Updated June 21, 2023
Introduction of Lightroom Shortcuts
The hundreds of shortcuts can’t be stored in the entire guide, but those on this shortlist should be rememberable or simply attached to your wall next to your computer. Simply speaking, these are my shortcuts and improve my workflow considerably. I am confident that everybody takes time to download, print, and learn these shortcuts, thanks to more than 8 years of experience in Lightroom including an Adobe ambassador.
Top 12 Shortcut Keys of Lightroom
Let’s have a look at some shortcut keys of lightroom:
1. Shortcut B
You can always hit the B key in the Library module to add the image to your current target set. The Target Collection is the Quick Collection, by default, although you can change it by right-clicking on the collection and using the ‘Set as Target Collection’ option to set any collection you prefer. In this target collection, the B key shortcut adds the current images or selections. An invaluable saver of time when you organize your work after the import process.
2. ShortCut J
You may know that by clicking the triangular shapes in the top corners of the histogram in the Development module you can turn black and white point clips on or off, but a far better way to do so is simply to hit the J key. This switches on and off both the black and white dot to show where you lose details in your image and also note that this shortcut we can only use to develop module,s not in the library module
3. Shift + m
To add a radial filter we use shift plus m. In general, I like to work with selective and not global adjustment tools because it enables me to direct a vision of people within a picture. To a great degree, the radial filter, the shortcut for which you can quickly access is my most popular tool: Shift+M. You’ll open the Graduated Filter if you hit the M key itself.
4. R THEN CTRL
The first part of my editing is to make the picture look good and straight horizons. Use the R key to enter crop mode and then activate the Ctrl tool on a PC or the functionality (Command) on a Mac. A small ruler symbol appears, and you can directly line it along your horizon to straighten it automatically!
5. Shortcut L
The L key turns Lights Out mode which dims your attention on the image in the surrounding parts of the Lightroom interface. You can control the dimming and the background color in the preferences menu, though the default settings work fine. Lights Out functions in every panel, comparative view modes as well as the library grid views.
6. Shortcut O
Use the O key to quickly reveal the area to which the adjustment is applied when you use selective adjustments like the radial filter, the adjustment brush or the graded filter.
7. Shortcut P
One quick way to sort the picks out of a shoot is to start Auto Advance with the above explicit caps lock trick, and then use the P key to flag the pick. Then you can only display your flagged images that need modification using the view controls in the Library module.
This command is used to undo. You can always undo it if you don’t like the actions or changes made. You can only use the Ctrl+Z shortcut, rather than go to the Edit tab and click Undo. This saves you a great deal of time.
9. Ctrl + E
You don’t have to save your image and leave Lightroom before opening Photoshop if you think you need to go to Photoshop probably to look for a photo you are planning to use for the editing work. You just have to press the Ctrl + E shortcut while still in Lightroom. You don’t have to go that far.
10. Shortcut Shift + Tab
If you want your image to be bigger than normal, just press Shift and Tab to disappear all toolbars and side panels. You get your image almost as large as your full-screen desktop once you do that. Even when the picture is maximized, you can still use the panels — just bring the mouse pointer to your edge and let it float.
11. ShortCut control+ U
It helps you to balance exposure automatically. All sliders for Tone are automatically adjusted when you click Command + U. You can always undo what is done if you do not like the end result.
12. Shortcut G
Perhaps the G key that leads you to a grid view on the library panel is my most used Lightroom shortcut. I have always clicked the G key for my library once the image has been edited or played within Develop module at least.
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