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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.
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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