Join Mikkel Aaland for an in-depth discussion in this video Customizing the workspace, part of Getting Started with Lightroom 2.
Let's look at organizing the Lightroom work space. The Lightroom work space is extremely maliable. You can easily enlarge or shrink the various windows to suit your viewing and working preferences. Whether you're on a laptop in the field or using your large display in the studio. Some things are very obvious. Look at these triangles on either side of the Lightroom interface. If I click on this triangle, that hides that left panel and if I click on it again, it reveals it.
I can do the same thing over here with the right panel. Click on that and it hides and reveals it. And down here another triangle for the Filmstrip. Click on it hides it and reveals it and one more time up here. Give you more real estate. Now I'm going to show you a very easy way to get maximum real estate without having to click on those triangles on the left and right. I'm just going to hit the Tab key and you can see what happens with the left and right panels.
They are hidden, and I'll click on Tab again and they come back. This is very handy if you are working on a laptop, for example, and you really need to get as much viewing area as possible. You can adjust the size of the Filmstrip, which is on the very bottom here. By placing your cursor on that line as you can see now the cursor changes into a different icon. And if I click and hold and drag I can increase the size of the thumbnails as they appear in the Filmstrip.
And now I'm clicking and dragging down. And I'm shrinking the Filmstrip to the point where I can't even really make out the images in the thumbnails. I can adjust the size, to a certain degree, of the left and right panels. Again, I'm placing my cursor right there on the line between the left panel and the preview area. Click and drag. And to a certain degree I can make that larger, or smaller. And the same holds true over here on the right panel, I can enlarge it, or shrink it.
You can change Screen modes directly from the menu bar under Window > Screen Mode. And you can see you have a couple options there. Normal, Full Screen with Menu Bar, Full Screen, Full Screen and Hide Panels. Probably much easier way to change these modes is simply hitting the F key. Here I'm hitting F repeatedly and it's toggling through. The various options and you can see briefly as I change views.
There's a little reminder of what screen that I'm in now. So what do the Screen modes do? When you save your screen mode to let's try Normal for example. The Menu bar is visible at the top. And you can see that. And all the panels in the Module picker are visible as well. Left panel. Right panel. Module picker. Of course you can further customize the screen by hiding the panels or Module picker. By clicking on the small triangles as I described earlier.
Okay, so now if you select Window > Screen Mode > Full Screen with Menu Bar, it looks very similar to the previous screen. However you won't have screen resize capabilities. So I can't change the size of my screen here, it just locks in, in that size. If you select full screen the menu bar is gone unless you roll your mouse over it. There you can see I've done that and the side panels and the Filmstrip remain unless you choose to hide them. If you select Window> Screen Mode> Full Screen and Hide Panels. You can see right away this mode maximizes the image viewing area. Yet maintains some of the viewing and sorting tools as shown. Okay, so I'm going to go back to the Normal mode right here so I can get my left and right panels.
To appear. And I do that by clicking on these triangles. And I also had noticed that my, Filmstrip is missing at the bottom there, so I think I'm going to hit the F key again. And now I have, moved into the next mode, where, my, filmstrip is now visible at the bottom. So I want to show you something that's not as obvious. Most of the things in Lightroom you'll find are pretty intuitive. Especially when it comes to the interface.
There's some things that aren't quite as obvious. For example, notice over here on the left panel. I'll click on one of these triangles and it opens up in this case the Navigator. Now I'll move down, and I'll click on this triangle to the Catalog. And you see both the Navigator and the Catalog are open. Now I'm going to click on Folders, Folders is now open. And I'm going to click on Collections. So all my choices have opened, and they are available by scrolling. You may find that it's more useful if you just have one open at a time. I'm going to show you a very easy way to make that happen. If you right-click or hold the Ctrl button while you click on one of the panes.
We call these panes here, and you put this into Solo mode. Okay? Now we're in Solo mode. And you can see what happens when I click on Folders. And then I move to click on Collections. Folders closed, Collections opened. I'll click on Catalog. And you see now that Collection just closed, and Catalog is opened. You can do the same thing over here on the right panel. I'm going to hold down the Ctrl or right click. And put this into Solo mode as well. They act independently, so I could have one in Solo mode and the other in the Non-Solo mode.
'Kay, you may have also noticed when I right clicked on that pane, there's another series of choices you can make here. Each one of these, because it has a check mark, indicates that Quick Develop, Key Wording, Keyword List and Meta Data Panes, are available, and visible. You can deselect any one of those if you want to further customize your panels. Since we're on the subject of contextual menus, I want to show you that. Right clicking or Ctrl clicking on different components of the Lightroom interface will produce different results. For example, I'm going to right click on this panel end marker here. And you can see that I can now choose a different panel end mark. If you want to customize your Lightroom interface or personalized it these are various options here.
You can also create your own and make that appear on the bottom of each one of these panels. If I right-click on a thumbnail I have another contectual menu that appears its gives you all kinds of options. Almost all of which are also found up in the Menu bar I am going to click here on the Filmstrip. And you can see there's also options that appear when I right click on the thumbnail in the Filmstrip. I showed you earlier how using the Tab key gives you more real estate and it's one of the more useful keyboard commands. I want to show you another key board command I think it's pretty useful in opening up and enlarging one of these thumbnails here. To better show you what I'm talking about.
Let's pick one of these images. So, viewing images in Lightroom is a pleasure. So let me find one of these images, I want to show you another keyboard command that I think is very useful. Besides the Tab key. I'm going to enlarge one of these pictures that'll better show off this new feature I want to show you. I'll wait for it to render the preview, it's building the one to one preview right now.
And when it's done that rendering preview dialog or note, will, will go away. And, let me enlarge this a little bit and bring this image down, okay. It's giving me information right here about what it's doing to the image. It's rendering the higher quality now. So what I want to show you is one very, very useful keyboard command, simply hitting the L key. The first time we hit the L key, the lights are dimmed and the image definitely stands out better. Now i"m going to hit the L key one more time and now we're into whats called Lights Out mode.
And now the image is easily view able with no distractions and I'm going to hit the L key one more time and I'm back where I can see all the controls. So, let's see how you can also use Lightroom preferences to customize the look and feel of the work space. I'm going to go to Lightroom Preferences here, select Interface I showed you earlier how you can change the panel landmark straight from the screen. Here you can do it from Preferences, and change the type of end marker, and you can also change the panel Font Size here.
Under the Lights Out feature, which I showed you, which was really cool, the L key. You can actually change the Dim level right here. And you can also change the screen color from black to dark gray, medium, light gray, or white. Here you can change the background color, which I leave at medium gray. And I suggest you should to. And the Overlay texture which I leave at none. So here there is some other settings for how things appear on the Filmstrip.
And other settings. Tweak settings. All under Interface Preferences.
- Importing images
- Customizing the workspace
- Renaming files
- Working with Photoshop Lightroom catalogs
- Using the Library module
- Using the Develop module
- Using the Slideshow and Web modules
- Printing and exporting images