18 Lightroom shortcuts every photographer should know

Jan 16, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

18 Lightroom shortcuts every photographer should know

Jan 16, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Adobe Lightroom is full of useful shortcuts that can speed up your workflow. If you still haven’t created the habit of using them, this video from Lucy Martin might help you do it. It’s an easy to remember video with 18 Lightroom shortcuts every photographer should know. They’ll help you work faster and more efficient, so take a look.

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Lucy’s list of Lightroom shortcuts is shown in a video that makes them easy to remember. First of all, she visualizes the shortcuts by pressing the keyboard buttons and adding animations around them. I don’t know about you, but visual cues like this help me remember stuff better. Also, she demonstrates what each of these shortcuts does within Lightroom.

Here’s the list of shortcuts from the video:

  1. G – go to Grid (Library Mode)
  2. E – Enter Loupe View (Survey Mode)
  3. L – Lights Out
  4. P – Pick/Flag Photo
  5. X – Reject Photo
  6. CAPS LOCK – Auto Next Photo
  7. CTRL/CMD + DELETE – Delete all Rejects
  8. D – Go to Develop Module
  9. \ – Before & After Shortcut Key (it will show you the image before the editing, and bring back the edited image when you press “\” again)
  10. Y – Before & After side-by-side comparison
  11. V – Black& White
  12. R – Resize & Rotate (Crop)
  13. Q – Spot Removal Tool
  14. H – Hide Adjustment Pins
  15. CMD + Z – Undo Last Action
  16. CMD + C – Copy Develop Settings
  17. CMD + P – Paste Develop Settings
  18. CMD + / – Show All Shortcuts

According to Lucy, these are the shortcuts she uses all the time. There are two more I’d like to add that have just crossed my mind: Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + E for Export and Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + Alt/Option + E for Export as Previous. Along with the majority of the shortcuts Lucy suggests, these are also the ones I use during every editing session.

Even if you use Lightroom shortcuts, perhaps you’ve learned a couple of new ones. And if you are still not used to using them, this video can be a handy place to start and a reminder.

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Dunja Djudjic

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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4 responses to “18 Lightroom shortcuts every photographer should know”

  1. DanaSue Van Kampen Avatar
    DanaSue Van Kampen

    Thanks!

  2. Alberto Scrimali Avatar
    Alberto Scrimali

    double tap in “t” for change from library to development panel

  3. Neil Martin Avatar
    Neil Martin

    Looks good!

  4. Latosz Avatar
    Latosz

    “every photographer” – seriously? Should “every photographer” use LR and PS? No other options?