Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Order of operations, part of Lightroom: Mastering the Develop Module.
- Okay, here we are in Lightroom's Library module. We're going to select one of our raw files. I'm going to use the image of the car here. Double click on that and then we'll just click on Develop. In Develop, by default, I've got this paint on the left that gives me access to all of these Presets. Ordinarily, this is a wonderful place to start. You can just scroll over these, and it's a great place to get inspiration or get started, especially once you've started generating your own Presets. But in the case of walking through this image, on teaching you everything about the Development module, I'm going to actually hide this whole panel.
What that's going to give me is a lot more screen real estate to see the image here. We're pretty much going to work this image top to bottom. The one tool that we're going to use before we move into all of the tonal adjustments, because normally I advocate using the tools later in the process, is the crop tool. We want to make sure that we get our composition correct right off the get go. So, let's take the crop tool, and if I hit the o key, I'm going to get all of these different overlays. Row of thirds is a common default, but for this particular image, because I want it to be centered, we're going to use this one right here.
I'm just going to pull in the edge of the image. And I'm going to look for some common content, match that up. I've got some nice guides in the hood and in the vents in the front grill. It's subtle, but it's that much better. Now, I can either click done or I can double click it. As with everything that I do in Lightroom, and this is really important, it's all entirely nondestructive, which means that if I wanted to go back and change the crop, I could do that. Just like if I wanted to go back and change any of the settings, I can always do that.
But that's the crop I want. It looks that much better, and now we're going to be able to move on to our tonal adjustments.
In this course, Adobe's Bryan O'Neil Hughes explores the Develop module in depth, stepping through each of the module's core tools and sharing insights on each along the way. The course concludes with chapters on essential time-saving tools, taking photos from Lightroom to Photoshop for further enhancement, and editing images on smartphones and tablets with Lightroom for mobile.
- Understanding the order of operations for adjustments
- Adjusting white balance and temperature
- Adjusting tone
- Adjusting color
- Converting images to black and white
- Developing HDR images and panoramas
- Working with the DNG Profile Editor
- Reducing noise
- Saving time with shortcuts, presets, and virtual copies
- Moving to Photoshop
- Going mobile