Adobe Lightroom is full of useful features and tools to help edit your images, but sometimes everything can just get in the way. Here's how to clear the clutter in Lightroom Classic to get a better look at your photos.
The below viewing options work in any module within Lightroom Classic, with the exception of the info overlay option in modules that don't have this option such as the Web module. The Develop module is likely to be where you spend most of your time editing your photos in Lightroom Classic so I'll be demonstrating each viewing option here.
Every panel has an arrow on it which you can click to hide that specific panel, but there are some useful keyboard shortcuts that'll make your life that much easier when using Lightroom Classic day-to-day, and should speed up your editing workflow as well.
Hide the Dock/Taskbar
Remove Info Overlay
The info overlay is the patch of text that appears in the top-left corner of the selected photo view in the center of the window. It's helpful for displaying important information such as resolution, and other EXIF data such as the lens used and camera settings. But it can get in the way when we're editing. You can cycle this on and off using the keyboard shortcut I. Press it once and it'll display the name, date taken, time taken, and resolution of the photograph, press it again and you'll see the EXIF data, and press it a third time to remove it completely.
You can remove this info overlay completely by pressing Ctrl+I without having to cycle through the options as outlined above, but I find it easier just to press I a couple of times to remove it.
Lights Out Mode
Lights out mode makes it easier to view your photo without disappearing everything on-screen. By pressing L on the keyboard you can cycle through two types of visual overlay which darkens everything around the selected photo, and then fully blacks it out. This can help judge colors and tones within the photo, especially since the busy surrounding tools and features in the Lightroom Classic window can distract from the details in the shot.
Hide Side Panels
Hide All Panels
View in Fullscreen
Make It Yours
As you can see, there are many ways to remove clutter from the Lightroom Classic workspace, and there are a few more I haven't mentioned here. If you want to take a look at all of the shortcuts for yourself head to the Help drop-down menu and look for the option to display shortcuts. Alternatively, call it up at any time with Ctrl+/ (Command+/ on a Mac). Hopefully, this will keep your work area much cleaner and make it quicker and easier to study your photos during the editing process. Got any other tips? Share them in the comments below.
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