In an earlier blog I wrote about Lightroom’s contextual menus, which are like hidden Easter eggs sprinkled throughout the user interface, revealed with a right/click of the mouse. But, hey, there are more surprises!
Try this and you’ll see what I mean: Hold the option/alt key while clicking on and moving the Exposure slider in the Develop module.
What’s going on? Lightroom is revealing in real time the clipped areas of an image with black representing unclipped areas. (Clipped means areas are so dark or so bright detail is missing.) Do this with the Recovery and Blacks sliders and you’ll also get clipping feedback in the image preview window.
My favorite hidden slider option, up to now, is found in the Split Toning pane. Until I learned about it, I found it hard to see what color tint I was working with. I found I needed to move the Saturation slider first, then the Hue slider to see what I was getting. A much quicker way is to hold the option/alt key and then click and slide the Hue slider. The tint now appears in the preview window. See here what I mean?
The tint changes as you slide the Hue slider, as shown here.
After I get the tint I’m looking for I adjust the Saturation slider to get exactly the look I’m after. Way cool!
PS: I’m not sure what to call these “option/alt” sliders. Contextual sliders? Anyone know the correct term?