Light­room in­ter­face ex­plained

Practical Photography (UK) - - Photoshop Geniius -

The Light­room work­flow op­er­ates in an en­tirely dif­fer­ent way to Pho­to­shop so can seem daunt­ing to get to grips with. But you’ll soon fa­mil­iarise your­self with the lay­out when you’ve made a cou­ple of RAW con­ver­sions. Here’s what you need to know about the De­velop tab, which is where you make your ed­its...


The Film­strip sits at the bot­tom of the in­ter­face and lists the images from your lat­est im­port. This makes it easy to flick through the images in your cur­rent im­port. You can star rate your pics with num­ber keys 0-5, and us­ing the Fil­ter you can re­duce the images shown in the Film­strip to just the ones you want to work on.


The most use­ful mod­ules are the Li­brary, where you can im­port your pic­tures, and De­velop, which lets you process your RAW files. The Print mod­ule is also handy if you want to print di­rectly from Light­room.


The Ad­just­ments are all col­lapsi­ble pan­els. Click on them to ex­pand and they will re­veal the slid­ers and con­trols within. These con­tain pow­er­ful edit­ing op­tions, from Ex­po­sure to Sharp­en­ing, and Noise Re­duc­tion to Split Ton­ing.


For more pre­cise ad­just­ments, there’s a hand­ful of tools found un­der the his­togram. Here you can ap­ply a crop, re­move spots, cor­rect red eye, add grad­u­ated and ra­dial fil­ters and ad­just spe­cific ar­eas of your pic­tures us­ing the Ad­just­ment Brush Tool.

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