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Desktop 4 - Adjust (Windows)

[Adjust Section Help for Mac]

Desktop 4's "Adjust" Panel contains image adjustment tools for enhancing or correcting your living pictures.

To access the "Adjust" tools, click on the "Adjust" Icon on the left navbar:

This will open the Adjust panel and display available adjustment sections.  

  • Select the image you want to Adjust by clicking on it.  
  • Sections may be minimized by clicking on the section header.
  • To use the adjustment tools, drag the sliders to the left or right.  
  • You can also click on the numeric value displayed next to each slider option and type in a value.  
  • Hit "Enter" or "Return" to apply a typed-in value.
  • At the bottom of the panel, select "Revert to Original" at any time to reset all settings for a selected image to that of it's original capture
  • Use "Undo," also at the bottom of the panel, to undo a single change
  • Changes are automatically saved as they are applied.  If you do not want to keep the changes you have made to an image, click "Revert to Original"

Adjust Sections

The Adjust Panel has six sections:  Histogram, Color, Virtual Camera, Details, Framing, and Depth Map Editor which we'll go over individually below.


Provides a real-time graphical representation of the tonal range of all the pixels of your image.


The Color controls feature image editing tools for adjusting or enhancing your living pictures.

  • [A] White Balance - Use the drop down to select white balance.  Available choices mirror those in camera, with the addition of "As Shot" and "Custom"
    • Temperature - Dragging the temperature slider to the left will cool the image, to the right will warm the image
    • Tint - Use tint to correct for fluorescent lighting
    • Eyedropper - select a region to set the custom white balance. 
  • [B] Tone: Exposure and tonality adjustments can be made using these sliders.  Double click the numeric value on the right for manual entry; Enter "0" for default value.
    • Exposure - Increase or decrease the exposure of the selected living picture by dragging the slider to the right or left.
    • Contrast - Increase or decrease the contrast in the selected living picture by dragging the slider to the right or left.
    • Highlights -  Increase or decrease the tonality of the highlights in a selected living picture by dragging the slider to the right or left.  This will brighten or darken the highlights in the image.  
      • Use this slider to recover blown out areas in an over exposed image, if possible.  
      • If the image is over exposed to the point where no data was captured, you will not be able to recover the highlights in the image, and won't see a change when moving the slider to the left.
    • Shadows - Increase or decrease the tonality of the shadows in a selected living picture by dragging the slider to the right or left.  This will brighten or darken the shadows in the image.
      • Use this slider to recover under exposed areas in an image, if possible.  
      • If the image is under exposed to the point where no data was captured, you may not be able to recover detail information in the shadows.  In this case, when you move the slider to the right, the blacks will turn grey.
    • Whites - Increase or decrease the tonality of the white tones in a selected living picture by dragging the slider to the right or left.  This will brighten the whites in the image
    • Blacks - Increase or decrease the tonality of the black tones in the selected living picture by dragging the slider to the right or left.  This will lighten or darken the black tones
    • Auto Tone - when selected, attempts to adjust exposure and black levels to be more accurate and visually pleasing
  • [C] Saturation
    • Vibrance -  Vibrance adds contrast and saturation to the more muted tones in an image, without affecting more saturated colors.
    • Saturation - Dragging this slider to the right will add saturation
      • Tip - Drag this slider all the way to the left, or manually enter -100, to remove all saturation and make your image black and white
    • Color Specific Saturation options (Red, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Blue, Magenta) - Increase or decrease specific color channels from your picture

Virtual Camera:

Virtual Camera controls allow you to adjust the aperture and perspective of your image after capture. The Virtual Camera panel has four sections:  Aperture, Depth Map, Focus Spread, and Tilt which we'll go over individually below.

  • [A] Aperture:
    • The Aperture slider gives you "virtual aperture control" with an available range of (simulated) f/1 to f/16.  
      • Drag the slider to the left to decrease depth of field and bring more of the image into focus
      • Drag the slider to the right to increase depth of field, making more of the picture appear out of focus or soft
  • [B] Depth Map:  Use the Depth Map feature to reveal the underlying depthmap, which controls what happens when you click on different areas of your living picture.  

