Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with a second monitor, part of Lightroom Power Shortcuts.
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Here I want to highlight some really valuable shortcuts that you can use when you're working with Lightroom on two different monitors. You can see that I've resized Lightroom here, and I've done that just so that I can have both views open in one window, so that I can simulate working on multiple monitors. Well, if you have the luxury of having two monitors, the way that you can open or launch that second window is by pressing Command+F11 on a Mac, or just F11 on Windows. What that will do is it will open up another version of Lightroom on your secondary display.
Now that you have that visible, let's take a look at how we can navigate between our different view modes. We can obviously click on these different options here, yet when you have two monitors, that's going to be pretty far away to reach to move your mouse all the way over there to click on those titles. So let's say that on the second display, we just want to take our image to this Loupe View mode. How can we do that? Well the shortcut, fortunately, is really easy to memorize; you just press Shift, plus the E key. Shift+E takes you to that Loupe view.
To go back to the Grid View, press Shift+G key. Now, if we press the G key by itself, that will change the Grid View here in the Library module, and it will give us the Loupe View over here in the secondary module. Now, if we want to change the secondary display, we know how to do that, right? Just press Shift+G, and it will take it to that Grid View, and you can see how it alternates between these two, so that we can have these different perspectives of our photographs. Well next, let's say that we decided that we want to compare a few photographs.
Let's select a few photographs to compare. In this case, I'm going to click on both of these images here, while holding down the Command key in order to select both of the photographs. I can click on them either on my secondary display in the Grid View, or in the filmstrip down below. Next, to enter into the Compare View, again, the shortcut is really easy to memorize. Whereas in the Library module, it's the C key, in the secondary display, its Shift plus the C key, and here we can then compare these two pictures.
All right, well let's say that we actually want to survey, or compare, or view more than two photographs. Well to add more pictures, here we'll hold down the Command key on a Mac, or Control key on Windows. Then to navigate to the Survey View, press Shift+N key. That then allows you to have this Survey view on your second monitor.
- 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