Summary – Adobe continues to add new features to Lightroom. One such feature, added in 5.2, is an interactive histogram. What’s an interactive histogram?
The interactive histogram is
A new way to perform an old task
It’s a way to change exposure & tonal levels
Directly by clicking & dragging on the histogram
Rather than adjusting numeric sliders
The end result is the same
Wetlands in Early Autumn
Lightroom 5 post-process; I’m getting the hang of it
The interactive histogram
Provides the ability to click and drag on the Histogram to adjust
Blacks, shadows, exposure, highlights, and whites sliders
Click & drag in the shadows area of the histogram and
You’ll see the shadows slider move accordingly
Note that this doesn’t provide a new function
Just an alternative for performing one that was already there
Tonal slider adjustment
Neither old nor new is better
You’ll probably use both
Click to enlarge to a readable size
This new feature, as shown above,
Duplicates functionality of Develop Module’s Basic panel
There’s a third way to adjust tonal levels within “regions”
The Develop Module’s Tone Curve panel
Has four regions (vice the five in the histogram)
Shadows, darks, lights, highlights
This latter isn’t new to LR; just pointing it out
I’ve used LR more in the past two weeks
Than the past two years
99% is using the Develop module
This will be a continuing trend
With a few tweaks
Basic layer functionality
A more transparent way to use plug-ins
it wouldn’t be half-bad 😉
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