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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
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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