Master the Library View


Lightroom Essentials


Lesson Info

Master the Library View

Now let's go ahead and cook the import button and then and then what we're gonna do is we're goingto start playing with our images in the library module and this is pretty fast mainly because it's just bring in the previous not the actual photos right so it's creating a new catalogue so we started out by creating a brand new catalog we told it what pictures to go grab see I just imported two operations of progress so one hundred forty four pictures or so and it's going to go really fast so that's cool all right so while that is comeon let's spin just a little bit of time of looking around in the library module there's some tips and tricks that I want to give you for cruising around in this module that will save you a ton of time some of them are on the enrollment pdf that you're going to get if you go ahead and roll in the class which doesn't commit you to buying it or anything like that but you do get a nice little a nice little free d so that's a cool thing to do okay so here we are ...

in the library module and what we've got on the top left hand side is kind of like a little zoom indicator lets you know where you are in the photo if you were to zoom in you can also check my fan came on you can also tell light room exactly how you want your zooming key short keyboard shortcuts to function, which is really, really great. So let's, just click on this image right here. A keyboard shortcut for zooming into your images is a space far, but how far does it zoom in with the space bar? Well, that's controlled by these buttons right here. Okay, so one click with the space bar will do either a fit or a phil, depending on which when you clip. So if I click phil, then the light room is going to try to fill the screen with the photo. I like to keep mindset to fix. I don't see the whole photo. The next press of a space bar is going to do a ratio. Okay and aspect ratio zoom so if you click one to one, then that means if you click your space bar twice first, let me click it it's going to do either a fitter field, depending upon what you pick in the second click of your space bar is going to be whatever aspect ratio you choose here, so I like leaving mindset to one to one. So that means one scream pixel exel's equals one image pixel, so that gives me that one hundred percent view, which is way important when you're sharpening because in light room went in and camera raw if you're sharpening and image you're going to be able to see any change at all unless you're viewing the image at one hundred percent so these air like a little zoom keyboard shortcuts up here now you can also zoom in by pressing command or control plus on your keyboard and you can set a specific zoom level for that keyboard shortcut with this full menu right here so I just clicked this little downward pointing triangle next to that ratio so let's say I want to zoom in at a four to one ratio so that would mean four screen pixels for everyone image pixels that's a pretty good team which is really handy when you're doing detailed retouching work let's like retouching portrait's or you want to zoom really far in an accident the iris is's we'll do that tomorrow tea so it's really handy to be able to zoom and quickly farther so hey smart previous your bill art exists thank you braided line room so let's set that forty one so that gives you an example over here so if we go back by press my space far again we're kind of at the starting point so I've set it up over here using these buttons one space bar click does what it will go to the next thing I said here which is a one to one so that's my hundred percent now if I want to click command plus your control plus to zoom in it'll go straight to four to one you do have to kind of keep clicking on these things because as you change them you're resetting it so if if the zooming ever get so weird and it will take you a little bit tio a handle on this one and just go back to the library module open the navigator right here and then you're just going to click these buttons so if you want the space bar to do a fit and then a second click I wonder one then you're going to click fit and then you click wonder one so now every time I press the space bar I'm flipping between the fit and the wounded one aspect ratio this with my space for but if instead I wanted teo on the second click of my space bar zoom into that four to one ratio then I'd make sure to click fit and then click the four to one and now when I go with my space bar it's flipping between the two so a lot of customization in that one little panel but I like to keep mindset to fit and one to one and then that way when I do command or control plus then it automatically goes to this next setting that I've set up right here okay back to fit your like stop it with zooming, okay? Any time you're in the library, this was probably the most important keyboard shortcut for you to remember g for grid, because that's, where you're going to see all of your thumbnail sergey for grid if you're over in the developed module let's, just say I'm in the developed module and you want to get back to the library of the grid of you no matter what module and you're in tap g so not only will that give you the grid view while you're in the library, but it will take to the library if you're somewhere else, so that will be a big important one for you. Your next question, of course, is going to be well, how can I change the size of my thumbnail that