DIG­I­TAL DARK­ROOM Dis­cover Light­room

George Cairns ex­plores Light­room’s main in­ter­face and mod­ules

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Pho­to­shop Light­room com­bines the pro­fes­sional RAW-pro­cess­ing tools of Pho­to­shop CC with the as­set-or­gan­is­ing power of Pho­to­shop El­e­ments. It also has plenty of unique photo-fix­ing and or­gan­is­ing tools of its own.

One of the big­gest chal­lenges we face as pho­tog­ra­phers is man­ag­ing our col­lec­tions of images. Light­room pro­vides easy ways to add key­words to batches of files as you im­port them from a mem­ory card, so you can find spe­cific images more quickly later on. We’ll look at Light­room’s as­set man­age­ment func­tions in de­tail in a fu­ture is­sue.

You may be deal­ing with thou­sands of images that are scat­tered across fold­ers on your PC/Mac as well as on ex­ter­nal drives. Light­room en­ables you to gather stray pho­tos into its Cat­a­log re­gard­less of their lo­ca­tions, and or­gan­ise them in a va­ri­ety of ways. You can cre­ate themed col­lec­tions, or even set up Smart Col­lec­tions, which au­to­mat­i­cally col­lect files that meet spe­cific cri­te­ria – again, more on that in a fu­ture is­sue. But first we’ll give you an over­view of Light­room’s lay­out.

Light­room has seven key workspaces, or ‘mod­ules’. The main mod­ules are Li­brary and De­velop, be­cause th­ese en­able you to im­port, or­gan­ise and process your pho­tos. The other mod­ules are Map, Book, Slideshow, Print and Web. Check out our an­no­tated grab to fa­mil­iarise your­self with the Mod­ule picker.

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