Beginner Tip Series: Navigating the Viewer
This is a series of new-to-Aperture observations and tips conceived by Stephen Guy, the new assistant here at ApertureExpert and PhotoJoseph’s studio. These are things that as a Lightroom user, Stephen found particularly interesting, compelling, or otherwise noteworthy. These aren’t necessarily in-depth tips, however they are designed to highlight interesting features, and encourage you to explore and learn more about them.
The viewer has three main modes, each with their own advantages. You can quickly switch between these views with the V key. Furthermore you can click and drag to resize any surrounding window panes, as well as change the size of the thumbnails with a slider on the bottom right of the screen.
You can change the view mode further even, by pressing Option+H, which will give you a three up view, showing you the currently selected picture as well as the one prior and after!
Option+O takes your current selection and locks it to the left hand side of the screen, while allowing you to navigate through pictures on the right, directly comparing them.
You can also click and drag to select a group of pictures and have them all displayed on screen at the same size (tap Option+U to go back to the default, “Multiple” view. to do this). This can be powerful when comparing several very similar pictures. You can then Command-click a picture to remove it from your selection, and therefore removing it from your view.
Here’s a bonus tip: Those seemingly random commands? They are actually the third letter of the view, as seen under View > Main Viewer. That’s “Three up”, “Compare”, and “Multiple”. Neat!