Join Taz Tally for an in-depth discussion in this video Overview of color correction tools in Lightroom, part of Lightroom: Color Correction.
In this movie, I would like to just discuss an overview of the Lightroom tools we'll be using in this color correction Lightroom class. First thing you want to do, of course, is download your exercise files images if you're a premium member, and put them on your desktop. And then you want to import those into Lightroom. And, of course, they'll occur over here. Underneath your folders tab. Or on the side. And if your not familiar with importing images into Lightroom, you really need to be before you take this class. So, I would refer you to the Lightroom essential training courses that are available on lynda.com.
Go through one of those to learn the fundamentals of bringing in images. And how the Lightroom interface works in general, and then just come on back over and we'll do some color correction. Alright. So, you'll import your images into Lightroom. And the exercise files will show up in this folder here, called exercise files. And then, you just click on Chapter one, and then, you'll see the five images that are contained in that folder. And then, in Lightroom, you'll see the images for the folder that you're clicking on here. You'll see the images that are contained there. You can see these five images here. In Lightroom, we work with modules. And there's the library module developed in that book slide show print web and we're primarily going to be working back and forth between the library module to access our images and then the develop module to do our actual color correction and image adjustments.
All the rest of these modules are for export or output or saving your images out in some format or another and we're not going to be going there in this class. We're primarily going to be working with the develop module and then going back to library module to access images. Once we're in the develop module, we're going to access all the tools that we need right over here on this side of the panels in Lightroom. So, we'll access our images over here, view them here and then edit and use all the tools that you see over here. Now, one of the important things to know about Lightroom, and it's a really important one, if you're a Photoshop user, particularly an experienced one, used to opening up images and actually seeing all of the pixels in the image.
We don't do that in Lightroom. We don't actually open up all the pixels in an image. Lightroom works in previews. Once you import an image, you're working with previews on screen. And you can enlarge those previews and get some really nice previews, but they're all previews. Now, the result of that is that this is all nondestructive image editing which is terrific. Which means that anything that you do here, good, bad or indifferent, doesn't actually get applied to that final file, until you export the file in one format or another. So that's one of the really nice things, that it's all non-destructive image editing.
You're just applying your adjustments to what you see on the screen in the preview. The other nice thing about that is, when you're working in something like the develop module, you can quickly and easily go from one image to another. No matter how big those files are, because it's all just screen previews and in the next movie, we're going to be talking about working with virtual images, which is a huge advantage when you're doing color correction and come in with various versions for that. So, just remember that it's all non-destructive image editing that we're applying to previews. Now, you probably want to know what file formats are supported for color correction.
Well, there's a wide variety of formats, perhaps the best one, that you want to actually capture and edit in Lightroom, is a raw format such as this one right here. And you can tell that because it has a manufacturer's three character extension. That's the best because it has the most amount of data, it's the most pristine. But Lightroom supports a wide variety of file formats including JPEG, as you can see here and .PSD and TIF. And you can work in a variety of color formats as well, as far as how these images are saved. Such as, this is a CMYK file. All the rest of these files are RGB.
But even if you're working and accessing on a CMYK file, you'll actually be working with and working on the RGB values associated with those CMYK values. See notice over here when I Click and I move my cursor. Underneath the histogram you see over here, you'll see RGB values. And these are in percentages. More on that a little bit later. My point of bringing this up is that you're going to be better off bringing RGB images into Lightroom. You can work on CMYK images, but your adjustments are going to be passed through a color conversion. So, my recommendation, particularly for color correction, is to capture and then edit RGB images.
Scanners and digital cameras capture RGB images that will bring them right in here from there. Just one final thing to remember is that we're working on previews, so it's all non destructive editing and off we go.
- Setting up Lightroom for color correction
- Identifying color cast
- Measuring skin tones
- Adjusting color balance
- Adjusting overall brightness and contrast
- Using targets for color correction
- Using histograms, the Info panel, and Curves
- Making creative adjustments
- Automating color correction