Posts tagged with Develop

Lightroom 6.8 / 2015.8

Lightroom 6.8 / 2015.8 has just been released.

For CC subscribers the big new feature is the introduction of the Reference Photo view in Develop, and it’s a feature I like very much. It means that you can now split Develop’s central pane between the image you’re editing and another photo. While it looks quite similar to the existing Before/After view, which I use all the time, here the idea to help you adjust the active photo by comparing it with some aspects of an existing picture.

Lightroom 5 favourite no 5: AutoSync and local adjustments

So we get to number 5, and I think this qualifies as a “you read it here first”! AutoSync now works properly with local adjustments!

Does History matter?

Does the order of steps in the History panel make any difference to the end result?

The answer is an emphatic No. Lightroom edits do not build on one another – the current slider values in the right hand panel are all that matters.

If you don’t quite believe this, save the edits back to xmp and remove the image from the catalogue. Reimport it and there’ll be no History – but the image will look identical to before.

The History panel is more like a log of what you’ve done – an audit trail – and I’ve long thought Adobe could have used a different term, like “log”, to clearly distinguish it from Photoshop’s History feature, where the exact order of work does often matter.

Of course, it is not merely a log. One nice touch is when you’re in Before/After view (Y) you can drag history steps into the Before view.

How should I set up the Spot healing brush?

Activate the Spot Healing brush and then in the toolbar below the image choose “Auto”. This means that when the cursor is over the image, the circles will display. When you move the cursor out of the image area, they won’t.

How do you copy adjustments from one image to others?

How do you copy adjustments from one image to others?

There are three main methods:

Select the image you’ve just corrected.

PC: Ctrl Shift C / Mac: Cmd Shift C copies the settings
Tick Check None
Tick only the adjustments you want.
Select other picture(s) and PC: Ctrl Shift V / Mac: Cmd Shift V.

In Library, grid (G). select the image you’ve just corrected and want to use to copy to the others. Add others to the selection (Shift click and/or Ctrl click) and notice how the first image’s frame is a lighter grey – it is the “most selected”. Now click the Sync Settings button (bottom right), select only those adjustments you want to copy, click Sync.
Auto Sync in Develop. Select 2 or more pictures. In Develop, click the Sync button’s switch so it shows Auto Sync. In this mode all adjustments you make will apply to all the images that are currently selected. Read more…

Lightroom noise reduction

Jeff Schewe gives a succinct summary of Lightroom's noise reduction in this Adobe forum thread:

In terms of use, you can't separate the noise reduction from the image sharpening in the Detail panel. If you don't have optimized sharpening, you won't get optimal noise reduction (other than color noise reduction which is pretty good at default). The single biggest factor with proper sharpening is setting the correct radius. As it relates to noise reduction, the Detail slider and the Luminance Noise slider are interconnected in a way most people don't realize. As you increase the noise reduction you can also increase the Detail slider setting to recover some of the loss of edge sharpness as long as you've properly set the radius: below 1 for high frequency images and above 1 for low. Working all 5 sliders in the Detail panel are required for optimal sharpening and noise reduction…

Dragging from History

Well, I could tart this up as a Lightroom tip, which it is, but I should confess that no matter how well you know something, there’s a lot that passes you by. Credit for this is due to Rob Sylvan of Lightroomers.

I frequently use the Develop workspace’s Before/After view, usually via the shortcuts Y and Shift Y, and often switch the Before view to whatever helps me judge further edits. It’s a very powerful feature when you’re fine tuning a picture. Mostly, I’ll right click in the After pane and then choose Copy After’s Settings to Before, or I might click the corresponding button at the bottom of the screen. But I’ll also want to benchmark further work against earlier steps, in which case I’ll right click in History and select Copy History Step’s Settings to Before.

What Rob pointed out was this – you can actually drag and drop from more…

Punch the sky

Regular readers of my Lightroom rantings will no doubt be aware that I’m not a big enthusiast for Develop presets, and I use them so rarely that I probably wouldn’t miss them if they weren’t there (along with Quick Develop, the Tone Curve, Snapshots, and the Filter Panel).

But to be fair, presets are an efficient way to apply a consistent treatment, and I do have a few that I use now and again. My ire is really better directed at the unending stream of presets being offered up as though they’re the dog’s bollocks, and at the enthusiasm of those who keep gobbling them up by the dozen. So why am I posting this 4 punch graduated filter preset?

Well, I’ve not had a Pauline moment (or as a vegetarian been eating those canine orbs) but wanted to illustrate a point about applying Lightroom’s graduated filters to weak-looking skies. As in more…