Posts tagged "The Develop Module"

June 6, 2013

Upright’s “Reanalyze” Option in Lightroom

When you choose one of the Upright modes in the Lens Correction panel in Lightroom 5, the results are cached so that the adjustment is completely stable.  That means that if you make a change such as enabling/disabling the Profile Corrections and/or Remove Chromatic Aberration options, you will need to click the Reanalyze button if you want Lightroom to forget about those stored (cached) Upright corrections and redo its analysis of the image and compute a new correction. This feature, the ability to Reanalyze (or force an update to the Upright mode) is “as-designed”, and for good reason: in the future, if Lightroom makes changes to the Upright feature, your legacy files will open exactly as they did before.

In addition, by default, Upright will reset any crops or manual transform settings currently applied to an image. This is because rotated crops and manual perspective corrections on existing images will usually interfere with Upright. For this reason, selecting one of the Upright modes will reset the crop and manual perspective adjustments in the Lens Correction Panel (Horizontal, Vertical, Rotate, Scale, and Aspect controls). Resetting the crop has the benefit of showing the user the maximum amount of image area remaining after an Upright adjustment. To preserver these settings, Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) -click when choosing an Upright correction mode.

(Thanks to Eric Chan for these insights!)


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May 20, 2013

Soft Proofing Preview in Lightroom 5

In the Develop module with Soft Proofing enabled, Lightroom 5 displays the before/after view for the Current photo (on the left) and the proofed photo (on the right).


Note: you can still display the Before state on the left (as opposed to the Current photo) by selecting it from the Before drop down menu in the tool bar (under the preview area).


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May 17, 2013

Applying Virtual Copy Settings to the Master File

There have been times when I have decided that the settings that I had applied to the Virtual Copy are better than what are on my Master. In this case, I can quickly apply the settings from a virtual copy to the master, by selecting  Photo > Set Copy as Master (in the Library module).


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May 15, 2013

Automatically “Set as Target Collection” in Lightroom 5

In previous versions of Lightroom, you could Control (Mac) / Right Mouse (Win) -click a collection and choose “Set as Target Collection”. Then, adding additional images to the collection was as simple as tapping the “B” key (as opposed to dragging each image from the grid view into the collection). In Lightroom 5, the “Set as Target Collection” option has been added to the Create Collection dialog (as a check box) so that tapping the “B” key will automatically add the selected image(s) to the targeted collection.


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May 3, 2013

LAB Color Readouts in Lightroom 5

To view the LAB color values of an image (instead of the RGB values), in Develop Module, Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) on the Histogram  and choose Show Lab Color Values. Then, position your cursor over the image preview and the values will be displayed as a LAB color readout.



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May 2, 2013

Additional Lens Correction Features in Lightroom

Here are three more interesting Upright options/features:

1) When you apply an Upright mode to a file to correct perspective, Lightroom caches that information (there are a number of reasons for this including but not limited to speed, consistency, future versioning, etc.). This means that if you apply an Upright mode and then decide to check “Enable Profile Correction” (simply because you forgot to do this first), you will want to click the “Reanalyze” option. This will tell upright to forget about those stored corrections, redo its analysis of the image, and compute a new correction.

2) Upright will generally work better on raw files compared to non-raw files, because it can take advantage of more reliable metadata (e.g., focal length).

3) Rotated crops and manual perspective corrections on existing images will usually interfere with automated Upright corrections. For this reason, applying any of the Upright corrections will reset the crop and manual perspective adjustments (Horizontal, Vertical, Rotate, Scale, and Aspect controls). Resetting the crop has the benefit of showing the user the maximum amount of image area remaining after an Upright adjustment (of course the crop can then be re-adjusted). Resetting the manual options will yield a better correction. However, in case you have a workflow that requires maintaining manual perspective corrections, Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) when choosing an Upright mode will preserve those manual settings.

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April 30, 2013

How to Synchronize Upright Lens Corrections in Lightroom

Often I have found that I want to apply perspective correction to multiple files at once using the Upright feature in Lightroom 5. But depending on the results I want to achieve, it’s best to know that there are two different ways of accomplishing this.

In the first situation, you might have a series of unrelated images that all need to have their own set of perspective corrections made to them. In this case, the easiest way to apply Upright would be to:

• Select all of the desired files in the Develop Module.

• Enable the Auto Sync feature (by toggling the switch to the left of the Sync… button).

•In the Lens Correction Basic panel, click the desired Upright mode (Auto, Level, Vertical, or Full) in order to apply the perspective correction to all selected files

With this method, each image is analyzed individually and the perspective corrected.

