DIG­I­TAL DARK­ROOM Tweak as you tidy

Ge­orge Cairns shows you how to edit im­ages as you sort through them

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As you’ve seen over the past few is­sues, Light­room’s Li­brary mod­ule en­ables you to or­gan­ise your im­ages so that you can find spe­cific files more easily. This can re­ally speed up your work­flow, es­pe­cially if you have a large archive of im­ages.

You can even au­to­mat­i­cally edit your im­ages as you im­port them to, say, im­prove their con­trast. To do so, go to the Ap­ply Dur­ing Im­port sec­tion in the Im­port win­dow. Set the De­velop Set­tings drop-down menu to Light­room Gen­eral pre­sets and choose Auto Tone. This pre­set will an­a­lyse each photo’s his­togram and ad­just it to cre­ate a health­ier spread of tones. (We’ll look at his­tograms in more de­tail in com­ing is­sues.)

You can also man­u­ally ad­just a photo’s colours and tones us­ing the aptly named Quick De­velop panel in the Li­brary mod­ule. This en­ables you to quickly cor­rect colours and in­crease con­trast with­out hav­ing to drag the photo into the more com­plex De­velop mod­ule, which we’ll start ex­plor­ing next is­sue. You can also use the Quick De­velop panel to ap­ply pre­sets to your photos to tweak their colours and tones with just a few clicks. Read on to find out how…

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