Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Touring the interface, part of Lightroom CC First Look.
- [Instructor] Let's take a quick tour of the Lightroom CC interface so you know where everything is. This interface was specially designed to be streamlined and simple to use. When you're reviewing and organizing your photos, go over to the left side of the screen and click the My Photos icon, and that opens this column where you can choose the source of photos that you want to see, either all photos, those you've recently added, or photos by particular dates, and where you can organize your photos into albums.
Then at the bottom of the screen, you can choose whether to view your photos like this in photo grid view or to switch to another kind of grid, the square grid where you can see your photos in squares and where you can get a little bit of information about each photo by hovering over it. So here you can see what kind of flag you may have applied to a photo, the pick flag, or the reject flag, how many stars you may have added to the photo, and the little checkmark means that the sync status of the photo is up to date.
Down at the bottom of the screen, you also have a detail view. The detail view lets you see a selected photo like this, in a large view, and you can move through photos by clicking on a photo here in the film strip. If you don't see your film strip, you can open it by going to this icon and clicking. You also can move between photos by pressing one of the arrow keys on your keyboard. Next to the view icons is a sort icon. So here you can choose to see your photos in a different order in the grid.
So if I go back to this grid and then I choose to view photos by import date, that will change their order. I'll go back to capture date, which is the date the photos were taken. Using the icons in the center of this bar, you can add pick flags or star ratings, and over on the right, you can change the size of the thumbnails to make them bigger so you see fewer of them but larger, or smaller, so you see more of them but smaller. Over on the right is where you'll go when you want to edit your photos.
So if I click this icon, that brings up editing controls arranged in panels, and we'll be looking at some of these later in the course. There are other icons on the right, an icon for cropping, a healing tool for removing unwanted spots, and then there are three tools for doing selective editing, where you're editing just part of a photo and those include the brush tool, which has its own options, the linear gradient tool, and the radial gradient tool, and we'll look at some of those as well.
If you're ever not sure what a button does, you can hover over it and you'll see the name of the button as well as the shortcut for it, so here we have e as a shortcut for edit. I'm going to click Edit. There's another menu here that you can access by clicking these three dots, and this offers other commands, including one that you may want to know about which is Revert to Original. If you've edited a photo and you want to get back to its original state, this is the command to click.
Down at the bottom of this column is a button you can click if you want to add keyword tags to your photos, although you don't really have to because up at the top of the screen is the powerful search feature that will find photos for you based on their content even if you haven't keyword-tagged them. Also at the bottom of the screen is the eye icon for information, and you can click there if you want to know more about the photo. If I click on the photo here, that will zoom in to one-to-one view, and then if I want to see a different part of the photo, I can click, hold, and drag to move the photo around in the window, and then I can click again on the photo, and then that will zoom me out to the Fit on Screen view.
The other way to zoom in and out is to use the icons here in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen. And finally, when you want to share a photo, you can come up and click this icon, and from here, you can save an edited photo to your computer or to an external drive and then share it with someone or you can share directly to social media, to Facebook. So that's a quick tour of the Lightroom CC interface, designed so that you can work intuitively and efficiently.