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In this installment of the Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials series, author and teacher Chris Orwig guides photographers through the process of improving images with creative color, sharpening, and other effects in the Lightroom Develop module. The course covers each of the tools and features in the Develop module, and shows how to perform basic adjustments, such as exposure enhancement; how to improve image quality through noise reduction and clarity adjustments; how to apply creative effects, such as split toning and vignettes; and how to perform advanced tasks, such as correcting for lens distortion. Exercise files are included with the course.
The next few tips that I'm going to share with you are a little bit of a repeat from a previous course, when we were talking about working with the Library module. I want to include those tips here, because in the Develop module, you don't ever just work in this module alone. Rather, our work here is connected to the other modules, and in particular, when it comes to workflow. And when it comes to comparing and working with pictures, a lot of times in this step what we'll do is we'll jump back to the Library module temporarily. For example, I have these pictures here.
I'll go ahead and click through them by using my Right Arrow key. I'll just go through, and view the photographs. As I view the pictures, I like that they are all processed in similar ways. And we can then see the pictures in regards to their color and tone, and they kind of belong together, say especially these last two pictures of my daughter Sophie picking up snow and then throwing it in the air. So when it comes to comparing the before and after, or viewing the picture, we already know how to do that. But there is another step that we can take to see if the processing of the images is cohesive, and what you can do is click on one image, hold down the Command key on a Mac, Control key on Windows, click on another, so that you have two images selected.
Next, you can press a shortcut to navigate to the Library module Compare or Survey mode really quickly. To navigate to the Compare mode, you press the C key. This will take you to the Library module. Here we are in this compare side by side view. We could have also pressed the N key. The N key is kind of nice, because it gives us a Survey view, without all of those frames, and all of that extra information. Also, if we have Survey mode, we can hold down Command or Control -- Command on the Mac, Control on Windows -- and actually add more images to the Survey view.
Now, what this Survey view can do for us is some just kind of fun things; make connections between our photographs. It can also help us determine weaknesses. In other words, let me highlight one. I am going to go ahead and click on the X in the bottom corner here on a few photographs, just so that I have two left. Now, with these two images visible side by side, I all of a sudden realize, you know, my processing; it's not that good. My Develop module work, well, it's a little bit off. This image is kind of bright and yellow.
This one is a little bit more subdued, and needs to be elevated a bit. A little bit of boost in color, color temperature, and also in brightness. So we can use those shortcuts to evaluate, or to compare, or to view our work. It's a little bit of a workaround, but I think it's really helpful, again, to just make sure your photographs are cohesive, because there is nothing worse than having a set of pictures that you are giving to a client, or a friend, where they just don't all fit together, especially, if they are all captured at the same time.
Well, after you've viewed your images in the Survey, or the Compare mode, if you want to go back to Develop module, it's really quite simple. All that you need to do is to press the D key, or to click on the Develop module button up here in the module picker. Now, once you navigate back to this area, what you could do is then make the needed adjustment. Let's say we need a little bit of a color Temperature increase, perhaps a little bit increase in our Exposure, and then perhaps a little bit of Contrast as well.
Now, once we have made that adjustment, if we want to compare it with the other image, we can always click between the two, right? We could click on one image, and then click on the other and kind of make sure our processing looks good, or we could use that shortcut to go back to the Library module. You remember the shortcut? It's either the N key for Survey -- Survey allows you to view two or more images -- or it's the C key for compare. And, well, in my own workflow, I tend to use Survey a bit more, just because it's a little bit more flexible.
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