Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Zooming in on images, part of Lightroom Power Shortcuts.
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Here we're going to talk a little bit about filtering and finding photographs in order to review a couple of the shortcuts that I've already mentioned, and also we're going to talk about how we can zoom in to our pictures. Well first what I want to do in the Library module is I want to open up our filtering options. To do that, press the backslash key. Next let's click on the Metadata tab in order to filter based on some metadata. Now, in the right-hand column, click on this menu item and choose File Type. By doing that, you can filter based on the different type of files that you have.
In this case, I've selected the main Exercise Files folder, and here I just want to view the Digital Negatives. These are the files which are high or full resolution files. Next, I'll go ahead and scroll down to pick one out to work on, and to zoom in on. I'm going to with this photograph here. Next, I want to close the Library filtering option, so here I'm going to click None, so that I can then work with all of the images, then I'll press the bavkslash key to hide that filtering option up top.
Next, currently I've selected this photograph here, yet I am viewing all of the images that I have inside of this Lightroom catalog. Well let's say that I just want to go to the folder where this image lives. To do that, you can right-click or Control+click on the image, then you can select Go to Folder in the Library. This will take us to the folder where this image lives: the People folder. All right. Now that we've done that, let's take a look at a handful of different techniques that we can use in order to zoom in and out on this photograph.
Well if we want to this image, say, in that Loupe View mode, we can either press the E key, or we can double-click on the photograph. Double-clicking it takes it to this larger view. Double-click again, and it takes it back to this smaller view. So double-clicking is a great way to kind of zoom in and out in between the Loupe and also the Grid View. Next, let's take a look at how we can use a few shortcuts on our keyboard. On a Mac, we're going to press Command+Plus, or Minus. On Windows, that will be Control+Plus, or Minus.
So here if we press Command+Plus or Control+Plus multiple times, you can see how we can zoom in closer and closer into this image. Now that we've zoomed into this one to one perspective, as you can see over here in the Navigator panel, we can go ahead and click and drag around the image, so that we can see some important details in this photograph. We can go ahead and zoom in even further by pressing Command+Plus or Control+Plus. Now we've zoomed in beyond 100%. To zoom back out, just press Command on a Mac, Control on Windows, and then the Minus key, and here you can see I can zoom all the way back to that Grid View.
Well, another way that we can change our view mode is by going to the Loupe View here. Let's just double-click to do that, and then we can just click on the image. If we click on the image one time, we will zoom into that area the photograph at this one to one perspective. Click again to zoom out. Click on another area in order to zoom into that area on the picture. Once again, click in order to zoom back to that Fit view. Next, there are some other shortcuts that we can use as well; there are a lot of different ways that we can zoom.
One that I find to be really handy is to press the spacebar key. If we press the spacebar key, it will zoom in to that one to one perspective. Press the spacebar key again, and then it will zoom out. Another shortcut key that we can use on the keyboard is the Z key. It does the same thing. Here, when I press Z key, I'm going to that one to one perspective. Press it again, we can then zoom back to this Fit in View mode. So you can see, there are a number of different ways that we can zoom in and zoom out. What I recommend is that you write down those different techniques or shortcuts, and then figure out which shortcuts suit you best, so that you can integrate some of them into your workflow.
- 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