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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.
In the Library module, the toolbar contains a lot of really functional information that you can access in order to evaluate and rate, rank, and sort and preview your photographs. What we're going to do in this Quick Movie is take a look at the different toolbars that we have in the Grid and the Loupe View mode. In order to actually see all the contents here of the toolbar, what I'm going to do is press the Tab key in order to hide the left and right-hand panels, so I can really focus in on the toolbar. Now for our starters the shortcut to Show/Hide the toolbar is the T key.
So, if you're not viewing this, what you can do is go ahead and press the T key in order to show or hide that. You can also navigate to the View pulldown menu and there select Hide Toolbar or for that matter, Show Toolbar. One of the things that do you'd notice here is that we have the different views. We have Grid and Loupe View. If I go ahead and click on the Loupe View, what's going to happen is I have different options here. You can change what's displayed either in the Grid or in the Loupe by simply clicking on this triangle icon.
If you don't want one of these items to be displayed, let's say like Zoom, I'll go ahead and click on that and that Zoom option will disappear. All right. Well back the Grid View mode. One of the things you'll notice in the Grid view mode, as well as a Loupe View mode is that you can always access the different Compare and Survey Views. This is really kind of interesting. So, I can be, let's say, in a Loupe View. I'll go ahead and double-click an image to take it to the Loupe. This icon is highlighted showing me that's where I am. I'll hold down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on a PC, to select another image and then while in the Loupe View, I'll then navigate to compare by clicking on the Compare icon.
Now, the nice thing about this is, again, it can help us really tap into some of these strengths and as a side-note, one of the things that I love about the Compare View is that it can teach you a lot about photography. Here we have two very similar images, captured with a wide-angle lens. This one I shot at eye level. This one I shot kneeling on the train tracks there. And when you shoot with wide-angle lenses, you always need a subject in the foreground. Now, I attempted that here, but I forgot that you need to be close to that subject, which makes this image much stronger.
So, one of the things that you may want to do is take advantage of this Compare mode as you shoot different ways, different images, put them up side by side, evaluate them, try to determine which image is a keeper. All right. Well that's was a bit of a tangent, but nonetheless kind of fun. All right. Well the last thing that I want to highlight here in regards to the toolbar is that you don't need this visible in order to access all of these features. For example, if I press the T key right now, I've now hidden the toolbar. Well, I'm still in the Compare mode. To exit out of the Compare mode, I'll press this C key again and I'm back to the Loupe View.
Let's say I want to re-enter Compare mode. Well, I'll go ahead and select a few files and then press the C key and that will reactivate that mode. So, just keep in mind that as you get better at Lightroom, you may find that there are certain situations where you actually want to a hide that toolbar, and then you just access the information by way of a shortcut. All right, one more thing that I want to showcase here. I'm going to go ahead and press the E key to go to the Loupe View mode and select another image. Next, what I'd want to do is bring up the toolbar by pressing the T key and bring up my panels by pressing the Tab key.
Now, one of the things that I've started to get you to think about is that a lot of times as you evaluate a photograph, you want to minimize the interface, so you have the largest preview of the image possible. Well, so far we've talked about pressing Tab to hide the panels on the right and left, or press Shift+Tab to hide most of the interface. So, let's go ahead and do that. But what we haven't talked about yet is that a lot of times when you get to this juncture, your toolbar is still visible. So, if you need even more space, go ahead and press the T key.
That will get rid of that, and now we have an even larger preview.
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