I'm viewing here? Well, you could mouse all the way down to the phone nails and drag that slider right tio make a larger left to make them smaller, but easier is just to tap the plus sign on your keyboard. Okay, so the plus sign makes some larger and this was no other modifier case, just the plus sign really it's just the equal key because you know they have to be shift equal to make a plus, but just tap the equal key and then tap the minus key to go back down so that changes your thumbnail size, so that would be really, really important for you. The next thing that's going to be important is your screen views so tapping the f key like in photoshopped changes screen modes between full screen mode and showing panels thie f can light room will do that as well. So if we type thie f key, we get a full screen and that's really great for us kind of leaning back from his computer and evaluating or for showing a client and image. So does tap have to go back and I think that one maybe new light room five the ft you can also toggle the panel's off and on in case of the panels are these things that are on the left and right sides as well as this film strip panel that we've got at the bottom as well as the module panel that's happening at the top. My module panel is showing and hat in hiding itself as I point teo, I'll show you how to set that up here in just a second, but if you want, you can tap the tab key to temporarily hide the left and right panel so if I take the tap he watched how they disappear tell the panels your back so just tap the tacky to turn them off, turn them on and that's really handy when you're managing in in messing with your pictures here in the in the library module, you may want to get those panels out of the way just for a moment, but that works in in any module. So that's the tab key now shifty, we'll hide even more panels, so if we shift tab that hid the film, strip down bottom, so shift tab and keep tapping tab with the shift key down and it hides more or fewer panels. So you'll also notice that the panels have little bitty triangles next to them. So here's a little bitty triangle over here and here's a little bitty trying well here, here's another one down here and here's another one appear those hide and show individual panels. Okay, so if I tap that, I can see my models all the time, and if I give it another tap, that panel is closed. But another thing that you khun dio on those little triangles is if I temporarily hide a panel and I'm mouse over to the edge of the screen. It'll pop open cave you can change that behavior if you right, click or control click on the little triangle so here I have the option to auto hide and show those panels which I like to keep it on that manual just let she open and close it but let's keep it on auto hide and show and what you change that you'll see how the panel look at that triangle is like filled with dots it's not solid anymore so that lets you know the there's been a change to the default behavior of that particular panel and this may seem like a little thing but as you start spending time in light or in the this kind of stuff is going to be really important for your own personal light room happiness okay, so that is that in then speaking of right clicking I mean you wouldn't necessarily think that you could right click on a little flippy trying like that would you? That is your indicator is one of many indicators that light room not only is it preset happy but it's right click happy any time you want to do anything and you can't find a command for it right click the thing I don't care if it's a flippy triangle to collapse or expand something if it's an image fun they'll look at all those options so many options are available just by right clicking so just treat yourself to a nice beverage when you've got thirty minutes to spare and see how many things you can right click on and see what happens when you right click on you will find so many menus that you will not even believe but it makes it really handy because all of this stuff is available in the menu structure appears the top of the window who the heck wants toe crawl all the way up there and root around and try to find this specific command that year after right? Click on the thing that you want to affect and you're going to get every option. Every possible scenario of whatever you could do to that thing will appear in that menu. So that's really handy. What was your question? Yeah, so with those triangles where you can right, click and adjust how it shows or doesn't show, if you know that more globally you prefer things too, only show when you want them to, so you're going to set it to manual. Is there a way to do that globally? Or do you have to do it? Panel by panel paint on my panel in module per module to because you may want the panels to behave differently if you're in the library module versus develop module. Yeah, but I said mind, auto, hide and that's nice, because that keeps I mean it it is, pops it open when I need it, and it closes it when I go away from it, so I like auto hide a lot, and you might too now another mode that you can enter that really handy in the developed module. I'll just go over here to the develop module to show you this one real quick is called solo mode and this is on your keyboard shortcuts that you get when you enroll in the class so I'm going to turn it off and then we'll talk about it then I'll turn it back on so over here in the developed module you see you've got beetles and gobs of panels here my