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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
I've previously mentioned this idea that Quick Develop makes incremental changes and that sometimes in certain situations these types of incremental changes can really be helpful. Let's dig a little bit into that concept. Well, currently I have this photograph, and if I go ahead and navigate to my Exposure controls here, if I click on this option, it will increase this a third of a stop. If I click on the two-arrow option, it's going to increase it a full stop. Let's go ahead and reset that for a moment. But let's say that I print this photograph out and I realize that the calibration of my monitor was off or something was happening whereas the image was printing really, really dark.
Like I felt like it was almost a whole stop underexposed when the print finally came out of the printer. Well in that particular case, what I would need to do would be to increase the processing by a full stop. And let's say I did a test print on that and it looked good. Well, then what I'd want to do is I'd want to select multiple images. And I'm going to go ahead and do that, very different types of images. And I'll press the N key in order to compare these. You can see that the light is very different. But let's say that all of these when printed were a stop under. What I could do next then was turn on Auto Sync.
Now with Auto Sync turned on, I'm going to go to my Exposure controls and click on this to increase it one stop. Now this image is a little bit brighter, yet you can see that it took each image wherever it was, and then added one stop of brightness to it. So in this particular case, in this make- believe scenario, ideally, all three of these images would then print correctly. So again, there is a little bit of a give-and-take here, but hopefully this illustrates the idea. When you have different images that were shot in different ways, but when you need to apply incremental changes, you can do so pretty easily with the Quick Develop panel.
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