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Navigating and zooming

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

Video: Navigating and zooming

Here we're going to continue to talk about how we can work with our images in the Library module and in particular how we can change, how we select the photographs and also zoom in on these pictures? Well, for starters I want to navigate down in the Toolbar, and in the Toolbar you can choose what's displayed here by clicking on this triangle button in the far right. And one of the options is Navigate. If you select Navigate what that allows you to do is to navigate between the different images, how would you want to do this? Well let's say that you have an image like this and you're in the Loupe view mode.

Navigating and zooming

Here we're going to continue to talk about how we can work with our images in the Library module and in particular how we can change, how we select the photographs and also zoom in on these pictures? Well, for starters I want to navigate down in the Toolbar, and in the Toolbar you can choose what's displayed here by clicking on this triangle button in the far right. And one of the options is Navigate. If you select Navigate what that allows you to do is to navigate between the different images, how would you want to do this? Well let's say that you have an image like this and you're in the Loupe view mode.

Well perhaps you want to close the filmstrip altogether or maybe you just have a really small filmstrip, well in that case you can just click these buttons in order to navigate back and forth between the photographs. All right, well let's say that we want to see a closer look of an image, because most of our photographs, well, they look good from far, but up close are they sharp, is there a good detail? How is the noise? Let's say we want to evaluate our pictures. How can we do that in the Library module? One of the things that we might want to do is open up the Navigator Panel.

Now this panel is really interesting. Above it you'll notice we have some different zoom rates; we can choose these different zoom rates. For example, we can go to the far right and we can click on this option here to choose perhaps let's say one to four, and then I can use this Navigator window to change what I'm looking at. Sometimes this can even give you some creative ideas for how you might want to crop a photograph. Now you can change this simply by making another selection, let's try 1:8, and again we can change the area that we're looking at.

Another thing that we can do of course is click on another option, like 1:1, this is going to zoom this into 100%, here we can really evaluate what type of detail and noise and whatnot we have in the image, and we can simply move this around by clicking in the Navigator window in order to see a different part of the image. Well, let's go back to Fit for a second, if we choose that option it will zoom the image back so that we can see it in its entirety, let's click on say another photograph. I'll go ahead and choose this one down here in the filmstrip.

Well what I want to do with this image is I want to zoom in on this picture. How else can I do that? We've already talked a little bit about how we can use the navigator controls, yet there is another way. Let's go all the way back to the Grid view; we'll do that by clicking on the Grid icon in the Toolbar. Well here in the Grid view the image is really small. We want it to become bigger. We can use kind of our old- fashioned zoom shortcuts. On a Mac you can press Command+=, on Windows that's Ctrl+=, that's the key that has the Plus key key on it as well.

When we press that what happens is we zoom in one level. Now Command+=, Ctrl+= or - zooms in or out, I'm going to go ahead and keep zooming in by pressing that one more time and then pressing it again, and you can see how it's going through these different zoom modes. Now once I'm zoomed in I can simply click -and-drag the image in order to see the area that I want to evaluate. In other words you don't have to use the Navigator window in order to change what you're viewing on you can also simply just click-and-drag. Well zooming out works the same way, Command on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows, and then the Minus key allows me to zoom out and I'm zooming out through those various view modes all the way back to this Grid view.

So again it's a nice way to change that perspective. Another way that we can do this is we can select a photograph like this one here and let's say the thumbnail, well it's really small and we want to get closer to it. Well, we can simply double-click this file and it will take this image to this Loupe view. If we want to get back to the grid, well, it's a simple double-click and it takes us back to that Grid view. So as you can see, there are a lot of different ways to navigate, a lot of different ways to do the same thing.

Now you don't have to be overwhelmed by this, but just keep in mind that you can kind of select the technique that makes the most sense for you. One last technique I want to show you here. Let's go back to the Loupe view, let's do that by double-clicking. I can also single-click on an image, and when I do that I can go to my various zoom rates. You can see as I'm zooming in, it's taking me to that zoom rate there. Let's say I change this to something a little bit more up close. Now as I click in that Loupe view I'm toggling back and forth between the one that I've determined here in that FIT in View.

