Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with the interface, part of Lightroom Power Shortcuts.
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Here I want to talk a little bit about how we can get started working with the Library module interface. And in this movie, I'll share with you a few shortcuts which will be a bit of a review, but I'll also include a couple of new ones as well. All right; well for starters, here we are in the Library module, and we're viewing our images in the Grid View mode, we've selected a folder; this folder titled Daisy, because these are some pictures that I captured of our puppy Daisy, which we recently adopted, and also her family. In order to view one of these images in the Loupe View, we can either click on the image here in this Grid View, or we can click on it in the filmstrip, and then press the E key in order to go to that Loupe View.
Next, you can use your arrow keys in order to navigate between the different photographs. Then if you want to go back to the Grid View, simply press the G key. Well, let's say that we want to do some filtering with these photographs, so that we can just view certain pictures which were captured with a particular lens. Well, to do that we need to open up our Library filtering options. In the Library module, to do that you press the backslash key; that's the key which leans to the left. Here you can see it's opening up my Library Filters.
Next, we could click on a filtering option, say, like Metadata; here I could click on a lens, for example. I just want to see the images which were capture with a 50 mm lens. Or perhaps I want to see those photographs which were captured with the 24 to 70 millimeter lens. In order to remove whatever filtering criteria you've applied, you can just click on None. Next, if you want to show or hide the Library filtering options, you can press that backslash key in order to open or to close those filtering options.
Next, let's move to the base of this interface here, where we have the toolbar. We've already talked about how we can press the T key in order to show or hide the toolbar. Then underneath that, it's showing us where we are; we're in this folder. We have 14 photographs in that folder. If we want to change folders, we can obviously either click inside of the folders here, if you go ahead and select a folder, or you can right-click or Control+click on this area in order to choose the folders which you've recently navigated to.
Now, if you have a folder that you work with a lot, what you might want to do is right-click or Control+click, and then choose Add to Favorites. By doing that, every time when you right -click or Control+click, it will list that folder here underneath Favorite Sources. Well last, but not least, I want to take a look at how we can start to work with our panels. The panels on the right are going to become really important for us, and let's say that what we want to do with one of these pictures is we want to add some metadata. So here I'll go ahead and select a photograph, and in order to view that photograph a little bit better, I'm going to press the E key to take this to this Loupe View.
Next, I want to open up my Metadata panel in order to add a caption. To do that, rather than clicking, we'll use the shortcuts which we've learned previously; that is, to press Command on the Mac, Control on Windows, and then a number. In this case, our numbers are 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Well, I want to go to the Metadata panel, so we'll press Command+4 or Control+4 in order to open up that panel. Next here we could click on this pulldown menu, and choose whatever metadata criteria we want to work on.
I want to use the large caption option; I'll go ahead and just type out Daisy our new puppy. Next, in order to apply that caption, I'll just click out of that caption area here, and by doing that I can then apply that metadata to the photograph. To close that panel, go ahead and press Command+4 or Control+4.
- 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