Adobe Lightroom® CC for Beginners


Lesson Info

Quick Develop Tool

Okay, so now let's talk a little bit about, we're gonna reverse engines here just a little bit, because there's also another tool for developing in the Library module that we introduced last segment, and that's the Quick Develop area. In the Quick Develop area, it's misunderstood. It feels really bad about it, so I'm going to correct the record here so that people understand what this is for. The Library module, Quick Develop area is not there to quickly adjust your images. That's not its purpose, okay? The Develop module, let's, let me go to a set of images, so let's just go back to our selections here and highlight all of these images here. If I go to the Develop module, and let's just say in the Develop module, I'm highlighting auto-sync and I decide that I'm going to-- Well, first I wanna turn off our tone curve that we have here, so I'm gonna go in and flatten the tone curve. I'm actually gonna go in and reset the entire tone curve, so that-- Sorry, and then flatten this one. Ther...

e we go, okay. I'm flattening the entire tone curve, so that it's not that filmy look, so that we can see what's going on a little bit better. But otherwise, we're keeping everything the same and then I go, you know what? All of these images are pretty good, but I need 'em all to be brighter. Right? For instance, like, here I've got, this set of images here needs to be brighter and so does this set of images right here. All of these need to be brighter. If I take the exposure up on them, like this, all of them go up, but this one looks great and these are a little too bright, right? Now, if I go back over and just highlight this one through this one, and I fix that problem so that they're not too bright. Then I highlight, now I look at all of these and I think, okay, that one looks pretty good, but it could be a little brighter and a little warmer, and whatever. This one also needs the same adjustment, but look at this. This one is exposure plus 1. and this one is exposure plus 1.0. If I highlight both of these images and I think both of 'em need to be brightened up a little bit, and I grab this and brighten it up a little bit, it takes this one down. Because they go to the exact point. The Develop module is exact adjustments, takes 'em to an exact point. However, I can highlight everything in my entire collection and go to the Library. These are relative, so the point of these is that you can go in and say all of these images look good, but they all need a little extra contrast wherever they happen to be. They all need a little bit more brightness, and they all need a little less saturation. I can do that because it's gonna take whatever level they're at and move them up or down, and like this instead of putting 'em to the exact same number. Now, I can just go in here and say, okay, I'm gonna bring the exposure, so I'm gonna use the little exposure up. Then I click it up 1/3 a stop, then I'm gonna take all the black points down a full stop. Then I'm gonna add a little bit of contrast to all of 'em, I'm gonna add a lot of clarity to all of 'em, and I'm also gonna hold down the option key and change, if you look here, if you hold the option key down, I can change the saturation. I'm gonna take the saturation down just a little bit. I'm gonna hit the option key, take saturation down a little bit, and then I can also hold on and I can sharpen them. All of them need to be sharpened just a little bit, so I'm gonna click two clicks of sharpening and then I can-- Let's zoom back out here. Now, all of them have been adjusted, but if I look at say, this image, and go to the Develop module. That image is 1. and this image is 1.73. Where that's helpful to you is if you're shooting a whole bunch of shots outside, and your white balance has gotten it right, but they're all too cold. Highlight everything, warm it up a little bit, but not in the Develop module. Warm it up here in the Quick Develop area where it is relative adjustments as opposed to exact. Same thing's true if you're shooting events, right? You're inside of an event and you're shooting it, and you're taking pictures and your white balance is good, but everything's too warm. Highlight it all, bring the warmth down a little bit. Chances are, they're all decently exposed, but they're all too dark. Brighten 'em up. All together, at the same time, even if you happen to have gone into the Develop module and worked on one or two of 'em, if you don't know where those are, it will just go boop, like that. All of them will come up. It's relative, so that's why you need that relative Quick Develop adjustment tool right there. It's a really important tool if you understand how it's used. If you don't understand that about it, then it's kinda worthless to ya'. This question goes back to when we were talking about creating those camera defaults, and you were talking about, or a question had come in about lenses. Blue Sky asked, "What if you change the lens? "Can you still apply the default?" Yes, because you're using an auto. Okay. So, that's the key. Is every time you're applying something on a default level, you need to make sure it's in an auto mode. Make sure that it's actually doing it auto, so auto lens selection. If you're doing any kind of color, like up here in the Develop module, if you're doing anything up here, it needs to be either as shot or auto, 'cause otherwise it will apply it across the board in a very specific way. Anytime you're doing something like that, you have to add, you have to do the auto correction.

“What an excellent class. I'm a semi-beginner, already know the basics, but wow ... this class adds an extra layer of super AHA moments that shave years off your life! What a great teacher, thank you so much Jared!” – Elaine
Get your photos out of your camera and into the world by using Adobe Lightroom® CC. Organize, enhance and publish your photos all in one place by creating a workflow that fits your lifestyle. Veteran instructor Jared Platt will get you started in this amazing program. You’ll learn how to: 
  • Import and organize your images
  • Develop and retouch your images 
  • Create a workflow that works for you 
  • Publish your images and create prints or books
Adobe Lightroom® was designed to make your post-production process efficient and help you achieve consistently professional results. This class will be your quick start into this program.

Never opened this program before and want to make sure you have the basics covered first?  Check out Adobe Lightroom® CC Crash Course for a quick primer and learn Lightroom® CC in 60 minutes.

Software Used: Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.4 - 2015.8



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  • What an excellent class. I'm a semi-beginner, already know the basics, but wow ... this class adds an extra layer of super AHA moments that shave years off your life! What a great teacher, thank you so much Jared!
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