Depending on the sequence of images that I’m viewing in the Library module, sometimes I want Lightroom to zoom to the same location in each image as I move through the shoot (comparing focus in a certain area for example), but other times I want Lightroom to pay attention to different areas that I’ve zoomed into in each image (comparing the sharpness of a bird that moved significantly between frames for example). The Lock Zoom Position (Command + Shift + = (Mac) | Control + Shift + = (Win)) toggles between these two different ways of previewing images. With Lock Zoom Position enabled, Lightroom will zoom to the exact same area of each image (regardless of where you may have previously zoomed into) as you move through your sequence. With Lock Zoom Position disabled, Lightroom will remember and display the zoom position from when you previously viewed the image.
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With the Hand tool selected, checking Scroll All Windows (in the Option bar) will scroll (or pan) all open documents at once. Shift -drag (or pan) with the Hand tool to temporarily toggle the Scroll All Windows option.
To select the Hand tool, tap “H”. Or, holding down the spacebar (while most other tools are selected) will temporarily give you the Hand tool allowing quick panning of images that are zoomed in.
As some of you have pointed out, the shortcuts used to navigate through an open document in Photoshop (to make sure that you don’t miss any spots from sensor dust for example), are slightly different than when navigating through an open document in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom.
Tapping the Home and End keys in ACR and Lightroom take you to the top-left and bottom-right corners of the picture, respectively. These shortcuts are the same as Photoshop. Likewise, tapping the Page-down key takes you down 1 full screen: the same as Photoshop.
Unlike Photoshop, however, if you’re already at the bottom of the image in ACR or LIghtroom, tapping the Page-down key again takes you back to the top, and to the right by 1 full screen. So, if you start at the top-left of the picture, pressing page-down repeatedly will take you through your image, 1 screen at a time, till you’re at the bottom-right corner of the picture. Page-up does the same thing, but in the opposite direction.
In a nutshell, think of your picture like a book, with the top-left corner as the beginning, and the bottom-right corner as the end. Press Home to visit the beginning, then press Page Down till you get to the end. By doing so, you will see every single pixel of the image at least once.
Folks on the ACR and Lightroom team (myself included) think this variation is an improvement over Photoshop, because for those of us who need to do final inspection of their pictures (e.g., to make sure there aren’t any dust spots, etc.), it’s important to have an easy way to make sure we’ve seen every part of our pictures up close. With Photoshop, I have to remember where I am in the picture, because if I’m in the bottom-left corner of the picture, then tapping the Page Down key does nothing. In ACR and Lightroom, I have a guaranteed way to see all the pixels in the image, and Page Down/Page Up shortcuts allow me to continue navigating regardless of where I am in the picture.
You might not agree – which is absolutely fine, but now you know why the behavior is different between the programs. : )
Thank you Eric for helping me to explain this and for offering the book example above!
With the Zoom tool selected, checking Zoom All Windows (in the Options bar) will zoom all open documents at one time. If you don’t want the option on all of the time, press the Shift key to temporarily toggle on/off the Zoom all Windows feature.
A quick way to navigate to another part of an image is to use “Birds-Eye View”. With any tool selected, hold down the “H” key (to temporarily select the Hand tool) and click in the image area to “crash”-zoom the image to Fit on Screen. Drag to reposition the rectangle and release the Hand tool to zoom in on that area.
• Spacebar + Command (Mac) | Spacebar + Control + Alt (Win) will temporarily give you the Zoom In tool without having to switch to the Zoom tool.
• Spacebar + Option + Option (Mac)/ Spacebar + Alt (Win) will temporarily give you the Zoom Out tool without having to switch to the Zoom tool.
On Mac, it’s important the order that you hold down the keyboard modifiers – press the spacebar first – otherwise Apple’s “spotlight” is activated.
When using the Hand tool to pan (move left, right, up or down in an image), Photoshop “eases out” of the pan. For an abrupt stop when panning, click, drag and hold with the Hand tool. If you prefer, Flick Panning can be toggled off in the General Preferences by unchecking Enable Flick Panning.
• Double click on the Zoom tool to display the image at 100%.
• Double click on the Hand tool to display the image as large as possible on the monitor, while still seeing the entire image (View > Fit on Screen).
• Command + “+” (plus) (Mac) | Control (Win) +” (plus) zooms in.
• Command + “-” (minus) (Mac) | Control (Win) + “-” (minus) will zoom out.
• Command + 1 (Mac) | Control +1 (Win) sets the zoom level to 100% (also referred to as Actual Pixels).
• Command + 0 (Mac) | Control +0 (Win) sets the zoom level to Fit on Screen (note, the zoom level will vary in order to fit the entire image on screen).
Command + Shift + = (Mac) | Control + Shift + = (Win) toggles Lightroom’s Lock Zoom Position feature enabling Lightroom to remember the zoom position of each image when switching between them.
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