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Viewing the before and after

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 02 Enhancing Photos with the Develop Module

Video: Viewing the before and after

Here, we are going to take a few minutes to formally talk about a topic which has already been introduced, and that's the topic of viewing before and after views of our photographs. You know, typically what happens is, in the Develop Module, we get pretty excited. We start to process our photographs. We make adjustments, but then we are not quite certain, are those adjustments actually good? And you know, it's easy to fool yourself. Let me exaggerate this for a moment. Let's say that what happens is, we add a little bit of a temperature here; we make the image much more warm.

Viewing the before and after

Here, we are going to take a few minutes to formally talk about a topic which has already been introduced, and that's the topic of viewing before and after views of our photographs. You know, typically what happens is, in the Develop Module, we get pretty excited. We start to process our photographs. We make adjustments, but then we are not quite certain, are those adjustments actually good? And you know, it's easy to fool yourself. Let me exaggerate this for a moment. Let's say that what happens is, we add a little bit of a temperature here; we make the image much more warm.

Well, eventually what happens is, we don't see the adjustment as strong as it really is. The same thing happens when you go skiing, right? You put on those goggles with that blue tint; well after five minutes the snow doesn't look blue. Or perhaps your goggles have a yellow tint, after five minutes, the snow doesn't look yellow. The eye accommodates for what it's looking at. The same thing happens inside of Lightroom, in the Develop Module. We make an adjustment -- whatever type of adjustment; contrast, saturation, color, temperature, who knows -- yet we are not quite sure if it's right.

So we need some kind of ability to compare it to its original state. Well, we can do that in a few really effective ways. Let's take a look. You need to have the toolbar visible. To have it visible, press the T key; that will either hide or show the toolbar. Next, click on the Triangle icon, and make sure you have your View modes clicked on. Over here we have our View modes. The first one is Before/After Left/Right. This will show us where the image was, and where it is now. Here we can really see, it's just too warm; it doesn't look very good.

We can also change this Before/After view. We can do so by using the icon. Let's go to another type of a Before/After comparison. Let's go to the one which is a Split. This shows us the image split in a half, and this even works as we zoom in. Here, I will go ahead and zoom in a little bit on this picture, and then click and pan to move, and we can see how it's affecting the colors here in the photograph. Let's see if I can get this to a good spot, where we can see we have a really distinct color difference on the photograph.

Let's go back to the Fit In View mode, so that we can see this more zoomed out. Now, this little icon here is really helpful, but what I think is more helpful is to use the shortcuts. Let's navigate back to the Normal view here -- we will click on this icon, and let's use the shortcuts to navigate through these various views. The first one is the Y key. Press the Y key once, you will get one view; press it again you'll get another, back to Normal. Another way to do this is to press Shift+Y. When you press Shift+Y, it will toggle back and forth between these two views.

You can also change this by holding down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, and having that split go top to bottom, rather than left to right. All right. Well, what do you need to write down in regards to this shortcut here? Well, write down the Y key; that one is really easy. Why did I do this? Is this a good adjustment? And then also write down the Modifier keys: Shift+Option if you're on a Mac, Shift+Alt if you are on Windows, and that will give you access to different before and after views. Now, the last shortcut is perhaps the most powerful, and the most important.

This shortcut is the Backslash key. When you press the Backslash key, that takes the image back to its original state. You can think of this like going back in time, and the Backslash, that's a slash which leans to the left; it leans backwards. Press it once; here we have our before. press it again; here we have our after. The reason why I think that one is the best, at least in my own workflow, is because I don't have a dividing line. I think that line is sometimes just too distracting. Pressing that key gives me a real quick glance at before and after; helps me realize, this image is much too warm. I need to tone that down a little bit.

I want a touch of warmth, but that was just over the top. Now press that key again. It's a little bit more subtle; a little bit more reasonable, and this adjustment, I think, is good to go. Now here, of course, I have to point out that I'm illustrating this concept using just the Temperature control, or the Temperature slider. This can be valuable with any adjustment that you make in the Develop module. It's really helpful to be able to see that before and after comparison in order to evaluate the quality of the adjustment.

