Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Customizing the Loupe Overlay and Grid views, part of Lightroom 5 Essentials: 01 Importing with the Library Module.
Another way that you can work with the grid in the loop used in the library module is by customizing the information which is surrounding the thumbnail or which is an overlap on top of the loop view. First let's take a look at how we can work with the loop view. Because that's a little bit easier to see and understand. Here, go ahead and select a photograph and press the E key to navigate to the loop view. Next, if you tap the I key on your keyboard think of I, as information overlay, you can see that I can display different information on top of the image.
In this case, it's showing me the file name and also the lens that was used, the F stop, the shutter speed, the ISO and all of that really relevant information. Tap the I key multiple times and you can toggle through those different information overlays until you remove it altogether. Well you can customize that by navigating to the View pull-down menu. Here we want to select View Options. When we navigate to the Library View options, you'll notice that there are two buttons. One for the Grid View. One for the loop view. Lets start off with the loop view.
Now in order to see a preview of this. We can click on this check box and it will show us the loop info overlay. In this case which is showing us info too. That's all of this information down below. So lets say we want to customize this further. Rather than displaying the file name, we can click on this pull-down menu and we could choose something else, for example like Common Attributes. Here this will show us if this file was flagged or rated or if it has a label. And in all of these menus, we can customize these in order to change whatever is displayed in this area.
Now if we want to change this to info 1, we can then select that. And here we can choose other options for this one as well. I'll go ahead and select a different name. Or select a different option I should say. The capture date. You can see how it's displaying that here. The time of day, and the date that this image was captured. If ever you need to reset these values to their defaults, just click on use defaults, and it will bring those back to their default settings. All right well next, let's look at the grid view. If you click on the grid view button, you notice that it will change the view of your photographs here in the library module.
Well, in the grid view, we have the ability to work with what are called expanded or compact cells. Let me show you what that looks like. Here I'll close this dialogue for a moment. If you press the J key, that will allow you to toggle through the different views that you have here in this particular way. Here you can see I have different information surrounding the photograph. Well, if we want to customize that, navigate to the View pull-down menu and choose View Options. Here we have our grid options.
We can show these extras either in the expanded or in the compact view. And in this way, what we can do is we can really customize what we're seeing here. For example, we can currently see a particular file size or the file type, and we can change that information as well. But you can see that you can change that by working with these dialogues here. In this case for expanded, they're all located down in this part of the photograph. So rather than crop dimensions, what I actually want to see, is I want to see the megapixels, so I'll make that selection.
That will then update this area of these extras which are surrounding those thumbnails. So here you can click through all of these various items in order to customize the expanded view. To customize the compact view, choose that option but just make sure you're making selections right here. And this way what you can do is you can show or hide different elements which will be surrounding or on top of those thumbnails. Alright. Well, last but not least let's review our shortcuts. Well, to change whats viewed or what's showing around the thumbnails You press the J key.
Press the J key multiple times in order to change that information. If you change an image view to the loop view, select a photograph, press the E key to change the overlay here, press the I key. That will allow you to toggle through these different information overlays, in order to view different options. If you ever want to customize what's viewed there, what's shown there, navigate to the View pull-down menu. Select View Options, and then here just navigate to the area, either the Grid View or the Loop View, and make any needed changes to these menus.
- What is Lightroom?
- Importing images and video files
- Choosing an import destination
- Renaming files
- Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
- Working with tethered capture
- Exporting a catalog
- Using Smart Previews
- Customizing the Lightroom background