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In Up and Running with Photoshop Lightroom 4, author Jan Kabili introduces the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom features for organizing, enhancing, and sharing digital photos and video clips. The course shows how to import photos and video clips from a camera and from a hard drive, explaining how Lightroom catalogs work along the way, and how to manage and organize photos and video clips with the Library module. The course also covers enhancing photos in the Develop module, including cropping, adjusting exposure, recovering details from highlights and shadows, sharpening and adding clarity, and correcting part of a photo, as well as enhancing video clips. The course concludes with a look at sharing photos: posting them on Facebook, creating photo books, exporting, and printing.
There are several ways to view previews of your photos and videos here in the Library module. The two views that you'll use the most are Grid view, which you see here, and Loupe view, which is a single photo view, both of which I'll cover in this movie. Here in Grid view, I've closed the column on the right so that we can see more thumbnails. These thumbnails represent the selected source in the column on the left. That source could be all the photos in the catalog or it could be a Collection, a subject I cover in a later movie, or most often it's a folder like the one that I've selected here.
In Grid view, I can get a closer look at these thumbnail previews by dragging the Thumbnail slider over to the right. But if what I really want to do is see a large view of a single photo, then it's best to switch to Loupe view. To switch to Loupe view, I could come over to the Loupe view icon here in the Toolbar or I could press the keyboard shortcut E for Loupe view or, and this is what I do most often, I could come up to the Grid and just double click on a thumbnail. And that opens that photo into Loupe view, at just the right magnification that the whole thing fits in the Image window.
If I want to see the image at 1:1 view, which means that one pixel of the image will be displayed in one pixel of my screen, then I'll click once on the image. Now the image is too big to see the whole thing in the Image window so if I need to pen around to see another part of the image, I'll just click-and-drag. And if I click one more time, that takes me back to Fit view. If you prefer instead of all these clicking to just use an icon to move between the different views then you can come over to the Navigator panel and click on Fit View Here or 1:1 view here.
In Loupe view, I can move between images by pressing the Right and Left arrow keys on my keyboard or you can go down to the filmstrip and select an image there. Click on it and that image will appear in the Image window in Loupe view. If I want to see the file name or other information about a photo in Loupe view, I'll press I on my keyboard and that brings up an overlay of information. In this case the file name, the capture date and time, and the size of the photo in pixels. And if I click I one more time, I'll get another batch of information.
These are the camera settings with which this photo was shot. And if I press I one more time, that overlay goes away. If I want to go back to Grid view now, I could come down to the Toolbar and click the Grid icon. But more likely, I'm going to use the keyboard shortcut G. This is another one that's worth remembering even if you're just getting up and running with Lightroom because you'll use it so often. So, that takes me back to Grid view and by the way, pressing G will also get you back to Grid view if you're in the Develop module. And that can come in handy because say that you're in the Develop module, working on an image, and the only other photos you can access are those down in the filmstrip that are from whatever source folder you have selected over in the Library panel.
Well then, you'll have to come back to the Library panel if you wanted to select a different source folder. So G will get you back here to Grid view even if you're in the Develop module. By default in Grid view, the thumbnails are sorted by their capture time or date but that's not the only way to sort them. For one thing, you can reverse the sort order by clicking this icon on the Toolbar or you can click on the Sort menu and you can choose a different sort parameter. This is just one example, I can come down here and choose the Sort By Aspect Ratio and then I'm going to drag the Thumbnail slider to the left so you can see that all of my photos are now sorted by whether they're portrait or vertical or whether they are landscape or horizontal.
I'll change that back to the default of capture time. Notice too, that each thumbnail here is surrounded by a cell and that there's some information about the photo at the top of the cell like the File name, the size, the format, or other information. The cells take up quite a bit of room so if you do want to see the thumbnails without that information, without those cells, you can go up to the View menu and come down to Grid View Style and choose Compact Cells instead of Expanded Cells and this is what you'll see. I'm going to set that back to it's default of expanded cells.
If you want to work with particular photos in Lightroom, you often will select them in Grid view so let me show you how to select. It's actually pretty intuitive. To select a photo, you can click on it and then if you use the Arrow keys on your keyboard that will cycle you through other photos in the Grid view selecting one at a time. If you want to select multiple photos, then with one photo selected, hold the Shift key and click on another photo and that selects all adjacent photos in between. If you want to select non-adjacent photos, then hold down the Command key, that's the Control key on the PC, and select photos in the grid.
If you want to remove a photo from a group selection like this, again hold the Command key or the Control key on a PC and click on a photo to remove it from the selection. And, if you want to deselect all the photos you've selected then click on a grey area of the grid. So, that's a look at working in Grid view and in Loupe view in the Library module. In the next movie, I'll show you two other views that you'll often use when you're reviewing and rating photos and those are Compare view and Survey view.
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