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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
What you want to do is customize the information that you see in the grid cells, as well as the information that's overlaid on top of the image in the Loupe View. Well, let's start off in the Loupe View, because that one is a little bit easier to see. I'll go ahead and double-click one of my images, and I'm now in the Loupe View. Next step is to navigate to the View pulldown menu and then to choose View Options. This will then open up the View Options dialog. I'll reposition this actually over here so I can see the info overlay.
Now the first thing that we need to do is to click on this check box in order to preview some of the information. Now, currently you can see it's giving me some exposure and ISO info in the first line. Well, that's because it's displaying Info 2, which is located down here. Now I can change that. Let's say I simply want to see the File Name up top. Now I have that file name displayed there. So it's a simple as making changes from these pulldown menus. What about Loupe Info 1? All I need to do is to preview that by selecting it here, and then same thing.
I can make different changes by selecting them from the pulldown menu in this way. One more thing I want to point out here, and that is this little General message. It says Show message when loading or rendering photos. You definitely want to leave that checked on, otherwise the image may be rendering. You won't really know why. It will be a little bit frustrating. This will basically make your workflow a little bit more seamless and enjoyable, so leave that turned on. All right, what about the Grid View? What we can do is click on this tab up top. It will take us to the Grid View.
Currently, it's showing my grid extras. Now if I turned this off, I won't have any preview. I won't be able to customize this. So let's turn that back on. Then note that we can toggle between Compact Cells or between these Expanded Cells. Now there are number of different options that we have, cell icons that we can include. Compact Cell Extras. So that would be if we're in this view here. Then also Expanded Cell Extras, which would be if we're in this particular view here. So, for example, currently it's giving me an Index Number.
I'm going to go ahead and change this to File Name. What you're going to see now is it's showing me the file name above the images in this particular location. Now there are a lot of different options here. Yet, they're all really self-explanatory. Meaning, in other words, do I want to tint the grid cells with the label colors? Well, we either want that or we don't. Again, if we go to the Compact Cells, you'll notice that you have some options. You always see the preview of the options over here in the grid. If we don't want that Index Number, again, just turn off that option. So because this is so visual, it doesn't really makes sense to get into all the nitty-gritty, except to point out that this is there so that you can customize it further so that it makes the most sense for your own particular workflow.
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