The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers: Editing Essentials -- How to Develop Your Photos
- Upgrading from an Earlier Version of Lightroom? Read This First!
- Making Your RAW Photos Look More Like JPEGs
- Setting the White Balance
- Setting Your White Balance Live While Shooting Tethered
- Seeing Befores and Afters
- Applying Changes Made to One Photo to Other Photos
- How to Set Your Overall Exposure
- Adding Punch to Your Images Using Clarity
- Making Your Colors More Vibrant
- Using the Tone Curve to Add Contrast
- Adjusting Individual Colors Using HSL
- Adding Vignette Effects
- Getting That Trendy, Gritty High-Contrast Look
- Virtual CopiesThe No Risk Way to Experiment
- Editing a Bunch of Photos at Once Using Auto Sync
- Save Your Favorite Settings as One-Click Presets
- Using the Library Modules Quick Develop Panel
- Adding a Film Grain Look
Seeing Befores and Afters
In that last project, I ended with a before and after, but I didn’t get a chance to show you how. I love the way Lightroom handles the whole before and after process because it gives you a lot of flexibility to see these the way you want to see them. Here’s how.
- Step One: Any time you’re working in the Develop module and you want to see what your image looked like before you started tweaking it (the “before” image), just press the \ (backslash) key on your keyboard. You’ll see the word “Before” appear in the upper-right corner of your image, as seen here. In this image (from the same series we used for white balance), you’re seeing the overly warm original image. This is probably the Before view I use the most in my own workflow. To return to your After image, press the \ key again (it doesn’t say “After;” the Before just goes away).
- Step Two: To see a side-by-side Before and After view (shown here on top), press the letter Y on your keyboard. If you prefer a split screen view, then click the little Before and After Views button in the bottom-left
corner of the toolbar under your preview (as shown here on the bottom. If you don’t see the toolbar for some reason, press
the letter T to make it visible). If you click the Y button again, instead of a side-by-side before and after, you get a top/bottom before
and after. Click it again, and you get a top/bottom split screen before and after. To return to Loupe view, just press the
letter D on your keyboard.
Note: Just so you know, our model here, Orsolya, is wearing an off-the-shoulder top, so we could shoot this beauty-style head-shot. I mention this so you don’t think she’s (ahem) less than clothed. Come on, you know you were thinking it!