Lightroom: 2 LCD Monitors
Every Friday, I receive the sale email from NCIX, a local Internet computers sale company. For many people, it is spam. Me? I look at it before deleting it. Every week they have memory, LCD panels, hard drivesâ€¦ on sale. I've wanted a second LCD monitor for a while and then came the â€œrightâ€ sale: an LG IPS with a 1920 by 1080 resolution at 40% off. The regular 24â€ LCD monitors are now under $200, but IPS LCD monitors are in the mid to high $300.
Almost all current technology video cards support 2 monitors, even if they do not have the plugs/connectors. The two most difficult parts are:
- Finding enough desk space to fit both LCD monitors.
- How to connect both LCDs to your computer.
The simplest case, your computer/video card has 2 DVI connectors, one for each monitor. If your computer/video card has one DVI and one HDMI and the monitor supports HDMI then you just have to use both the HDMI and the DVI cables and you are done.
This new LG LCD only has one DVI connector and one VGA connector. My video card only has one DVI, one HDMI, and one VGA plug. For the first monitor I used the DVI/DVI cable, for the second monitor I used an HDMI cable plugged in the video card and an HDMI to DVI adapter that I plugged into the monitor and I was done for the hardware portion.
Alternatively you could use a USB cable if your monitor has a USB plug. The â€œproblemâ€ with USB is that it's much slower the DVI or HDMI.
For the Mac: I'm sorry, but I do not have access to one to give any instruction. You can give me one so that â€¦ or you can start googling and looking at: http://osxdaily.com/2011/08/11/multiple-displays-full-screen-apps-mac-os-x-lion/
In Windows, you can either right click on the background and select Screen Resolution, or you can use the Control Panel > Appearance & Personalization > Display > Screen Resolution
The crucial part is the â€œExtend these displaysâ€ and Windows will do all the â€œproper work.â€ You should be able to do the same on a Mac by using the â€œTwinViewâ€ â€œPanningâ€ and â€œPosition.â€ (Please remember that I do not have a Mac computer).
Accessing the second LCD in Lightroom
The second window on the second screen can be accessed through:
Accessing the second LCD display in Lightroom
You can only show a few things in the secondary window:
Gridoperations, it's a standard Grid View layout
Loupeview, the single image
Compareview, where you can select 2 photos to be displayed side by side
Surveyview, where you can select multiple photos to be displayed side by side
Slideshowview to generate and play a full-screen slide show of either the currently selected folder or currently selected collection
While you are doing â€œwhateverâ€ you want to do in the main window. I wish I could have all the
Develop on one screen and the image on the other screen but can't be too greedyâ€¦
What's IPS? It's â€œIn-Plane Switchingâ€, the electrodes of the LCD panel are (almost) all in the same plane. So the color is more accurate and less dependent on your position relative to the LCD, which is why calibrating a non-IPS LCD screen is useless.