DIGITAL DARKROOM Discover Lightroom
George Cairns explores Lightroom’s main interface and modules
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.