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Touring the Develop module

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Video: Touring the Develop module

The Library module is the place where the real magic happens in Lightroom. This is where you'll process your photos, using sliders and other straightforward controls to apply adjustments that are nondestructive of your original photographs. Let's take a quick tour of the Develop module interface before we look at its controls in upcoming movies. The layout of the Develop module is just like the Library module; there is the same bar up here with the module picker and at the bottom, there is the same filmstrip with thumbnails of photos that are located in the selected source.

Touring the Develop module

The Library module is the place where the real magic happens in Lightroom. This is where you'll process your photos, using sliders and other straightforward controls to apply adjustments that are nondestructive of your original photographs. Let's take a quick tour of the Develop module interface before we look at its controls in upcoming movies. The layout of the Develop module is just like the Library module; there is the same bar up here with the module picker and at the bottom, there is the same filmstrip with thumbnails of photos that are located in the selected source.

The source is selected back in the library. And here you can see a path to the selected photo inside of that source folder. There is no Grid view in the Develop module as there is in the Library module, but you can use the filmstrip to select a photo here without having to go back to the Library module to select a photo to work on. The selected photo is displayed up here in the main window as you work on it. By default, this window is set to Loupe view, and this is the same Loupe view that we saw in the Library module. So the magnification works the same way here. By default, a photo opens just big enough to fit in the main window, and in the header of the Navigator panel, you can see that the zoom is set to Fit.

Sometimes you want to zoom in to 1:1 magnification, or 100% magnification, for example, when you're adjusting sharpening or noise. To do that, you can click this button, or you can move into the window and click once, and that's 1:1 view, and then you can click and drag to move the zoomed-in photo around in the main window. And when you want to go back to Fit view, you click one more time. There are large groups of panels on the right and on the left, just like in the Library module.

There are so many panels here that it's sometimes hard to find and see the panel that you need at the moment. So I'd like to set my panels to Solo mode so that only one is open at a time. To do that, I'll Ctrl+Click or right- click on a panel header and I'll choose Solo mode, and now when one panel opens, like this, all of the others close in this panel group. While we're here, notice that there is a Collections panel in the left panel group. This is the same Collections panel that we saw over in the Library module, and this means that I can access the collections that I've made in the Library module, like this one, from here in the Develop module, which is a good thing because it makes it easier to process photos in those collections.

If I scroll up using the scrollbar here, notice that there is also a History panel which is useful for stepping back in time, and we'll talk about how to do that in the next movie. Now the actual photo adjustments are done over in the right-hand panel group. The Histogram panel at the top of that group is a bar chart of the distribution of tones in the open image. I suggest that you leave the Histogram panel open as you make adjustments in these other panels, so that you have another reference to understand the effect of your adjustments.

Below that is some useful information about the selected photo, the camera settings with which the photo was taken. And below that is a bar that contains a Crop Overlay tool for cropping and straightening the open image, and some local adjustment tools for making adjustments to specific parts of the image. Those include the Spot Removal tool, the Red Eye Correction tool, the Graduated Filter tool, and the Adjustment Brush tool, and we'll be looking at some of these tools in movies to come to. In this course, the emphasis is going to be on the next panel, the Basic panel, because this is probably where you'll spend most of your effort, particularly as you're getting up and running with adjusting photos in Lightroom.

It's usually best to make global adjustments here before you make local adjustments using these tools. And in the Basic panel, you'll make global adjustments to lighting and to color, so we'll look closely at these controls. As I scroll down, there are some other panels here. Most of those won't be the focus of this course, but we will be looking at the Detail panel which you'll use to sharpen and to reduce noise in a photo. Now if I go back up to the Basic panel and click on its header to open it, say I make an adjustment to this photo by dragging one of these sliders, and I change my mind and I'd rather have that slider go back to its default position.

I don't have to drag it. At this point, I can just double-click the head on the slider and it goes back to its default, in this case 0. If I drag a number of sliders and then I decide I want them all to go back to their defaults, I'll click this big Reset button at the bottom of the right-hand panel group. And let's say I've made some adjustments to this photo-- I'll darken it--and then I click on another photo in the filmstrip to work on it. If I click this big Previous button, the adjustments that I made to the preceding photo will be applied automatically to this photo.

Finally, here's the toolbar in the Develop module. We already saw that it's set to Loupe view by default; there is another useful view here, and that is the Before and After view. So if I click there, I can see how my photo looks with the adjustments that I've made here as compared to how it looked before I made those adjustments. And if I want to access more tools, I can do that from the toolbar menu on the right side of the toolbar here. So that's the lay of the land under Develop module. For much of the rest of the course, we'll be working here, so let's dive in.

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