Develop Module

Tips and tricks and how-to guides related to using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom’s Develop module.

How to Change the Background Color of Single Images in Lightroom Classic

You can change the color of the space behind single images in Lightroom. That can be simply a matter of preference or used as a visualization tool
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How to Switch between Landscape & Portrait Orientations When Cropping Images

Lightroom has a super quick way to switch between landscape and portrait orientations with the crop tool. Here's how to do it.
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How to Select Multiple Photos in Lightroom

A guide to selecting multiple photos in Lightroom. These methods apply to all of the various modules, including the Library and Develop modules.
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Comparing the AI Auto Processing of Lightroom Classic CC and Luminar 2018

Both Lightroom Classic CC and Luminar 2018 now offer processing using AI, or artificial intelligence. Here's a side-by-side comparison of their initial automatic one-click processing options.
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Lightroom Classic CC 7.1's New AI Auto Function | Real-World Examples

The Auto tone function has been given a major overhaul in the latest update to Lightroom Classic CC (7.1) to use Adobe's artificial intelligence network, Sensei, in an effort to improve the effectiveness of Auto tone. Here's how it works in practice.
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How to Use Lightroom's White Balance Sliders

Lightroom's white balance tools help reduce color casts. They can be used to neutralized any casts or break the rules and create an entirely new look.
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How to Emulate Instagram's Filters in Lightroom

If you're trying to get that Instagram filter look in Lightroom, here's a set of premium Lightroom develop presets that mimic Instagram's filters.
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Revealing Clipped Highlights and Shadows

Lightroom has a very useful feature that shows you precisely the parts of an image where highlights or shadows are getting clipped as you adjust the settings.
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How to Correct Lens Vignetting in Lightroom

Vignetting is a common issue with many lenses, especially at wide apertures. Lightroom has two methods to tackle correcting or reducing it.
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How to Install Lightroom Presets

There are two methods to installing Lightroom develop presets. One is better suited to bundles of multiple presets, while the other is better for individual presets.
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Turning Off the Lights

The ability to dim the lights in Lightroom is a handy little tool for distraction-free viewing, sorting, and editing of your photos.
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Adding a Grid Overlay to the Loupe View

The grid loupe overlay is pretty self-explanatory and simple to use, but you do have some control over its appearance.
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Using the Loupe Overlay Guides to Align a Spot or Vertical or Horizontal Lines

Lightroom's Guides loupe overlay is a simple yet flexible tool for aligning either a specific spot in the frame or aligning horizontal or vertical lines. It's one of a few different overlay tools available in Lightroom.
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How to Use Lightroom's Layout Image Loupe Overlay Feature

There are a few different ways to add visual guides over photos in Lightroom. The Layout Image Loupe Overlay is a handy tool to find images that work with specific design requirements.
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The Ins and Outs of Zooming in Lightroom

Lightroom's basic zooming in on a photo is simple and intuitive, but there are ways to get even more control over how it works to better suit your preferences and workflow.
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Correcting GoPro Lens Distortion in Photos Using Lens Correction Profiles

GoPros have a distinctive fisheye look to its photos and videos by default. But it that's not what you want for your photos, here's how you can correct it in Lightroom.
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How to Flip an Image Horizontally or Vertically

Flipping an image horizontally or vertically to create a mirror image isn't hard, but the functions might not be where you first look.
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How to Rotate Photos in Lightroom

A step-by-step guide to rotating photos in Lightroom, including 90-degree rotation, auto straighten, precise straighten, and rotating multiple photos.
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Using Lightroom's Dehaze Filter to Find Dust Spots

Lightroom's new dehaze filter is designed to cut through the glare caused by haze or mist, but it is also very useful for an off-label use: finding dust spots.
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Lightroom's Dehaze Filter

Lightroom's new dehaze slider can be a very useful tool in recovering detail in hazy or misty scenes. It can also have some strongly negative effects.
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How to use Lightroom's HDR Photo Merge

The new version of Lightroom (known as both Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC) has a new HDR photo merge. Here's how to works.
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Lightroom Panorama Stitcher

The latest version of Lightroom (known as both Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC) has a new panorama photo merge. Here's how it works.
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How to Fix Chromatic Aberration in Lightroom

Chromatic aberration like purple fringe is something you don't want in your photos. Here's how to remove it in Lightroom.
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How to Generate Captions Automatically in Lightroom

Lightroom itself doesn't have the ability to use tokens to automatically generate captions, but here's a plugin that can do a lot of heavy lifting for you.
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Does Editing JPGs in Lightroom Reduce Image Quality?

The image quality of a JPG degrades every time you save it. So you might be wondering how editing a JPG in Lightroom affects image quality.
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How to Remove Dust Spots & Scratches in Lightroom

Dust spots and scratches are unavoidable facts of life if you're scanning film or prints. You can repair them right from within Lightroom.
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How to Crop and Straighten Photos in Lightroom

A step-by-step guide on how to crop and straighten photos in Lightroom.
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Using Lightroom's Crop Overlays to Help with Composition

If you want more control or precision in your cropping than just eyeballing it, Lightroom has some built-in tools to help. Guides include Golden Thirds, Golden Spirals, or Aspect Ratios.
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How to Resize Photos in Lightroom Classic

Having trouble finding the resize button in Lightroom Classic? There isn't one. Here's a simple guide to what you do instead.
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How to Resize Thumbnails in Lightroom's User Interface

If you're using Lightroom on different computers, you might want to change the size of the thumbnails in Lightroom's user interface. Here's how to do it.
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Lightroom Tips: The New and Improved Clarity Tool

Lightroom's Clarity tool in the Develop module helps bring out the detail in photos and now works much better than in earlier versions of Lightroom.
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Lightroom 3.6's Much Improved Recovery Tool

The Recovery tool in earlier versions of Lightroom introduced unwanted side effects like color shifts. Lightroom 3.6 fixes many of those.
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