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2 - Editing Order

Look at the top right corner of your screen, and make sure you're in the Develop module.

Typically, the panels and tools are used in the following order.

Panel Section Tool
Global Editing (Affects Entire Photograph)

Basic

White Balance

WB Menu

Sliders

(If needed)

Basic

Tone

Exposure (All tones)

Contrast

(Convert grays to black & white)

Highlights

(Reduce)

Shadows

(Add fill light)

Whites

(Little used)

Blacks

(Increase structure, depth)

Tone Curve

 

Use if fine-tuning is needed.

Basic

White Balance

Double check color after adjusting the exposure tools above.

Basic

Presence

As needed:

Clarity

Vibrance

Saturation

Local Editing (Affects Small Areas)

Basic

Bar on the Top

As needed:

Crop Overlay

Spot Removal

Red Eye Correction

Graduated Filter

Adjustment Brush

Back to Global Editing (Affects Entire Photograph)

Detail

 

As needed:

Sharpening

Noise Reduction

Reward: Press y to compare the original and edited versions.

Print this out for when you're editing.

Let's look at the panels on the right side in general.