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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom has become a popular program for photographers of all experience levels. In this course, photographer and teacher Jan Kabili provides an approachable introduction to all its capabilities. The course begins with a look at how to import photos from a camera and from a hard drive, describing how the Lightroom catalog works along the way.
Then you'll learn key ways to manage your photos in Lightroom, from reviewing photos after a shoot to working with Smart Previews when your photos are offline. This part of the course covers making collections, adding keywords, and much more.
Next, the course introduces the Lightroom Develop module and its features for improving a photo's appearance, including adjusting tone and color, cropping and fixing perspective, converting to black and white, reducing noise, and sharpening. It explores how to make local adjustments with the Adjustment Brush, Radial Filter, Graduated Filter, and Spot Removal tools. The course ends with a look at the most commonly used Lightroom features for sharing photos: exporting, printing, and sharing online.
The Develop module is where all the magic happens in Lightroom. Let's take a look at the Develop module and it's controls. As you can see the Develop module is set up a lot like the Library module. There are bars at the top and bottom, the same ones that we saw in the Library module. And columns of panels with controls on the right and left. And, you can hide and show these bars and panels just like in the Library module. So if I want to hide the module picker in the bar at the top, I can click the thin bar at the top of the screen. If I want to dismiss the columns of panels, I can press the Tab key on my keyboard.
To bring them back, I'll press Tab again. If I press Shift+Tab, that dismisses all the panels and bars. And I can turn the lights out by pressing the L key on my keyboard. Once, and then twice, and then bring the lights back by clicking the l key again. And I'll press Shift+Tab to bring everything back into view. Down at the bottom of the screen is the film strip. And from here, I can access photos to work on in the Develop module. The thumbnail displays all of the photos in whatever source I selected back in the Library module.
I happen to have a folder with just two photos in it selected. But if I had selected all photographs in the catalog panel in the library module, then we would see thumbnails of all the photos in the catalog here in the filmstrip. And I could click on any of those photos to work on it in the Develop module. I also can access the same collections that we saw how to make in the Library module from here in the Develop module. by clicking on the Collections panel in the column on the left and then selecting a collection there. At the top of the film strip there are some arrows that come in handy to move backward and forward in time. So if I wanted to go back to the last view that I had I would click the back arrow here.
And once again I'm looking at the film strip with the two photos In the source folder that I selected in the Library module. When I hover over a thumbnail in the film strip, keep your eye on the Navigator panel at the top left. And you see a preview of that photo. And then if you want to work on that photo, you can click on it and it appears here in the preview window. This is a live preview, so any changes that I make using the controls in the panels on the left will immediately appear here in this preview. Notice at the top of the Navigator panel, we have the same zoom icons that we saw in the Library panel.
And you can click on these icons here, or if you want to zoom in to 100%, you can just click in the image. And this is something you'd want to do to check focus or the sharpen or to reduce noise. And then to get back to the fit on screen view, you can click again. Over in the column on the right there are a number of panels that contain controls we'll be looking at in this course. We'll spend a lot of time in the basic panel. Let's take a look at that panel, which I can open by clicking on it. All the sliders in this panel default to zero in the middle of each slider and if I want to add more or less of a quality, I'll drag its slider.
So here I'm changing the temperature to make it cooler. To add a little magenta. I might brighten the exposure, and the contrast, and so forth. Now, if I change my mind about what I"ve done with these sliders, and I want to get everything back to where I started. I can press the big Reset button here at the bottom of the Basic panel. And that resets not only changes I've made in the Basic panel but changes I made in any of the panels. What if I make some changes in the Basic panel. I'll just quickly drag these sliders. And I decide that I want to reset just the sliders in a particular section. So if I'd also move this slider and I didn't want to effect that. But I wanted to reset all the Tone sliders, then I would double-click the Tone label at the top of this section.
And that sets just those sliders back to their defaults. It often helps to compare a before and after view, how the image looks now with all the changes and how it looked when you started. To do that, you can press the Backslash key on your keyboard. That's the key near the p key. So there's a before view and there's an after view with the few changes that I've made. Another way to compare a before and after view is to press Y on the keyboard or click this icon in the toolbar, the icon with the Y's on it. And if I wanted to see this bigger I would press Tab on my keyboard to dismiss the left and right columns. And then if I want to get back to just the after view, I can press the Y key on my keyboard again.
And to bring those columns back or press Tab. We'll spend a lot more time working with the sliders in the Basic panel but first I want to show you how I like to set up these panels. There are so many panels and they're so long and have so many controls that I find that it helps to set them up so that are only one panel is open at a time. To do that you can right click on the toggle bar on any of the panels and choose Solo mode. Now I'm going to close the Basic panel by clicking on it and let's say that I have another panel open like the tone curve panel.
And then I want to open the HSL panel. Instead of HSL panel opening and then I'd have to scroll down to get to it's controls. Now when I click on the HSL panel, the tone curve panel closes, an just this one panel stays open. An we'll be looking at the controls in this panel to. For now, I'm going to click the big Reset button, and reset this photo to the way it was when we started. So that's an overview of the Develop module and how to work with some of the controls in this module. Now let's drill down and take a closer look at the many ways you can enhance your photos here in the Develop module.
Now let's take a look over in the column on the right at the History panel. If I click the History panel you can see a long list of all of the things that I just did to this photo. And I can go back to any one of these stages by just clicking it here in the History panel. I can go back in time and then forward as well. And this history stays with the image even after I have closed Lightroom and re-opened it. And if there's a particular state that I like and I think I might want to keep, even though I'm going to experiment with other sliders, I can save it as a snapshot.
I'm going to close the Navigator panel a minute so we can see the Snapshots panel here. And click the + symbol there to keep a snapshot of the way the image looks at this stage and click Create. And now no matter what else I do to this photo I can always get back to this view by clicking this snapshot. So that's an overview of the Develop panel and it's controls. Now let's drill down and see how we can use these controls to enhance our photographs.
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