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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.
Some of the most important and powerful controls that we have in Lightroom, well, they're located in the Develop module, in the basic panel, and they are the Tone controls. And these Tone controls, they allow us to correct and enhance our photographs in some incredibly powerful ways. Because of that, I find it helpful to develop a really strong working understanding of these controls, so that we actually know what they do, so that we can know how to use them in order to correct and enhance our pictures. Therefore, what I want to do here is jump to a few slides, which will help develop or understand of these controls, so that we can kind of reverse engineer how they work, and so that we can then apply all of that knowledge to our work on our photographs.
Okay, well for starters, let's pull up this initial slide. I've already talked about this before, but the basic tone controls, well, they've changed from Lightroom 3 over here to Lightroom 4. I've pointed out that some of the main changes are that we have different controls. Now, the controls that we had before, they're now part of this new setup, yet we can access these in a little bit of a different way. You'll also notice that these controls, by default, well, they're zeroed out. So there's a little bit of a paradigm shift in regards to how we'll work with these controls.
There's also something happening behind the scenes. What's happening is the latest process version, and all of these controls, well, it allows us to tap into our RAW files, and to extract data from those files that we couldn't have previously. Let me show you a slide in order to illustrate that. And here's the same image in Lightroom 3, and Lightroom 4. There's a feature in Lightroom which allows you to show clipping; this allows you to show where you have a loss of detail. Now, I used to use this image in previous versions of Lightroom training titles to illustrate that this image, well, it had clipping on the front of it, and we could recover the clipping there.
Well, I opened this image up inside of Lightroom 4, and almost all of the clipping, which is highlighted by this red tone here, was gone. In other words, it was the same image, yet simply by working on it in Lightroom 4, I had to do less, and that's because there's a lot happening behind the scenes. These controls are not only different by name; they're different by functionality, and strength. There's also another difference. Here's another slide, which I think illustrates this difference.
These sliders now all work in a similar way. Previously, it was a little bit of a mismatch, and kind of hard to figure out. Well, now it either goes darker or brighter. In other words, let's say we're working on our Highlights. Click-and-Drag to the right; well, those highlights become brighter. Click-and-Drag to the left; those highlights become darker. Same thing with Shadows, Whites, and Blacks. In other words, it's a little bit more uniform: moving to the right is brighter or more; moving to the left is darker or less.
All right! Well, now we've been introduced to the Basic panel, and the Tone controls, and also we've been introduced to a little bit about how they look, and perhaps function, let's deconstruct this even further, and let's do that by working on a few example files. So let's go ahead and continue this conversation, and pick it up in the next movie.
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