Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Using advanced shortcuts for the Full Screen and Lights Out modes, part of Lightroom Power Shortcuts.
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All right, well in these first few movies, we're going to take a look at a few general interface shortcuts. In this first movie, we're going to focus in on how we can dim or darken the interface, and also how we can change the different screen modes. Well, we can press the L key in order to change the lights out mode. If you press the L key once, the interface, it becomes dim. Press it a second time, and everything becomes completely black. This can be really helpful when you just want to focus in on your image.
To bring back the interface to its full brightness value, we'll just press the L key one time. By pressing the L key, we're moving forward between these different lights Out modes, yet you can also move backwards through these modes. For example, if you press Shift+L, everything becomes dark. Press Shift+L again, it becomes dim, and then once again, everything becomes bright. Now, why does that shortcut matter? Well, many times you'll be working on a photograph like this, and you just want to focus in on it, you want everything to become dark.
To do that, press Shift+L. Next, you can evaluate or review your picture, and then if you want to bring back the interface to its full brightness value, well then just press the L key, and it'll bring back everything to its full brightness. All right, well how else can we work with the interface? Another thing that we can do is we can press the F key in order to toggle through different full screen modes. Press it once, and you see that the title bar will be missing. Press it again, and it will dedicate even more space to the Lightroom interface.
Press it one more time, and it will bring all of that back. So the F key allows us to toggle, or to move forward in these different full screen modes, and this is pretty helpful, again, just to dedicate more space to working in Lightroom. Yet, there is this incredibly helpful kind of secret shortcut which we can use in order to go to a full screen mode, which will hide a lot of the interface, so we can really focus in on the image, and here it is. On a Mac, press Shift+Command+F. On Windows, press Shift+Control+F. By doing that, it will take us to this full screen mode here, and it will hide almost all of the Lightroom interface.
Next, if we want to turn the lights out, if we want to darken the rest of the interface, well, we can use that shortcut that we learned just a few moments ago. Press Shift+L for everything to go completely dark, and here we can show this image to a client, or review it without really thinking about all of the clutter of Lightroom. And also, in this view, we obviously have a larger view of our image, which is really nice. Now if we want to bring back the brightness to the rest of the interface, we'll just press the L key to bring it back.
How, then, can we show the rest of the interface? Well, to do that, we'll use the same shortcut that we used to get here. On a Mac, press Shift+Command+F; on Windows, press Shift+Control+F.
- Minimizing different areas of the interface
- Performing a tethered capture
- Finding, selecting, and labeling images
- Working with stacks, collections, and Quick Collections
- Adding keywords to images
- Working with a second monitor
- Exporting and emailing photos
- Correcting white balance
- Converting a photo to black and white
- Rotating and flipping images
- Creating virtual copies
- Making better split toning adjustments
- Retouching with the Spot Healing tool
- Making corrections with the Adjustment Brush
- Adding geolocation information
- Creating impromptu slideshows and web galleries