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Customizing the Grid and Loupe views

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

Video: Customizing the Grid and Loupe views

One of the things that you can customize in Lightroom is the information that is displayed around the various views of the photographs. Let me explain. I am going to go ahead and zoom in on one of these pictures and I am going to do this by pressing a shortcut to take this image to the Loupe View Mode. You remember that shortcut? It's the E key. All right! Well, here in the Loupe View Mode, what I want to do is really look at how this image was captured. I want to get a little more information about it to see what type of ISO I used, or camera or lens or whatever. In order to change what's overlaid on top of the image, there's a couple ways to do this.

Customizing the Grid and Loupe views

One of the things that you can customize in Lightroom is the information that is displayed around the various views of the photographs. Let me explain. I am going to go ahead and zoom in on one of these pictures and I am going to do this by pressing a shortcut to take this image to the Loupe View Mode. You remember that shortcut? It's the E key. All right! Well, here in the Loupe View Mode, what I want to do is really look at how this image was captured. I want to get a little more information about it to see what type of ISO I used, or camera or lens or whatever. In order to change what's overlaid on top of the image, there's a couple ways to do this.

If you press the I key, think of I for Information, you can then see this info. It shows me the filename, when it was captured, also the dimensions. Press it again and we get some different information. What it was captured at, f / 3.5, ISO 125. It was shot at about 70mm focal length, using a 24-70 lens. Sometimes this can be really helpful or just interesting information. Well, we can change how this information is displayed and we can do that by going to an area where we can customize this.

Yet, before we do that, let's go back to the Grid View and take a look at how we can add some info to the Grid View. Let's press the G key, and in the Grid View what I am going to do is increase my Thumbnail Size by dragging the slider to the right, and I am going to do this just because I think it's easier for a demo. Now, in the Grid View, rather than pressing the I key, you press the J key. Now, I know this is kind of a funny shortcut, maybe a difficult one to remember, but I'll throw it out there anyway. Press the J key multiple times and you can see we have different info displayed around the image.

And again, we can press it multiple times to toggle through the different types of information that can be displayed there. Well, how can we get access to what's displayed and how can we change this? Well, what you can do is navigate to the View pull-down Menu and in the View pull-down Menu you'll notice there is an option or menu item for View Options. When you open up View Options, you can change what you're looking at, either Grid or Loupe. Currently, I am in the Grid View, because my images are in the Grid View. So what I can do is I can Show the Grid Extras.

In other words, I can have other information surrounding this. In this case, I can show the clickable items on mouse over, I can tint them if I have a label, I can show info tooltips, and you can seen as I click these options off, less and less is going to be displayed around the photograph, and as we do this what we can do then is have less information. You also notice that we have info for Compact or Expanded Cells. Well, let's take a look at this. We can go to Compact Cells and it can show us those in this view over here, and I can add some of this information, or I can go to Expanded Cells and then I can add some info there.

So again, I don't think I need to go through all of these little bits of information, but just know that they're there and know that you can customize them. All right! What about the Loupe View? Well, if we go to the Loupe View, we have two different Info Overlays; Info 1 and Info 2. Let's start on 1. In Loupe Info 1, we can choose from a whole huge menu of information. For example, let's say I am really interested in the F-Stop, well, I can choose that up top in those big bold letters, and then underneath that perhaps I want to get something like ISO, and there I have that underneath it.

And then finally underneath that I could choose my Focal Length. And so I have all of this essential camera information. And the great thing about this is that we have two options, right; we can go between Info 1 and also Info 2, and as we choose Info 2, we have a whole another set of controls, the same options that we've seen before, we can just make different selections. Now, also it says, under General, do you want to show a message when loading or rendering photos. You want to most definitely have that turned on, otherwise it will be a little bit annoying as the image is loading in, it's just nice to have that little loading message reminding you, hey, that's what's happening.

