In This Chapter
Getting familiar with the Develop module
Switching between view modes
Applying settings to multiple photos
Preserving editing states with snapshots
Using develop history to undo adjustments
Performing basic tonal adjustments
Cropping to an aspect ratio
Removing spots and red-eye
Understanding the Graduated Filter
Making local corrections with Adjustment Brush
Welcome to the Develop module! This is where Lightroom's real magic happens. You find some amazing additions to the Develop toolset in this version of Lightroom, and some of the existing tools have been upgraded. The need to send photos to an external editor has been decreased significantly. (In fact, you might no longer need an external editor for most photos!) Because this module has so much to offer, I split the coverage of the Develop module between this chapter and Chapter 8.
In case you are puzzling over the use of the word develop here, you need to keep in mind that Lightroom was primarily designed to work with raw photos, which by definition have not yet been processed for final output. So, Lightroom approaches photos with the mindset that photos first need to be developed before they are ready to leave Lightroom and face whatever comes next.
Aside from getting oriented to where everything is in the Develop interface, you get a chance to focus on the most common Develop tasks (from ...