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In this workshop digital imaging guru Tim Grey focuses on the Develop module of Adobe Lightroom 4. Starting with an overview of the image optimization workflow in Lightroom, Tim walks you through the process of evaluating your images and deciding what adjustments you need to make. He teaches you how to use the Develop module's presets to achieve quick results, as well as how to apply your own adjustments, from simple exposure and color adjustments to advanced options like the Tone Curve and the Graduated Filter tool. Learn techniques for cleaning up your images, applying creative adjustments, and duplicating adjustments across multiple images. Finally, get some tips for integrating Lightroom and Photoshop to create panoramas and high dynamic range images.
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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