Lightroom: Maps Module Part 3

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Series: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom®

Welcome back to the Maps Module!

Reminders: You will need to be online to use Maps. The Maps Module connects to Google Maps. The terms "pin" and "tag" are used interchangably.

Navigating the Map

Let's find our way around in this Lightroom module.

Which Photo is tagged on the Map?

When you float over the filmstrip and come to a photo with GPS coordinates attached, the pin will bounce. This can be helpful when you are looking at a map full of pins.



You can double-click the map to zoom in to that particular location. You can also use the Zoom slider to zoom in and out. If you have a mouse or trackpad, you can use your "multitouch" gestures to zoom in and out as well. For a keypad shortcut, click Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and drag to select an area to zoom into. Type in a location in the search bar and the map will also zoom in to that location.


Changing the Map's Appearance

In your top bar, go to View/Map Style. You can choose from several map styles here.

Hybrid layers geopolitical borders and landmarks over satellite photography (Keyboard shortcut is Command or Control on Windows + 1):

Road Map with geopolitical borders and landmarks (Keyboard shortcut is Command or Control on Windows + 2):

Satellite View and it's beautiful photography (Keyboard shortcut is Command or Control on Windows + 3):

Terrain shows a graphical interpretation of the landscape (Keyboard shortcut is Command or Control on Windows +4):

Change the contrast of the road map data with Light or Dark (Keyboard shortcut is Command or Control on Windows + 5 for Light or 6 for Dark):

Next post we will cover the Map Key, removing GPS metadata, Saved Locations and a few other things.

Next Post: Lightroom: Maps Module Part 4

These posts are part of a series: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom®

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