Adjust Your Lights Out

by James Duncan Davidson

One of the first features that I played with in Lightroom was the "Lights Out" feature. Press the L key once and the interface around the photograph you are looking at fades out. Press again and the interface fades completely to black. Press again and the interface comes back. For a while, I used it now and then at its intermediate setting to look at photographs without so much clutter. Advancing back and forth through images was easy enough as the film strip was just viewable, but otherwise the interface was just a bit too dark to use for me to use this mode to perform image adjustments in. So I didn't use it much at all after the initial wow factor wore off.

Lightroom Interface at Dim Level of 80%


Christopher Scholl
2007-05-30 06:31:12
Great find, James. I've been wrestling with the same problem!
2007-05-30 07:11:06
Great tip; never even played with that setting, but, as you say, it makes lights out very useful.
Peter Krantz
2007-06-01 16:22:22
Is there a way to prevent the white border from appearing when you dim the lights? I would be much happier without it.
Duncan Davidson
2007-06-02 13:26:15
Christopher and Dan: Thanks! I've heard from several people privately that they found this tip useful as well and that makes me happy.

Peter: I don't know of a way to keep the white border from appearing.

George Jardine
2007-06-04 19:17:35
Thanks, James. Also note that setting the Lights Out Screen Color to White is a great way to adjust your photo for print... as judging it against black isn't as accurate when it's destined to end up on white paper.