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You’ve got a stack of catalogs to edit, plus you have another wedding and engagement session this weekend. In the busy wedding season, you want to make editing as easy as possible. So here is a list of Lightroom shortcuts to make editing easier. As a private photo editor, I use these shortcuts all the time. They will definitely help you as a photographer reduce your time editing so you can get back to doing what you love.
Super quick way to access the import tool.
Just like a contact sheet, this shortcut will allow you to see all the thumbnails at once in the Library module. The Grid View can be customized under preferences.
All the panels will disappear and only black will surround your photo. You can also change the black to white, which is great to judge how an image will look on social media. To access the settings for lights out, go to the top menu, Lightroom > Preferences > Interface > Lights Out > Screen Color.
This shortcut opens the tool to compare two photos, side by side, and see the differences between them.
Use this shortcut to zoom in or out of photos
You can use these two shortcuts to quickly mark and unmark photos. You can flag photos that need attention, group them together and see all of them at once, then unflag them.
By rejecting a photo, you’ll group it in a folder where you can delete all of the blurry photos at once.
You can remove photos from your Lightroom catalog or you can delete them altogether from your computer.
While in Library module, having caps lock on will automatically switch to the next photo if you give that photo a rating. This comes in handy when you’re culling your wedding or portrait session.
The Develop mode is where you can alter your photos.
Selecting “V” will convert a photo into black and white.
Crop photos faster by just pressing R instead of moving your mouse to the crop overlay icon in the right hand panel.
If you have a lens smudge, spot removal will easily take it away by cloning the space around it. I only recommend spot removal if it’s something small you need to remove. All other retouching or background should be done in Photoshop!
This helps you to have a larger workspace in Develop or Library module.
This is just a small offering of Lightroom shortcuts to make editing easier. Since there are so many Lightroom shortcuts to help you edit faster, here is a more detailed list of ALL the shortcuts (if you’re just becoming familiar with Lightroom). Check out this article from Adobe!
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