8. Renaming images
      2m 1s
    9. Stacking images
      3m 43s
  10. 18m 44s
    1. Adding keywords
      4m 51s
    2. Working with the keyword list
      2m 51s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      2m 26s
    4. Keywording with the spray can
      1m 48s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      3m 58s
    6. Adding copyright metadata
      2m 50s
  11. 17m 46s
    1. Filtering overview
      3m 49s
    2. Locking library filter options
      1m 38s
    3. Filtering based on text
      2m 0s
    4. Filtering by metadata
      6m 13s
    5. Filtering your photos using the Metadata panel
      2m 7s
    6. New filtering criteria in Lightroom 3
      1m 59s
  12. 45m 24s
    1. Exporting images
      6m 19s
    2. Export quality and watermark options
      2m 3s
    3. Exporting movies
      5m 13s
    4. External editing preferences and considerations
      2m 56s
    5. Editing preferences
      5m 6s
    6. Editing photos in Photoshop
      5m 4s
    7. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      3m 30s
    8. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      2m 16s
    9. Merging multiple images in Photoshop
      3m 34s
    10. Creating a panorama
      2m 20s
    11. Working with a CMYK photo
      7m 3s
  13. 15m 37s
    1. Setting up Flickr services
      3m 45s
    2. Uploading photos to Flickr
      3m 35s
    3. Working with comments
      1m 49s
    4. Publishing to a folder
      5m 38s
    5. Creative tip: Visual poetry
      50s
  14. 39m 26s
    1. Develop module overview
      5m 45s
    2. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      3m 46s
    3. Comparing the before and after
      2m 33s
    4. Resetting images to their default settings
      2m 24s
    5. Using the Develop module presets
      3m 10s
    6. Using Snapshot and History
      5m 10s
    7. Using the Histogram
      4m 6s
    8. Working with collections
      4m 25s
    9. Introducing virtual copies
      2m 22s
    10. Creating virtual copies
      2m 46s
    11. Introducing the Develop module tool strip
      2m 59s
  15. 50m 0s
    1. Understanding white balance and color temperature
      3m 10s
    2. Correcting white balance with a ColorChecker
      3m 11s
    3. Using the White Balance tool
      2m 36s
    4. Creative uses of white balance
      3m 47s
    5. Demystifying the tone controls
      3m 39s
    6. Using the tone controls
      3m 45s
    7. Recovering detail in highlights
      2m 29s
    8. Working with vibrance and saturation
      4m 11s
    9. Making color adjustments with the Vibrance and Saturation sliders
      4m 28s
    10. Creative uses of vibrance and saturation
      3m 12s
    11. Understanding clarity
      3m 20s
    12. Working with clarity
      3m 51s
    13. The standard Basic panel workflow
      4m 4s
    14. Synchronizing basic settings across multiple images
      4m 17s
  16. 23m 58s
    1. Creative tip: Why crop?
      1m 50s
    2. Cropping an image
      4m 18s
    3. Straightening with the Crop tool
      3m 51s
    4. Working with the Crop Overlay tool
      3m 18s
    5. Changing the aspect ratio of an image
      1m 38s
    6. Auditioning different aspect ratios
      1m 56s
    7. Quickly changing crop orientation
      1m 49s
    8. Using Crop to improve a composition
      5m 18s
  17. 11m 16s
    1. Retouching with the Spot Removal tool
      5m 43s
    2. Retouching away dust on a lens
      3m 22s
    3. Fixing red-eye
      2m 11s
  18. 22m 59s
    1. Introducing the Graduated filter
      4m 37s
    2. Darkening a sky with the Graduated filter
      4m 31s
    3. Enhancing a landscape with the Graduated filter
      3m 33s
    4. Improving a portrait with the Graduated filter
      5m 14s
    5. Increasing color variety and saturation with the Graduated filter
      3m 50s
    6. Creative tip: Tenacity
      1m 14s
  19. 44m 2s
    1. Adjustment Brush overview
      7m 4s
    2. Essential Adjustment Brush shortcuts
      3m 33s
    3. Enhancing makeup color
      4m 14s
    4. Whitening and brightening teeth
      3m 17s
    5. Improving eyes
      5m 57s
    6. Softening and smoothing skin
      7m 10s
    7. Brightening and improving shadows
      3m 5s
    8. Darkening lips and cheeks