If you prefer not to use Auto Sync, you can select the first file and apply the desired Upright mode. Then, use the shortcut Command + C (Mac) | Control + C (Win) and check Upright Mode. Note: if the Upright Mode option is grayed out, that’s because the Upright transformations option is checked. Uncheck Upright Transformation and check Upright Mode instead. Then, select the other files to which you want the perspective correction applied and press Command + V (Mac) | Control + V (Win) to paste the corrections.

Or, if this is something you do all of the time, you can create a preset by selecting Develop > New Preset and enabling the “Upright Mode” option. 

In the second situation, you might have a series of related images – such as a sequence of bracketed exposures or a set of time lapse images for which you need the same exact numeric perspective corrections made to each image. In this scenario, you don’t want to run the upright analysis on each individual image because, due to robustness issues, Upright is very likely to return a slightly different result on each of the images in the selection. Instead, what you really want to do is have the upright analysis be performed on one of the images, and then have the result of that analysis (the numeric transformation) copied and applied  to the other images in the set. In order to do this,  copy the settings with Command + C (Mac) | Control + C (Win) and in the Copy Setting dialog, choose “Upright Transforms”. Then, select the other files that you want the perspective correction applied to and choose Command + V (Mac) | Control + V (Win) to paste the corrections.

You could choose to create a preset by selecting Develop > New Preset and selecting the “Upright Transforms” option but I’m not sure that this preset would be as useful (when applied to additional images in the future)  because the numeric values are locked into it.

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April 29, 2013

Editing Off-line Files Using Smart Previews in Lightroom

In past versions of Lightroom, it was not possible to make edits in the Develop module (nor the Quick Develop panel) to files that were off-line. In Lightroom 5, it is now possible to make these types of edits by creating Smart Previews for the images. Smart Previews are a new type of “preview” (not to be confused with the previews generated to view images in the Library module). They are significantly smaller than the original raw files and are stored in the same folder as your catalog (Smart Preview.lrdata”).

In order to create Smart Previews, the original files must be on-line. Therefore, you will want to make the Smart Previews before taking the images off-line. There are several ways to create Smart Previews in Lightroom:

• On Import – in the File Handling panel, check the option to “Build Smart Previews”.

• In the Library module – selecting your photos (or folders of photos) and select Library > Previews > Build Smart Previews (use this method to create Smart Previews for images that have already been imported into Lightroom).

• In Preferences – choose Preferences > General > Build Smart Previews on Import.

• When exporting as a Catalog – select File > Export as Catalog and check the option to “Build Smart Previews”.

If you have created Smart Previews for files, in the Develop module, the Histogram will notify you as to what you are working with:

• “Original” if there is not a smart preview built for the file and the original is on-line.

• “Original + Smart Preview” if there is a Smart Preview and the original is online.

• “Smart Preview” if there is a Smart Preview and the original is off-line.


When you make changes to a file that is off-line and has a Smart Preview, when the originals become available (are on-line), any changes there were made to the Smart Preview are automatically applied to the original. There is no action that you need to do – Lightroom will automatically apply all changes made to the Smart Preview to the original file. Basically, the rule is that if there is an original, then Lightroom will use the original, if the originals are not on-line, then Lightroom will use the Smart Preview. And of course if the original file is online, both the original and the Smart Preview are both updated as changes are made.

Keep in mind that these smart previews are smaller version of the original files (there are several reasons for this, the most obvious is to reduce the amount of space they take on the hard drive). With that said, since they are only 2540 pixels on the long edge, when applying Sharpening and Noise Reduction settings in the Details panel, the Smart Preview view at 100% will be a different magnification than the original. Therefore, for the most accuracy, you might need to confirm the setting when the files are on-line and you are able to view the original at 100%.

Finally, not only can use Smart Previews to Develop images when they’re off-line, you are also able to use them in the Publish Services panel (in case, for example, you want to publish your off-line files to Facebook or Flickr) and Export them as JPEG. You can even use them to layout a book (although you will not be able to print the book until the original images are on-line as the quality of the Smart Previews will not be high enough to print), and create and output a video slideshow (although again, they can not be used to output a slideshow to PDF because of quality concerns) and create and export web galleries. The best rule of thumb; for the highest quality, you’ll most likely want your original files when outputting files.

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April 25, 2013

Duplicating Local Adjustments in Lightroom

Command + Option (Mac) | Control + Alt (Win)-drag will duplicate local adjustments made with the Radial Filter, Gradient Filter and the Adjustment Brush.

Note: since local adjustment pins made with the Adjustment Brush cannot be moved, the dragging gesture is treated the same as clicking, which means both gestures (dragging or clicking) will duplicate the selected correction in place.

