Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Develop module overview, part of Lightroom 5 Essentials: 03 Develop Module Basics.
In this movie, I want to provide you with a brief introduction and overview of how we can begin to work in the develop module. Now we'll begin with a little bit of a review, and then we'll dig a bit deeper into how we can use the develop module in order to improve our photographs. You know typically in our light room work flow, we begin here in the library module. And here I am viewing my photographs in the library module in the grid view. I've selected an image by clicking on it, this one here. Next, I want to take this image to what's called the loop view.
To do that, you may recall that you can press the e key, or you can click on this icon right here, which is the loop view icon, which is located in the toolbar. Now this is a photograph of Linda, one of the co-founders of lynda.com. And what I want to do is, I want to take this image to the develop module in order to evaluate it and to add some contrast. Well, to do that, we can either click on the develop module button, which is located right here, or you can also press a shortcut key. The shortcut key for develop is the D key.
Go ahead and press that shortcut key, and write it down because that's a shortcut that you'll be using really frequently. Alright? Well, now that we've navigated to the develop module, you'll notice that the interface appears very similar to the library module. We have panels on the left, the image here in the middle, then we also have some panels on the right, a tool bar, and the film strip below. Let's begin by talking about one of the panels which we have located over here on the left, the navigator panel. You can open and close any of these panels by clicking on their name. Go and open up the navigator panel.
As we've seen before in the library module we can use this panel to zoom in and to zoom out. Yet here in the Develop module, this is even more important. Because, say with this photograph here, what I want to do is check the overall focus. I want to make sure that the near eye is sharp. I want to make sure that I have good detail in this area. Well, to zoom in on the image, we can either click on the navigator buttons right here or we can also click on the image. Let's begin by clicking on these buttons. We'll click on the 1 to 1 button.
This allows us to zoom in to this picture to 100%. To move this around, we can either click and drag this around, or we can also click and drag around in the image area here. In doing that, I can see that this area is sharp which is fortunate because I was using a really shallow depth of field. So now that I've evaluated this image up close, what I want to do is zoom out. To zoom out we can either use the navigator buttons, or you always just click on the image. Click once to zoom out. Click again in order to zoom in. Alright? Well here, let's go ahead and click to zoom out, and next, let's focus in on the panels that we have here on the right. Now the panels which are located in the right side of the developed module really are the engine which drives the developed module.
This is where the magic takes place. This is where we enhance and correct our photographs. Anyway, this is where you spend your majority of the time here in lightroom because this is where really all happens. Let's begin by talking about how we can work with the basic panel. And to keep things simple, I'm just going to make one subtle adjustment to this photograph. After having viewed this image here, I've decided I want to increase the contrast. To do that, we can open up the basic panel, again by clicking on its name, and then we can navigate to an area where we can affect the overall contrast.
As we drag the contrast slider to the right, we can increase the contrast. Drag to the left, we can decrease that value. Now if ever you want to reset one of these sliders, well you can either drag it back to the default setting of zero, or you can also double-click the slider and that will take it back to its default setting. Well with this image, I mentioned that when I want to add a little bit of contrast. So I'll click and drag that to the right in order to increase the overall contrast of this photograph. Alright, well there you have it, a quick introduction to how we can start to work with the Develop Module.
And now that we've seen how we can begin to use the develop module, what we need to do next is really dig in to this topic of how the Develop Module works. So let's go ahead and talk about that in the next movie.
- How raw processing works in the Develop module
- Evaluating before and after versions of your photos
- Understanding white balance and color temperature
- Correcting exposure with the histogram
- Identifying problem areas with clipping indicators
- Enhancing color with Vibrance, Saturation, and Contrast
- Adding warm tones
- Three ways to remove color from an image
- Changing brightness with the Targeted Adjustment tool
- Processing multiple images
- A Basic panel workflow
- Using snapshots and history