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Develop module overview and essential shortcuts

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 02 Enhancing Photos with the Develop Module

Video: Develop module overview and essential shortcuts

All right! Let's get familiar with the Develop module, and let's do this by talking about just a few tips and techniques that we can use to navigate to the Develop module, and start to view and work on our photographs there. Well, for starters in Lightroom, typically, we start off in the Library module. We do all of our work there, and then we are ready to go to the Develop module. Well, to do that, we can navigate to the Develop module by clicking on the Develop button up here in the Module picker, or we can press the shortcut key. The shortcut key for the Develop module is the D key.

Develop module overview and essential shortcuts

All right! Let's get familiar with the Develop module, and let's do this by talking about just a few tips and techniques that we can use to navigate to the Develop module, and start to view and work on our photographs there. Well, for starters in Lightroom, typically, we start off in the Library module. We do all of our work there, and then we are ready to go to the Develop module. Well, to do that, we can navigate to the Develop module by clicking on the Develop button up here in the Module picker, or we can press the shortcut key. The shortcut key for the Develop module is the D key.

Well either way, let's go ahead and navigate to the Develop module. Now, once you are in the Develop module, it's almost like a little bit of a paradigm shift, because here, this is really where the magic happens. Just between you and I, this is my favorite part of Lightroom, because this is where the art and craft of photography takes place. This is where we correct and enhance our photographs. This is where our images really come to life. And the Develop module is just that: it's a place where we process our photographs. Here, you can see I have a photograph up.

This was a recent portrait of Lynda, who co-founded lynda.com with her husband Bruce, and I just love the sparkle in her eyes. One of the things that we will start to do in the Develop module is we will evaluate our photographs; let's say that sparkle in the eyes. So often, when we view our photographs when they are small, we can't really determine if everything is sharp, or even if it's a good picture. Well, in the Develop module, you can move over to the Navigator panel on the left. The Navigator panel allows us to change our Zoom rate.

For example, we can click on one of these options. I will go ahead and click on 1:1. This takes us into this 1 to 1 view. We can see all of the details of the picture. In this case, I can now see that the eye is indeed sharp. It has a really shallow depth of field, and I was fortunate to have gotten that, so that this eye is sharp. Well, if I want to move around the image, I can move this icon here in order to change what I'm viewing, or I can position my cursor on the image, and click-and-drag it one way or another. Okay, well what about zooming out? Well, to zoom out, we can either simply click on the image, or we can use the Navigator buttons up here as well; zoom in to 1:1, or zoom back to fit in view.

All right! Well now that we are talking about our view, you can see that the image is surrounded by this gray tone. Well, you can change that, and you can change that by right-clicking, or Control+Clicking. This gives you a dialog where you can choose different colors for the background. I will go ahead and change this back to Medium Gray, because typically, that's best. Typically, that allows you to evaluate your photograph in a little bit more of a neutral environment. Yet, there may be times when you might want to change that background color. All right! Well, as we are getting started, what else do we need to know about the Develop module? Well, obviously we have these panels on the left, and we have the panels on the right.

Now, when you compare those two panels, you'll notice there are many more panels on the right-hand side. That's because these panels -- this is really the engine of the Develop module. This is where everything is going to take place in regards to processing, and working on our photographs. These panels on the right; they are really important. Now, that's not to say the panels on the left aren't important, but they are just not as important as the panels on the right. Now, to access information in these panels -- we already know how to do this, right? We can simple click to open them, and then we can make a change.

For example, I could increase the Contrast of this photograph, or I could decrease the Contrast. Again, simply clicking-and-dragging one way or another allows us to make a change. Well, let's say that after we make one change, we want to make another. Well, to do that, you simply click-and- drag on the scrollbar; that takes you down to the other panels. Let's go to the Detail panel, and perhaps add some Sharpening. Now, the trick with this is that we have to do a lot of scrolling. Here I am in Detail. To go back to the Basic, well, I have to click-and-drag up. Well, there has to be a better way, right? Well, there is.

There is a much better way to navigate with these panels, and because I think these panels are so important, well, learning how to navigate with them is something that we really need to know how to do. Let's take a look at how we can navigate with these panels a little bit more effectively, and let's do that in the next movie.

