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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.
This movie really is a bit of a bonus movie, and it's intended to be helpful for those of you who have two monitors. And if you have that luxury, one of the things that you can do in Lightroom is you can actually display and view your images in that second monitor. To do this, what you need to do is to click on this icon here. It has the number 2 in it. Wnd when you do that, it'll open up another display in a second monitor. Now, for this movie, I am just going to have this little window sit on top of Lightroom, because I think it's a little bit easier to kind of see how this will work, but you'll have to imagine this being on a completely separate monitor.
Now, what you can do is over this 2 icon, you can right-click or Ctrl+Cclick. You have a huge range of options. You could show this in Full Screen. Now, I don't want to do that, because it would cover up what we're seeing here. I kind of want to see them side by side. Or you can have it in the smaller view as I have here. It's just Show. You can also change the different view modes and compare, et cetera. Let's take a look at what we have here. We can take this to the Grid View mode. Now, when we're in the Grid View mode, we see these small, little thumbnails. Now, if we zoom in on one of these to the Loupe view mode--let's go ahead and do that--we can then view it a little bit larger.
We can also go to something like Compare. You may remember how this works. You click on two images and you can view those two side by side and evaluate if one of those images is a keeper. The nice thing about this is it gives you this perspective while not changing your main window. So again, it just gives you that little extra flexibility. You can then alternate between the views. We can also go to Survey of course, which Survey allows us to look at multiple images at one time. One of the things that you can do as well is if you're working on an image in your main window, let's say this photograph here, and you really like it and you want to kind of lock this off to the side, you can right-click or Ctrl+Click on this and choose to Lock to Second Window.
This will then lock that file there, so as you make changes in your main window, you notice that the photograph in the secondary monitor, well, it's not changing. So why is all of this helpful? Well, all that this does is it just gives you another way to view and evaluate your pictures. Now, if you want to unlock this view, you can always just go back to Normal by clicking on this button here. The last thing I need to highlight is that there's one more button, which is Live. When you click on Live what happens is as you hover over your images, you get this nice big preview on your second monitor, so it's just obviously another way to evaluate and view your photographs.
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