gosh, I've got, you know, history and pale I've got a basic panel tone curve yada yada yada yada yada as I opened those panels up with her little flippy triangles, then you put yourself in a little bit of scrolling hill, which is a drag so now lead all that now this may not seem like a big deal, but let's say somebody is waiting on you to do something you've got to do something really, really fast you're really short on time that whole scrolling business back and forth is going to get old really, really fast, so wouldn't it be great if you could do something to light room that would make those panels automatically collapse and expand when you click on him so you could do that couple of different ways you can right click on a panel hitter, see how you get different options and you go down here to solo mode but faster is justo option click a panel heather on a mat are all to click a panel header on a pc that will automatically put that panel into solo mode. And let me tell you, once you start rolling in solo mody will not go back, so for eggs sample, that is how the triangles are solid right now. If I option or all click anywhere in this panel name option, click a citizen on purpose. See now how it's dotted so now watch what happens say I'd make some changes here in the basic panel by scroll down, and I say now I want to add an edge vignette watch what happens to this panel when I click any other panel automatically closes it so that's really, really handy. So as I clicked the different panels, it closes the previous panel automatically where I'm not in scrolling hill anymore. Now your next question will be, well, lisa, what if I want to panels open but not the others? Then you'd shift click that second panel so right now we've got linds corrections open let's say we want to open up our detail panel, which has sharpening a noise reduction in it shift click it so now I've got on ly the detail pale and the lynns corrections panel open this is a big deal when you start spending a lot of time in light room so again I'm putting my panel's in so low mode by this is what they looked like normally a solid triangle option click anywhere in the panel header I didn't want to actually make a change your triangles would get dotted and that means that they're going to open and close on their own as you click one the previous ones gonna close and if you want to keep two panels open at the same time you're going to shift click that second panel and that works on any other panels on either side in any module but you can set all that up on a module my module basis now when you do go into solo mode in any given module than all of the panels going solo see now how I've got daughter triangles over here on the left too so if I don't want to look at my presets here's another scroll bar over here as soon as I click history than presets closes automatically so that's in the whole thing so press g to go back to the grid view of the library quick question yes is there a way to set sort of the default of which two windows are open or one window in seoul a mode when you open all your photos okay so as you scroll through you need thio individually do that for photographed yeah great question but the settings are sticky so whatever panels you had open be open until closing oh great cool yeah so if you wanted to you could go and sow a mode and if you know you want to panels open you could just shift click tohave those two panels open and they'll stay that way until you change it oh great going through everything cool thank you yeah okay so I'm actually gonna take these panels out of seoul on because I want that just actually want take the right most trying a lot of solo because I want that painful to stay open so the next thing we're gonna do iss todo and remember you can right click on those okay right click on those triangles to get all of your different options okay now also specific to each module is light rooms own set a keyboard shortcuts and it will give you keyboard shortcuts per module it will also give you tips per module so we're in the library module and you know that because this word is highlighted right here if we go up tio the it's the help many dead gone there we go library module tips library module hill library module shortcuts if we were in the developed module that would say develop module tips help shortcuts so that is handy teo to know where those live okay now let's come back so we did the movie already another neat thing to do in the library module in grid view is to customize the information that you're seeing right here. So if I make my film nails a bit bigger by pressing the what the flusky look at all that data that I've got right there just in this view, I've got s so on so I can see the I s o for each one of those fun nails that's really important if you are shooting stock because this is lisa's general rule of submitting stop, you can pretty much forget about getting anything accepted that's over four hundred s o just it's not gonna happen? It might happen, but that would be the exception rather than the rule because those inspectors are looking for noise and they're looking for all kinds of stuff like that, and they're gonna be looking at your image pixel by pixel at one hundred percent. So when you shoot at higher esos, then you're just asking for trouble, so I'm not saying it never happens, but as a general rule, you know that's why you might want to turn on I s o to be shown in here in your grid view on these old sales, but you can customize all