First and foremost I use Lightroom for as much of the editing as I can. Very rarely do I go to Photoshop to process an image.. unless I want to create something that can’t be achieved in Lightroom.
So how do I process my image?
Develop Module in Lightroom
Lightroom now gives you the ability to customise the develop panel. So I have set mine up as per the image on the right.
To customise your panel, simply right-click on one of the options, and select Customize Develop Panel. Arrange your panel order into whatever order you want to, by drag and dropping each panel, and then click save. Restart Lightroom and your Develop Panel will show the order in which you saved your panel order.
For me, first and foremost is the Lens Corrections panel, which applies the profiles for your lens. I always check these boxes. And I always make sure this option is ticked when creating Presets..
It may seem weird for me to do the Transform next, but I like to do the Transform and Cropping before I even start processing an image. What is the point of processing an image and then find you can’t get the crop or composition you want?
Once I am happy with this I then click the letter l twice on my keyboard this will give me the Lights out effect in Lightroom and I can see my image without any distractions.
It is only then when I am happy with the image, do I then start to process the image, by first of all using the Basic Panel or selecting a saved Preset. Sometimes I click on the Auto button, which to be fair doesn’t do a bad job, as it gives you a starting point to work from.
If you do your Transformations before working on an image when saving a Preset to use regularly, make sure you have unticked the Transformation options. You’ve already done this adjustment. The last thing you want, if you use this method, is for the Transformation in your Preset to overwrite the transformations you’ve already carried out.
If you have saved Presets that already have the Transform option applied to the Preset, to remove it, Select the Preset, Right-Click on the Preset select Update to Current Settings. Untick the Transformation box and then click Update. You will have to do your adjustments again on this image… But the next time you use the Preset it won’t Transform the image.
Then process your image to your heart’s content. Add radial filters, graduated filters and play around with the colours to you achieved the desired look.
Here is the final edit of an image photographed at Cockermouth in Cumbria back in 2017.