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The Develop Module

Lesson 19 from: Lightroom® 4 Fundamentals

Laura Shoe

The Develop Module

Lesson 19 from: Lightroom® 4 Fundamentals

Laura Shoe

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19. The Develop Module


Class Trailer

Day 1


Pre-Show Banter


9:00 am - Introduction: Why Lightroom®?


The Lightroom Library Catalog


Staying Organized


Backing Up Your Library


Importing Your Photos


Preferences & Settings


Settings Q&A


Reorganizing Files and Folders


Using Views and Labels to Evaluate Photos


Filtering and Stacking Photos


Assigning and Managing Keywords


Keywording Q&A


The Metadata Panel


Searching for Photos


Creating a Collection


Day 2


Day 2 Pre-Show Banter


The Map Module: Assigning Locations


The Develop Module


Fixing Your Photos: Histograms and Cropping


Fixing Your Photos: Spot Removal Tool


11:30 am - Upgrading to Lightroom® 4


11:45 am - Basic Developing in Lightroom® 3 & 4


Basic Developing Part 2


Color Adjustments


Tone Curve Panel


Making Subtle Adjustments


Lens Corrections


Local Adjustments: Partial B&W


Local Adjustments: Portrait Touch Up


Additional Local Adjustments


Graduated Filter


Bonus: Day 3 Preview


Day 3


Day 3 Pre-Show Banter


Bonus: Recap of the Develop Module


Virtual Copies


B&W and Creative Effects


Noise Reduction




Sharpening for Portraits


Syncing Changes to Multiple Photos




Creating and Using Presets


11:45 am - Lightroom® and Photoshop


Sharing Your Work


Exporting for Web


Exporting for Print


Workflow Recap


Thanks + Credits


3:00 pm - Lightroom® 4: Publishing


3:30 pm - Lightroom® 4: Video Editing


3:45 pm - Lightroom® 4: Book Module


Lesson Info

The Develop Module

Let's go ahead and go back to the library module here and talk about just a little bit about workflow in terms off you come back home from a photo shoot, you import your photos, you decide which ones their picks and rejects and you key word your picks. And now you're ready to actually go to the develop module and work on them. So yesterday we were working with this Victoria shoot, so we did all the pics and rejects and keywords. Now to move to developing these photos, it's simply a matter of making sure the folder is selected in the library module and then clicking on develop whatever you select in the library module, meaning whatever folder or collection or smart collection or all photographs in the catalogue section. Whatever selection is what you're going to see in the film strip here in the develop module. And, of course, the develop module looks very familiar in that you have a main preview window. You've got left hand panels and right hand panels. Now the filmstrip works exactly ...

