Ok, maybe bliss was overstating it in that header but keyboard short cuts are key in just about every software application and Lightroom has a few that I find super useful. I’ll list my most favorite and most used keyboard shortcuts below with the most used first. Here they are:
F - Full Frame Modes
By pushing the F key on your keyboard you can toggle through the different full frame modes of Lightroom. Push it once and the top bar disappears, push it again and Lightroom takes over your monitor and uses all the available space. I like this last full-frame mode because it doesn’t leave any space for extraneous light leaks around the Lightroom interface as in the image below.
G - Grid Mode
Pushing G from any Module in Lightroom will take you back to the Grid mode in the Library which is the basic browser as in the image below. After switching to full frame mode this is the keyboard shortcut I use most often.
The Numbers 1 though 5
I normally rate my images using stars. By pushing the corresponding number from 1 through 5 I can rate my images very quickly. With one finger on the arrow key and my other fingers on the numbers I can zip through images and rank them.
( \ ) Backslash Key
In the Develop Module pressing the backslash key shows you the image you are working on as it was when you imported it. This allows me to see where an image started and where I have taken it - and I can then decide if I like where I have taken it. It’s a VERY useful keyboard shortcut.
L - Lights Out
By pressing the L key successively Lightroom will cycle through three modes: normal, lights dim and lights out. I use this key a lot in the Develop Module to adjust the brightness of images. First, I will work the image up then as a final check I will push the L key once to dim everything else in the interface and adjust the brightness as needed. This really helps because it removes all of the distracting glare of the sliders and panels but you can still see and adjust your sliders as in the image below.
I hope these keyboard shortcuts help out. Most of you I’m sure use the first three but perhaps you have not known about the last two. That’s it for this week.
Adios, Michael Clark