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Making incremental adjustments

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

Video: Making incremental adjustments

In regards to Quick Develop, this is the movie that's going to make all the difference in the world. And the reality is that for most of our image, adjustments, enhancements, or corrections, we're going to go to Develop module, right? Yet there are going to be situations where Quick Develop is really going to save the day, and that's what we're going to take a look at here. It has to do with making incremental adjustments. Now in order to illustrate how this works what I need to do is to make a few changes that aren't going to be very good, but are going to illustrate the point.

Making incremental adjustments

In regards to Quick Develop, this is the movie that's going to make all the difference in the world. And the reality is that for most of our image, adjustments, enhancements, or corrections, we're going to go to Develop module, right? Yet there are going to be situations where Quick Develop is really going to save the day, and that's what we're going to take a look at here. It has to do with making incremental adjustments. Now in order to illustrate how this works what I need to do is to make a few changes that aren't going to be very good, but are going to illustrate the point.

They're going to showcase how this actually works, they'll help you understand it, so that you can then apply it your own workflow. So, for this first image, what I am going to do is I am going to go ahead and overexpose to this image dramatically. So I am just overexposing it, again, dramatically, losing all of this detail right, the image is almost completely gone. The next thing that I am going to do is I am going to click on the other image which is very similar to it. I'll click on that holding down the Command key on the Mac, Ctrl key on Windows, and then I am going to go to Survey mode.

To access Survey mode, you can click on this button here or press the shortcut key, the N key. Okay, well I have two images which were processed and they're very different, one is decent exposure, one is overexposed. Well, when you select multiple images inside of the Library module and when you work with Quick Develop and have Auto Sync turned on, if you make a change, it's incremental. Let me show you what it is. I am going to go ahead and click this. Notice that it decreased one image differently, really, than the other image.

And as I make this change, something interesting is kind of happening. Let's deconstruct it. What Quick Develop does different, say, than the Develop module, is make incremental adjustments. In other words, it says, wherever this image is, I am going to then move that, let's say the Exposure down one stop or a third of a stop or whatever it is. Or I am going to then change the Clarity based on where the clarity is, up a little bit. In other words, it's incremental. Now in the Develop module when you synchronize, well, if you change the Exposure, say, to +3, well, all the exposures of those images goes up the plus three.

It isn't incremental, it doesn't pay attention what the exposure was, it only changes it to a new uniform exposure. Okay, so you may be thinking, all right Chris, why the heck would that matter, what's the big deal with this? Well, this can really help in those situations where you have a photo session or a commercial shoot and you're shooting the entire time and you notice that you're overexposing all of your images by two stops. Yet, you have change in your exposure kind of throughout the shoot.

Yet each image needs to come down two stops, because maybe you just made a mistake. Well, what you could do in those situations is you could then select, say, all of those photographs, and regardless of what the exposure is, you could then make that adjustment and change that and it would just knock the exposure, whatever the various exposures were, down to the appropriate spot. The same thing could be said of color temperature or of all the other settings that we have here. So in other words, if ever you have a situation where you just find that what you need to do is to make an incremental adjustment to each different and distinct image.

Well then, Quick Develop will really be the solution; it will save the day in those scenarios. The other times when you might want to use Quick Develop is simply when you just want to make a couple of quick adjustments to photographs and apply those and then move on to something else. Yet again, for the most part, for most Lightroom users, the Quick Develop, it's not that useful. Really, if you want to process your photographs, you're going to want to have full control and be able to be really precise. In order to do that, you want to make those adjustments in the Develop module.

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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
      5m 56s
  3. 30m 18s
    1. The Photoshop Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    2. Using the interface shortcuts
      4m 57s
    3. Working with panels
      4m 24s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      5m 49s
    5. Customizing interface elements
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a custom panel end mark
      3m 45s
    7. Using module tips
      57s
  4. 36m 32s
    1. Importing images and looking at file formats
      5m 27s
    2. Importing preferences
      3m 13s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 10s
    4. Setting catalog preferences and import and preview options
      5m 38s
    5. Importing from a folder
      4m 2s
    6. Importing photos from a CF card
      10m 22s
    7. Creating an import preset
      2m 40s
  5. 11m 37s
    1. Drag-and-drop importing
      2m 8s
    2. Auto-importing from a watched folder
      4m 48s
    3. Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
      4m 41s
  6. 9m 36s
    1. Introducing tethered capture
      3m 47s
    2. Working with tethered capture
      2m 55s
    3. Considering color management with tethered capture
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 21s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      3m 12s
    2. Demystifying catalogs by way of comparison
      3m 34s
    3. Optimizing and backing up catalogs
      6m 13s
    4. Importing and updating legacy catalogs
      6m 38s
    5. Exporting a catalog
      3m 53s
    6. Learning more about catalogs
      51s
  8. 41m 51s
    1. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      2m 14s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      4m 47s
    3. Customizing the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 14s
    4. Customizing the Filmstrip
      3m 17s
    5. Comparing two images
      5m 23s
    6. Surveying two or more images
      3m 15s
    7. Working with folders and files
      4m 2s
    8. Deleting and removing images from folders
      3m 1s
    9. Working with multiple hard drives
      8m 2s
    10. Dual-monitor support
      2m 36s
  9. 30m 25s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      5m 20s
    2. Adding ratings with the Painter tool
      3m 32s
    3. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 58s
    4. A filtering workflow
      5m 54s
    5. Filtering by file type
      1m 54s
    6. Filtering by type and metadata
      3m 22s
    7. Sorting photos
      1m 58s
    8. Stacking photos into groups
      4m 27s
  10. 21m 51s
    1. Using Smart Collections
      4m 7s
    2. Using Quick Collections
      2m 25s
    3. What is a collection?
      3m 39s
    4. Working with collections
      3m 22s
    5. Going further with collections
      3m 17s
    6. An evaluative-collection workflow
      5m 1s
  11. 12m 23s
    1. Overviewing the new Map module
      2m 32s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 46s
    3. Creating saved locations
      6m 5s
  12. 10m 44s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 12s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      3m 53s
  13. 31m 41s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 49s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
    7. Exporting to a hard drive
      2m 37s
    8. Publishing to a hard drive
      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 18s
    10. Publishing video to Flickr
      2m 35s
  14. 17m 11s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Converting to DNG and the Embed Fast Load Data option
      3m 45s
    3. Reducing file size with the lossy compressed DNG
      5m 54s
  15. 22m 39s
    1. Adding keywords
      3m 33s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 58s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      1m 29s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 44s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 23s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      3m 26s
  16. 27m 34s
    1. External editing preferences
      5m 14s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Editing an original TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      3m 40s
    4. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      4m 34s
    6. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      4m 39s
  17. 29m 1s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      4m 44s
    2. Publishing to a folder
      4m 5s
    3. Using exporting presets
      4m 51s
    4. Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom
      5m 34s
    5. Exporting to Adobe Revel
      3m 39s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      6m 8s
  18. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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