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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. Using the exercise files
      44s
  2. 22m 4s
    1. Develop module overview and essential shortcuts
      4m 13s
    2. Panel navigation tips
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Develop module presets
      3m 32s
    4. Creating your own presets
      4m 1s
    5. Using the Snapshot and History panels
      3m 40s
    6. Working with the tool strip
      1m 45s
  3. 15m 20s
    1. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      6m 53s
    2. Viewing the before and after
      4m 29s
    3. Comparing and surveying images
      3m 58s
  4. 19m 42s
    1. Understanding white balance and color temperature
      2m 43s
    2. Using the White Balance Selector tool
      4m 22s
    3. Correcting white balance with a color checker
      3m 52s
    4. Working with white balance presets and fine-tuning white balance
      4m 24s
    5. Color correcting multiple images at once
      2m 42s
    6. Creativity and white balance
      1m 39s
  5. 23m 5s
    1. Getting familiar with the tone controls
      3m 19s
    2. Deconstructing the tone controls
      5m 39s
    3. Using the tone controls to enhance photographs
      5m 28s
    4. Correcting clipping with the tone controls
      4m 53s
    5. Synchronizing tonal adjustments with multiple images
      3m 46s
  6. 22m 31s
    1. Understanding vibrance and saturation
      5m 6s
    2. Working with vibrance and saturation
      5m 38s
    3. Color creativity with temperature, vibrance, and saturation
      3m 19s
    4. Understanding clarity
      2m 34s
    5. Using clarity in collaboration with vibrance and saturation
      5m 54s
  7. 10m 37s
    1. Basic panel workflow
      3m 38s
    2. Using Auto Tone
      1m 42s
    3. Workflow considerations
      5m 17s
  8. 18m 27s
    1. Cropping
      3m 29s
    2. Changing the crop aspect ratio
      1m 47s
    3. Straightening with the Crop tool
      2m 49s
    4. Working with the crop overlay
      3m 4s
    5. Crop creativity and orientation
      2m 36s
    6. Synchronizing crop settings
      2m 36s
    7. Exploring how to improve the composition of your photographs
      2m 6s
  9. 15m 55s
    1. Retouching with the Spot Removal tool
      8m 26s
    2. The Spot Removal tool: Clone versus Heal
      4m 56s
    3. Fixing red-eye
      2m 33s
  10. 16m 43s
    1. Introducing the Graduated Filter
      5m 14s
    2. Darkening the sky with the Graduated Filter
      6m 10s
    3. Enhancing a sunrise with the Graduated Filter
      5m 19s
  11. 45m 51s
    1. Adjustment Brush overview
      7m 45s
    2. Using Auto Mask
      5m 55s
    3. Burning and dodging a black-and-white image
      6m 44s
    4. Reducing noise
      5m 40s
    5. Minimizing moiré patterns
      3m 18s
    6. Painting in localized sharpening
      2m 14s
    7. Improving the eyes
      4m 6s
    8. Dimishing a distracting highlight
      3m 42s
    9. The Adjustment Brush and Basic panel workflow
      6m 27s
  12. 15m 38s
    1. Demystifying the Tone Curve controls
      5m 5s
    2. Using the tone curve to correct exposure
      2m 16s
    3. Changing tone and color with the the point tone curve
      3m 39s
    4. Making creative RGB adjustments
      4m 38s
  13. 13m 36s
    1. Understanding the HSL controls
      4m 4s
    2. Using the HSL Target Adjustment tool
      1m 40s
    3. Brightening tones with HSL
      3m 21s
    4. Using HSL to bring out warm and cool tones
      1m 47s
    5. Creative color with HSL
      2m 44s
  14. 36m 35s
    1. Introducing black-and-white conversion
      2m 38s
    2. Converting to black and white
      2m 16s
    3. Modifying black-and-white tones with the Grayscale panel
      5m 26s
    4. Enhancing black-and-white images with the Adjustment Brush
      9m 4s
    5. Using presets to convert to black and white
      5m 13s
    6. Black-and-white workflow with virtual copies
      5m 29s
    7. Black-and-white images and collections
      4m 22s
    8. Creating better black-and-white photographs
      2m 7s
  15. 14m 2s
    1. Split-toning essentials
      3m 34s
    2. Advanced split-toning tips
      2m 44s
    3. Split toning a color image
      3m 5s
    4. Split toning to create a sepia-tone effect
      2m 22s
    5. Using split toning to enhance a sunrise
      2m 17s
  16. 12m 21s
    1. Introducing noise reduction
      5m 10s
    2. Understanding sharpening
      5m 2s
    3. Sharpening workflow
      2m 9s
  17. 13m 35s
    1. Using the Lens Correction controls
      1m 56s
    2. Correcting distortion
      2m 45s
    3. Making subtle adjustments to composition and tone
      4m 10s
    4. Removing fish-eye distortion
      3m 18s
    5. Removing chromatic aberration
      1m 26s
  18. 12m 55s
    1. Adding and correcting vignettes
      2m 24s
    2. Using the Post-Crop controls
      4m 5s
    3. Adding a post-crop vignette
      4m 26s
    4. Working with film grain
      2m 0s
  19. 5m 34s
    1. Understanding camera calibration in Lightroom
      3m 20s
    2. Creative color with camera calibration
      2m 14s
  20. 21s
    1. Goodbye
      21s

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