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Zooming and panning in images

From: Lightroom 4 Image Management Workshop

Video: Zooming and panning in images

As you start taking a closer look at your images, reviewing to find your favorites to figure out what work might be needed on some of them, and other reasons, you might sometimes want to actually, quite literally take a closer look. In other words, to Zoom in on your images in order to better evaluate them, perhaps checking for sharpness, checking for noise or other issues. Let's take a look at some of the ways that we can actually Zoom in or out and navigate around in an image, so that we can more effectively review that image. For starters, you might actually think of Zooming as being related to the Grid versus Loop view. For example, switching to the Grid view, we're able to see an overview of our images.

Zooming and panning in images

As you start taking a closer look at your images, reviewing to find your favorites to figure out what work might be needed on some of them, and other reasons, you might sometimes want to actually, quite literally take a closer look. In other words, to Zoom in on your images in order to better evaluate them, perhaps checking for sharpness, checking for noise or other issues. Let's take a look at some of the ways that we can actually Zoom in or out and navigate around in an image, so that we can more effectively review that image. For starters, you might actually think of Zooming as being related to the Grid versus Loop view. For example, switching to the Grid view, we're able to see an overview of our images.

But then if we want to get a closer look at the currently selected image, we can switch to Loop view to see the entire image a little bit closer. Obviously not especially close, but it is a closer look. In addition to using the buttons on the tool bar or keyboard shortcuts, the switch between the Loop view and the Grid view, we can also work directly on the image. When in Grid view for example, you can double-click on an image in order to see that image in the Loop view. And similarly, you can double-click on an image in Loop view to go back to Grid view.

When you're in the Loop view you can also Zoom in on an image, simply by clicking on the image once. Once you've Zoomed you can click and Drag to pan around the image, checking various areas of the photo for example. And when you're finished taking a closer look at the image you can click once again to go back to the full view of the image. You might notice, as you're Zooming in, or out on the image, that the navigator display is changing. If I click to Zoom on the image, the navigator will show me a white box, that will indicates which portion of the image I am currently looking at. But that white box isn't just there for information.

You can also use that white box in order to choose a different area of the image you'd like to look at. You can simply click and Drag the box over to a different area of the Preview in the navigator and the image itself will reflect that change. You can also simply click on a different area within the navigator in order to pan across the image to that specific location. In addition to using the navigator to literally navigate around a photo, you can also use shortcuts here to Zoom to different settings.

We can click the Fit option so that we can see the entire image fit inside the entire loop preview area. We can also use the Fill option. The Fill option will literally fill the loop area with the image. But that does mean in most cases that the image will be partially cropped, unless the aspect ratio of the image of course perfectly matches that Preview area. You can see in the navigator here, for example, that the top portion of the image is not currently visible. We can also Zoom into a 1 to 1 view or a 100% percent preview of the image. Here we're seeing actual pixels in the image.

One pixel in the image is represented by one pixel on the monitor. So, this is in many ways the most accurate way to view the image, and I would say the best way to evaluate things like sharpness within the photo. In some cases though, you might want to get an even closer look. For example, here it looks like I might have a little bit of noise perhaps, or some discoloration. You'll see that I currently have a 1 to 8 Zoom setting, but this is not a fixed value. I can actually choose a variety of different Zoom settings. I'll click the popup and you can see I have everything from a 1 to 16 view.

All the way to an 11 to 1. So for example if I choose the 4 to 1 Zoom setting, you'll see that I'm Zoomed in considerably closer than that 1 to 1 view. Once I've established a value for that button, I can switch between, for example, the 1 to 1 and the 4 to 1, simply by clicking on that option. But again, I can change the Zoom setting for this last button at any time through that pop-up. For now I'll leave that set to 4 to 1, but I'll go back to viewing the entire image. So I'll click the Fit button and then I can perhaps finalize my review of this image.

As you can see there are several options for Zooming and Panning around the image. And doing so enables you to get a much better sense of the relative quality and details within a photograph.

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Lightroom 4 Image Management Workshop

45 video lessons · 1025 viewers

Tim Grey
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  1. 1m 46s
    1. Welcome
      1m 46s
  2. 44m 45s
    1. Library module overview
      3m 20s
    2. Preferences for image management
      10m 6s
    3. Catalog settings
      7m 57s
    4. Catalog backup settings
      2m 22s
    5. Backing up with Export
      2m 56s
    6. Working with the Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    7. Grid view display options
      6m 37s
    8. Loupe view display options
      3m 19s
    9. Working with multiple catalogs
      2m 47s
  3. 27m 50s
    1. Folder structure considerations
      3m 20s
    2. Importing existing images
      6m 53s
    3. Importing new images
      9m 36s
    4. Importing subsequent images
      4m 4s
    5. Using tethered capture
      3m 57s
  4. 28m 54s
    1. Locating images to review
      4m 10s
    2. Getting a quick overview of photos with Grid view
      3m 7s
    3. Reviewing images in detail with Loupe view
      4m 11s
    4. Zooming and panning in images
      4m 19s
    5. Using Compare view
      6m 16s
    6. Using Survey view
      3m 42s
    7. Working with videos
      3m 9s
  5. 1h 8m
    1. Configuring the toolbar
      3m 8s
    2. Picking and rejecting photos with flags
      6m 30s
    3. Assigning star ratings to photos
      5m 39s
    4. Configuring color labels
      3m 20s
    5. Using color labels to identify images
      5m 13s
    6. Auto-advancing during image review
      2m 56s
    7. Working with image stacks
      4m 33s
    8. The Quick Collection
      3m 52s
    9. Using collections to organize photos
      5m 21s
    10. Using Smart Collections
      5m 33s
    11. Basic metadata updates
      5m 8s
    12. Adding keywords to photos
      4m 35s
    13. Using the Painter tool
      3m 13s
    14. Synchronizing metadata
      2m 53s
    15. Writing metadata to images
      3m 17s
    16. Correcting capture time
      2m 51s
  6. 35m 49s
    1. Setting image sort order
      3m 54s
    2. Catalogs, folders, and collections
      2m 30s
    3. Basic image filtering
      4m 32s
    4. Advanced image filtering with the Library Filter
      8m 3s
    5. Locking the Library Filter
      2m 47s
    6. Finding images on the map
      9m 54s
    7. Dealing with offline images
      4m 9s

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