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Adobe Lightroom Classic

Fullscreen, Light out, and Minimal panel views.

Product:  Adobe Lightroom Classic  |   Subject: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic

In this exercise, we will learn about Adobe Lightroom Classic Fullscreen, Light out, and Minimal panel views.

In this section, I will take a few moments to describe how you can view these images in a distraction-free setting. So what you will notice with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is that it's got a lot of information. It's got the panel on the left-hand side, got the panel on the right-hand side, it's got the filmstrip on the bottom. There's also another panel up top. So what these views are going to do is they're going to give you a lot of information, and it'll help you manage your photos. But what if you want to focus on the photos themselves? How do you get rid of some of these panels and make sure that you're not so distracted by all of this information on the left and right, or the top and bottom? This is where we look at some of the viewing options called fullscreen or lights out. And these viewing options will allow you to view the image in a distraction-free setting. Now what I just did right now was pushed the F key, which got us into the full-screen mode. 


This full-screen mode shows us the entire picture without any of the distracting panels, so we can more easily focus on the image itself. Now, when you're in the full-screen mode, you can always use your left and right keys to go earlier to an image to go to the next image, go to the next image to go to the next image, and so forth. So the fullscreen view gives you a distraction-free way to view your pictures. Now, sometimes that's not what you want. Sometimes, what you want is to remove the left and right panels. So what you can do is click the tab, and the tab will drop the left panel and the right panel. It'll hide them. So what it gives you is more real estate for you to work within the grid view in this example or within the loupe view so that you have a better idea of how this image is going to have an impact on you or your client or whatever other sort of artistic impact that you want your photo to have. 

Of course, you can always use the left and right keys to navigate back and forth between all the images. So hitting the tab will take you back to the entire panels. Now it'll leave you in the view that you had previously. In this case, it was the loupe view. So let's go to the grid view. Then we'll hit the tab again, and the tab will drop the left panel and the right panel. If you hit the tab again, it'll bring back those panels. What if you want to drop all of the panels at the top left, right, and the bottom? Well, just hit Shift +Tab, and it will drop all four panels and allow you to view whatever it is that you have on the main screen. And in this case, it's the grid view. 

So, clicking Shift +Tab again will bring back all of the panels top bottom left, and right, and Shift +Tab will drop all four of those panels. Another way to view your images is in something called lights out. Lights out is a lovely way to highlight an individual photo, or several photos in this case, because we are in grid view. So if we switch to lights out, what we're doing is we're dimming all of the backgrounds here. 

Now I've set my preferences so that the dimming is at about 80% or 90%. But if you keep pushing the L key, which is the shortcut key for lights out, it'll get darker and darker with every push until it is 100% dark in the background. Once again, this is just another way to have a distraction-free viewing experience for your images. It just goes to show you what is available in terms of working very quickly with your images. To quickly recap, we have several different ways to view our images. We can view images in the fullscreen mode using the hotkey F. That'll take us to an individual photo of that fullscreen view. And this is one way to view your photos with a distraction-free way of viewing. 

Another view is what we call the tab view, where it will drop the side panels. So it drops the left panel and the right panel, so you have more space to work with. So clicking the tab will bring you back to the other panels. The other way is to drop all four panels top left, bottom, and right by hitting Shift +Tab and then shift + tab again to bring them all back. Or you can use the lights out mode, where it'll dim the background in increments until it's entirely black. The first time I hit it, it will be about 80% or 90% dark in the background. You can see a little bit of the filmstrip here. And if you click on it again, it's going to dim it to 100%. So all you see are your images here, and if you click on it one more time, it'll cycle back through to the normal view of your Adobe Photoshop Lightroom experience. So I hope this has been helpful to give you an idea of how you can bring your photos into the main focus of your attention and they are lights out on fullscreen, and the tab view is where you drop either the left and right panels or all the panels top left, right and bottom. If you have any questions about these kinds of views, please don't hesitate to drop a line, and I will be there as a source of support for your continued learning.