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Viewing and sorting photos

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Here are some tips and shortcuts for viewing and sorting photos in the library module, that will help you speed things along when you're working here. These thumbnail size preview in the grid view of the library module are useful for browsing through your photos. But when you need to check the detail in a photo, you'll want to switch the closer Loupe view. To switch the Loupe view from grid view, you could use one of these icons in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen. But this is something that you'll do so often, it's worth remembering a couple of keyboard shortcuts. Those are E to switch to Loupe view, and G to switch back to Grid view.

Viewing and sorting photos

Here are some tips and shortcuts for viewing and sorting photos in the library module, that will help you speed things along when you're working here. These thumbnail size preview in the grid view of the library module are useful for browsing through your photos. But when you need to check the detail in a photo, you'll want to switch the closer Loupe view. To switch the Loupe view from grid view, you could use one of these icons in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen. But this is something that you'll do so often, it's worth remembering a couple of keyboard shortcuts. Those are E to switch to Loupe view, and G to switch back to Grid view.

So I'm going to press E on my keyboard, and that takes me to Loupe view. This particular photo is larger than the available viewing area in loupe view on my monitor. So I'm still not looking at it in one to one view. To get to one to one view, which you'll need if you're checking noise or sharpening. Then just click once on the photo. And then to get back to the fit on screen view click again on the photo. When you're zoomed into one to one view like this you can click and drag in the photo to see a different area. You can also access specific zoom levels from these icons at the top of the navigator panel in the column on the left.

So if I click this menu and I choose two to one view, that zooms me in even closer. I'll click again, and that takes me back to fit on screen view, but the next time that I click, again, I go to two to one view because Lightroom remembers that. So I'm going to go back to fit on screen, then I'll click on one to one view. And that will get me back into the fit on screen and one to one cycle. The panels that I have open on my screen are constricting the size of this large photo on my monitor. So here's how I like to arrange my panels, so I get to see my photos nice and big and have access to the controls that I need most often in the library module.

I don't usually need the source panel on the left to stay on the screen all the time. So I'm going to collapse that column by clicking in the bar in the far left, as I've shown you, And I've already collapsed the top panel and the film strip on the bottom in the same way. But I do often like to keep the column on the right on my screen so that I have access to the useful information about the photo. I'm viewing this in the Histogram panel and in the Metadata panel. I can open those panels by clicking on their title bars. And in the Metadata panel, I have a menu here from which I can choose to view different sets of meta-data about the photo, like the EXIF data from the camera.

Sometimes I like to see information about a photo right on top of the photo, and I can do that by pressing the I key on my keyboard. So if I press I once, I see this information, the file name and the size of the file in pixels. And if I click I again, I get a different set of information, including exposure information. And I a third time, dismisses that information overlay. Sometimes when I'm in Loupe view, I want to see just my photo, without the distraction of any panels or interface elements. To do that, I'll press the L key on my keyboard.

Once to dim the lights and again to turn lights out completely. And then when I want to turn the lights back on, L again. Now let's go back to Grid view and you remember you do that by pressing G on the keyboard. Here in Grid view I can choose to view my thumbnail previews with or without information. This is the thumbnails in their most compact view, with each image surrounded by just a gray frame. I can cycle through different views of information for these thumbnails, using the J key on my keyboard. So if I press J once, now I see an index number, on the frame for each photo.

An if I hover over one of the photos, I get some icons, like this flag icon, and these star icons. Both of which I can use as I'm ranking my photos as we'll see later. And on some of the photos, you can see a little badge at the bottom right corner. This particular badge tells me that I've made changes to the photo in the develop module. If I want to see even more information about my thumbnail size previews, I'll press the J key again. And now at the top of each frame I see the name of the file, the file format, and the size of the photo in pixels.

