The Image Preview Feature in Historian gives so many more options when editing photos. It allows you to view an enlarged version of your image, while staying in the media library view. No more opening and closing images, just to get a good look at them.
The image preview button is found on the Home Ribbon, as in the image above. Clicking on the button brings up two options – “Show image preview” and “Show image preview with faces”. Learn more about Facial Recognition here, but this tip is focussed on the “Show image preview” option. As seen below, in the usual view of the media library, you see rows of thumbnails of your images in the central window.
With Image Preview selected, you will see an enlarged view of the selected image at the top of the Media Library window.
Let’s have a closer look at some of the features of the Image Preview:
- Use the large blue arrows to scroll to the left and right, browsing the images one at a time
- Drag the zoom slider to zoom in and out of the preview image. Use the shortcut buttons to make the image fill the width or height of the window, or to see the whole image.
- To the right of the thumbnails, there is a slider bar that enables you to quickly scroll through the remaining thumbnails, while still keeping the image preview unchanged. (It’s a little hard to see as it is quite pale). Once you have found a new image you want to inspect more closely, just click on it once, and it will open in the preview window.
- The name of the selected image shows just below the preview window.
- To add an image to the work area, just click and drag it from the thumbnails – not the preview image.
- Hover your mouse over the divider between the preview image and the thumbnails section. Your cursor will turn into a little double-sided arrow, and you can drag the window up and down, to reveal more thumbnails and a smaller preview.
- To close the Image Preview, click on “Close Preview” in the top right, or go to the Preview button on the home ribbon and choose Close Preview.