Lights Out!

Lights Out
One of the more powerful features of Lightroom is the way it brings your photos front and center to you. No shuffling palettes, moving windows, or anything like that. There are panels however and sometimes they may clutter your view of the photo. If this happens and you just want to see your photo, with nothing else then press the L key. This takes you to Lights Dim mode. That means you can still see the interface but it’s very dim and non-obtrusive. Now, if you want to see your photo up against a black background with absolutely nothing else around then press L again to go to Lights Out mode. This hides everything. To get back to the regular view just press the L key once again and you’ll be back to the way things were when you started out. Have a great pre-Christmas weekend everyone!

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,, 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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