In this Quick Tip for Lightroom (How to Stop Lightroom from Switching Folders After Importing Images), Julieanne demonstrates how to prevent Lightroom from automatically switching folders when importing files.
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!
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.
• 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).
In this Quick Tip for Lightroom (How to Quickly Add Photographs to a Collection in Lightroom), Julieanne demonstrates how to easily add images into a target collection using a single keystroke.
Click here (2014 Favorite Layer Shortcuts) to download a compilation of some of the Layer shortcuts that I am going to share today in my compositing course at ADIM. Of course this isn’t a complete list, so feel free to search the blog for more in-depth tutorials, training, techniques and shortcuts for working with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
By default, Photoshop displays the Document Size at the bottom of the document window in the Status Bar. Clicking on the arrow to the right displays additional display options (such as document profile, dimensions etc.). Clicking and holding in the information area will display the documents width, height, channels and resolution (except when the Save Progress option is selected).
When retouching images (especially when checking for sensor dust or imperfections), I like to systematically move through the document starting at the upper right and then moving down screen by screen. When I reach the bottom of the column, I move over one screen and start moving up again. In order to do this, the following shortcuts can be truly lifesavers.
• The Home key moves to upper left corner, the End key moves to lower right.
• The Page Up and Page Down keys move you one full screen up or down one full screen.
• Command + Page Up and Page Down (Mac) | Control + Page Up and Page Down (Win) moves left or right one full screen.