An Overview of the Light Table

The Light Table is used to arrange and view images. You can work with images in the Light Table just as you would work with slides on a physical light table. You can place a selection of images in the Light Table for review and drag them to new positions, arranging, grouping, and resizing them in different combinations to see how they might look on webpages or book pages. The Light Table automatically displays yellow guidelines that show you how the item you’re working with aligns with other items already on the page. You never run out of space in the Light Table—it grows as you add images to it, and it’s easy to adjust the view by zooming in or changing the area of the Light Table that’s shown.

Figure. Light Table showing an image arrangement.

You can use the Light Table when color correcting many related photos. You can arrange related images together and carefully compare the color values between images.

You can also use the Light Table to sort images into related piles. After sorting, you can select groups of images and assign keywords to all the images in a group at once.

You can use the Light Table to create editorial layouts as well, arranging images onscreen to tell a story. You can put the selects from a given project in the Light Table and arrange them so that they progress visually, eliminating repetitive images. As you group and pair images of the same subject, you’ll find the Light Table ideal for examining the relationships between images.