As you can see as I've mentioned before there are a lot of different ways to zoom in and zoom out, what I recommend is it might be helpful to re-watch this movie and just jot down some of those techniques or even just to pause right now and test those different zoom techniques out so that you can pick up and integrate the method which you feel will work best for you.

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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
      5m 56s
  3. 30m 18s
    1. The Photoshop Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    2. Using the interface shortcuts
      4m 57s
    3. Working with panels
      4m 24s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      5m 49s
    5. Customizing interface elements
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a custom panel end mark
      3m 45s
    7. Using module tips
      57s
  4. 36m 32s
    1. Importing images and looking at file formats
      5m 27s
    2. Importing preferences
      3m 13s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 10s
    4. Setting catalog preferences and import and preview options
      5m 38s
    5. Importing from a folder
      4m 2s
    6. Importing photos from a CF card
      10m 22s
    7. Creating an import preset
      2m 40s
  5. 11m 37s
    1. Drag-and-drop importing
      2m 8s
    2. Auto-importing from a watched folder
      4m 48s
    3. Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
      4m 41s
  6. 9m 36s
    1. Introducing tethered capture
      3m 47s
    2. Working with tethered capture
      2m 55s
    3. Considering color management with tethered capture
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 21s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      3m 12s
    2. Demystifying catalogs by way of comparison
      3m 34s
    3. Optimizing and backing up catalogs
      6m 13s
    4. Importing and updating legacy catalogs
      6m 38s
    5. Exporting a catalog
      3m 53s
    6. Learning more about catalogs
      51s
  8. 41m 51s
    1. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      2m 14s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      4m 47s
    3. Customizing the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 14s
    4. Customizing the Filmstrip
      3m 17s
    5. Comparing two images
      5m 23s
    6. Surveying two or more images
      3m 15s
    7. Working with folders and files
      4m 2s
    8. Deleting and removing images from folders
      3m 1s
    9. Working with multiple hard drives
      8m 2s
    10. Dual-monitor support
      2m 36s
  9. 30m 25s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      5m 20s
    2. Adding ratings with the Painter tool
      3m 32s
    3. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 58s
    4. A filtering workflow
      5m 54s
    5. Filtering by file type
      1m 54s
    6. Filtering by type and metadata
      3m 22s
    7. Sorting photos
      1m 58s
    8. Stacking photos into groups
      4m 27s
  10. 21m 51s
    1. Using Smart Collections
      4m 7s
    2. Using Quick Collections
      2m 25s
    3. What is a collection?
      3m 39s
    4. Working with collections
      3m 22s
    5. Going further with collections
      3m 17s
    6. An evaluative-collection workflow
      5m 1s
  11. 12m 23s
    1. Overviewing the new Map module
      2m 32s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 46s
    3. Creating saved locations
      6m 5s
  12. 10m 44s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 12s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      3m 53s
  13. 31m 41s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 49s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
    7. Exporting to a hard drive
      2m 37s
    8. Publishing to a hard drive
      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 18s
    10. Publishing video to Flickr
      2m 35s
  14. 17m 11s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Converting to DNG and the Embed Fast Load Data option
      3m 45s
    3. Reducing file size with the lossy compressed DNG
      5m 54s
  15. 22m 39s
    1. Adding keywords
      3m 33s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 58s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      1m 29s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 44s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 23s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      3m 26s
  16. 27m 34s
    1. External editing preferences
      5m 14s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Editing an original TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      3m 40s
    4. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      4m 34s
    6. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      4m 39s
  17. 29m 1s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      4m 44s
    2. Publishing to a folder
      4m 5s
    3. Using exporting presets
      4m 51s
    4. Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom
      5m 34s
    5. Exporting to Adobe Revel
      3m 39s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      6m 8s
  18. 32s
    1. Goodbye
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