Adobe Lightroom Workspace Overview

If you have used a program such as Adobe Photoshop before, you’ll notice that Lightroom looks a little bit different. The workspace is an elegant dark grey and black, allowing your image to be the most important part of the proceedings.

Lightroom Menu Bar

The main menu commands sit at the top of the screen. If you choose to view the application in full screen mode, the menu bar will disappear but you can view it again by rolling the mouse up to the top of the screen.


This section lets you switch between the five different modules.

Image Display Area

The Image Display area is the main section of the workspace where you work with the images you’ve imported into Lightroom. When using the Library module, you can view a selection of thumbnail images in a gridlike structure – known as Grid mode. You can also view images in Loupe mode in the Library and Develop modules. Loupe mode means the images can be displayed at a 1:1 scale size or a “view to fit” size.

In the other modules – Slideshow, Web and Print – you can see previews of how images or screen pages will look when they are output from Lightroom.


The toolbar contains several tool options and appears in all Lightroom modules.


The Filmstrip sits at the bottom of the screen and displays thumbnails of every image currently in the Library. Any images that are currently selected will be highlighted. The Filmstrip is visible in every module allowing you to pick out any images you want without having to go back to the Library module.

Right Side Panel

The panel on the right hand side of the screen shows controls for adjusting images. The “Quick Develop” palette lets you apply settings across multiple images. This panel will change change depending on which module you are working in.

You can expand or collapse the Panel options by clicking on the panel bar. Holding down Alt and clicking on a panel bar toggles between expanding to show the contents of that panel only or expanding to show all panels.

You can open and close individual panels in the order they are listed from the top down by holding down the Ctrl (windows) or Cmd (mac) key in combination with a keypad number (1, 2, 3, and so on).

Left Side panel

The panel on the left side of the screen contains palettes for managing your images and presets. The image on the right shows the palettes available in the Library module. In the Develop, Slideshow, and Print modules, it is used for storing and quickly accessing saved settings.

So that’s the interface of Lightroom. There’s certainly plenty of panels to play with and buttons to press but it has been designed in such a way that it doesn’t feel cramped or cluttered

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