these little pieces of information that you're seeing, so I'm choosing to see the s o I'm choosing to see the pixel dimensions, I'm choosing to see the file name and the file name extension as well as star ratings which we haven't applied those yet but we will okay so let's take a look at how teo uh customize those let's say we don't know where that option lives up here in the minibar what are we going to do you're going to control click the thing that you want to effect so let's control click that sill in the library and down here at the bottom of that resulting shortcut minnie we get view options so here in the view options this is another set of really preferences for specifically the library how you're seeing your image is in the library so what you want to do is turn on this expanded sales because I think by default you get compacts hills and see that you don't get all that information that you're seeing in those sales here on my computer so what you want to do is control click the thumbnail scroll down to the bottom of the resulting menu and save you options and then on grid view here we can set up other options for our zoom called luke put will do in a second but in grid do you want to turn on this expanded sales and see immediately you can see that change here on my computer now a few things that I've done to customize mine is to turn on let's see so watch how the stars or the areas where the stars would be so there's an off and that's turning on that way I could see my star ratings right there my thumbnail view which is really, really handy another thing that you might want to do is go in and customize what's happening all this information that you're seeing here in these expand its cells expand is still just a little bit bigger. So here's, how you do that show header with labels okay, so these poppet menus correspond to these four areas in the sale, so looking at all the options you've got so now at the top lift I might want to turn on my common photo settings that's going to show me the shutter speed, the aperture, the millimeter of lens that I was using all that kind of information about that specific photo and what you know the settings were in camera when you took the shot, you can see it right there in the expand and still it's kind of a lot of information to tuck in right there so you might want to do something different. You might want to show cropped dimensions you might want to show megapixels. See now I can see that's a ten megapixel file that might be handy if you wanna print it out at a larger size and you can tell at a glance so I can forget it I don't have a file's not being in this for me, teo go to that size so that can be handy to turn on. So I've got the second one down from their turn onto crop dimensions because I like knowing pixel dimensions and then at the top, right? I like seeing the file name. But look at all these different he's, different things that you can customize and all those little spot the bottom, right one. This one right here is this poppet menu right here? File extension. Why might I want the file extension on? Well, what about when we start sending files over to photo shop? I want to know glancing at the thumbnails is that the raw file or the psd? So when we if we were to do that and come back, then we would see psd right there. So it's very easy for me to know what file I'm working with in order to choose the right file and not waste time hunting around for this or that. So that's, how I like mine set up so mega pixels, crops, pixel dimensions. I like the file name and I like the extension, but as you can see, you've got oodles and gobs of choices here, so you can set it up however you want now, if you would like, you can also turn on the colored labels to show up in this footer area if you wanted. Okay, so if you devise a strategy for using labels like earlier I said that I like to color code my images with labels, color coding labels, same thing my color code um if I'm going to take them to my website because I do something different with them, then that's just too easy visual out those four you know? So if you devise a strategy involving color labels and turn that on and you can see that color label appear right there on that sale in what you do have the color labels turned on, you might want to there's option in here somewhere where you can turn off the color tint tint grid cells with label colors. There it is when she start adding label color coding, the whole sale turns that color, which might drive a little bit nuts or it might be really russell, so if it does drive units, you can turn it off right there and then you might turn on include color labels so that way you can see at a glance which ones have a color label, but this whole batting around won't turn that color which convenient, disconcerting way that's just up to you, but you can see you've got all kinds of options here now let's talk just a tiny bit about the loop options so appear at the top of this dialogue then I can turn on options for the loop and what's the loop that's your space barzoon that we that we set up using these buttons over here in the navigator so what do you see when you go to loop view by pressing the space bar well you can turn on an overlay of information if you want and what information appears here whatever you set up right here in this area so you've got two different views and there's a keyboard shortcut for going back between the views and it's see ikey I for info information so you can set up two different sets