Your Lightroom Workspace

The best way to start with Lightroom is to go exploring.  Play around. The more familiar you get, the faster and easier your workflow.

Like other Adobe programs, Lightroom uses many tools grouped into ‘panels’. They are right, center, and left. There are modules at the top right and a gallery at the bottom. Your tools, panels and gallery can be customized to ways that work best for you.

Tools and Panel Layout

The tools in the panels change when you select different modules. You can arrange, condense, and expand tools to meet your needs and preferences.


The Library, Develop, Map, Book, Slideshow, Print and Web are different working spaces.  Library is for importing and organizing. The Develop module provides comprehensive image editing tools. Map provides geo-tagging and GPS coordinate attachment to images. The Book module helps you create and publish sophisticated photo books. Slideshow is great for presentations of your images. Print and Web Modules help you format and generate your images for screen, print, or web.

What’s Next?

The best way to learn is to do. So instead of giving more in depth information about each and every theoretical Lightroom capability, let’s walk through it with an image. That way you can see what a given tool actually does. The next post will introduce how to import your image.

Next post: Importing Images Into Lightroom

Jennifer Apffel is a photographer with over a decade of experience in portrait, event, and product photography. She also does freelance graphic design and fine art. For more check out,, or look for her on