Shortcuts and tricks in Lightroom

Lightroom just like Photoshop had many keyboard shortcuts, many which are hidden tricks that you don’t normally stumble across. Quick little time saving tips when doing your post production can end up saving so much time in the long run I am always looking for quicker ways to do things. Here are 5 Lightroom shortcuts and tricks that you might not have known about before. If you have any time savings tips you love just enter a comment at the bottom of the page:

1) Show the shortcuts. Memorizing keyboard shortcuts can take a long time to fully remember. So while you are working in Lightroom just click the Command + / keys to show an overlay of shortcuts (Crtl + / for pc). The list is specific to the module you are in (Libary, Develop, etc…) and can be very helpful when on a laptop or screen with limited space.

Also we did post a list”A to Z Lightroom keyboard shortcuts” awhile back for your reference.

2) The F keys. No matter how big your screen is the real estate you have is always crucial. When in the library module you can hide any of the 4 edges of the screen with Fkeys on your keyboard. Use the F5, F6, F7 and F8 to show/hide these sections of the screen.

Also if you are on a mac the Fkeys might already be used by the OS for things like Expose or other programs. To turn that off follow these instructions:
–> Choose Apple > System Preferences.
–> Select Keyboard.
–> Select Use All F1, F2 Etc Keys As Standard Function Keys.

3) Straighten your Photo: Press ‘R’ to go to the crop mode in Develop. Next hold down the Command key on Mac (Control key on PC). and click and drag to create a line across the image. Lightroom will use this line to rotate the image and make that line straight.

4) Quick Develop. You can access additional settings in Quick Develop by holding down the Option Key on Mac (Alt Key on PC). This will change the Vibrance and Clarity controls into Saturation and Sharpening.

5) Color Picker. When you’re using the Color Picker you can enter in a HEX color value for more control over the exact color. From the color picker box just click on the HEX button on the bottom right and the RGB %’s will be replaced with the HEX value and the ability to enter in your HEX value.

If you ever have a Lightroom question just leave it in the comments below or head on over to our Facebook wall.

Also for more Lightroom tutorials check out some of these past articles:

5 Quick Tips and Tricks on Adobe Lightroom

Using the Graduated Filter in Lightroom

Using Lightroom Brushes to Soften Skin

How to create a light leak effect in Lightroom

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Author: Mark

Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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  1. oops, I meant to put this comment here. Sorry for the double comment, haha.

    you can also copy develop settings and paste them in library mode. To all the images at once if need be. I think you just right click on the image in library mode to pull that menu up.

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