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Overview of the Develop module workflow

From: Lightroom 4 Image Optimization Workshop

Video: Overview of the Develop module workflow

One of the key benefits of Lightroom, in my mind, is that it makes a workflow relatively easy to understand and easy to step through. The Module Picker, for example, guides you through the process of working with your images. You'll organize your images with the Library module, you'll optimize the appearance of the images with the Develop Module. You can browse images on a map, of course, and then share images using the Book, Slideshow, Print, and Web Modules. I wanted to take a moment though to review a basic workflow process for optimizing your images in Lightroom.

Overview of the Develop module workflow

One of the key benefits of Lightroom, in my mind, is that it makes a workflow relatively easy to understand and easy to step through. The Module Picker, for example, guides you through the process of working with your images. You'll organize your images with the Library module, you'll optimize the appearance of the images with the Develop Module. You can browse images on a map, of course, and then share images using the Book, Slideshow, Print, and Web Modules. I wanted to take a moment though to review a basic workflow process for optimizing your images in Lightroom.

We'll start off in the Library Module because before you can apply adjustments to an image, of course, you need to actually locate that image. In the Library Module on the left panel, you can use a variety of different tools to choose which image you'd like to adjust. We can, of course, view folders or we can go to Collections if you've created some collections and navigate to the appropriate place for those photos. We'll start off with a folder that contains the image that I would like to work on. And then, I can choose which specific image I'd like to take a look at. In this case, I'll click on an image of some water with pine trees taken in Alaska.

Once I've identified the image I want to work on, I'm ready to start optimizing the image. And so, I'll go to the Develop module in order to access the controls that allow me to optimize the appearance of the photo. In many cases, you might want to use a Preset. And so, we'll start on the left panel where we can choose one of the presets that we want to apply to the image. You don't always have to use a preset and in many cases, you probably won't, but you might want to review at least which options are available. For example, let's assume that you wanted to create a black and white version of this image.

You could certainly go through some of the various Presets that are available and see if one of them might be a good fit for the image. Once you've applied a Preset, you could then fine tune the adjustments over on the right panel. But you can also start without a Preset. I'll go ahead and click the Reset button. And then, I could fine tune the color, the overall Tonality of the image, for example, perhaps increasing Clarity or Vibrance. A wide variety of adjustments are available. And I might even go through all of them or at least many of them in order to make sure that I'm using every tool available to make my image look its best.

As you can see, the process is relatively straightforward. We can use the Library Module or even just the Filmstrip if we have the images we want to work with currently available to identify the image we want to work with. Then in the Develop Module, we can choose to apply a Preset and finally fine tune all of the adjustments over on the right panel. And it's worth noting that there's really no need to work in any particular order on the right panel. I very often work from top to bottom simply because that provides me with a logical workflow. But you don't have to work in any particular order because all of the adjustments are nondestructive. You can go back and forth fine tuning a wide variety of different adjustments until you're happy with the final image.

With that workflow in mind, I think you're ready to start optimizing some of your favorite images.

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Lightroom 4 Image Optimization Workshop

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  1. 1m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 31s
  2. 15m 9s
    1. Overview of the Develop module workflow
      3m 8s
    2. Evaluating images
      3m 26s
    3. Seeing a before-and-after view
      3m 40s
    4. Correcting mistakes with the History and Snapshot features
      4m 55s
  3. 20m 17s
    1. Starting with a Develop preset
      4m 9s
    2. White balance adjustment
      4m 8s
    3. Basic exposure controls
      3m 26s
    4. Highlights, shadows, whites, and blacks
      3m 15s
    5. Adding clarity to an image
      2m 15s
    6. Boosting colors with Vibrance and Saturation
      3m 4s
  4. 31m 39s
    1. Fine-tuning with the Tone Curve adjustment
      7m 22s
    2. Advanced color adjustments
      5m 5s
    3. Sharpening an image
      6m 33s
    4. The Graduated Filter tool
      5m 2s
    5. Painting adjustments into an image
      7m 37s
  5. 24m 11s
    1. Cleaning up blemishes
      5m 4s
    2. Cropping and straightening photos
      5m 55s
    3. Applying noise reduction
      3m 52s
    4. Lens correction adjustments
      6m 2s
    5. Removing red-eye
      3m 18s
  6. 18m 41s
    1. Creating virtual copies
      2m 52s
    2. Converting color into black and white
      3m 51s
    3. Adding a color tint
      2m 30s
    4. Split toning effects
      3m 20s
    5. Adding a vignette effect
      3m 56s
    6. Adding a film grain effect
      2m 12s
  7. 12m 31s
    1. Adjusting multiple images with Quick Develop
      2m 49s
    2. Duplicating the previous adjustment
      2m 38s
    3. Copying and pasting Develop settings
      3m 54s
    4. Synchronizing Develop settings
      3m 10s
  8. 17m 16s
    1. Basic Photoshop workflow
      5m 41s
    2. Stitching panoramas
      5m 1s
    3. Working with HDR images
      6m 34s

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