This post is part of our Learning Lightroom series.
If you wish to focus specifically on an image without distractions, you can use the Lights Dim feature to dim or completely black out the interface by pressing the letter L on your keyboard. The first time you press the key, the interface is dimmed. While the background is dimmed, you can still interact with the interface. For instance, you can click an
image in the Filmstrip to focus in on a different image. Likewise, the arrow keys on your keyboard allow you to navigate the images in the folder, even when the lights are dimmed.
To completely blacken out the interface, press the L key again. While you can no longer access the Filmstrip, you can still navigate through your images using the arrow keys on your keyboard. If you wish to display your image as large as possible on your screen, use the Shift + Tab keystroke combination before using Lights Out to hide the panels.
To return to the normal interface view, press the L key again.
To Use the Lights Out/Lights Dim Feature, do this:
- For maximum effect, press the Shift + Tab keystroke combination to hide the panels. This will eliminate the black space around the image normally taken up by the panels.
- Press the L key to dim the interface.
- Press the L key again to completely blacken out the interface.
- To return to the standard interface, press the L key again.
Tip: You can use the Shift + F keystroke combination to completely fill your screen with the Lightroom interface. Press Shift + F a second time to hide the menu bar. Press Shift + F a third time to return to the standard interface.