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7 - Six Tools on Top of the Basic Panel

Look in the upper-right corner of Lightroom, and make sure you're in the Develop module.

We're now going to look at the six tools located in the top of the Basic panel.

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Six Tools Panel

Here they are.

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Crop Overlay

q Spot Removal
q Red-eye Correction
q Graduated Filter
q Radial Filter
q Adjustment Brush

The following features are common to the six tools.

Tool Overlays

The tools create overlays showing where the tool was used.

The overlays allow you to locate previous editing, so you can refine it.

Depending on the tool, the overlays are circles, ovals, lines, and pins.

Pins are dots.

An active pin is a white circle with a black interior.

An inactive pin has a gray dot.

Going Back to Previous Editing

You can return to earlier editing by clicking on the inactive overlay for that editing.

Let's say you used the Graduated Filter to make a sky darker.

You walk the dog.

When you come back, the sky is too dark.

Do the following.

1) Click on the Graduated Filter tool.

The gray pin (dot) will appear.

2) Click the pin.

The pin will change from gray to a white circle with a black interior.

3) Lighten the sky.

4) Click Done below the image.

Hide the Overlays

The overlays may become distracting.

To toggle between showing and hiding the overlays, do one of the following.

• Press h.

• Select an overlay preference in the tool bar.

Turn Off Icon

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Turn Off Icon

You can turn off the effects created by the tool.

Toggle the icon in the lower-left corner of the panel on and off.

Delete a Single Overlay

To delete a single overlay, i.e. the editing the overlay represents, do the following.

Let's say you removed some wrinkles.

You walk the dog.

When you come back, the person looks too young for his or her age.

You need to undo some of the wrinkle removal.

Do the following.

1) Click on the Spot Removal tool.

The gray pin or pins will appear.

2) Click one of the pins.

The pin will change from gray to a white circle with a black interior.

3) Position the cursor on the pin.

4) Press Delete.

The pin disappears, as does the editing done with that pin.

Remove All Editing Done by a Tool

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Reset at the bottom of the tool panel.

Click Reset in the tool panel to remove the editing done with a tool.

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Reset in the lower-right corner of your screen.

Don't click it!

Don't click Reset in the lower-right corner of your screen.

If you do, all editing is removed.

Close

Click Close in the tool panel to close the panel.

Let's look at the six tools.