And I can customize the information that I see here and the information that I see in Loupe view by going to the View menu and choosing View Options. And that will open a large dialogue box that you can explore that gives you lots of different display options. Another thing I can do with my thumbnails in Grid view is sort the way that they're displayed here. So if I go down to the toolbar, and if your toolbar isn't showing, press the T key on your keyboard. Here in the Sort menu, I can choose to Sort by the default which is Capture Time. Or, I could choose any of these other sort properties like Aspect Ratio, which sorts the photos so that I see the vertical ones first and then the horizontal ones. If I go back to capture time, I might use the A to Z icon to change the sort direction from descending to ascending and back again. You can also do a custom sort in Grid view, by clicking right on a thumbnail and then clicking again and dragging that thumbnail somewhere else in the sort order.

Two caveats about doing a custom sort like that. You have to click right on the image, not on its frame in order to drag it to another location in the sort order. And you can't do a custom sort order by dragging if you're in a folder that contains a sub-folder. Now, I've mentioned a few library module shortcuts here that I think are worth remembering. Even if you're just starting with Lightroom, because you'll use them so often. So to quickly review those, here in the grid view, if I want to cycle through information displays, I'll use the J key on my keyboard.

Clicking that several times. And if I want to jump from Grid view to Loupe view, I'll press the E key on my keyboard. In Loupe view if I want to move between photos I'll use the arrow keys on my keyboard. And if I want to cycle through information overlays on a photo in Loupe view, I'll press the I key on the keyboard a few times. And then to jump back to Grid view I'll press the G key. And if I want to cycle through the lights out views, I'll use the L key on the keyboard to dim, turn out, and turn on the lights.

And then if I want to jump back to Grid view, it's the G key. So, I hope you'll give those techniques and shortcuts a try. They can help you to work fast and efficiently when you're viewing and managing photos in your Library module.

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Up and Running with Lightroom 5

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  1. 5m 24s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 22s
  2. 30m 31s
    1. Understanding catalogs
      4m 21s
    2. Organizing your photos before importing
      3m 10s
    3. Deciding where to store your photos
      4m 28s
    4. Importing photos from a drive
      8m 14s
    5. Importing photos from a camera
      10m 18s
  3. 1h 15m
    1. Library module workspace
      7m 21s
    2. Viewing and sorting photos
      6m 16s
    3. Selecting photos
      7m 9s
    4. Reviewing and rating photos
      8m 41s
    5. Organizing with collections
      6m 27s
    6. Using Smart Collections
      6m 21s
    7. Keywording
      4m 51s
    8. Finding photos by keyword
      5m 40s
    9. Finding photos with the Metadata filter
      4m 53s
    10. Moving files and folders
      7m 16s
    11. Renaming photos
      4m 18s
    12. Working with Smart Previews when traveling
      6m 6s
  4. 54m 18s
    1. Develop module workspace
      6m 14s
    2. Cropping and straightening
      4m 25s
    3. Fixing perspective with Upright
      7m 19s
    4. Setting white balance
      4m 41s
    5. Using the histogram to evaluate tones
      4m 5s
    6. Adjusting tone and color in the Basic panel
      8m 45s
    7. Fine-tuning colors in the HSL panel
      3m 35s
    8. Converting to black and white
      3m 56s
    9. Using virtual copies
      3m 43s
    10. Reducing digital noise
      3m 24s
    11. Sharpening
      4m 11s
  5. 26m 21s
    1. Targeting edits with the Adjustment Brush
      6m 45s
    2. Spotlighting and vignetting with the Radial filter
      6m 0s
    3. Gradual editing with the Graduated filter
      4m 5s
    4. Removing dust spots with Spot Removal circles
      6m 12s
    5. Removing content with Spot Removal brushstrokes
      3m 19s
  6. 30m 40s
    1. Exporting photos
      9m 22s
    2. Setting up a connection to Facebook
      6m 22s
    3. Sharing photos to Facebook
      5m 44s
    4. Printing photos
      9m 12s
  7. 26s
    1. Next steps
      26s

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