Welcome to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2: Visual QuickStart Guide. When Lightroom was first released early in 2007, it seemed as if digital photography’s future had finally arrived in the here and now. Built from the ground up for digital photography, it ran on Windows and Mac. It didn’t require a computer faster than you could afford. And Lightroom combined many of Adobe Photoshop’s amazing tools with a simpler interface. Adjusting tone curves, always a bit mysterious in Photoshop, seemed easier and more straightforward.

In ways big and small, Lightroom felt like a photographic process instead of something installed on a computer. That’s because Lightroom is organized around a “workflow” that reflects photography itself, starting with ...

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