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Using the Library Module’s Quick Develop Panel

There’s a version of the Develop module’s Basic panel right within the Library module, called the Quick Develop panel, and the idea here is that you’d be able to make some quick, simple edits right there in the Library module, without having to jump over to the Develop module. The problem is, the Quick Develop panel stinks. Okay, it doesn’t necessarily stink, it’s just hard to use, because there are no sliders—there are buttons you click instead (which makes it frustrating to get just the right amount)—but for just a quick edit, it’s okay (you can see I’m biting my tongue here, right?)

Step One:

The Quick Develop panel (shown here) is found in the Library module, under the Histogram panel at the top of the right side Panels area. Although it doesn’t have the White Balance Selector tool, outside of that, it has pretty much the same controls as the Develop module’s Basic panel (including the Recovery, Fill Light, Clarity, and Vibrance controls). Also, if you press-and-hold the Option (PC: Alt) key, the Clarity and Vibrance controls change into the Sharpening and Saturation controls (as seen on the right). Instead of sliders (which give us precise control over our adjustments), the Quick Develop panel uses one-click buttons (just to make us crazy). If you click a single-arrow button, it moves that control a little. If you click a double-arrow button, it moves it a lot.

Step Two:

There are only two situations where I’ll use the Quick Develop panel: One is where I see a messed-up thumbnail, and I want to see if it can easily be fixed, before I invest any time into it in the Develop module. For example, in the Grid view, click on an underexposed photo, then go over to the Quick Develop panel and click the Exposure right double-arrow button two times to get it closer to being properly exposed. Now you can make a better decision about its fate, without having to pause your sorting process by leaving the Library module and jumping over to the Develop module.

Step Three:

The other time I use the Quick Develop panel is when I’m in Compare or Survey view, because you can apply Quick Develop edits while in these side-by-side views (as shown here—just be sure to click on the photo you want to edit first). For example, the first photo shown here has a color problem—I hadn’t set a custom white balance in my camera yet, so the white background looked bluish. So, click on the first photo, then choose Flash from the White Balance pop-up menu in the Quick Develop panel, and see if that fixes the problem (of course, you know it will). Also, when you make “batch corrections” using Quick Develop, every image gets the exact same amount of correction (so if you increased the exposure by of a stop, all the selected photos go up by of a stop). But, it’s not that way when you do the same thing in the Develop module. There, if you set the exposure of one photo to +.50, every selected photo’s exposure is not automatically set to +.50. There you need to use Auto Sync.

Step Four:

If you’ve selected a bunch of photos, but only want certain edits you made applied to them (rather than all your Quick Develop edits), then click the Sync Settings button at the bottom of the right side Panels area. This brings up a dialog (shown here) where you can choose which Quick Develop settings get applied to the rest of the selected photos. Just turn on the checkboxes beside those settings you want applied, and then click the Synchronize button.

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