Oct 302011

As you are working on a photo up close, it can sometimes be useful to see a second copy of the photo zoomed out so that you have a better perspective on your work.  For example, while brightening the whites of eyes or teeth in portraits, it is hard to know if you are brightening too much until you zoom out and view the changes in the context of the overall portrait.

You can do this with a secondary Lightroom window, which I explained how to access in my last post, on viewing two different photos side by side in the Develop module.

This time, select Loupe in the top left of the secondary display, and in the bottom right, Fit.  In the primary Lightroom display, in the Develop module, click on your photo to zoom in to do your detail work.

See photo zoomed in and out at the same time

Of course you can also do the opposite — work on your image zoomed out in the main display, and used the secondary display for the zoomed in version.

Thanks to Sean McCormack for this additional secondary window idea.


Oct 212011

In my tutorial on jpeg quality, I displayed two photos side by side and zoomed in on them together to compare them up close. A reader asked me how I did this — thanks to this reader for giving me the idea for Friday’s Lightroom Quick Tip.

In the Library module, select your two photos (click on the first, Ctl/Cmd-click on the second). Then, in the toolbar below the grid, click on the X/Y button — this is Compare view. The shortcut “C” also works.

lightroom toolbar compare view


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May 042010

I love Survey View for viewing and comparing several images side-by-side.  In the Library Module, select multiple images, then  click on the Survey View icon in the toolbar

Survey View

or type the shortcut N.

In Survey View, your mouse is not the zoom tool, so it is not quite as easy to zoom in on one of the images.  However, it isn’t hard either:

  • Double-clicking on the image opens it in Loupe view.
  • In Loupe view your mouse is the zoom tool: click to zoom in, click again to zoom out.
  • Double-clicking  on the image again jumps it back to survey view.  (Thanks for the tip, Kit!)

That’s it!

UPDATE:  Winston wrote in response to this:  Why not just use the Z key? Why not, indeed!  In Survey View, click on the image to select it, then type Z to zoom in, and Z again to zoom out.  This also works in Grid and Loupe view, and in the Develop module.    It is humbling to reveal to my readers that I don’t know everything, but ultimately rewarding, as I continue to learn little Lightroom tricks I didn’t know about!   Thank you, Winston!

Jan 072010

Sometimes your mouse is a zoom tool, sometimes it isn’t.  Sometimes you have easy acess to your navigator panel, sometimes you don’t.   You can always, however, use “Ctl/CmdCtl/Cmd +” and “Ctl/Cmd -” for zooming in and out.

These work in every view (Grid, Loupe, Compare, Survey) in the Library module and in every mode in the Develop module — even when you are using tools such as the adjustment brush or spot removal tool.  They work in Camera Raw and Photoshop as well.   (True, they don’t work in the output modules in Lightroom, but zooming is not available at all there.)

The first time you apply “Ctl/Cmd +”, the image goes from Fit to Fill, then to 1:1, then to the last  zoom ratio you have set in your navigator panel (e.g. 2:1).   “Ctl/Cmd -” zooms out in the same steps.

Finally, when you are zoomed in, if you hold down the space bar, the cursor becomes the hand tool, so you can click and drag to move around in your image.  Again, this works everywhere in Lightroom and also in Photoshop.

Aug 122009

If you plan to print your image, I recommend that you do all of your clean up work zoomed into 1:1.   You should also review all of your local adjustments at this zoom ratio to make sure that your edges aren’t obvious.    Here’s an easy way to move through your image while you are zoomed in so that you don’t miss any of it:

–  Zoom into 1:1  (by clicking on 1:1 in the navigator panel or Ctl/Cmd + twice)

– Press  the Home button on your keyboard to move to the top left corner of your image.

– Hit Page Down on your keyboard to move through the image one frame at a time.   The first time you do this, watch in the Navigator panel how the rectangle (viewing area) moves:  first down, and then to the right from the top down again.  Page Up takes you in the opposite direction.  End takes you to the bottom left corner.

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