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Making adjustments in the Basic panel

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Video: Making adjustments in the Basic panel

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.

Making adjustments in the Basic panel

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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Lightroom Power Shortcuts

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  1. 3m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 29s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
    3. Tips for getting the most out of this course
      55s
  2. 24m 51s
    1. Using advanced shortcuts for the Full Screen and Lights Out modes
      3m 0s
    2. Minimizing different areas of the interface
      3m 27s
    3. Exploring background and panel shortcuts
      3m 34s
    4. Advanced panel navigation
      2m 58s
    5. Choosing the different modules
      4m 9s
    6. Accessing contextual menus in each module
      2m 25s
    7. Adjusting preferences and catalog settings
      1m 11s
    8. Looking up keyboard shortcuts
      4m 7s
  3. 10m 10s
    1. Working with the interface
      3m 47s
    2. Importing images and videos
      3m 47s
    3. Understanding tethered capture
      2m 36s
  4. 20m 22s
    1. Zooming in on images
      4m 0s
    2. Exploring the Survey and Compare views
      4m 53s
    3. Rotating the image
      1m 52s
    4. Exploring view options
      3m 47s
    5. Creating a layout overlay
      2m 38s
    6. Finding and selecting images
      3m 12s
  5. 34m 25s
    1. Renaming and relocating images
      4m 55s
    2. Adding labels, stars, or flags
      4m 58s
    3. Deleting images quickly with flags
      1m 59s
    4. Changing labels, stars, or flags
      3m 17s
    5. Filtering based on labels, stars, or flags
      2m 3s
    6. Finding images quickly
      1m 45s
    7. Working with stacks
      3m 22s
    8. Working with collections and target collections
      3m 5s
    9. Using and showing Quick Collections
      2m 46s
    10. Creating, using, renaming, and moving folders
      2m 59s
    11. Removing and deleting with shortcuts
      3m 16s
  6. 7m 17s
    1. Adding and editing keywords quickly
      3m 7s
    2. Using keyword shortcuts and enabling keyword painting
      2m 0s
    3. Using keyword lists and saving metadata
      2m 10s
  7. 5m 21s
    1. Working with a second monitor
      2m 37s
    2. Exploring advanced dual-monitor shortcuts
      2m 44s
  8. 9m 6s
    1. Exporting a photograph
      3m 39s
    2. Editing in Photoshop
      4m 19s
    3. Emailing a photograph
      1m 8s
  9. 4m 30s
    1. Viewing video
      1m 47s
    2. Setting in and out points
      1m 52s
    3. Exporting video
      51s
  10. 28m 53s
    1. Correcting tone and white balance automatically
      1m 40s
    2. Correcting white balance
      1m 29s
    3. Making adjustments in the Basic panel
      4m 9s
    4. Navigating between basic panels
      2m 46s
    5. Resetting the image to its default settings
      2m 27s
    6. Understanding how to show and correct clipping
      5m 1s
    7. Synchronizing and copying settings
      6m 34s
    8. Viewing before and after
      2m 6s
    9. Quickly converting to black and white
      1m 37s
    10. Showing information overlays
      1m 4s
  11. 28m 16s
    1. Creating virtual copies
      5m 39s
    2. Working with virtual copies
      3m 40s
    3. Using Snapshots to save settings
      3m 36s
    4. Creating custom presets
      2m 24s
    5. Using the Targeted Adjustment tool
      3m 37s
    6. Creating strong black-and-white conversions
      1m 54s
    7. Making better split-toning adjustments
      1m 27s
    8. Sharpening and improving the details in your photos
      2m 43s
    9. Soft proofing shortcuts
      3m 16s
  12. 18m 10s
    1. Exploring tool strip shortcuts
      54s
    2. Cropping and resetting a crop
      2m 10s
    3. Changing the crop overlay
      2m 35s
    4. Switching the crop orientation
      1m 28s
    5. Retouching with the Spot Removal tool
      2m 24s
    6. Making corrections with the Adjustment Brush
      6m 14s
    7. Using the Graduated Filter
      2m 25s
  13. 6m 18s
    1. Zooming in on the map and changing the map style
      1m 31s
    2. Finding a location and adding images
      3m 53s
    3. Adding GPS information and moving markers
      54s
  14. 9m 23s
    1. Viewing the book project
      1m 51s
    2. Toggling the visibility of guides
      2m 31s
    3. Working with type
      3m 23s
    4. Making selections
      1m 38s
  15. 8m 20s
    1. Playing an impromptu slideshow
      1m 52s
    2. Playing and viewing a slideshow
      1m 42s
    3. Creating a custom template and saving the slideshow
      2m 55s
    4. Exporting as PDF, JPEG, and video
      1m 51s
  16. 7m 28s
    1. Choosing the Print module and changing the page settings
      1m 21s
    2. Customizing the layout and viewing the guides
      2m 35s
    3. Modifying the print settings
      1m 51s
    4. Creating a custom template and saving the print
      1m 41s
  17. 3m 40s
    1. Exporting and reloading
      1m 30s
    2. Previewing in a browser and saving your web gallery
      2m 10s
  18. 43s
    1. Goodbye
      43s

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