of information you can see here so if I say show me the info that I've said it for the first overlay than that's my mega pixels in my crop dimensions and again I set those up right here all kinds of options that you can turn on than my second information overlay while I'm zoomed in to the loot view here is the items I've set right here in this section so here you can see that I've turned on that common photo settings so you talk about a great learning tool julian cost taught me this one that as a teacher it is so handy when you're teaching let's say beginners level photography I'm a beginner beginner beginner like getting off of shooting and auto on your camera I teach that class a lot julian taught me that this is a fabulous learning tool not only for me is a teacher but if your learning in my class you go home and you turn this stuff on and it just helps you learn what it happens when you change the shutter speed or you change the aperture you change the zoom level or if you change the I s o so it's a great learning tool not only for teachers who are teaching but for students who are learning as well so you might wantto have that turn on and then you can set the other little little pieces of information or do whatever you want. I've got mindset to capture date and time just for no real reason but you don't have to turn on all of these you'll see that a couple of these menus air set to none that just means that I'm not taken advantage of that extra piece of information so you can have as much information appear when you're zoomed in aura's little is you as you want, so I'll go ahead and get out of that library view options you can also get into that dialogue by person commander control j if you can remember that I don't have any for you had to remember jay is a keyboard shortcut for library view options you'll have to figure that one out I guess you could think just show me just show me the darn thing commander control, j and it's also buried appear in the human you view view options. All right, so that is view options, and we covered all of that. Now, the thing to keep in mind when you're in the library of you will go back to good view by pressing the g he okay? An important thing to remember here in the library, I'll make myself a little bit smaller there is that you can select multiple photos. Okay, so how would you do that? Just like it's? Like multiple things anywhere, so you click the first one and you can shift, click to click the last one and light room will highlight or select everything in between. If you just want to click, select this one and maybe this photo down here than you would command or control, click that other photo if they're not sequential and then likewise to d select individual photos while you have some selected, then you could discuss andr control. Click to d select those now while you have multiple photos selected anything you do in the library module and what can we do? The library module will you scroll over here to the right hand side and you look okay? I'll hae my history real quick, so in the library module I can apply develop settings, we'll talk a little bit more about those here in just a minute so if you've got a developed pre set that you want to apply that you didn't apply on import, you can apply that right here in the quick develop module you can change the white balance and mass if you wanted andi, we'll talk a little bit more about these later on you can also add keywords create a keyword list, control your metadata and comments that comes into play when you start posting images on be hands which is a collaboration feature of adobes creative cloud if people comment on your photos, you'll see him appear right here in my room kindly when people comment on your stuff on facebook if you do that, you'll show up right here which is pretty neat but anyway the point being here is that if you have multiple photos selected in library of you, anything you do over here on the right hand side is going to happen to all of them so if I want to change the white balance till all of them I can do that and every single one of those will change we'll go back to ashot if you're in loop view, which means you've press the space bar you can see down here in your film strip see how those photos still appear to be selected there's still light on the outer edge library assumes that you've forgotten that you have multiple photos selected so once you zoom into a photo than anything you do over here on ly happens to the photo that your viewing because light room assumes that you have now for gotten since you zoomed into a single photo, which is just the first one that you had selected it assumes that you've forgotten the rest of these air selected and therefore it's not going to do anything to those other guys on lee the one that you're viewing I tell you this because this will happen to you I swear you will have all these photos selected and you'll zoom in to look at one you're like oh yeah that's great let's go over here let's at key words let's you know, do this and that over here in this right hand panel and you'll come out of this zoom view back to grid of you and everything will only have changed on the picture that you're viewing and you'll be like what is going on here is about your program but that's what's happening like room is assuming that you forgot you have these other guys selected, so if you want something that happened, all the photos that air selected, then you've got to be in grid view, not loop view and again you