Develop a system
Speed up your processing by consistently following a logical workflow
There will never be universal agreement on the best order to use tools when processing, not least because there are so many, but you won’t go far wrong with the following. Software engineers generally design the windows on the assumption that users will start at the top and work downward, but there’s no compulsion. The way shown here starts off like that, but backtracks once or twice.
1 Under Lens Corrections, check Color and lens Profile. Color is always worth correcting, but treat the lens profile according to your taste: distortion correction can sometimes lose some of the image near corners, and may eliminate a look you want to retain. Similarly, vignetting is sometimes a good thing.
4 Check overall Exposure. flattening effect of steps 4 and 5 above. Adjustment Brush, Graduated Filter or Radial Filter.
5 Recover Highlights if they need it, but save any major adjustment of bright areas for local adjustments (Adjustment Brush, Radial Filter or Graduated Filter).
8 Check that the white point is accurately set using the Whites slider (check the Highlight clipping warning at the top-right of the histogram).
11 Adjust Clarity only if essential, and very cautiously. It tends to give a fake look.
12 Think twice before adjusting Saturation or Vibrance. Vibrance prevents clipping by colour channel, so looks milder than Saturation.
6 Brighten up Shadows if needed, but only by a little. As above, save any major adjustment of shadows for local adjustments.
9 Check that the black point is accurately set with the Blacks slider (check the Shadow clipping warning at the top-left of the histogram).
2 Use the Crop Tool and Straighten Tool if necessary.
13 Examine the image at 100% magnification for any dust spots, and use the Spot Removal tool if needed.
3 Tweak colour Tint and Temperature as needed.
7 Raise Contrast to compensate for the
10 Adjust over-light or over-dark areas with the