TIP - Use depthmap view to quickly identify depthmap errors, which can be repaired in postproduction.

We offer 4 Depthmap options:

    • Off - Turns the depthmap view off
    • Greyscale - Displays a greyscale view of the depthmap, with darker being closer and lighter being further
    • Two Tone - Displays depth in gradations of blue (foreground) to orange (background)
    • Depth Assist - 'Depth Assist' checkbox in Focus Spread section must be checked.  Click on an area in your picture; the space in front of your click will render blue, while space behind your click will render orange.
    • Opacity - controls transparency of the Greyscale, Two Tone, and Depth Assist depthmap overlays.
  • [C] Focus Spread:  This tool enables you to pinpoint exactly at which depths the focus begins and ends in an image — like having two apertures in a single picture.  For example, create a living picture with beautiful f/1.0 bokeh in the foreground and background while maintaining f/16 sharpness on the primary subjects with a single exposure.  Please see our video tutorial for how to use this tool.  
    • Use the "Depth Assist" checkbox to reveal Depth Assist depthmap overlay
    • Use forground (blue) or background (orange) eyedroppers to quickly select foreground and background focus spread
    • Drag the foreground (blue) or background (orange) triangles to adjust focus spread
    • You can also use the Focus Spread toggle control (see diagram above) in the upper right to enable/disable negative focus spread.  When overlapped as in this diagram, negative focus spread is disabled.  Click once to enable.  
  • [D] Tilt:  This tool allows you to adjust the perspective of your image after capture.  Conceptually, these are similar to the way tilt would work in a tilt-shift lens: think of your image tilting or rotating along a horizontal or vertical axis.  Visualization has been added to display depth and focus
    • Tilt - Drag to the left or right to tilt the image around the focal plane.  This will decrease depth of field.  Use tilt to isolate a subject in a scene.
    • Rotation - Drag to the left or right to rotate the image around the focal plane.  This will decrease depth of field.



Adjust sharpening and remove noise 

  • [A] Detail Crosshair Target
    • Click on the crosshair target icon in the upper left corner, then click on the area of your photo you want closeup detail.  The detail display box will highlight a 1x or 2x view of your selection.
  • [B] Sharpening: 
    • Amount - Add or remove sharpening (edge contrast)
    • Radius - Adjust the radius that sharpening is applied to
    • Detail - Brings out finer textures of images by controlling how high frequency data is displayed.
    • Masking - Limits sharpening to more pronounced edges.
  • [C] Noise Reduction
    • Luminance: Add or remove luminance noise with this slider.  Luminance noise is variation in brightness
    • Color - Use this slider to add or remove color noise 
  • [D] Defringe
    • When selected, attempts to remove color fringing artifacts.  The Radius and Threshold sliders will effect intensity and effectiveness in different scenarios
  • [E] Lens Flare Reduction
    • When selected, attempts to reduce lens flare artifacts


  • Crop

  • Edit Crop - Click to use the crop tool.  An image crop border will appear.  Click and drag the border to adjust the crop
  • Aspect - drop down menu to select predefined aspect ratios
    • Checking the "Constrain" box will retain the original aspect ratio
    • Click and drag on the white box boundary to adjust ratio
    • Click and drag on area inside the white box boundary to pan 
  • Rotation - rotate the image
    • Double click the number on the right hand side of the slider to enter a numeric value; use '0' for no rotation adjustment
    • Click on the outside yellow box to rotate with your pointing device
  • Done - apply the crop to the image
  • Cancel - cancel cropping without applying the changes and exit crop mode
  • Reset - reset to original image without exiting crop mode

Depth Map Editor:

  • For more information on Lytro Desktop’s built-in Depth Map Editor please Click Here.

Bulk Editing:

  • For more information on bulk editing living pictures in Lytro Desktop please Click Here.