Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Essential interface shortcuts, part of Lightroom 2 Essential Training.
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In this movie, we'll be learning a little bit about the Lightroom interface, as well as some essential Lightroom interface shortcuts. Now, keep in mind that as we learn these shortcuts, I'll be repeating these shortcuts throughout this training. I just want to introduce some here. Oh! for starters, let's talk a little bit about the interface. Up top, we've what's called the identity plate. You can customize the identity plate and we'll talk about how to do that in the subsequent movie. And over here on the right, we've what are called the module pickers. Lightroom is divided up into these five different module pickers. In order to pick any module, you simply click on the title for that particular module.
Then, down below we've the left and the right panels. The left panels are typically where we're going to do some organizational work and access some different things. And the right panel is, a little bit more functional. There are some more functions located inside of those panels. Now, down below the image area, we've what is called the toolbar. The toolbar contains different things in each different module. In the Library module, you can see there is some view mode options. You can add some star ratings. You can rotate images and a number of different things. So, look for the changes in the toolbar as you navigate through the different module.
Now, beneath the toolbar we've what's called the Filmstrip. Down here in the Filmstrip, you can see that we've this little thumbnail preview of the image, above. All right, we'll now on to defining these areas a little bit more clearly. As I mentioned, up top, we've what's called the identity plate, module picker over here, right panel, left panel, then the toolbar and the filmstrip down below. Now, here I'm introducing our first shortcut. It's the T key. You press the T key. It will show and hide the toolbar. Now, that's helpful because there are times when you want to get rid of the toolbar in order to open up more space for the image or just you can focus on the task at hand, which may be evaluating the image.
All right, we'll just take a look at a couple of more shortcuts here. In order to do with the interface, you notice that, we've the top part, the left and right-hand panel, then the bottom part. So, what we can do is actually use these F keys to show or hide different aspects of the interface. So, if I press the F5 key, it will show or hide the identity plate in the module picker. If I press the F6 key, it will show or hide the filmstrip. And then the F7 key and the F8 key, those keys show or hide the left panels or the right panels. Really helpful, another way to get rid of panels is with the Tab key. If you press the Tab key once, it will hide both the left and right-hand panels.
You press the Tab key again, it will bring those back. Let's say that you want to minimize the entire interface. You want to minimize the identity plate, and the module picker, and the panels, and the filmstrip down below. What you need to do is press good old Shift + Tab. By pressing Shift + Tab what it we'll do is it will hide practically everything, but the image and the toolbar. This is really helpful, because again you can minimize the interface. So, you can focus in on the image. All right, a couple of more shortcuts for you, and one of my favorite shortcuts has to do with the lights out mode.
If you press the L key once, what it will do is, actually dim the lights. Press it one more time and will turn the lights all the way on. All right, for this next shortcut, I need to move Lightroom over a little bit. So we can deconstruct how this works. As you deal with the different full screen view modes, Lightroom has a couple of different full screen view modes. And if you press the F key, you can toggle through the different view modes. If you press at once, it will get rid of the title bar, which shows you the catalog, what not. If you press it one more time, we'll get rid of those pull down menus. In this way, you can really minimize the interface and even more open up more space for the image.
All right, what now I want to do is to see how the shortcuts work in real life. First shortcut, that I'm going to do is press the F key once, and then, press it again. You can see I have gone to this full screen view mode. I press it again. It takes it back to the regular view. A few other shortcuts that we talked about were pressing the F keys, F5, 6, 7, 8. F5 once gets rid of the identity plate, and the module picker on top. F6 gets rid of the filmstrip down below. Press it again and bring it back. F7 is left panels. Again press again to bring it back. And then F8 the right panel and then press it again to bring it back.
I also talked about a way that you can minimize both the left and right-hand panels and that's with the good old Tab key. Press it again brings those back. If I press shift + Tab, it's going to get rid of everything at the top and everything at the bottom except for the toolbar and how do I get rid of the toolbar. Let's by pressing the good old T key and I get rid of the toolbar. And press it again to bring it back and press shift + Tab again, which brings back the rest of the interface. Now, what I'm going to do is go to the lights out view mode. I press L once, it dims the light. And then press L again to turn the lights out.
Now I can really focus on the image. It helps me evaluate the image in a really new way. Finally, I'll press the L key again. It will turn the lights back on. All right, well, that wraps up our first look at the Lightroom interface and a few essential Lightroom shortcuts. In the next few movies we'll learn some more techniques that will help us customize interface even further.
- Understanding Lightroom's interface, modules, and new features
- Importing photos from a folder, camera, or memory card
- Sharing catalogs between multiple computers
- Sorting and filtering with flags, ratings, labels, and other attributes
- Correcting white balance, tone, saturation, and clarity with the Basic panel
- Cropping, straightening, and retouching with the Tool Strip
- Fixing color and exposure with the Adjustment Brush tool and HSL controls
- Converting to black and white
- Sharpening, reducing noise, and removing chromatic aberration
- Understanding lens correction and camera calibration
- Fine-tuning portrait, travel, and nature photography workflows
- Integrating with Photoshop