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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here we're going to take a look at how we can work with the Quick Develop panel inside of the Library module. We'll be working with this folder of images, it's titled "Wedding." We've five images in it. These were all captured in a Canon 5D Mark II and they just came straight from the camera, they're RAW files, and let's take a look at how we can use Quick Develop to maybe improve them or change them creatively. You can open up the Quick Develop panel over here on the right. And one of the first things you'll notice is you have Presets. I'm going to skip those Presets for now, we'll come back to them.
Let's go back to the specific controls so we can either enhance or correct the pictures, starting off with White Balance. If we expand this, you'll notice you have some White Balance controls. You can either use Presets. Let's say we really want to warm the image up, well, we could choose Cloudy. You can see it now has much more of a yellow tone. Or we could choose other options depending on the light under which a particular photograph was captured. Now, if ever you make a change like this and you want to reset it, with White Balance it's easy. Just go back to As Shot and it will take it back to the original settings. All right! Well, what about Temperature and Tint? Well, these allow you to make more specific adjustments.
You'll notice there are two buttons; a one-arrow button and a two-arrow button. Those arrows just determine how quickly an adjustment is made. If I click on this one, well, it gets warm really fast. If I click on one of these buttons, well, it's going to slowly change, more incremental. With Temperature to the left is Cool, and to the right is Warm. Now, if you've made a change here and you really want to reset it, a really easy way to do that is to go to Reset All, and it will take everything kind of back to normal. What about Tint? Well, Tint, it will either make the image more magenta, you can see here, or we can go the other way, it's going to be a little bit more green.
And we can customize this in order to get correct Color Temperature, or in order to make a creative adjustment to a photograph. All right! Well, let's reset this and just take this back to Normal. Again, we're just trying to deconstruct some of these controls here first, and then we'll look at how we can actually use them. In the Tone Control, we have an Auto Tone button. Now, this button won't always work. You know, Auto Tone doesn't always nail it, here it is. It brought in a lot of nice detail, but I miss kind of some of the brightness of the photograph.
So in this case Auto Tone perhaps isn't the best option, although in some images Auto Tone will be great. Here I am going to reset that back to Normal. Here we have Exposure. You already know how these buttons work, right? To the right it's going to get brighter; to the left it's going to get darker. So we can modify Exposure. We can also do this with smaller increments here. Then we can add Clarity, which is midtone contrast. We could also add a touch of Vibrance, which would allow us just to brighten up some of the colors here. Now, if you want more precise controls in regards to Tone Control, you can open up this menu here and then you'll see everything.
We have all of the controls that we would find in the Develop module, which raises an important question. Well, why use these controls when they're more awkward, more difficult than the Develop module? Well, exactly. Typically we're not going to use these controls, because we can just do this so much more precisely in the Develop module. Yet, there may be times when it will help you to quickly make some changes and to work with these controls, and we'll talk about that as we make our way through the next few movies. All right! Well, in his first movie all that I wanted to do was to introduce you to the Quick Develop controls, and let's continue our conversation with working with these controls in the next movie.
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