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April 22, 2013

Lightroom 5 – Guides Overlay

In the Lightroom 5 beta, you can choose to display guides in the Library (while in Loupe view), the Develop module and during Tethered Capture by selecting View >  Loupe Overlay > Guides. To toggle the display of the overlay, select Guides from the menu (or use Command + Option + O (Mac) | Control + Alt + O (Win).

To reposition the guides, Command  (Mac) | Control (Win) -drag the intersection of the guides.

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April 19, 2013

Grid Overlay Options in Lightroom 5

Grid overlays aren’t limited to cropping anymore! In Lightroom 5 , you can choose to display a grid in the Library (while in Loupe view), the Develop module and during Tethered Capture by selecting View >  Loupe Overlay > Grid. Note: by default the Grid menu option displays a dash (not a check) before its name because the overlay is not visible by default. To toggle the display of the overlay, select Grid from the menu (or use Command + Option + O (Mac) | Control + Alt + O (Win).

While the grid is visible, Command  (Mac) | Control (Win) displays options for Size and Opacity. Click-drag left/right on Size to decrease/increase the grid size. Likewise, Click -drag left/right on Opacity to decrease/increase the grid opacity.

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April 18, 2013

Shortcuts for the Radial Filter in Lightroom

• Shift + M selects the Radial Filter

• When you drag in the image area, the Radial Filter is scaled from center, Shift -drag will constrain to a circle

• Command (Mac) | Control (Win) -double-click in the image area to expand the Radial Filter to the visible image area.

• Command (Mac) | Control (Win) -double-click on an existing Radial Filter will expand it to the visible image area.

• Command + Option -drag (Mac) | Control + Alt -drag (Win) an existing Radial Filter will duplicate it.

• H” hides the interface

• Tap the Apostrophe key ( ‘ ) to toggle the Invert Mask option

• Double-click on an existing Radial Filter will apply the Radial filter and dismiss the tool.


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April 17, 2013

Shortcuts for the Spot Removal Tool in Lightroom

In Lightroom, we can now click-drag to create a Brush Spot.  As in previous versions a single click will create a circle spot and auto-find a source.

• Tap “Q” to access the Spot Removal tool.  Shift + Q toggles between Clone and Heal modes.

• Command -drag (Mac) | Control -drag (Win) creates a circle spot and allows you to drag to define the source.

• Command + Option -drag (Mac) | Control + Alt -drag  (Win) creates a circle spot that scales from the center.

• Command + Shift -drag(Mac) | Control  + Shift -drag (Win) creates a circle spot that scales from anchor.

• Holding down Shift (before starting to paint with the Spot Removal tool) constrains the brush stroke to horizontal or vertical.

• If you click to set a circle spot and then Shift + click in a different area Lightroom will connect the first spot with the new spot via a straight brush stroke (a great way to remove telephone lines).

• To enlarge a spot after drawing, use the Size slider in the Spot Removal  options panel.

• Backslash (/) – select new source for existing circle or brush spot.

• Tap “H” to hide the interface.

• Option -click  (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) -click  deletes a spot (the icon displays as a pair of scissors).

• Option -click  (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) -drag over multiple spots will batch-delete spots.

• Tap “A” to toggle the Visualize Spots feature (manual controls are found in the Toolbar)

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April 15, 2013

Julieanne’s favorite features in the Lightroom 5 Beta

Here are links to my top 3 features in the Lightroom 5 Beta!

Upright (Automatic perspective correction) – Discover how to automatically fix common problems such as tilted horizons as well as converging verticals in buildings using Lightroom’s new Upright controls for perspective correction.

The Advanced Healing Brush – Discover the new enhancements to Lightroom’s advanced Healing Brush including the ability to heal and clone non-circular brush spots as well as remove easy to miss sensor dust using the new Visualization slider.

The Radial Filter – Learn how easy it is to apply any and all of Lightroom’s existing local adjustments including dodging and burning, adding vignettes, selectively sharpening and more to one or more completely customizable, nondestructive, circular Radial filters – anywhere in  your image.

For additional information, check out the Lightroom Journal and the blog.

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Pasting Settings in Lightroom’s Develop Module

In Lightroom’s Develop module, when you choose Settings > Copy Settings or use the shortcut Command + Shift + C (Mac) | Control  + Shift + C (Win), Lightroom copies the setting that you select (in the subsequent Copy Settings dialog), to the clipboard and holds on to them. Therefore, as you move through your photo shoot, you can easily paste those setting to any additional image(s). This might be a great way, for example,  to paste a subset of attributes such as a vignette or color toning to images while moving through a shoot, and still be able to use Sync (or Auto Sync) to apply other modifications.


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