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Lightroom's Lower Panel

Lesson 6 from: Editing and Organizing your Photography in Lightroom

Jared Platt

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6. Lightroom's Lower Panel

<b>At the bottom of the screen in Lightroom there are a number of tools, including the film strip and many other organizational tools and viewing options that you need to know to make working in Lightroom efficient and enjoyable.&#160; In this lesson you will learn about all of them.</b>

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Lightroom's Lower Panel

1 Let's talk about this lower panel inside of Lightroom. 2 And there's three different areas. 3 The first area is over here on the right, 4 and I choose it as the first area 5 'cause it's the most basic and simple. 6 It's just the size of your grid. 7 So if I grab onto that grid size 8 and I increase it, you can see that the images get bigger 9 and I can take the images down to smaller. 10 So I like it somewhere in the middle. 11 But if I'm trying to really review the images, 12 then I'll take it all the way a little bit bigger. 13 So let's keep it like three quarters. 14 That's the first thing that you'll see. 15 The second thing that you'll see is in the middle 16 of the bottom, which is here's your ratings, flags, 17 and reject button. 18 So I can click on an image. 19 So let's say this image here, if I like it, 20 I can click the one star, 21 or I can also hit the 1, 2, 3, 4, or five keys. 22 So one, two stars, three stars, four stars, five stars. 23 If I happen to choose two ima...

