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Easy Lightroom Shortcuts


Easy Lightroom Shortcuts and Solutions

Easy lightroom shortcuts for photographers who want less hassle.

Why remember a complicated lightroom shortcut if you don’t have to ?

Most Lightroom functions are easily accessed by clicking the appropriate icon – but not all.  That’s where easy lightroom keyboard shortcuts come in.

Advanced users are supposed to remember all sorts of keyboard shortcuts which frequently involve clicking combinations of keys.   If you’re like me; you can’t be bothered to remember loads of lightroom shortcuts, and just use the icons when you can.

Some easy lightroom shortcuts are indispensable:-

Z – zoom
T – toolbar show/hide
D open selected photo in Develop module
F – full screen mode
G – grid view
I show/hide information

Before/after views

\ – toggle view before or after
Y choose adjacent or split screen before & after views

Tool shortcuts

L in crop mode –lights out – see only what you cropped with black surround.
O in crop mode- overlay – cycle composition/cropping overlay guides (rule of thirds etc)
O in brush mode – show/hide tool mask
H – hide tool pins
[ ] (bracket keys) – control brush size
W select white balance tool
X switch crop tool between landscape and portrait

Star flag and colour Rating

1-5 set star rating
0 remove star rating
6 set label to red or reset (to no label)
7 set label to yellow or reset
8 set label to green or reset
9 set label to blue or reset
P flag photo as a pick
X flag photo as a reject
U unflag photo


J show/hide clipping

Paint Can – little known library tool which can be set to “label” (drop down) to select multiple individual images just by clicking on them (usually used to “paint” keywords)

Spot removal tool (Q) has a difficult to find spot visualiser tool:-

Hit Q to get spot removal tool (or just click its icon below the histogram)
Hit A to bring up spot removal visualise tool
Hit T to bring up spot removal toolbar
Ensure “Visualise Spots” is ticked in the toolbar then use the slider to make spots more visible. (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

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Change colour of overlay mask from default red colour

If you’re editing something red; or skin tones; the default red mask makes life difficult.
You can change the colour to green white or black:-
tools/adjustment brush overlay/ choose red green white or black.

Get out of jail free cards

If you hit a key by accident and don’t know how to get back to where you where before:-
go to “Edit” then “Undo” in top toolbar.
If the Library/Develop/map etc toolbar has disappeared just click the little triangular arrow at the top of your image.

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