get to loot the by pressing the space bar great view by pressing the gt now that behavior changes completely in the developed module okay if you have photos selected and you're in the developed module then depending upon how you have your settings turn on or off it's a it's a setting called auto sync if you have that turn on and everything you do is going to happen to all of those photos you just have to be cognizant of what selected what modular union are you zoomed in are you not? It matters so that brings us to the highlighting that is behind these images I don't know if you can see it here in studio maybe a little bit but one of these images is more selective than the others. Okay that's this one see how it's changing those other images air still selected but one of them's more selected whichever one is more selected is the one you're going to zoom into if you were to go into luke you which everyone is more selected is the one that's gonna have the change is applied to it if you're going to lose you start messing around over here on the right hand side so it's a little bit we're selected and more selected is ersstarting but that's what we've got here in a light rain so just so you know okay now how do you d select? I cannot tell you the first time I started using light room I was clicking around like and cursing like a sailor they're all still selected or they were okay, they're all selected I'm clicking, I'm switching between more selected and less selected, but they're all still selected. How do you d select for the love of thor? You click in the gray area, don't click the fun they'll click the gray area. So now, if I click the gray area that I have left with one selection instead of many, I know this isn't safety, but you got to know this stuff or else you'll encounter this crap and you'll be so pissed off that I talked you into buying lottery like this program sucks. You got to know this stuff, okay? So tio not have any photos selected you could either commander control click that gray area? So now I've got no photo selected, you know, no photo selected because there's nothing showing over here in the navigator panel, or you can just press command de fer de select on a macro control de fer de select on a pc de selecting is important because let's say you create an album, which light room called the collection so you could be the library is like your big shoe box of photos, and you create an album of the really good ones for this pacific, you know, johnny's, birthday or what have you claire's wedding and if you have photos selected in there and you go over to one of these other modules so you're going to make a book a sideshow, a print or what have you then on ly that selected photos going to go but if you don't have any selected and you've got an album or collection selected over here on the left hand side and then when you go to one of those other modules created project then they'll all go so you just kind of got to be aware of what selected what's not selected what more selected what's left selected was a party now okay, just I swear we're almost done with this very an exciting part of the whole process but let's say that we're zoomed into this photo and we just want to cruise around teo other photos that aaron her photo strip here so when you're in grid of you can see where you are, you can also see where you are in this film strip at the bottom okay? So if we're zoomed in if we want to go to the next picture that previous picture wieners tap our arrow keys left a rookie to go back right a rookie to go forward and we'll come back out of loop view but just for a moment while we're here if you want to toggle that overlay that you set up in view options often on uh just happy ikey and if you keep tapping it, it was ai for info so it'll turn off what's there or it will cycle to the other information view that you set up so you're seeing off now you're seeing uh info one on now you're saying info to ana tap I again and now it's going off completely so once you set up those things in the view view options luke view these guys right here there will be times when you don't want him on because they'll drive you little bit crazy you know if you turn on all your photos it is that's going to cover it part of your picture so just know that the iraqi will tap tap it will topple that stuff often on so that is very granny so back to grid view here we let's see one last thing here how do we change the size of these thumbnails down here in our photo strip you're going to click and drag the little bar, see how they're getting bigger and smaller. So this is really called a tool bar down here so see how when I point my cursor not that dividing line between the grid area and that film strip it changes to an arrow drag it up that's how you can increase the size of those thumbnails now once you have done that you then get the ability to double click that line and it'll when you double click it. It'll switch between your two last viewing percentages for that photo strip. So if you always like to view them at that size in this size, then you could set that up. And then you could just double click to switch between the two and that's, a very handy thing. Okay, and if you want to hide this whole toolbar down here, just tapped the tiki. Actually, is this one? So t teo, hide it in tea to show it again and see how helpful lightman was. It told you, o tapa tiki, to show it again. So it's very, very, very, very helpful.

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