#CreativeFriday – Using the Lightroom Secondary Panel

This blog post was inspired by art media in the UK. Sometimes when you are working you might want to have a Lightroom second panel running. The second screen is used in many ways, retouchers might use it to see how the image and how it is progressing, It may be used for the grid mode, whist the main screen is the single/loupe view. In the studio however, it may be that the second screen will be used as a client facing screen on a second screen (the second screen might be in portrait or landscape mode, most feed back i have had is that it will be in portrait mode). The second screen is shown by clicking the “2” icon (marked red below).
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Once the second view has been enabled, you will see the panel similar to the following. This panel can be moved onto the second screen by dragging it across. Of course you might want to maximise the panel, by using the window maximize buttons on the window it self.


Once the panel has been moved to the second screen it can be managed by clicking on the small down arrow on the second screen manager icon (marked in red), or from the menu bar (Windows / Secondary Display). This is highly useful if the second screen is not next to you. For example, In the studio this might be in a client viewing area.

Within the second screen there are the same controls as the main Lightroom panel. The second panel can be moved into the Grid, Loupe, Compare and Survey mode by clicking on the relevant tab, but if the screen is not near you, then the fly out menu or menu bar options will enable you to control the second window remotely. The screen blow is showing the Loupe or Single view.
The additional options can be removed by clicking on the small arrows (marked red below), this will make the second screen much cleaner, especially when used for client facing work.
The compare mode is used to compare two images against each other, which is great when working with your edit (when i say edit, i am referring to the the image selection process and not the development process). As a refresher, the Select side of the screen is showing the images that will be compared to and can be changed, by just selecting it and then choosing the image from the film strip. The Candidate is the compare image, this can be changed by selecting it on the on panel and then choosing from the film strip. The tools at the bottom of the panel will allow you to switch images (marked in Blue), and replace the select with the candidate (marked in Yellow).
The lock button (marked pink) when locked, will make sure that both the select and candidate to the same focus and zoom point, which means that if i zoom into the picture, the other side will zoom in as well. If the lock button is off then the images will zoom independently, buy can be synced manually by clicking the Sync button (marked in White).
The Survey mode is a way to show all selected images at any one time. This is good to show the final edit, or to show the client the final set of images. I tend to use this mode to refine the edit, or to compare more than one image  to find the strongest one, this is typical for me when street shooting and there are many frames of the same scene, to capture the decisive moment.
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I hope that this post is useful when working with the second screen setup in Lightroom.


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