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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.
Another way that we can evaluate and review our photographs is with the Navigator panel. Now you'll find the Navigator panel in the Library and Develop modules. It's actually identical in both places. Let's go ahead and cover here. You can open up the Navigator panel by clicking on it in the left-hand side panels. One of the things you will notice here is that we have a preview of our photograph. We also have a couple of different zoom levels and here what I can do is zoom in to say a 1:1 view. 100% view of the photograph.
Now, when I did that, I can't really see a portion of the image that's very helpful. So you notice that there is a rectangle showing me my zoom area. I can reposition this so that I can view the portion of the image that I want to evaluate. Well I can also change the overall zoom level. Let's click on 1:2. That's a little bit more zoomed out, or you click on these two triangle icons you can zoom out even further or for that matter, you can increase the zoom level even much more. One of the things that happens a lot of times when we do this is we can either click on the image, or we can click in this little navigator area.
Now let's say, for example, that I want to zoom in on this image and I go ahead and hover over the pink shoes here and I click. Well it zooms to that area, and you can see the rectangle showing me where I am currently. Well there is actually a better way to zoom in than what I've done here. It involves turning on a specific preference. What you can do if you are on a Mac is navigate to the Lightroom pulldown menu and select Preferences. If you're on a PC, you can find those in Edit pulldown menu. Well once we open up Preferences, go ahead and click on the Interface tab.
Here what we can do is look all the way down at the bottom where it's called Tweaks. What we want to choose is Zoom clicked point to center. Also, while we are here, I am going to point out that another Preference which is a really good idea to have turned on is in Filmstrip, and it's Show photos in navigator on mouse-over. Well, let's focus on these two things. First zooming, second Navigator. All right. Well let's exit from our Preferences and then go ahead and go back to Fit-in view. I am going to perform the same exact click, zooming into the same exact area at the same exact zoom level, but now with that new preference turned on.
So when I zoom in into area, you'll notice that where I clicked went to the center of the screen. You also notice that this box is a little bit lower. Before, the box was right about here. Now it was right there so that the shoe was in the middle. Again, I can illustrate that in another way. If I go ahead and click on my daughter face here, this is Sophia. It takes her right to the center of the screen. One of the things that I find although it's subtle, it's really helpful because it gets me to the area that I want to work on in a way that completely disregards the composition.
In other words, it doesn't matter the orientation of the image, horizontal versus vertical, if it's been cropped or not etcetera. It just gets me to the content that I need to work on. Well I also said there was another preference that I want to point out and that one is turned on by default and what it is is it allows me as I hover over my images to see a preview in the Navigator panel. I really like this because again a lot of times, I will have these thumbnails really small. You can change their size by hovering over the dividing line between the toolbar and the filmstrip and changing the size.
So if I have really small thumbnails, as I do now, it's really tricky to find the right image. But this makes it easy because I can hover over the different images and then select the one that I want to work on. Now if you want bigger thumbnails all you need to do is hover over this dividing line here, and I'll go ahead and increase the size of those thumbnails. Also keep in mind there are a couple of other ways that you can zoom in or zoom out. Let's go ahead and navigate back to Fit for a moment. Currently I'm in this Fit-in View mode. What I can do is if I am on a Mac I can press Command+Plus, if I am on a PC that going to be Ctrl+Plus, and you are going to see that I am going to toggle through these different view modes.
Now I'm all the way up to that 1:2 view. If I press this one more time, again on a Mac Command+Plus on a PC, Ctrl+Plus, you are going to notice that it's going to go through all of these different options and then take me back to my Grid View. Right now, I go ahead and press those again. You can see I'm toggling through these different views. So Command+Plus is another nice way to be able to zoom in and zoom out really quickly. Just keep in mind that whatever zoom level you determine here will define how far you zoom in.
so I'll go ahead and press Command+Plus on a Mac one more, and you will notice I am in Fill, and then when I press it one more time, I am in 1:1 and then finally 3:1. So it's going to go through my different zoom rates from further back all the way to much closer, depending on what I choose for my zoom level here when I go through these different options. The final little tip that that I want to share here is if you are zoomed in and you want to zoom out, you can use a same shortcut that we use in Photoshop. On a Mac that's Command+minus, on a PC that's Ctrl+minus, and that will take you backwards through those different zoom settings.
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