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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. Using the exercise files
      44s
  2. 22m 4s
    1. Develop module overview and essential shortcuts
      4m 13s
    2. Panel navigation tips
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Develop module presets
      3m 32s
    4. Creating your own presets
      4m 1s
    5. Using the Snapshot and History panels
      3m 40s
    6. Working with the tool strip
      1m 45s
  3. 15m 20s
    1. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      6m 53s
    2. Viewing the before and after
      4m 29s
    3. Comparing and surveying images
      3m 58s
  4. 19m 42s
    1. Understanding white balance and color temperature
      2m 43s
    2. Using the White Balance Selector tool
      4m 22s
    3. Correcting white balance with a color checker
      3m 52s
    4. Working with white balance presets and fine-tuning white balance
      4m 24s
    5. Color correcting multiple images at once
      2m 42s
    6. Creativity and white balance
      1m 39s
  5. 23m 5s
    1. Getting familiar with the tone controls
      3m 19s
    2. Deconstructing the tone controls
      5m 39s
    3. Using the tone controls to enhance photographs
      5m 28s
    4. Correcting clipping with the tone controls
      4m 53s
    5. Synchronizing tonal adjustments with multiple images
      3m 46s
  6. 22m 31s
    1. Understanding vibrance and saturation
      5m 6s
    2. Working with vibrance and saturation
      5m 38s
    3. Color creativity with temperature, vibrance, and saturation
      3m 19s
    4. Understanding clarity
      2m 34s
    5. Using clarity in collaboration with vibrance and saturation
      5m 54s
  7. 10m 37s
    1. Basic panel workflow
      3m 38s
    2. Using Auto Tone
      1m 42s
    3. Workflow considerations
      5m 17s
  8. 18m 27s
    1. Cropping
      3m 29s
    2. Changing the crop aspect ratio
      1m 47s
    3. Straightening with the Crop tool
      2m 49s
    4. Working with the crop overlay
      3m 4s
    5. Crop creativity and orientation
      2m 36s
    6. Synchronizing crop settings
      2m 36s
    7. Exploring how to improve the composition of your photographs
      2m 6s
  9. 15m 55s
    1. Retouching with the Spot Removal tool
      8m 26s
    2. The Spot Removal tool: Clone versus Heal
      4m 56s
    3. Fixing red-eye
      2m 33s
  10. 16m 43s
    1. Introducing the Graduated Filter
      5m 14s
    2. Darkening the sky with the Graduated Filter
      6m 10s
    3. Enhancing a sunrise with the Graduated Filter
      5m 19s
  11. 45m 51s
    1. Adjustment Brush overview
      7m 45s
    2. Using Auto Mask
      5m 55s
    3. Burning and dodging a black-and-white image
      6m 44s
    4. Reducing noise
      5m 40s
    5. Minimizing moiré patterns
      3m 18s
    6. Painting in localized sharpening
      2m 14s
    7. Improving the eyes
      4m 6s
    8. Dimishing a distracting highlight
      3m 42s
    9. The Adjustment Brush and Basic panel workflow
      6m 27s
  12. 15m 38s
    1. Demystifying the Tone Curve controls
      5m 5s
    2. Using the tone curve to correct exposure
      2m 16s
    3. Changing tone and color with the the point tone curve
      3m 39s
    4. Making creative RGB adjustments
      4m 38s
  13. 13m 36s
    1. Understanding the HSL controls
      4m 4s
    2. Using the HSL Target Adjustment tool
      1m 40s
    3. Brightening tones with HSL
      3m 21s
    4. Using HSL to bring out warm and cool tones
      1m 47s
    5. Creative color with HSL
      2m 44s
  14. 36m 35s
    1. Introducing black-and-white conversion
      2m 38s
    2. Converting to black and white
      2m 16s
    3. Modifying black-and-white tones with the Grayscale panel
      5m 26s
    4. Enhancing black-and-white images with the Adjustment Brush
      9m 4s
    5. Using presets to convert to black and white
      5m 13s
    6. Black-and-white workflow with virtual copies
      5m 29s
    7. Black-and-white images and collections
      4m 22s
    8. Creating better black-and-white photographs
      2m 7s
  15. 14m 2s
    1. Split-toning essentials
      3m 34s
    2. Advanced split-toning tips
      2m 44s
    3. Split toning a color image
      3m 5s
    4. Split toning to create a sepia-tone effect
      2m 22s
    5. Using split toning to enhance a sunrise
      2m 17s
  16. 12m 21s
    1. Introducing noise reduction
      5m 10s
    2. Understanding sharpening
      5m 2s
    3. Sharpening workflow
      2m 9s
  17. 13m 35s
    1. Using the Lens Correction controls
      1m 56s
    2. Correcting distortion
      2m 45s
    3. Making subtle adjustments to composition and tone
      4m 10s
    4. Removing fish-eye distortion
      3m 18s
    5. Removing chromatic aberration
      1m 26s
  18. 12m 55s
    1. Adding and correcting vignettes
      2m 24s
    2. Using the Post-Crop controls
      4m 5s
    3. Adding a post-crop vignette
      4m 26s
    4. Working with film grain
      2m 0s
  19. 5m 34s
    1. Understanding camera calibration in Lightroom
      3m 20s
    2. Creative color with camera calibration
      2m 14s
  20. 21s
    1. Goodbye
      21s

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