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Lightroom 4 Image Optimization Workshop
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Starting with a Develop preset


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Lightroom 4 Image Optimization Workshop

with Tim Grey

Video: Starting with a Develop preset

I'm a firm believer that every image you work on deserves individual attention. In other words, I think you should focus on making sure the adjustments you apply to a given image are specifically tailored to making that image look its best. As a result, I don't generally advocate applying a generic adjustment to a group of images. However, Presets in Lightroom can actually be a really big help when working on an image. They can provide you with some creative inspiration, but they also can help you get a little bit closer to your final destination with very little effort.
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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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Lightroom 4 Image Optimization Workshop
2h 21m Intermediate Apr 27, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Evaluating images
  • Seeing a before and after view
  • Correcting mistakes with the History and Snapshot features
  • Develop module basics
  • Fine-tuning with the Tone Curve
  • Sharpening an image
  • Painting adjustments into an image
  • Image cleanup
  • Creative adjustments
  • Duplicating adjustments
Subjects:
Photography video2brain
Software:
Lightroom
Author:
Tim Grey

Starting with a Develop preset

I'm a firm believer that every image you work on deserves individual attention. In other words, I think you should focus on making sure the adjustments you apply to a given image are specifically tailored to making that image look its best. As a result, I don't generally advocate applying a generic adjustment to a group of images. However, Presets in Lightroom can actually be a really big help when working on an image. They can provide you with some creative inspiration, but they also can help you get a little bit closer to your final destination with very little effort.

Let's take a look at how Presets can be used. Over in the left panel in the Develop Module, you'll find the Presets section and Lightroom includes a series of presets that you can use. You can also, of course, create your own presets or obtain presets from other sources, I'll go ahead and expand the list of Black and White Presets. And as you mouse over each of the names of the Presets, you'll see that the navigator shows a preview of what the image will look like if you apply that Preset. So, you can explore the various options and see if you find a preset that might work well for the image you're currently working on.

In addition to the Black and White Options, we have some Color Effect Presets as well as some Creative Effect Presets. And you can go through each of these and find whatever preset you think might be a good fit for this image. I'll go ahead and start with a Black and White Preset. I'll scroll down the list a little bit here. And I see, here's a nice Sepia tone. The Selenium tone actually looks quite of interesting for this image. There's some different Filter Effects, all sorts of options that we can choose from. And I think I'll start off with a Selenium tone though, that looks pretty interesting.

Now, there's actually no magic behind a Preset, it's simply saving settings that's established for the page over on the right panel in the Develop module. That means if you choose a Preset, you can see exactly how the effect was achieved. Even better, you can fine tune each of the settings in order to improve the overall appearance of the image. You can also create your own Preset, if you decide you've create a nice effect, either by improving upon the Settings from an existing Preset or starting from scratch.

I'll go ahead and reset this image, for example. And I'll apply some adjustments that will create a bit of a sort of contrasty and more vibrant appearance in the image. That almost makes the image, in this case, look a bit like a painting, so to me, this sort of feels like a contrasty paint release sort of effect. And if I decide I might like to apply this effect to other images later, I can save the Preset. I'll go ahead and scroll up on the left panel to the top of the Presets section, and then click the plus button to create a new Preset.

That will bring up the New Develop Preset Dialog, and I can give the preset a name. I'll go ahead and call this Contrasty Painterly. And I can also choose which folder that Preset should be stored in. I'll just leave this Preset in the User Presets folder. I can then choose which specific adjustments should be included with this Preset. In this case, I've only applied a few adjustments in the Basic section. So, not really a need to worry about all of the various check boxes that are here.

In general, I do apply all of the settings as part of a Preset, but that's not necessary. For example, I could create a Vignette effect and then have only the Vignette saved as part of that Preset. So that when I apply it to an image, none of the other adjustments will be altered. But in this case, I'm not going to worry about singling out specific adjustments. I'll just allow all of these settings to be saved. I can then click the Create button, and all of those settings will be saved in a Preset called Contrasty Painterly. So, I could then apply that exact same Preset to another image to produce a similar effect.

So, as you can see, Presets allow you to explore some possibilities for your images. But also, to save the settings that you've decided work well for certain images, so they too can be applied to other images in the future.

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