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Customising View options in Lightroom

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We get two View options in Lightroom, one in Library module and the other in Develop module. Let us see them both one by one.

View options in Library module

In Library module, generally we will be seeing the cells of the images from the selected folder/collection.

There are 3 different views of the image cell in Library module:

  1. You can’t see anything other than the image in the cell.

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  1. Compact cells – view of the image cells comes along with few additional details like star rating, flagged or unflagged, file index no, rotate options for that particular image.

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  1. Expanded cells – image cells appear with more details in them. Such as, image location, exposure settings, metering pattern used for the exposure, lens used, so on.

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Other than the first view option, the other two options can be highly customised. A shortcut key “Command + J” will bring up a dialog box to customise Compact cells as well as Expanded cells.

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You can choose the informations you would like to see around your image in the cells by selecting the options from the dialog box.

Tip: You can directly change the information displayed in the cell by making a right click on the information which you want to change and choose from the menu the information that you would like to display.

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View options in Develop module

View options in Develop module is very limited as you will be working on a single photo at a time. The information you like to see about the photograph comes under View options. You can also click “I” to see the basic exif details of the selected photograph. Clicking “I” again lets you see another set of exposure information about the photograph. Clicking “I” for the third time, closes all information and returns to the original view where no information is displayed.

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Comfortable as it seems, Lightroom has it huge list of features which can be a vast ocean of techniques for a beginner. You can always drop in your queries in the comments section or be on the look-out for my next post.

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