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The Develop module is where you're going to spend the majority of your time in Lightroom. This is where the magic really happens. In particular, we do a lot of work on our images using the Histogram, and also the Basic panel. So here I want to share with you some shortcuts that I think you'll find to be really helpful in regards to making custom tone and color adjustments to your photographs. Well, let's start off with the Histogram. To go ahead and open up the Histogram press Command+0 on a Mac, or Control+0 on Windows. Next, you notice that you have this visual display of the different tones here, and as you hover over it, it will highlight different fields.
For example, if I want to brighten up the shadows, I can hover over this area, and then just click and drag in order to increase the Shadows value. Notice how that's dragging this slider down below, so it's as if there's a connection between the Histogram, and between these controls here, and as we move along, you can see how we can make different types of adjustments to our photograph. All right, well now that we've looked out the Histogram, let's focus in on the Basic panel. So here press Command+0 on a Mac, or Control+0 on Windows. We know with the Basic panel that we can click and drag these different sliders to make changes, yet there are two different sets of shortcuts that we can use as well which might help you out.
Let's say that we want to modify the temperature. Here we could hover over this, and as we do, notice that it's highlighted. Once it is highlighted, you can use your arrow keys to make really subtle and small incremental changes to your photograph. Here I'll press the up arrow key; in doing that you can see I'm increasing the color temperature. Now, if I tried to do that with the slider, it just would move too quickly, yet when you use that up or that down arrow key, you can make those really small incremental changes, and you can do this with any of these sliders.
For example, if we want a modify the clarity, well, we can go down, and just hover over that field there, and then press the up arrow in order to increase that Clarity value. Well, how else can we navigate through these different controls, and how else can we change them? Well, this next shortcut that I want to share with you is really helpful, especially, say, if you're working on your images on a laptop, on a plane, and you can't really control the mouse very well. Well, what you can do is press the Comma or the Period key in order to toggle through all of these different controls. Then you can use the Plus and Minus keys. Let me show you what I mean.
Well, here I'll press the Period key. Notice that it's highlighting Contrast. Press it again; now its Highlights, and then Shadows, and then Whites, and Blacks. So the Period key moves forward through all of these different controls. The Comma key, that's moving backwards, as you can see here, so now I'm back up to my temperature slider. Well, once I've targeted that, I can then press the Plus key on the keyboard in order to increase the temperature. If I want to move down, say, to increase the Contrast, I'll just press the Period key a few times until I've gotten to Contrast, and I'll press the Plus key in order to increase the contrast.
If I want to boost the overall exposure, I'll press the Comma key to move backwards, so to speak, to that Exposure slider, and here I'll brighten up my overall exposure. So here, you can see from these different shortcuts, we have a number of different ways that we can customize the overall color and tone of our photographs. Let me review these, because I think these are so foundational or integral to your overall workflow. Let's start off by opening up the Histogram; press Command+0 or Control+0 to do so. With the Histogram, we can just hover over it, and then we can click and drag to make changes.
Next, to close the Histogram, press Command+0 or Control+0. To open or close the Basic panel, press Command+1 or Control+1. And in the Basic panel, we can either hover over one of these fields, and by doing that, we can then activate that field. Next, we can use the up and down arrow keys to make changes. Another way to select one of these fields or controls is with the Period and Comma keys. The Period moves forward through these different controls, then if you're using Period and Comma, you have to use the Plus or the Minus keys in order to make those adjustments.
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