LightRoom, Hightlights in Process 2012 vs Process 2010

Started Jan 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
richardplondon Forum Pro • Posts: 10,533
Re: LightRoom, Hightlights in Process 2012 vs Process 2010

Jim Hess wrote:

Yes, and that is why it's nice that we have access to the different process versions. It expands the possibilities.

Also worth remembering: there's a WHITES control as well as a HIGHLIGHTS control.

Also: there's a "points" option (works like Photoshop curves) in the Tone Curve panel, which lets you drag the top right control point to the left, when you want to achieve a hard 100% white clip controllably.

So even within PV2012 only, there are adjustment options (such as, Exposure) which work on the highlights with a gentle detail-preserving rolloff - and options which do not.

In PV2010, a similar variation could be seen between Exposure (which moved the whitepoint) and Brightness (which did not).

IMO, this kind of inconsistency of effect between the various tools, is precisely what extracts benefit from having such a rich range to use - productive, complex interactions. These tricks just have to be explored and learnt in use; how to use them is a science, when to use them is an art. If these controls all safely did just the same thing, there'd be no point in having so many methods; also, fewer creative tactics would be available to us.

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