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    Adobe Lightroom: everything you need to know about the ‘alternative Photoshop’

    | Photography Tips | 08/01/2013 01:00am
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    Adobe Lightroom: how to use the Develop module for serious photo editing

    The Adobe Lightroom Develop module is where serious photo-editing happens in Lightroom. In this section we take you on a tour of the Develop module interface, show you what each panel can do and, finally, how to take more precise control for professional-quality edits.

    Adobe Lightroom: how to use the Develop module for serious photo editing

    Getting to know the Adobe Lightroom Develop Module: free cheat sheet

    Below is a glance at what your Adobe Lightroom Develop module looks like. The Develop module is your main editing hub where you can take control over your photos.

    In the cheat sheet we’ve highlighted some of the key points within the interface that can help you improve your photo editing process. Simply click on the infographic to see the larger version.

    We’ve also broken out some of the key panels you’ll need to know if you want to make the most of this module.

    Getting to know the Adobe Lightroom Develop Module: free cheat sheet

    Key Develop module panels you need to know

    Adobe Lightroom Develop module panels: Basic

    Basic
    These are your everyday tools. They include Lightroom 4’s redesigned Highlights, Shadows, Whites and Blacks sliders for more dynamic range control and a more powerful Clarity slider for adding localised contrast.

     

    Adobe Lightroom Develop module panels: Tonal curve

    Tone Curve
    This works just like the Curves Panel in Photoshop – you drag on the curve to reshape it and change the contrast properties of the picture. But you can also use the Point Curve gadget to drag up and down directly on parts of the image to darken or lighten those tones.

     

    Adobe Lightroom Develop module panels: HSL/Color/B&W

    HSL/Color/B&W
    HSL lets you adjust Hue, Saturation and Lightness. Colour offers simpler adjustments based on specific colours. The B&W sliders can be used to adjust the colour mix when converting colour images to black and white.

     

    Adobe Lightroom Develop module panels: Detail

    Detail
    Lightroom’s Sharpening tools include an Amount slider, Radius, Detail and Masking adjustments for maximum control, while the Noise Reduction sliders allow you to minimise both Colour and Luminance noise.

     

    Adobe Lightroom Develop module panels: Lens corrections

    Lens Corrections
    Lightroom can correct distortion and vignetting automatically in a large number of lenses, or you can apply corrections manually for those which aren’t supported. It can also fix horizontal and vertical ‘keystoning’.

     

    Adobe Lightroom Develop module panels: Effects

    Effects
    Lightroom can correct distortion and vignetting automatically in a large number of lenses, or you can apply corrections manually for those which aren’t supported. It can also fix horizontal and vertical ‘keystoning’.

     

    Adobe Lightroom Develop module panels: Camera Calibration

    Camera Calibration
    Lightroom can correct distortion and vignetting automatically in a large number of lenses, or you can apply corrections manually for those which aren’t supported. It can also fix horizontal and vertical ‘keystoning’.

    PAGE 1: What Adobe Lightroom offers photographers
    PAGE 2: Getting to know the Adobe Lightroom interface
    PAGE 3: 3 things you need to know about the Adobe Lightroom Metadata Panels
    PAGE 4: Adobe Lightroom Library Module – Folders and Collections

    PAGE 5: Adobe Lightroom Library Module – Filter Bar
    PAGE 6: Adobe Lightroom Library Module – Flags, Ratings and Labels
    PAGE 7: Getting to know the Adobe Lightroom Develop module interface
    PAGE 8: Making selective adjustments in the Develop module
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    PAGE 14: All your options for printing photos in Adobe Lightroom

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    Posted on Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 at 1:00 am under Photography Tips.

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