Aug 162013


Believe it or not, sometimes I actually enjoy reading the names of the Adobe Lightroom folks as I wait for Lightroom to start, because I know some of these folks and appreciate what they do.

After a couple times, though, I’m ready for something new, so I now display photos:

lightroom splash screen photo

It is relatively easy to change Lightroom 5’s splash screen — it just involves dragging one or more JPEG photos into a particular folder. If you put more than one photo in the folder, Lightroom will display a different photo each time you open the program. (Note that you cannot change the flash screen in previous versions of Lightroom.)

Here’s how to change your Lightroom 5 splash screen: Continue reading »

Aug 092013

Have you ever wondered how to turn off (or on) the information that displays over your photos when you are in Loupe view (single-photo view) in  Lightroom’s Library and Develop modules? The secret is to type the keyboard shortcut “I“, for “Information“.

If no information is showing, typing “I” once displays one set of information about your photo:

Information Display #1 in Lightroom's Library Module Module

Typing “I” a second time displays a second set of information:

Information Display #2 in Lightroom's Library Module Module

And typing “I” a third time will hide the information.

To change what information displays, in the menu bar in the top left, go to View>View Options. On the Loupe View tab, the three fields you choose under Loupe Info 1 display when you type “I” the first time; the three fields you choose under Loupe Info 2 display the second time you type “I”.  If you want to get back to the defaults, click on the Use Defaults buttons.

Lightroom Library and Develop View Options

In the field dropdowns you have lots of information to choose from:

View Options Information Available Lightroom Library and Develop

You can set these options once and leave them, or you can change them as you are working on projects that require different information.  The fields you choose in Library will also display in Develop.

I” is useful in the Print and Book modules as well, though you can’t change what information Lightroom displays.  Typing it once in Print shows you how many pages you are printing, and what paper and printer you have chosen. Typing “I” again turns the display off.

Information Display in Lightroom's Print Module

In the Book module, typing “I” once displays the type of book you have chosen, its size, how many pages you have created and the book’s estimated cost. Typing “I” again turns off the display.

Information Display in Lightroom's Book Module Module


Nov 262012

The Alt (PC) or Option (Mac) key reveals a lot of convenient additional functionality in most or all of Lightroom’s modules. The problem is, there is nothing on the screen to tell you where holding it down may reveal something useful. In this post I will list all of the Alt/Option functionality that I have found in the Develop module. If I miss something that you are aware of, do leave a comment to let us all know! I’ll follow up with one or more posts on its use in other modules.

Alt/Option Key Uses in the Develop Module
  • All Panels: Alt/Option-Click on a panel name (e.g. Basic, Tone Curve, Detail) to open that panel and collapse all others in the column (if you are not already in Solo Mode, which you can get to by right-clicking on a panel name.)
  • Right-hand Develop panels: Within each panel except the point curve,  holding down Alt/Option will reveal a Reset button that you can click on to reset all sliders in that section back to their defaults.

Reset Lightroom Panel Slider Groups


  • Basic Panel – holding down Alt/Option on the slider triangle as you slide:
  • ExposureHighlights, Whites will reveal completely clipped (blown-out) highlights in white, and individual colors clipped in color. Black means not clipped.

Overexposed - white areas: completely blown out; blue areas: blue channel blown out

  • Shadows, Blacks: will reveal clipped shadows in black; white means not clipped.

This functionality can help you see where your clipped highlights and shadows are, and help you to set your sliders so that you don’t clip them. Many images look good with tones that range from almost pure black to pure white — but remember that your goal is to produce something that looks good  aesthetically. Continue reading »

Oct 292008

Scrubby sliders are one of Photoshop’s great time saving features that you may not discover on your own. In many places in Photoshop, when you click and drag left or right on the name of a numeric setting, it adjusts the setting down or up — with no need to go into drop down boxes or to type in numbers. As an example, you may have worked with layer opacity, a setting in the layers palette that allows you to reduce the strength or opacity of a layer. The slow way to adjust the opacity is to click on the right facing drop down arrow to the right of 100%, and then adjust the slider that appears:

Drop down opacity slider - the slow way

Drop down opacity slider - the slow way

Th quick way is to click on the word Opacity and drag the slider to the left to reduce it. Notice that as soon as you hover the mouse over the word, a hand with a double arrow appears … this is your indication that a scrubby slider is present:

Another scrubby slider is found up in the options bar for the text tool. You can type in the font size, or instead, click on the Tt symbol to the left of the size and drag!

Set text size with the scrubby slider.

Set text size with the scrubby slider.

You will find many scrubby sliders in numeric options for your tools. Look for them everywhere!

Oct 282008

If you are using the adjustment brush to make local image enhancements, you can hover over the pin to see the mask that you have drawn, but it shows for just a moment. To keep it on as you brush, type the letter O, for Overlay. To turn the overlay off, type O again.

If instead you use the adjustment brush in Camera Raw, simply check the Show Mask check box to see the mask. (Why isn’t this check box in Lightroom?)

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