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In this installment of the Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials series, author and teacher Chris Orwig guides photographers through the process of improving images with creative color, sharpening, and other effects in the Lightroom Develop module. The course covers each of the tools and features in the Develop module, and shows how to perform basic adjustments, such as exposure enhancement; how to improve image quality through noise reduction and clarity adjustments; how to apply creative effects, such as split toning and vignettes; and how to perform advanced tasks, such as correcting for lens distortion. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here I want to share with you a workflow tip that you can use when working with the Basic panel in the Develop Module, and it has to do with Auto Tone. We'll be working with this image here; it's titled Jared_mason_03. Let's take this image to the Develop module; we can do that by clicking on the Develop button. Next, you may have noticed that there is a button in the Basic panel which we've been ignoring; it's Auto. What Auto allows you to do is to apply an Auto Tone adjustment to your photograph, and sometimes this can really help you kind of jumpstart your processing workflow.
You can also access that option by navigating to the Settings pulldown menu, and then by selecting Auto Tone. Well either way, both options do the same thing. Let's go ahead and click on this, though, in the Basic panel, and here you can see it's going to apply some adjustments to our photograph. Let's take a look. Here is the before, and now the after. You can see that what it's done is it's really moved these sliders in some pretty significant ways, and sometimes this Auto Tone can help out. From here, what might you do? Maybe increase the Exposure a little bit, add a little bit of Clarity, and then perhaps warm the image up a little bit, with some Temperature increase there.
All right! Well I think that's good, and I'm done. And that's it, right? It's pretty simple; here is our before, and then our after. Now, I do have to point out, of course, that Auto Tone, it doesn't always work. As you are actually getting familiar with all of these controls, and as you are trying to figure out your own workflow, sometimes it couldn't hurt to test that out, and just see what the results might look like. It can give you a little bit of a jumpstart, and help you speed up your workflow.
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