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.


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 previous post I wrote about 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.

(image courtesy of Fotolia.com)

Author: Matt Kloskowski

Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE Seminar Tour and author of several best-selling Photoshop books. Matt also hosts the world's top Lightroom blog, LightroomKillerTips.com, where he's built up a massive library of Lightroom videos, presets and tips. In addition to teaching Photoshop, Lightroom and photography seminars around the world, he's an instructor at Photoshop World and one of the full-time staff writers for Photoshop User Magazine.

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

    PageUp works (in reverse) also!!

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