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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.
While we were on the topic of modifying our interface preferences, I want to talk about a few other preferences as well. Let's navigate to the Lightroom pulldown menu and then select Preferences. You can find your Preferences on a PC by navigating to the Edit pulldown menu. In the Preferences dialog, we're interested in clicking on the Interface button. Now one of the things that I want to highlight here is our Lights Out option. Currently, when we press the L key, what happens is it dims to a particular level, 80%, and then if we press it one more time, it goes completely black.
We can actually change this quite a bit. We can go to a different shade of gray or for that matter we can even "turn the lights on" by going to a shade of White. Now our Dim Level again, we can change a couple of different ways. Let's just choose another option so we can see how this looks, and I'll go to a Dim Level of 50%, and I'll close the Preferences dialog, and then I'll press L once. There is turning the lights on to 50%, press L one more time, and now I'm going to this pure white situation.
Now some people really like this because it's a brighter view. One of the things you have to keep in mind is whatever color or brightness value is surrounding your image will affect it, so you may want to try different values here in regards to your overall dimming and Lights Out. Let's navigate back to the Lightroom pulldown menu, back to Preferences, and I'm going to go ahead and take this back to the default black and then that 80%. A couple of other things here that I want to point out, one is we talked about our panel end marks; you can also change the Font Size.
If you feel this size is a little bit too small, you can increase it, although that being said, if you choose Large it's going to prompt you to say, hey! This font change will only take effect once you have restarted Lightroom. Now for most users the small font size will be just fine, but if you need it, they've also included that large option as well.
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