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- Getting to know the Lightroom interface
- Establishing Lightroom preferences
- Using catalogs
- Importing images
- Image review
- Identifying and locating images
- Optimizing and sharing images
Skill Level Beginner
One of the first tasks you'll likely preform after importing images into Lightroom, is to view those images. So that you can, for example identify your favorites. Lightroom allows you to change some of the settings related to how the images are displayed during that review. So let's take a look at how we might modify the display. To get started we'll go to the View menu and choose View options. That will bring up the Library View options dialog. Where we can adjust settings for both the Grid View, which is where we're looking at thumbnails. And the Loop View, where we're looking at a single image in a little bit more detail.
I'll go ahead and move the dialog over to the side so that we can see the updates to the interface as we change the settings. The first option on the Grid View tab is a check box that allows us to determine whether grid extras will be displayed. What this essentially means is do you want to see only the image or do you want to see a variety of additional attributes related to the images. You can also choose between compact cells, which is what's shown at the moment, or expanded cells. Where we have a slightly larger cell area around the image, so that additional information can be displayed. I'll start off with expanded cells, so that we can see some of the additional options that are available there.
In the option section, we have a show clickable items on mouse over only checkbox. What that means, is the controls that you are able to click on to adjust the image in some way. Will only be displayed when you actually mouse over the image. This helps to keep the display a little less cluttered, but it also means that some of the controls are not quite as discoverable. For example, if I mouse over the image you'll see that I have rotation arrows. So I can rotate the image clockwise or counterclockwise. And I also have a Pick Flag icon that allows me to flag the image simply by clicking here. If I turn this option off, you'll see that those options appear always. So I'm able to discover those features more readily. But of course, I have a little bit more clutter.
It's just a matter of personal preference as to whether you prefer those controls to always be there. Or only when you mouse over an image. I like to have them only displayed when I need them. So I'll turn the check box back on. Next, we have the Tint Grid cells with label colors. If you assign a color label to an image, with this option turned on, the cell area will be highlighted with that color. And that, provides a handy way of quickly identifying which images have a particular color label apply. We can also specify whether we want the image info tooltips to appear when we mouse over an image.
Having this option turned on makes it easy to get basic exposure information about a photo for example. But frankly, I find the is display a little bit distracting because they popup whenever I mouse over an image, so I generally turn this option off. Within the cell we can specify which particular items we'd like to have displayed. This includes, the flags, whether or not we've added a Pick Flag. Or a Reject flag to an image. Thumbnail badges which indicate updates have been applied to an image. For example, here we can see an indication that keywords have been added to these images.
Unsaved metadata, which will present an icon to let us know that there is unsaved metadata for an image. That won't be an issue for me because I choose to automatically write my metadata out the XMP sidecar file for my raw captures. So the metadata should always be updated. So I don't worry about turning this option on. And we can also indicate the Quick Collection markers. In other words, if an images has been added to the Quick Collection, an icon will display, letting us know that. If we're working with the compact cell option, we have some extras that relate to that view. I'll go ahead and switch to the Compact cells display, and then we can see, there's an index number.
This number will change based on which images are displayed. In other words, this image is currently number two. But if I applied a filter that caused this image to not be displayed at the moment. The index number is simply a number that appears at the top left of the cell. And it simply relates to the number of images that are currently being displayed. In other words, if you apply a filter so that certain images are no longer displayed, there won't be gaps in the numbering. The numbers will always be sequential with no gaps, regardless of how many images are displayed. So it's simply a reference for the images that are currently displayed. The Rotation option, of course, determines whether rotation buttons are displayed.
Keep in mind that I have the option set so that those clickable controls are only displayed if I mouse over an image. But I can also turn those rotation icons off altogether. If I decide that I don't need them. I like to have them available, so I'll keep that rotation checkbox turned on, and I can also specify a top label and a bottom label for the images. I can turn the option on and then specify which particular information I'd like to display. For example, I might want to indicate the file name at the top of the image.
And perhaps I'd like to include exposure information below the images. Next, we can take a look at the Expanded Cell Extras so I'll switch to the Expanded Cells view again. And you can see that we have options for the Header as well as the Footer displays. If I turn off the header display, you'll see that that information disappears altogether. But with the check box turned on, I can specify four parameters that I would like to have displayed up in that header. I don't find the cropped dimensions to be useful in most cases. So I might change that for example to my exposure settings, which is certainly much more useful for my images when I'm reviewing them. The point is that we can change each of the attributes that are displayed in those four positions.
And then in the footer we can determine whether or not we want to see the footer at all. And whether we should include a color label icon. In other words an indication of which color label if any has been assigned to an image as well as the rotation buttons for the image. Next week, I turn our attention to the Loop View. So I'll switch to the Loop View tab. And when I do so, notice that Lightroom automatically switches us to the Loop View so that we can get a preview of the settings as we adjust them. The settings are relatively straightforward. We can show an information overlay on the image by turning on the show overlay checkbox, and then choose between one of two settings.
We have Loop Info 1 and Loop Info 2. They include the same basic options, but we can configure them differently. For example, by default, Loop Info 1 has the file name, the capture date and time, and the cropped dimensions. So if I switch to Info 1, we'll see that information displayed for the image. And Loop Info 2 has file name, Exposure in ISO and Lens Setting. So switching to Info 2 will display that information. I find this info to be a little bit more useful when reviewing the images, so I would probably opt for Info 2 in this case.
Of course I can also change any of the settings for the three lines of information that are displayed. Simply by choosing a different option from the pop up. You might notice that there's a show briefly when photo changes option, but that option is disabled for both Info 1 and Info 2. That's because that option is only available if we turn off the info overlay. I prefer to not have the info overlay always dispalyed and so instead I turn the option off and turn on the show briefly option.
This will cause the information to only appear briefly when I switch to an image. That means that when I switch to a particular image, I'll glance up and take a look if I'm interested in the exposure settings for example. But then that information will go away so that it doesn't distract from the image. Finally, we have the general section on the Loop View tab. The first check box here allows us to determine whether or not we want to show messages when photos are being rendered or loading. I prefer to have this option turned on just as a reminder that a preview is being loaded. Otherwise, the common impression is that a photo is out of focus because a very low quality image is being displayed initally.
That can be a little disconcerting and in some cases might even lead you to delete an image that's actually just fine, but just taking a little while to load. So, I prefer to have this option turned on. The last two options relate to video. We can specify whether we want the frame number to display with the video time display. And also whether we want to play HD video at draft quality. In other words, whether we want to play high definition video at a lower quality setting to help ensure that frames are not dropped. In other words that the video will play smoothly.
That takes care of all of our settings for the Grid View and the Loop View. So once you've established things to your liking, you can simply close the dialog and all of those settings will have taken effect.
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