Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Editing overview, part of Lightroom CC First Look.
- [Instructor] We all want our photos to look their best. Lightroom CC has powerful editing controls that can help you to do just that. I'm going to introduce you to the editing controls in this movie. I'm starting here in the Photo Grid view. If you're not here, then go down to the bottom of the screen and click this icon, Photo Grid, or you can press the g key on your keyboard. That's a shortcut to remember because you'll use it often in Lightroom CC. To select a photo, just click on it in the Photo Grid. I'm going to select this photo that I shot in Italy.
And then to bring it into the editing environment, I'm going to go over to the right and I'm going to click the edit button. And that opens my photo in this large view called Detail view and it opens this column of editing controls, that the controls in this column affect the entire image, so they're sometimes called global controls. Here you have everything you need for a quick edit. For example, to fix exposure or to add a little color saturation. And if you're a more advanced user or you have more time, there's a lot more to explore.
I'll go over to the scroll bar and I'll drag down so you can see that there is an Effects panel that contains Vignette and other effects that you can add to a photo. In the Detail panel, you can sharpen a photo and reduce any noise in the photo. Here in the Optics panel, you can make lens corrections. And down here in the Geometry panel, you can fix perspective problems. Now, if you're a more advanced user, I urge you to explore all of the icons in these panels because there are some controls that don't appear on the face of the panels in order to keep everything streamlined.
For example, here in the Geometry panel, if I click this icon, I can see some manual controls for fixing perspective. I'll click that icon again. And here we have the upright controls, automatic ways to fix perspective too. Let's go back up to the top of this column. Often when you're fixing a photo, you'll just start at the top with the controls that help you to improve lighting in a photo, and then just make your way down through the panels in order.
Although if you want to skip around, that's fine too. Many of the controls are sliders. And of course, you can drag a slider to the right or to the left and get a very different effect. Now, here's a tip that will help you when you're using the sliders. If you want to get a slider back to where it started, which in most cases is zero, double click the circle on the slider. And let's say you've adjusted multiple sliders in a panel, like these various sliders in the Light panel, and you want to get all of them back to zero at once, hold down the option key on the Mac or the alt key on Windows and that changes the title of the panel to Reset and just click on Reset.
And all the sliders in just that panel go back to their starting point. Often when you're editing, it helps to compare a before view to an after view. So here's how you can do that. Let's say that I drag a few of these sliders and then I want to compare the way the photo looks now to the way it was when I started, I can come down to the bottom of the screen and I can click this icon and that shows me the original. And then if I click again, that shows me the version with my edits. Or I can just press and hold on that button and that shows me the original, the before view, and then when I release my finger from the mouse, that shows me the after view, the view with the edits.
One more way to do that is by pressing the back slash key on your keyboard. So, that's an introduction to the editing controls here in Lightroom CC. Keep in mind that all the changes that you make with these controls on the desktop automatically sync to Lightroom CC on your mobile devices and the web, and even on another computer if you're running Lightroom CC there. And when you're editing on another device, like a mobile device, you'll find that many, if not all of these controls are there.
So if you're out and about and you want to edit your photos on your phone, you should have no trouble once you know what the editing controls do here. So stay tuned for the next movies.