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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.
Over the next few movies I want to share with you some of the basics about working with the Library module. One of the first things that you need to know how to do, is how to change the two different views in the Library module. There's one view called the Grid view which you can see here, there's also another which is called the Loupe view. We also want to work with the filmstrip, let's talk about how we can do these things. Well, you'll notice that there is a Toolbar, on this Toolbar there are two icons, you can click on either of these icons to navigate between either the Grid or the Loupe view.
What the Loupe view gives you is this zoomed in or this bigger view of one particular picture. You can also navigate between these two views by way of a shortcut. Now because these shortcuts are essential I want to share those with you. For the Grid it's the G key, for the Loupe it's the E key. Now once you've zoomed in what you can do is press your Arrow keys in order to scroll to other photographs. These particular pictures that we'll be working with are really meaningful to me because this was a really special wedding.
Both of these people who got married had lost their first spouse to illness, and after that they'd become friends and then eventually that friendship that blossomed into romance, so it is really quite beautiful. And so in order to view these images we can use these Arrow keys to navigate to the different photographs. Another thing that we can do here in the Library module or in any module for that matter is change the size of the thumbnails. Let's first take a look at that in the Grid view. I'll go ahead and the press the G key for Grid, and then in the Toolbar you can see that there is a Thumbnails Slider.
Now we can go ahead and click-and- drag that to the left or to the right. Another thing that we can do is we can change the size of the thumbnails down here in the filmstrip, because often what will happen is we'll be on a photograph, perhaps in the Loupe view, we want to choose another one in the filmstrip, we just can't quite see it well enough. Well to change the size of the filmstrip you just hover over the dividing line here. When the cursor changes you can then click-and-drag, and now I have a much larger preview of these images down here and I can make the appropriate selection.
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