Lightroom Tips

TIP – Zooming to a Specific Point

Hey there! Here’s a neat one that I think a lot of people miss because its kinda buried in the preferences dialog. When you click to zoom in on a photo, Lightroom zooms in close to the area that you clicked but just in that general area. If you wanted the area you clicked on to appear entered on the screen, the try this preference change. Press Cmd-, (that’s a comma – hold Ctrl if you’re on a PC) to open the preferences dialog. Then click on the Interface tab, and at the bottom, turn on the checkbox for Zoom Clicked Point to Center (or centre depending on where you’re from) 🙂

Thanks for stopping by. See you next week.



  1. lyle 14 September, 2009 at 11:59 Reply

    Future topics…

    What is the actual licensed ratio of Windows vs Mac users of LightRoom and Photoshop ?

    A topic I’d like to see someone take up as a blog topic is monitor accuracy – like how the lower end Eizo units compare against the Mac provided monitors of similar cost…

    Also, what Windows PCs laptops have accurate monitors where what you see is what you actually get printed at a service without guesswork.

    My ? is formed from reading a review at luminous-landscape on higher end Eizo monitors (out of my price range… but a 21″ monitor probably isn’t.) Print vs screen (even though well calibrated) is my wildest frustration in the digital realm now that I have an FX D700 and wide is wide again… if someone told me buy unit X laptop and that I’d hit print vs calibtrated screen perfectly, my life would be complete, so to speak.

    Love your blog Matt…

  2. Juan 14 September, 2009 at 11:30 Reply

    I have a really beginner’s question, won’t be offended if no one answers….but how do you zoom in/out in a keyboard set in spanish? I have hit every single jey, but it doesn’t seem to work 🙁 is there a way to personalize the keyboard? or to zoom with the mouse wheel? thanks!

  3. Matt Kloskowski 13 September, 2009 at 22:12 Reply

    William – I don’t answer them individually but try posting it here. Sometimes I jump in and answer questions and sometimes the folks that visit the comments here will answer.

    Matt K

  4. Matthew Campagna 13 September, 2009 at 13:08 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    I looked around for a contact link on the site, but couldn’t find one, so I’m trying to contact you here. This is Matt from The Turning Gate, and I’d like to talk to you about the plugins I develop. Would you please contact me at the supplied email address?

    Thank you,

  5. Alton Marsh 12 September, 2009 at 07:52 Reply

    Great tip. I got a little tangled up when you listed the keys to hit as Cmd-, and tried to just hit Command, even though you said “that’s a comma.” Maybe try “Hit Cmd Comma.” Just a thought. Great Web site and always valuable tips and videos.

  6. Jon H. 11 September, 2009 at 18:30 Reply

    Always good stuff, Matt! On a zooming-related note. I’ve found since upgrading to Mac OSX 10.6 that my ability to zoom in and out via gestures on my MacBook Pro trackpad seems to disappear after Photoshop (and I presume Lightroom) has been open for a while. When I first open it, all is well. But I’ll come back to an image after 5 or 10 minutes and am unable to use gestures to zoom unless I quit and relaunch the program.

    Have you seen this behavior?



  7. GrandSteph 11 September, 2009 at 12:20 Reply

    Awesome. Once again, I was no later than last week complaining about that zoom not zooming where I clicked … Also, sound like obvious but ‘Z’ will bring you in and out of zoom mode.

  8. Ron 11 September, 2009 at 09:08 Reply

    ok matt, i get it, and sorry for the multi posts, firefox kept doing something wierd and i couldnt see my delete the overage oops my bad..

    lol i had to use iexplorer to see it…go figure


  9. Ron 11 September, 2009 at 09:05 Reply

    ok, lets see if this gets posted this time.


    have a great weekend Matt.

    can you explain sometime, on PSKILLERTIPS or on psutv once the new set is done, what the option is when saving a jpeg (in PS) that allows you to change from 56kbs to 128kbs ect.. is there an advantage to changing it from its default, and if not the why is it even there? just something that always puzzled me in PS.


  10. mattk 11 September, 2009 at 09:04 Reply

    Ron, if you’re talking about the part where it reads “32 sec @ 28.8 Kbps” and it has a little pop-out menu next to it where you can choose different speeds, its just a way for you to see how many seconds your image would take to download at that connection speed. If you change it you’ll see the time changes to. Its not a quality setting though.


  11. Ron 11 September, 2009 at 09:00 Reply

    have a great weekend Matt.

    hey can you explain, on photoshop killer tips or on psutv (once the new set is done), what the difference is when saving as a jpeg in PS from 56kbs or 128kbs ect. its in the options at bottom of that dialog box. its something that has always puzzled me in PS and was wondering if there was an advantage to changing that option from the default and what the heck is it for then if there is none?



  12. Ron 11 September, 2009 at 08:55 Reply

    have a great weekend Matt!

    if you can,

    can u explain either on photoshop killer tips or when the new set is done on psutv.

    what is the difference when saving as a jpeg in PS in the option that allows you to change from 56kbs to 128kbs ect. and is there an advantage to changing that option?
    its just something that has always puzzled me in PS.


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