Also, you can click to show the frame number when displaying a video time, this is more for video files, and you can Play HD video at draft quality. This allows you to have quicker access to that. We'll talk about video a little bit more later, but I thought it was worthwhile to at least point those out. All right! Well, so far so good, let's go ahead and close out of this and go back to the image. Well, let's say for example, that we are in this Loupe View, and we want to change this, but we can't remember where that menu is. You can also access this information by hovering over the image and then Right or Ctrl+Clicking and then you can select from this contextual pop-up menu, View Options, that's going to open that same dialog that we saw before.

It's just kind of a nice and quick way to access it. So just remember that when you're thinking about View Options, you have a couple of ways to access that information. If you're in the Loupe View, you can press the I key to toggle between the different information overlay. When you're in the Grid Mode, you can press the J key and that will go through those different view modes that you have as well, Compact or Expanded, in order to display more or less information.

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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
      5m 56s
  3. 30m 18s
    1. The Photoshop Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    2. Using the interface shortcuts
      4m 57s
    3. Working with panels
      4m 24s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      5m 49s
    5. Customizing interface elements
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a custom panel end mark
      3m 45s
    7. Using module tips
      57s
  4. 36m 32s
    1. Importing images and looking at file formats
      5m 27s
    2. Importing preferences
      3m 13s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 10s
    4. Setting catalog preferences and import and preview options
      5m 38s
    5. Importing from a folder
      4m 2s
    6. Importing photos from a CF card
      10m 22s
    7. Creating an import preset
      2m 40s
  5. 11m 37s
    1. Drag-and-drop importing
      2m 8s
    2. Auto-importing from a watched folder
      4m 48s
    3. Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
      4m 41s
  6. 9m 36s
    1. Introducing tethered capture
      3m 47s
    2. Working with tethered capture
      2m 55s
    3. Considering color management with tethered capture
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 21s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      3m 12s
    2. Demystifying catalogs by way of comparison
      3m 34s
    3. Optimizing and backing up catalogs
      6m 13s
    4. Importing and updating legacy catalogs
      6m 38s
    5. Exporting a catalog
      3m 53s
    6. Learning more about catalogs
      51s
  8. 41m 51s
    1. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      2m 14s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      4m 47s
    3. Customizing the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 14s
    4. Customizing the Filmstrip
      3m 17s
    5. Comparing two images
      5m 23s
    6. Surveying two or more images
      3m 15s
    7. Working with folders and files
      4m 2s
    8. Deleting and removing images from folders
      3m 1s
    9. Working with multiple hard drives
      8m 2s
    10. Dual-monitor support
      2m 36s
  9. 30m 25s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      5m 20s
    2. Adding ratings with the Painter tool
      3m 32s
    3. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 58s
    4. A filtering workflow
      5m 54s
    5. Filtering by file type
      1m 54s
    6. Filtering by type and metadata
      3m 22s
    7. Sorting photos
      1m 58s
    8. Stacking photos into groups
      4m 27s
  10. 21m 51s
    1. Using Smart Collections
      4m 7s
    2. Using Quick Collections
      2m 25s
    3. What is a collection?
      3m 39s
    4. Working with collections
      3m 22s
    5. Going further with collections
      3m 17s
    6. An evaluative-collection workflow
      5m 1s
  11. 12m 23s
    1. Overviewing the new Map module
      2m 32s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 46s
    3. Creating saved locations
      6m 5s
  12. 10m 44s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 12s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      3m 53s
  13. 31m 41s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 49s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
    7. Exporting to a hard drive
      2m 37s
    8. Publishing to a hard drive
      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 18s
    10. Publishing video to Flickr
      2m 35s
  14. 17m 11s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Converting to DNG and the Embed Fast Load Data option
      3m 45s
    3. Reducing file size with the lossy compressed DNG
      5m 54s
  15. 22m 39s
    1. Adding keywords
      3m 33s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 58s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      1m 29s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 44s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 23s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      3m 26s
  16. 27m 34s
    1. External editing preferences
      5m 14s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Editing an original TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      3m 40s
    4. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      4m 34s
    6. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      4m 39s
  17. 29m 1s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      4m 44s
    2. Publishing to a folder
      4m 5s
    3. Using exporting presets
      4m 51s
    4. Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom
      5m 34s
    5. Exporting to Adobe Revel
      3m 39s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      6m 8s
  18. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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