Lightroom 4 Essentials: 02 Enhancing Photos with the Develop Module
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Video: Working with legacy Lightroom files

Here, we're going to take a look at how we can start to think about and work with legacy files. In other words, how can we work with those files which have been processed by a previous version of Lightroom? In the grand scheme of things, Lightroom, it's a pretty young application, and if you've been using Lightroom or Adobe Camera RAW for any amount of time, you know what's happened, right? They have improved the process engine; the process version, and this in turn has changed the way that we are able to process and work on our photographs.
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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 37s
    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 45s
  14. 36m 36s
    1. Introducing black-and-white conversion
      2m 39s
    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 36s
    1. Using the Lens Correction controls
      1m 56s
    2. Correcting distortion
      2m 45s
    3. Making subtle adjustments to composition and tone
      4m 11s
    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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Watch the Online Video Course Lightroom 4 Essentials: 02 Enhancing Photos with the Develop Module
5h 36m Beginner Mar 05, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Improving tone, color, and contrast with the Basic panel
  • Adjusting hue, saturation, and lightness with the HSL controls
  • Performing local edits using the adjustment brush
  • Converting to black and white
  • Split toning to create a sepia tone
  • Understanding sharpening
  • Correcting distortion
  • Removing chromatic aberration
  • Adding or correcting vignettes
  • Using the post-crop controls
  • Adding film grain effects
  • Understanding camera calibration in Lightroom
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Lightroom
Author:
Chris Orwig

Working with legacy Lightroom files

Here, we're going to take a look at how we can start to think about and work with legacy files. In other words, how can we work with those files which have been processed by a previous version of Lightroom? In the grand scheme of things, Lightroom, it's a pretty young application, and if you've been using Lightroom or Adobe Camera RAW for any amount of time, you know what's happened, right? They have improved the process engine; the process version, and this in turn has changed the way that we are able to process and work on our photographs.

Now, in Lightroom, when we're viewing our pictures, say, here in the Library module, it doesn't really matter. The process version doesn't matter; it doesn't matter if it's a legacy file. Yet, the moment that we navigate to the Develop module, all of a sudden, something interesting happens. For starters, you may notice that in the Basic panel, we have some controls, or some sliders, which look like the controls or sliders from Lightroom 3. We also have this little warning icon. Well, what is all of this about? Well, in order to talk a little bit more about what's happening here, I want to pull up a slide.

In this slide, I want to talk a little bit about the basic controls in Lightroom 3, and compare those to Lightroom 4. Now, if I pull up the basic controls in Lightroom 4, you may notice that the sliders are a little bit different. I want to highlight a few differences here. You will notice that there are three new sliders, and these are completely different: Highlights, Shadows, and Whites. You also may have noticed that the Contrast slider, well it's up top, versus down below where it was before, and these sliders actually work in different ways.

Now, the latest process version in Lightroom 4 is much different. It goes beyond the basics to things like working with noise, and detail, and sharpness. I think this illustrates an interesting point. Let's jump back to Lightroom. Well, back in Lightroom, because this file was processed on a previous version of Lightroom -- Lightroom 3 -- it shows me the controls for that process version; interesting. Well, what about this little warning icon? Well, if I click on this warning icon, it's going to open a dialog, and give me some information about how I can update this file to the latest processing version.

Let's click on that, and see what it says. Well, here in this dialog, it basically says, there is some new technology available for this image -- a new process version -- and if you update this, you may see some different changes, because this new process version, it allows Lightroom to get into the data more effectively in order to work with noise, and recover highlights, and deal with shadows. So you may see some changes. Therefore, it recommends that you only do one image at a time until you're familiar with what these changes are like. You can also just save the image as is by clicking Cancel.

Well, what do we want to do here? What would be the best bet, say, with an image like this? Well, it really depends on your workflow. Let's say that you spent hundreds and hundreds of hours working on your images, and getting them perfect. Well, maybe you don't want to update all of those photographs. Maybe you want them to stay as they are, or on the other hand, perhaps you want to update them in order to take advantage of the latest and greatest technology, in order to be able to process those images more effectively. Well, let's take a look at how we could update a photograph.

Well, here what we could do is we could choose a few options. I am going to turn Review Changes via Before/After off, because there is actually a better way to do that than this checkbox. Next, what I am going to do is to simply click Update. Now, once I click Update, watch these panels over here, or these sliders in the Basic panel. Okay, I am clicking Update. What we're going to see over here is that these controls, well, they've changed. You also may have noticed that the image changed slightly. Well, how did it change? Well, a great way to see the before and after here is to press the Backslash key.

That Backslash key shows us the before, press it again, and then the after. Another way to access this before and after type of view is to press the Y key. The Y key allows us to compare images in an interesting way. You can also click on the icon in your toolbar to change this split kind of a view of your photograph, and sometimes a split view can help you see some of the differences with the processing. Now, in order to turn this off, I am going to go ahead and press the Y key again to exit out of that Before/After view.

So in this case, I have successfully updated this image to the latest processing version. Well, let's say that I select another image. I click on another one in the filmstrip. I want to update this photograph as well. How could I do that? Well, you can also update a picture by navigating to the Settings pulldown menu, and then by selecting Update to the Current Process version. Here it is; 2012. So again, that would do the same thing that we just did. Another way to do the same exact thing is to scroll all the way down to the Camera Calibration panel.

In the Camera Calibration panel, we have the Process version. I can change this by simply clicking here on this menu, and choosing 2012. And again, all of these do the same exact thing; there are just three different ways to work with this in order to update the process version. Well, let's say that after we have updated a few images, we've decided we want to update the whole folder. We want all of these pictures to be up to date; to be using the latest process version. Well, you can always click on one image, whatever folder you're inside of.

For that matter, you could be inside of the main folder for your entire catalog and do this. It could be a small folder, or a big folder; either way. Whatever pictures you see in the filmstrip, you can update at one time. To do that, click on the warning icon, and then simply click on the button, Update All Filmstrip Photos. It's going to then take all of those photographs, and it's going to update those to the latest processing version. And again, this is a great way to update a group of pictures. So now back to you. What are you going to do in your own workflow? Well again, that really depends.

It depends on how you process your photographs, and what you want to do with them. For most people in typical scenarios, you are going to leave your older images as is, and then only update those pictures as needed, as you're working on them, if you want to see if you can process them in new ways. And then moving forward, of course, all of your images coming into Lightroom by default, they will have that latest process version on. Now, of course all of these decisions in regards to how to work with legacy files, well it's completely up to you.

It's completely up to your own workflow, and your own preference. And my hope is that this brief movie has given you some information, and insight which will help you make the correct decision as you evaluate how to work with your own legacy files.

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