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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.
You can think of this movie as an advanced bonus movie and here what we're going to focus in on is how we can work with two monitors from right inside of Lightroom. Now, if you have the luxury of having two monitors, I want to assume that you're a bit of an advanced user. Therefore, what I want to do here is simply introduce the topic of working with two monitors and also share with you some tips and tricks and shortcuts in order to expedite your overall workflow. Well for starters, how do we launch our second monitor view here? What you can do is simply click on the number 2 icon of this monitor here, and you can do that by clicking on the icon above the filmstrip.
That then launches the Secondary Display window, which is a bit too small. So how can I change that? Well, here's the first tip for you. What you can do is click on this icon again to close that, then hold down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows and then when you click on this, what you'll be able to do is you'll be able to expand this to this full-screen view. Once it's in this full-screen view, you can of course simply open and close it, by clicking on the number 2 Icon. All right. Well, now that we're in this full-screen view, let's take a look at a few other shortcuts that we can use for opening and closing the secondary display and also for changing its size.
These are a few shortcuts you'll want to write down. Here's the first one, on a Mac, press Command, on Windows, press Control, then the F11 key. That will open or close your secondary display. Next, if you want to change the size of this window, add a modifier key, Shift+Command+F11 on Mac, Shift+Ctrl+ F11 on Windows will toggle back and forth between the smaller and also the full-screen view. All right. Well, so far so good. You can see that we're currently in the Loupe View mode over here.
Well, how can we navigate between these different modes? Well, you can of course simply click on the buttons in order to change your view, for example, we could go to that Grid View mode by simply clicking on the Grid button. But let's say we want to speed up our workflow even faster. How can we modify these different views or going to these different areas by way of a shortcut? Well, the shortcuts are really easy to remember, because they're the same shortcuts that we use in Lightroom, except with an added modifier key. So to go to the Loupe View mode, you press the Shift key, then the E key. That takes you to the Loupe.
Back to the Grid, press Shift+G. What about Compare? Well, once again, hold down the Shift key, then press the C key to go to that Compare View mode, press Shift+N to go to the Survey mode. All right. Well now that we know how to navigate between these different modes, let's click on the Loupe View mode for a second. Over here in the Loupe View we have this really nice big preview of this photograph. You'll notice that we're currently viewing this in Normal mode. What's Normal? Well, how this works is is as we click on an image we see it updated over here, in the secondary display.
What's the difference between Normal, Live and Locked? What's interesting is when you select Live, when you hover over your thumbnails you have this big preview update over there on the left. And this is true whether you're in the Loupe View, press the G key or in the Grid View. You can see I have a larger view of those images. Sometimes this can be a nice way to evaluate your photographs. Here I'll go ahead and click on an image and then select Locked. What Lock is going to do is it's going to lock to this particular photograph. So if I make a change either here or down below, I'm not going to see that change.
Now, why would you want to do that? Well, sometimes it's helpful to lock an image over there on the left, select an image on the right, then press the E key to go to the Loupe View, and what I can do is I can select images that I want to compare and here I have this nice side-by-side comparison from one monitor to another. Now, when it comes to comparing we can also of course use the Compare mode. Let's take a look at that. Press Shift+C to enter Compare mode. Now, when we do that, we have the ability to compare two photos and what's great about this is we can change this, and we can change this by holding down Command or Control and then clicking on photos in order to add these to this comparison or remove them, and here we can see we have two different options, and we can select the image which is best.
What about the situations where you want to look at a lot of images? Well, then press Shift+N. Once you've entered the Survey mode, what you want to do is hold down Command on a Mac, Control on Windows, and then click on multiple images. This allows you to add many images to this overall survey of these photographs. Just to point out, if you go back to the Grid View in your library by pressing the G key, you can also hold down the Command key here to add more images or you can hold down the Shift key and then click and you can add a whole series of photographs to this survey.
Now sometimes this can be a nice way to look at a set of images in order to determine which images are best. Now how can you remove images? Well, once again, hold down Command or Control and simply click on a photograph either in the Filmstrip or the Grid View or over here, if you hover over an image, you'll notice that there's an icon in the bottom corner. You can click on that in order to remove a photograph from a particular survey and here you can see it's changing the size of the images dynamically, as I reduce the number of images that I'm viewing here in survey mode.
All right, what about this last selection, Slideshow? We can of course enter the Slideshow mode by simply clicking on Slideshow, or another thing that we can do is press a shortcut. It's a bit of a mouthful, but here it goes. On a Mac, it's Shift+Opt+Command+Return; on Windows, that's Shift+Alt+Ctrl+Enter. This then enters the Slideshow mode. Now upon entering this mode, you'll notice that it picked up the last settings, which I used the last time I was in the Slideshow module. In order to play the slideshow, I can simply click Play and then what you'll see here is that I have a slideshow of these select photographs on the left, while I have my other view over here on the right.
This can be a great way to show clients images or perhaps to have your secondary display be a projector. So you can then show a slideshow while you can work on your files or select that particular files you want to have over here on the right. It can also be another way just to be doing two things at once in a sense. Sometimes when we get into postproduction work, we think about what are the problems here, what do I need to fix? Every once in awhile it's nice just to run a slideshow and enjoy the photographs from what they are, and to step back from this critique mode or this editing mode and just say, okay, hey, this is a nice set.
It's nice to think of these without all these different tools or controls. Whenever you're ready to exit the slideshow, simply press the Escape key and that will take you out of the slideshow and back to this particular view. All right. Well as you can see we can do quite a bit here with this secondary display, just to reiterate, to go over a couple of the more important shortcuts, to go to the Grid View, it's Shift+G. To go to the Loupe View, Shift+E, Compare, that one is Shift+C, Survey, Shift+N, and then the Slideshow, on a Mac it's Shift+Opt+Command+Return, on Windows, that's Shift+Alt+Ctrl+Enter.
And then the last shortcut which I would like to highlight is the shortcut to open or close the secondary window here. To do that on a Mac, press Command+F11, on Windows, press Ctrl+F11 and there you can see that you can open or close the secondary display. All right. Well that wraps up our conversation about working with dual monitors inside of Lightroom 3.
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