the same in all modules. The Navigator panel here on the left side works exactly the same as what I explained yesterday. As for us, the navigator panel in the library module. So if I click in on a photo click to zoom an, I can click and drag in the photo. I can also hear in the navigator panel click and drag in the square to move around so that I know where I am And I can click on fit to zoom out Just another way to zoom out. I can click on the drop down up here and choose to zoom in even further than 1 to 1 if I want. Or we could go back to the spinal tap reference 11 to 1. So but I don't want to do that. I still haven't seen the movie. So to Taiwan. Thank you, Karen. Leslie. Or somebody sent me the link or somebody online sent me the link to the YouTube video. So I appreciate that. I will watch it once I get some sleep. So Okay, so I'm gonna click back on 1 to 1 click back on fit. All right. So the navigator panel works the same. Now, on the right hand side here, we have all of the controls. All of the tools for fixing and enhancing your photos. And there's only like, six or 10 of them right now. They're dozens and dozens of them. There's just a ton of tools that we have. Which is why we're gonna be spending hours having fun here in the develop module on the left hand side again. If I click on the downward triangle next to Navigator, I can collapse that, and I'll see below here that I have presets. Okay. Now, a lot of you are familiar with light. One presets there. They're saved settings there saved groups of settings. The light room team has provided you with lots of examples of presets, right? Looks that they've created, um to share with you. Now, actually, I'm gonna open up the navigator panel again, and let's hover as you hover over a preset notice that it previews here in the navigator panel. So I'm gonna zoom back outs. I need to get enough screen space so that I can show you these things, but hopefully large enough that you could see it. So as I hover over any preset, I get a preview in the navigator panel. And then if I click on a preset I'll see it applied to my main photo here. Okay, so I can go ahead and click on one preset click on another click on another. Now they're technically being applied on top of each other, but it depends on whether they're using the same settings. If one uses positive exposure, the other uses negative exposure. They are going to be the top one will rule. But it depends on how precisely they're set up. Now any preset and and we'll get into creating presets tomorrow. But any preset has just saved settings, and and you can scroll down on the right hand side here to see what settings were used. Now, as we're doing work in the develop module, it doesn't matter if it's presets. I can also come over here and and just start working with the basics panel. Just slide sliders. I I am ruining my photo, right? I'm never gonna be able to get back to my original right. This is this is a disaster, and I should quit using light room said. Is that the case? Pretty much. No, of course not. Right? Remember I said yesterday that there's nothing you can do to ruin your photo in light room light room works non destructively. Anything that you do in the develop module can be undone. It can be undone right away, like I could do control a command Z toe undo. I'll show you other ways as well. Or it could be undone five years from now because as you're working in the develop module, light room never touches your original photo. Your original photo is sitting out in the stacks with our public library, an allergy from the slide show yesterday. The presentation. Your photo sits out in the stacks, like in the public library. It sits out on your hard drive in your folders. As you're working in the develop module here, Light Room is simply building a set of instructions, plus on contrast, minus 25 on saturation, etcetera and that set of instructions. Your building lives independently from the photo. It doesn't get baked into the photo, so that set of instructions can be modified. It can be deleted at any time. The set of instructions get stored automatically as you're working here in light rooms catalogue. So kind of in the card catalogue from the public library analogy So rest assured, first of all, that as you're working, your work is being saved in the catalogue. Um, and that you can undo your work Now, down here in the bottom, right, we have a reset button that will, in fact, take me right back to to how the photo, um, looked looked out of camera. So? So it was a disaster. And now I feel relieved that it's back to to being a little bit more attractive. OK, now down below the preset panel, which again will get back to We have snapshots, which we'll get to those air saved points in time in your develop work. But we also have the history panel. So the history panel has recorded every step that I've done in the develop module. Now, unlike Photoshopped, it starts from the bottom and builds up, so it always shows import first. But then you can see that I clicked on a bunch of presets here and I could kind of go through in time here. And then I did some basic panel adjustments. And then finally, I said, Just get me back to the beginning, so reset the settings. So all of these steps that you do are being recorded. What that means is that you can use the history panel to get back to any point you want to get back to, so that's how you can. That's how you can undo your work, how you can get back one of the ways but the main way that you can use to go back in time. Now what's a little bit confusing is that let's say I decide that I want to get back to this point where I had just done exposure and I hadn't done these additional steps above it. What's confusing to people initially is that those steps above it are still showing. Okay, they're not showing in the window here. If I click at the top, you'll see the effect of those settings. But when I go back in time, I have gone back in time. But the's settings here are just temporarily still here. In fact, if you watch the history panel here as I make another change. So I went back in time to when I just on exposure, and now I'm gonna make a different decision in the basics panel. All of those steps above it go away. So if you go back in time and keep working, you wipe out the stuff of the stuff above it. Which was exactly, of course, what I wanted to do. It's just it didn't go away until I did something else. Now, if you're going back in history just to understand, you know what order you did the work in and what the effect waas. But you really want to keep all of your work. Make sure that you click on the top step when you're done exploring here because it's clicking on the top step. That's gonna keep all of the work that you've done so far. Now the collections panel here is the same collections. Hail from the library module. So it's just here for your convenience to get two photographs. There's nothing unique about it here in the develop module. Let me just see if there was anything else on just that general orientation before I jump into the next topic, which is going to be the hissed a gram. I want to make sure everybody understands how to read the history ram before we actually start developing photos. But we have any kind of general questions. At this point, there is one general question about the reset button and answer. I can't find who asked it. But basically, if you hit that reset button, maybe accidentally can you get that back? Yeah, that's I mean, I'm glad that question came out because there two ways to go back in time to the beginning. Basically, one is to hit the reset button. So I just hit the reset button in the bottom right, and the other one is to click back to the import step now. The difference is that if I click back Teoh Import, I'm gonna wipe out all of the work that I did, which may be just fine, but reset if you hit reset Instead, Reset becomes just a step in history. So you're back at the beginning. How the photo looked out of camera, but you haven't lost that work, so you still have that additional option to back up to before you reset it. Now one. There's a little exception as's for us. What when I click on import, I've been telling you that it means that it's backed as you shot in camera. It's not always if you worked on it in another version of light room import will not be the beginning. It will just be when you imported it into light room this time. So in that case, to get back to truly how how it looked like in camera, you really do need to hit reset to get to the very beginning. So, uh, similar to that from M G s, M J. Seattle does light room save each photo history even when you close out of white room Is the history there when you read open light room. That's just another beautiful thing about working in light room versus the old days of doing Everything in photo shop is that history stays with the photo forever so it doesn't disappear when you close the file. It also doesn't max out at 20 or 50 steps. It keeps going. I don't know if there if there is a limit at all. But if there is a limit, its in the several hundreds of steps

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Ratings and Reviews

Miguel Lecuyer

Great workshop! New to Lightroom and found it very helpful. Saved me a couple hundred dollars and time by not taking an evening LR class. Creative Live workshops match my learning style perfectly. Laura is awesome! My only complaint is maybe Laura can use a PC next time which is what she seems more comfortable using. Her shortcut mix-ups on a Mac were making me a bit dizzy :)

a Creativelive Student

I cannot express enough how impressed I was with Laura and this class. I learned more in the 3 days of this workshop than I did in all 6 weeks of a class I took online that cost three times as much. I left not only impressed by the class but MOST importantly - refreshed and energized to put my new knowledge to use! Thank you for that!!!

a Creativelive Student

Excellent workshop bar none. I learned more about Lightroom than I did from any other tutorial/workshp that I previously encountered. Thanks Laura!

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