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Adobe Lightroom Feature Overview
Develop: The Powerful Mini-Photoshop

by Robert Thompson
March 5, 2007

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In terms of "correcting" a picture, Lightshop’s Develop section is just as powerful as the RAW Options dialog in Photoshop CS3, giving you complete control over temperature, tone, noise reduction, convert to grayscale, exposure, tint, fill light, blacks, contrast, saturate, a smart "curves" box, hue/saturation, sharpening, chromatic aberration adjustments, lens corrections, add or subtract vignetting, change color profiles…

Really, if this isn’t enough for you, I don’t know what is, and it sure kicks iPhoto’s "Enhance" button to the curb.

Have a certain effect you like?  Black and white with high contrast? Give a photo an antique look?  A bump on the low and high end of the curves box?  Anything you will do to a photo more than once can be saved as a Preset, and the Navigator (in the top left) will give you an instant preview of the image.  Apply this to a single photo or a whole roll of photos. 

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