Tool Strip

Use the tools and display controls in the tool strip to work with images in the Viewer and Browser. The controls in the tool strip change depending on whether or not the Viewer is shown. When both the Browser and Viewer are shown in the Split View layout, the tool strip is shown between them.

For more information about working with the adjustment tools, see An Overview of Image Adjustments, Making Image Adjustments, and Making Brushed Adjustments.

Selection and Adjustment Controls

Use these controls to select and adjust images.

Note: The following adjustment controls are available only when the Viewer is shown: Straighten tool, Crop tool, Red Eye tool, and Quick Brush pop-up menu.

Figure. Selection, Rotate, Lift, and Stamp tools in the tool strip.
Figure. Straighten tool, Crop tool, Red Eye tool, and the Quick Brush pop-up menu in the tool strip.
  • Selection tool: Select projects, albums, and images with this tool.
  • Rotate tool: Rotate an image counterclockwise with this tool. Press Option while using this tool to rotate images clockwise. You can use this tool to rotate an image displayed in the Viewer or Browser.
  • Lift tool: Copy a set of metadata and adjustments, including cropping and straightening settings, from a selected image with this tool.
  • Stamp tool: Apply a copied set of adjustments or metadata on one or several images with this tool.
  • Straighten tool: Use the guides to help manually straighten (or level) the selected image.

    Note: This button is available only when the Viewer is shown.

  • Crop tool: Trim the selected image with this tool.

    Note: This button is available only when the Viewer is shown.

  • Red Eye tool: Reduce red-eye, occurring when the subject’s retinas reflect light from your camera’s flash, with this tool.

    Note: This button is available only when the Viewer is shown.

Display Controls

Use the display controls to manage how images are presented in the Browser and Viewer. The Show Master and Zoom Viewer buttons are available only when the Viewer is shown.

Figure. Display controls in the tool strip.
  • Zoom Viewer button: Click this button to switch between viewing an image at actual size and fitting the image to the Viewer’s screen size.

    Note: This button is available only when the Viewer is shown.

  • Metadata Overlays pop-up menu: Choose to show image metadata as overlays in the Viewer and Browser, switch metadata views, show metadata tooltips, and access the Browser & Viewer Metadata dialog from this pop-up menu.
  • Show Master button: Click this button to view the master image without any applied adjustments. Click again to switch the view back to the current version.

    Note: This button is available only when the Viewer is shown.

  • Primary Only button: Click this button to make changes to the primary image selection only.
  • Quick Preview button: Click this button to view preview images only. Viewing preview images speeds up access to and display of images in the Viewer and Browser.