1. Hide panels you don’t frequently need to make more room for the photo.
  2. Make the right panel wide to provide more precision on the sliders.
  3. When your mouse is over a slider you can use the up and down arrow keys to change the slider value.
  4. When making editing decisions, consider Tone requirements (lights to darks) independently from Color decisions.
  5. In general, you will want to work your way from top to bottom in the sections on the right panel in the Develop Module, but you will also need to go back and forth between the individual panels.
  6. Often its best to set the White Balance first. Other times, you may want to make some quick tonal adjustments before setting the white balance.
  7. In the Histogram you can drag left and right to adjust the image directly in the Histogram.
  8. Start by adjusting the white point and black point (Exposure and Blacks sliders).
  9. Then adjust contrast using the Tone Curve. (Avoid the Brightness and Contrast sliders if possible; they are too crude for accurate adjustments.)
  10. After adjusting Tone Curve you may need to fine-tune Recovery and Fill Light. Recovery brings back detail lost in the highlights. Fill Light opens up deep shadows (but not blacks).
  11. Adjust Clarity, Vibrance and Saturation after making tonal adjustments.
  12. Clarity – increases contrast in the mid-tones
  13. Vibrance – similar to Saturation but not as strong – will not-oversaturate colors that are already saturated and will not increase saturation in skin tones.
  14. Saturation – pushes color values toward full purity (away from neutral gray)
  15. Use the Targeted Adjustment Tool in the Tone Curve and HSL panels. You can drag the mouse up or down or use the up and down arrow keys to make adjustments directly on the image.
  16. Use the HSL sliders to adjust specific color ranges with great precision.
  17. Sharpness controls – be VERY conservative in applying sharpening in Lightroom. It’s best to do this in Photoshop whenever possible.
  18. Use Virtual Copies to create variations in processing an image.
  19. Save Develop Presets with settings you use commonly.
  20. Make snapshots of different stages of processing.
  21. When done editing remember to Save the Metadata to the file (under the Metadata menu; use Command or Control S)

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