      3m 25s
    9. Correcting overall exposure
      3m 48s
    10. Subtly correcting exposure
      2m 29s
  20. 16m 9s
    1. Demystifying the tone curve controls
      5m 15s
    2. Increasing contrast and color with the tone curve controls
      4m 46s
    3. Correcting exposure with the tone curve controls
      4m 34s
    4. Creative tip: Shoot what matters
      1m 34s
  21. 26m 53s
    1. Understanding the HSL controls
      5m 2s
    2. Using the HSL Target Adjustment tool
      3m 44s
    3. Brightening tones with HSL
      1m 36s
    4. Using HSL to increase warm tones
      3m 4s
    5. Using HSL to increase warm and cool tones
      2m 56s
    6. Creative color with HSL
      2m 57s
    7. Desaturating color with HSL
      3m 27s
    8. Using the Color panel
      4m 7s
  22. 23m 34s
    1. Introducing black-and-white conversion
      2m 15s
    2. Understanding Black & White Mix
      2m 21s
    3. Converting to black and white
      4m 10s
    4. Black-and-white workflow with virtual copies
      3m 35s
    5. Enhancing black-and-white images with the Adjustment Brush
      3m 7s
    6. Using presets to convert to black and white
      3m 12s
    7. Creating a black-and-white collection
      4m 54s
  23. 10m 54s
    1. Understanding split toning
      3m 37s
    2. Advanced split-toning tips
      4m 10s
    3. Split-toning a color image
      3m 7s
  24. 21m 27s
    1. Introducing noise reduction
      3m 26s
    2. Introducing sharpening
      3m 42s
    3. Sharpening in Lightroom
      5m 44s
    4. Advanced sharpening in Lightroom and Photoshop
      5m 4s
    5. Removing chromatic aberration
      3m 31s
  25. 24m 54s
    1. Using the Lens Correction controls
      5m 53s
    2. Enhancing images with lens correction
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing vignette settings across multiple images
      2m 32s
    4. Combining lens correction, Lightroom, and Photoshop
      3m 36s
    5. Adding a post-crop vignette
      3m 57s
    6. Adding film grain with the Effects panel
      5m 50s
  26. 7m 37s
    1. Understanding Camera Calibration in Lightroom
      4m 46s
    2. Creative color with Camera Calibration
      2m 51s
  27. 38m 28s
    1. Basic Develop module workflow
      7m 28s
    2. Workflow for converting to black and white
      10m 11s
    3. Workflow project: Surfing
      6m 8s
    4. Workflow project: Portrait
      4m 58s
    5. Workflow project: Portrait details
      8m 39s
    6. Creative tip: Go outside
      1m 4s
  28. 36m 31s
    1. Creating a collection to make a slideshow
      3m 56s
    2. Selecting the best images for the slideshow
      3m 17s
    3. Customizing the layout of the slideshow
      3m 34s
    4. Customizing the background of the slideshow
      4m 14s
    5. Customizing overlay elements for the slideshow
      6m 39s
    6. Creating titles for the slideshow
      2m 27s
    7. Playing back the slideshow
      4m 24s
    8. Previewing the slideshow
      4m 0s
    9. Exporting the slideshow to different formats
      4m 0s
  29. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a collection of images to print
      3m 20s
    2. Laying out images into preset templates
      4m 34s
    3. Customizing the layout of a single image
      4m 26s
    4. Choosing page options for a single image
      6m 8s
    5. Specifying the print job options for a single image
      6m 19s
    6. Creating a custom package
      4m 36s
    7. Creating a picture package
      4m 16s
    8. Printing one image quickly
      1m 42s
    9. Creating a custom print template
      4m 34s
    10. Effective print workflow
      8m 39s
  30. 32m 3s
    1. Creating a collection of images for a web gallery
      5m 18s
    2. Using web gallery templates
      3m 27s
    3. Customizing a web gallery
      6m 49s
    4. Uploading a web gallery
      4m 19s
    5. Creating color and black-and-white galleries
      3m 48s
    6. Uploading color and black-and-white galleries
      3m 32s
    7. Online web gallery resources
      2m 53s
    8. Domain name and hosting overview
      1m 57s
  31. 3m 26s
    1. Online resources and the Lightroom Newsletter
      2m 55s
    2. Goodbye
      31s

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