3 Ways To Zoom In On Your Photos in Lightroom

Since Lightroom is all about photos and most people like to see their photos larger on screen, I wanted to give you some of the shortcuts and secret handshakes to help make that happen ;-)

1. Just press the F key (for Full Screen) – This is definitely the simplest. Where ever you are in Lightroom, just press F for Fullscreen and Lightroom will show the photo full screen with all of the interface hidden.

2. If you want to zoom in to 100% (or some other amount), just go to the Navigator panel in the Library or Develop module. Then click the Fill, 1:1, or custom zoom option at the top left. Oh and while you’re at it, if you don’t want to click the options in that Navigator panel, you can use the keyboard shortcuts Cmd +/- (plus or minus) which would be Ctrl +/- on a PC.

navigator-tip

3. If you’re in the Library module and you’re in Grid view, you can just press the Spacebar key to go 1-up on the photo you have selected. It’s not full screen view, because it still keeps the interface available. But it’s just a single photo view.

BONUS SECRET TIP: By the way, in a previousĀ post I wrote aboutĀ a bonus secret tip if you’re using the Navigator panel. It’s especially useful if you’re trying to find dust and sensor spots in your photos.

Author: Matt K

Matt is a full time Education Director for the NAPP and Kelby Training. He's a best-selling author of various books on Photoshop and Photography co-hosts the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid" and is co-host of "Photoshop User TV". In his spare time he practices as a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys spending time with his family in Tampa, FL.

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3 Comments

  1. Love the referenced dust spot removal tool using PageDown.

    PageUp works (in reverse) also!!

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  2. I have LR4, but I’ve really really wanted the nav bar available on the toolbar where the flags and rating stars are below the pics when in compare view. I want the pics as large as possible to compare but have to keep going back to left pane to navigate because the zoom is kinda all over the place.

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