The first part of this is an introduction and overview of the primary modules in Adobe Lightroom.
The Modules are arranged into a sequence that assumes a work-flow process.
The Modules are;
The Library Module
The key areas of this module are set out in red. The primary function of the Library Module is to provide a dialog for importing, storing, previewing and facilitating basic image adjustments.
In this module you can import files from a range of sources, create catalogs, collections and folders, set preview options and add some quick image adjustments. You can access and apply either saved or default adjustment presets, change white balance, adjust exposure, adjust contrast and adjust,
From imported files you can also create;
- New Collections
- New Smart Collections
- New Collection Sets
- New Folders
You can also filter images by preset, flag, rating, colour label, kind and metadata. You can also rename and refine images as well as find missing images, convert images to DNG and access a range of plugins.
The Develop Module
As the name implies this is the primary image adjustment module in Lightroom. You can adjust images in a range of formats including DNG and RAW. The range of adjustments are extensive beginning with the image Histogram (RGB curve + highlight and shadow clipping);
- White Balance (temperature + tint)
- Tone (exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites + blacks)
- Presence (clarity, vibrance and saturation)
- Tone Curve (highlights, lights, darks + shadows)
- HSL (hue, saturation and luminance)
- Black and White conversion
- Split Toning (highlights / hue, saturation & balance – shadows / hue, saturation & balance)
- Sharpening (amount, radius, detail, masking)
- Noise reduction (luminance / detail, contrast) (colour / detail, smoothness)
- Lens Corrections (definging, lens profile corrections, chromatic aberration, distortion)
In the image above the following tools are shown, from left to right;
- Crop Overlay (red)
- Spot Removal (blue)
- Red eye correction (yellow)
- Graduated Filter (green)
- Radial Filter (purple)
- Adjustment brush (orange)
The Book Module
The Book Module allows Lightroom users to create Blurb Books without having to exit Lightroom. All soft-proofing and image editing can be done from within the Book Module. Layout templates can be accessed through the Preset editor in a manner not to dissimilar to Blurb’s own software. However individual templates cannot be customized.
Selecting book presets via Book Settings
Publishing to Blurb Books from Lightroom effectively needs its own tutorial, however for the purpose of this introduction you only need to be familiar with the panel layouts.
The Slideshow Module allows you to make and export slideshows from presets using selected images. The image above shows the key panels. You can also add sound, preview and play and export as pdf or movie.
The images above show the main editing panels for this module
The Print Module allows you to set and / or adjust a wide range of print parameters without having to leave the Lightroom interface.
Extensive options are available via the panels for this module.
The Web Module offers the ability to make an extensive range of HTML pages based on a range of customizable templates. Each of the highlighted areas above represent an important aspect of the user interface for this module.
You can download a concise overview of Lightroom Modules here