Welcome back Lightroom fans! Today, I want to walk you through some of the “parts” of Lightroom that we’re going to spend a year talking about. Today, I’m showing off each section that you’ll see in every part of Lightroom. For each of the parts we’re looking at below, we’ll take a deeper look sometime soon, but this post is a great starting point for us.
An overview of Lightroom.
You’ll see this default layout from when you first open Lightroom. The elements in this screenshot can be seen in almost every part of the program. The middle area with the photo you’re working on shows in the middle.
Your photos, thumbnailed and previewed.
The filmstrip shows off the images that we’re working with in our catalog. As we move through it, we can click an image to have it displayed above. We can also use the keyboard and press the left and right arrows to move through our images.
Lightroom’s “mode changer.”
Modules are sections of Lightroom that let us work with our images in different ways. We can use the Web module to put images online, while the Print module is for printing hard copies of images. Throughout this blog, we’ll spend in-depth looks at each of the modules and what they can do, but for now, just know that you can use this list to switch modules.
Your key to moving in the image.
The navigator allows us to move through our images and zoom in and out. You’ll find it most modules, and it’s a good look at a preview of the image we’re working with.
The parts that drive the power.
Each of these sections that are shown in this screenshot below are essential to the way that Lightroom works. These sections are called panels, and the panels shown below are the Histogram and Quick Develop panels. Lightroom panels change in each module, and impact images differently.
Lightroom is a powerful program made up of many different parts, and understanding how they fit together lets us work through it efficiently! Today was just a quick look at the parts of the program, and it’s a good starting point for future explanations.