ges at the same time 24 by clicking the shift key, so I click one 25 and then click one image, 26 and then click the shift key and add that. 27 Let's add a third image, so now I have three images. 28 If I go in and click on the four stars, 29 now all of these have four stars, 30 so they all were synchronized. 31 And you notice that when I do that, 32 this little blue thing starts spinning, 33 and that means that it is synchronizing those images 34 up to the cloud. 35 So that blue thing, oh, they're done. 36 So notice that they have the little green chevron as well. 37 Now that the synchronization occurred, we're back to, hey, 38 these are available offline and they're on the cloud. 39 You'll also notice that right next to that chevron 40 is a little, two little hash marks 41 that look like adjustment sliders. 42 That just means that this image has adjustments on it. 43 So it has been adjusted. 44 Also, I can flag and unflag images. 45 Now, if you're used to Lightroom Classic, 46 flagging and unflagging images, if I just click on an image 47 and I wanna flag it, I hit the Z key 48 and that adds a pick flag or a white flag. 49 And if I hit the X key, it rejects it, it creates the X 50 or the black flag. 51 And if I hit the U key, it unpicks the image 52 so that there's no flag. 53 So Z is pick, X is reject, 54 and U is unflag the whole thing. 55 Now, why they chose Z, 56 because Z used to be a zoom key inside of Lightroom Classic. 57 Now it is the Z key for pick. 58 Pretty dumb, don't understand it, but that's what it is. 59 I think they wanted the pick 60 and the reject key to be right next to each other, 61 but then they left the unpick way over here, 62 so it doesn't make sense. 63 So I've got pick and reject right next to each other 64 and then unpick over here. 65 So I don't know why we didn't have, 66 I mean, pick and unpick were close together. 67 So don't try and make a rational sense out of some 68 of the choices that were made 69 when they were choosing hotkeys inside of Lightroom. 70 So Z is pick, X is reject, 71 and U is unpick. 72 So yes, I put that back to normal. 73 All right, so those are all of our ratings and our flags. 74 Now, right to the right of 75 that is the copy edit settings. 76 So let's go to an image here where we want to change it 77 to black and white, let's say. 78 So I changed it to black and white 79 and we'll go over the edit settings in a minute, 80 but, and I'm also gonna crop this thing, 81 so I'm just going to, there. 82 We just need to spin it a little bit 83 'cause it was a little bit cockeyed. 84 And so there we go, that's what I've done to the image. 85 And now I'm gonna copy the settings. 86 So I'm gonna go up to edit copy 87 or command C. 88 So I've copied all of the stuff that I've done 89 to that image. 90 And now I can go down to this little button right here, 91 that's right next to the film strip, 92 click on paste, edit settings. 93 So I'm gonna click on another image 94 and I'm gonna click paste edit settings. 95 And there they are, all the edit settings 96 have been adjusted. 97 But notice that the crop didn't change, 98 it's just the edit settings. 99 Now, if I wanted to, 100 let's say I'm gonna copy these settings from the color 101 and put it back over these black and whites, 102 I'm gonna hit command C. 103 So I copied those settings, 104 and then I'm gonna go to these two images 105 and I'm gonna click the shift key to hold both of them down 106 and click on paste settings. 107 And it pasted back over. 108 So now both of these have the color settings on them. 109 And notice that I didn't have 110 to paste each one individually. 111 I highlighted all the ones that I wanted to paste it on, 112 copy and paste all of them. 113 Now let's try this again, but this time I'm gonna go in 114 and I'm gonna change this to black and white again. 115 And I'm gonna go to the crop settings 116 and I'm going to choose a square crop, 117 and I'm gonna renegotiate this so 118 that it's a nice square crop. 119 So now I have this square image in black and white, 120 and I want to copy that setting, all of the settings, 121 including the crop, over to these two next images. 122 So I'm gonna click on that image, 123 shift, click to the next image. 124 So I have two images down here selected. 125 Notice now that I've got this copy edit setting button 126 instead of paste, but I also have this gear icon. 127 And when I click on that gear icon, 128 it's gonna give me the option 129 to set up the copy setting. 130 So what do I want to copy? 131 So you have to choose what you're gonna copy, 132 and then when you paste it, it pastes all of those things. 133 So I'm choosing what I want to copy 134 and notice that you've got the copy settings. 135 And then if you drop down this select menu, 136 you can either choose all, modified, default, or none. 137 In our case, we want to choose all. 138 And now everything's selected except for the auto settings. 139 And if I wanna reset it back to the default settings, 140 I click on this triple dot button 141 and I can reset the default. 142 Or if I wanna set this particular setting as my default, 143 I can hit set as default. 144 And now this is the default setting, 145 which includes the profile. 146 It includes the crop, which wasn't included the last time. 147 It includes healing, masking, et cetera. 148 Now copying the healing doesn't make a lot of sense 149 'cause that moves all over the place. 150 Copying the masking, that makes a lot of sense, 151 especially if we use AI driven masking. 152 So we'll leave the masking on there for now. 153 Highlight dynamic range, light color, 154 all that stuff makes a lot of sense for now. 155 So we're just removing the healing, 156 but everything else we're gonna keep. 157 So now I'm going to click on the triple dots 158 and set that as the default. 159 And then I'm going to hit copy. 160 Now, do I want to show this every time you copy? 161 No, I don't because I would hate 162 to have this pop up every single time I want 163 to copy something. 164 So choose what you would prefer to copy for the time being, 165 and then just leave this as it is. 166 So I'm gonna hit copy. 167 And so now when I go back to these two here 168 and shift click to that and I hit paste, 169 you can see that all three photos now have a square crop 170 as well as the black and white settings. 171 So we were able to choose what it was we were going to copy 172 and paste and all that's done down here 173 in this little button. 174 So just remember that when you want to change the paste 175 and copy settings, you have to click this little X button 176 and then use that little gear icon in order 177 to pull up the selection box that allows you to choose 178 what kind of settings you want to copy 179 so that you can paste them. 180 Now let's go to the bottom left hand side 181 and let's work with the different styles 182 of viewing your images. 183 The first is the photo grid, 184 which is this one, which I love. 185 I love the photo grid. 186 The photo grid allows me to see the biggest possible images, 187 especially when I grab the size 188 and really increase the grid. 189 It's pretty nice to look at your images this way. 190 They're very, very nice to look at. 191 If I click on the next option over, 192 it's a typical grid with a lot more information 193 and you've got your stars and your flags 194 and you also have whether or not it's available offline 195 and whether it was edited, things like that. 196 It's not a lot more information, but it's a lot less photos. 197 So I don't get to see my photos as nicely. 198 So I don't prefer this option as a general rule. 199 This next option is the compare mode. 200 And when I click on compare, it pulls up two options. 201 And you can see that I've got option number one and two, 202 left and right image here, and they're showing up here. 203 If I click on the arrow keys 204 or if I just click on the images in the film strip, 205 see how it changes that right image as I cycle through them? 206 And I can just use the arrow keys as well so 207 that I can compare the two images at the same time. 208 If I want to change the image that's being cycled, 209 so instead of cycling the right image, I want 210 to hold onto the right image 211 and I want to cycle the left image, 212 all I have to do is click on the left image 213 and then whatever I'm cycling through is going 214 to be the image on the left. 215 So whichever one has the key line border is the one 216 that's being cycled. 217 I can also click on this swap button up in the top area 218 of the of the view area inside of Lightroom. 219 And when I do that, it's going to swap the two images 220 so that the left one is on the right, 221 the right one is on the left. 222 I can also click on this up down option. 223 So right now the orientation is split this way, 224 but I can split them up and down as well. 225 So if you happen to have a taller monitor 226 or something, maybe you'd do that. 227 But I prefer the left right orientation. 228 You can see below each image has the stars, 229 star ratings as well as the flags on both of them. 230 And so if I wanted to to give this one more of a star rating 231 because in comparison 232 to this one, I could, just click on three. 233 And now this has a three star rating 234 and this one has a five star rating. 235 So that is the compare mode. 236 And of course the last one is this detail mode 237 where you see the full image. 238 This is the only mode in 239 which you can access the adjustment area 240 over on the right hand side as well as cropping 241 and retouching and things like that, 242 because it's the only one 243 where you're seeing the full sized image. 244 So that is the four options that you have 245 for viewing your images inside of the image view area 246 inside of Lightroom. 247 And finally, when you're in the grid mode, if you go down 248 to the bottom area here, 249 there is a little three line thing that is the organization 250 or the sorting order. 251 So if you click on this little chevron, 252 you're gonna get the options for how to sort these images, 253 whether it's by capture, import, modified date, file naming, 254 star rating, et cetera. 255 And you can reverse the order as well. 256 So those are the options down inside 257 of the bottom panel inside of Lightroom. 258 And as simple as they may seem, 259 there's actually some pretty important information there, 260 especially when it comes to the copy edit settings 261 down below all of your images.

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Tim Byrne

Great job, Jared! You have delivered a master class for anyone beginning a journey into Lightroom, presented in absolutely clear and relaxed style. And for those with more experience with the program, every old dog can learn a few more new tricks. Teaching software is tough. Jared does it by breaking down each function and including not only the what, but the how and why as well. And each step is amplified by crystal clear photos which are manipulated with the function at hand. Bring a pad of paper, some snacks, and a cup (or two) of coffee. He is relentless in his presentation. You might watch this course as a freebie, but buy it to be able to refer to it for specific steps and processes. I've been using Adobe products since the mid 1990s and this is the best instructional presentation I've taken. ABSOLUTE WINNER1 Thanks, Jared

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