Develop View Options: Photoshop Lightroom 2 Adventure

by Mikkel Aaland

If you thought the viewing modes in the Library module were useful, wait until you get up to speed with the ones in the Develop module. Not only can you view your images with the standard Loupe single-image mode, but the Compare mode is simply awesome.

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Loupe View

The most commonly used view is the Loupe view, shown with a Peter Krogh image in Figure 4-17, which displays a single image that is easily magnified via the Navigator pane, a click of the mouse, or the Zoom slider in the toolbar. When you enter the Develop module, you're taken to the previously used view mode. Select the Loupe view icon from the toolbar (circled) or use the D key to bring you to the Loupe view. (In the Library module, pressing E took you to the Loupe view.) Control informational overlays via the Develop View Options dialog box. (View→View Options). The I key cycles the Info display.

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Figure 4-17

Compare View

The Compare view icon is found in the toolbar, adjacent to the Loupe icon (circled in Figure 4-18). If you click on the triangle you see a pop-up menu that shows you comparison choices. (If the toolbar isnít visible, press the T key to reveal it.) You can select the compare view of choice from the pop-up menu or by clicking on the compare icon, which cycles through the various options as well. Farther to the right in the toolbar, when Compare is selected, are the Before & After controls, where you can choose to copy or swap settings between before and after versions. Figure 4-19 shows you the Before/After Left/Right view without magnification.

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Figure 4-18

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Figure 4-19

Figure 4-20 shows you the Before/After Left/Right view with magnification. Note that both images zoom to the same magnification. You can also use the hand tool, which appears automatically if your image is magnified in this view, or the Navigator, to move within both image areas simultaneously and analogously.

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Figure 4-20

Figure 4-21 shows you the Before/After Left/Right Split view with magnification. I find this view especially useful for checking color changes and the effect of noise reduction settings.

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Figure 4-21

NOTE Selecting the \ key in the Library module reveals the Library filter. Selecting the \ key in the Develop module reveals the Before view. Select \ again to reveal the After view.

Figure 4-22 shows you the Before/After Top/Bottom view.

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Figure 4-22

Figure 4-23 shows you the Before/After Top/Bottom Split view.

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Figure 4-23

TIP Right-click on either the Before or After view to bring up a contextual menu with options to apply a snapshot or develop preset directly to the image, and much more.

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