- Making Your RAW Photos Look More Like JPEGs
- Setting the White Balance
- Setting Your White Balance Live While Shooting Tethered
- Seeing Befores and Afters
- My Editing Your Images Cheat Sheet
- Controlling Overall Brightness Using the Exposure Slider
- Automatically Matching Exposures
- 60 Seconds on the Histogram (& Which Slider Controls Which Part)
- Auto Tone (Having Lightroom Do the Work for You)
- Dealing With Highlight Problems (Clipping)
- Opening Up the Shadows (Like "Fill Light" on a Slider)
- Setting Your White Point and Black Point
- Adding "Punch" to Your Images Using Clarity
- Making Your Colors More Vibrant
- Adding Contrast (and How to Use the Tone Curve)—This Is Important Stuff!
- Applying Changes Made to One Photo to Other Photos
- Auto Sync: Perfect for Editing a Bunch of Photos at Once
- Using the Library Module's Quick Develop Panel
- The "Previous" Button (and Why It Rocks!)
- Putting It All Together (Doing a Start-to-Finish Tweak)
- Lightroom Killer Tips > >
Lightroom Killer Tips > >
Picking Zooms in the Detail Panel
If you Right-click inside the little preview window in the Detail panel, a pop-up menu will appear where you can choose between two zoom ratios for the preview—1:1 or 2:1—which kick in when you click your cursor inside the Preview area.
Hiding the Clipping Warning Triangles
If you don’t use the two little clipping warning triangles in the top corners of the histogram (or you want them turned off when you’re not using them), then just Right-click anywhere on the histogram itself and choose Show Clipping Indicators from the pop-up menu to turn it off, and they’ll be tucked out of sight. If you want them back, go back to that same pop-up menu, and choose Show Clipping Indicators again.
Separating Your Virtual Copies from the Real Images
To see just your virtual copies, go up to the Library Filter bar (if it’s not visible, press the \ [backslash] key), and then click on Attribute. When the Attribute options pop down, click on the little curled page icon at the far right of the bar to show just the virtual copies. To see the real original “master” files, click the filmstrip icon just to the left of it. To see everything again (both the virtual and original masters), click the None button.
Quickly Flatten Your Curve
If you’ve created a Tone Curve adjustment (in the Develop module) and you want to quickly reset the curve to a flat (Linear) curve, just Right-click anywhere inside the curve grid and choose Flatten Curve.
Tip for Using the Targeted Adjustment Tool (TAT)
If you’re using the Develop module’s TAT to tweak your image, you already know that you click-and-drag the TAT within your image and it moves the sliders that control the colors/tones underneath it. However, you might find it easier to move the TAT over the area you want to adjust, and instead of dragging the TAT up/down, use the Up/Down Arrow keys on your keyboard, and it will move the sliders for you. If you press-and-hold the Shift key while using the Up/Down Arrow keys, the sliders move in larger increments.
Copy What You Last Copied
When you click the Copy button in the Develop module (at the bottom of the left side Panels area), it brings up a Copy Settings dialog asking which edits you want to copy. However, if you know you want to copy the same edits as you had previously (maybe you always copy everything), then you can skip having that Copy Settings dialog pop up completely by pressing-and-holding the Option (PC: Alt) key, then clicking the Copy button (it will change from Copy... to Copy).
Making Lightroom Go Faster!
One of the most important new features of the current version of Lightroom is the speed increase in the Develop module, thanks to Adobe moving some of the heavy lifting off to your computer’s GPU (Graphics Processing Unit). So, if your sliders or brush were lagging in previous versions, it should respond tremendously faster now. This acceleration is turned on by default, but to make sure it is, press Command-, (comma; PC: Ctrl-,) to open the Preferences, click on the Performance tab, and then make sure Use Graphic Processor is turned on. If your computer supports this feature, you’ll see the name of your graphic card appear right below this checkbox. If you see an error message instead, your computer can’t take advantage of the GPU acceleration. Ack!