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Developing Basics

Chapter Description

In this sample chapter from Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC Classroom in a Book (2019 Release), author Rafael Concepcion introduces you to a range of basic editing options in the Develop module, from automatic adjustments and develop presets to cropping, straightening, and finishing tools. Along the way, you’ll pick up a little background knowledge in digital imaging as you become familiar with some basic techniques.

Getting started

Before you begin, make sure you’ve set up the LRClassicCIB folder for your lesson files and created the LRClassicCIB Catalog file to manage them, as described in “Accessing the lesson files and Web Edition” and “Creating a catalog file for working with this book” in the “Getting Started” section at the start of this book.

If you haven’t already done so, download the lesson05 folder from your Account page at www.peachpit.com to the LRClassicCIB\Lessons folder, as detailed in “Accessing the lesson files and Web Edition” in the “Getting Started” section.

  1. Start Lightroom Classic CC.

  2. In the Select Catalog dialog box, make sure the file LRClassicCIB Catalog.lrcat is selected under Select A Recent Catalog To Open, and then click Open.

  1. Lightroom Classic CC will open in the screen mode and workspace module that were active when you last quit. If necessary, switch to the Library module by clicking Library in the Module Picker at the top of the workspace.

Importing images into the library

The first step is to import the images for this lesson into the Lightroom library.

  1. In the Library module, click the Import button below the left panel group.

  2. If the Import dialog box appears in compact mode, click the Show More Options button at the lower left of the dialog box to see all the options in the expanded Import dialog box.

  1. Under Source at the left of the expanded Import dialog box, locate and select your LRClassicCIB\Lessons\lesson05 folder. Ensure that all 15 images in the lesson05 folder are selected (checked) for import.

  2. In the import options above the thumbnail previews, select Add so that the imported photos will be added to your catalog without being moved or copied. Under File Handling at the right of the expanded Import dialog box, choose Minimal from the Build Previews menu and leave the Don’t Import Suspected Duplicates option unselected. Under Apply During Import, choose None from both the Develop Settings menu and the Metadata menu and type Lesson 05, Develop in the Keywords text box. Make sure that your import is set up as shown in the illustration below, and then click Import.

The 15 images are imported and now appear in both the Library module’s Grid view and the Filmstrip across the bottom of the Lightroom workspace.

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