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2 - The Tool Bar

Look in the upper-right corner of Lightroom, and make sure you're in the Library module.

There's a tool bar below the work area.

No Tool Bar?

If the tool bar isn't there, press t.

Four Views

There are four icons for views on the left end of the tool bar.

We've looked at the first two, the Grid and Loupe views.

The third icon is for the Compare view.

Compare View

Compare view allows you to pick out a photograph, and then to compare it to others.

Click on a photograph.

Click on the Compare view icon.

The selected photograph appears on the left side.

Click the arrows in the tool bar to change the candidate photograph.

Press the Make Select button in the tool bar to turn the candidate photograph into the Select photograph.

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Compare View with Tool Bar

Survey View

Survey view allows you to view several photographs at the same time.

Press g to go to Grid view.

Press and hold Ctrl, and click on some of your photographs.

Next, click the Survey view icon.

The photographs you selected will appear in the work area.

To delete one of them from the Survey view, click the X in the lower-right corner or press /.

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Survey View with Tool Bar

Shortcuts for the Four Views

Here are the shortcuts for the four views.

g

Grid View

e

Loupe View

c

Compare View

n

Survey

Tools in the Tool Bars

The tools in the tool bar change depending on the view.

We'll look at the tools when you're in the Grid and Loupe views.

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Grid View Tool Bar

Grid View Tool Bar

Press g on your keyboard to go to Grid view in the Library module.

Painter

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Painter Tool

In Grid view, you can use the Painter (spray can icon), to "paint" various attributes, such as a star rating, onto the previews.

Click the Painter icon.

The Painter menu is to the right.

The painter menu has the attributes, the "paint," that you're going to "spray" on the previews.

Select Rating, if it's not selected already.

The rating stars appear to the right of the attribute menu.

There's probably one star, followed by four dots.

Click on the first three positions to turn on three stars.

Next, click and drag the paint-can cursor on some of the previews in the work area.

As you do so, their ratings change to three stars.

Then, click Done in the tool bar.

Sorting

The A/Z icon changes the order of the sort from A to Z to Z to A.

To change the attribute used for sorting, look for Sort.

The attribute after Sort is the sort menu.

Click the default attribute, probably Capture Time, to open the sort menu.

Choose a different attribute to use for sorting, such as Pick (Flag).

Preview Size

Move the slider to change the size of the previews.

Next, we'll look at the tools when you're in the Library module, using the Loupe view.

Other Tools

Click the white triangle at the right end of the tool bar to show the other tools that you would like to use.

Loupe View Tool Bar

Press e on your keyboard to go to Loupe view in the Library module.

The tools here were discussed above.

Go to:

Flags.

Star Ratings.

Rotate.

Other Tools

Click the white triangle at the right end of the tool bar to show the other tools that you would like to use.

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Loupe View Tool Bar

Next, we'll start to explore beyond the work area.