It’s exhausting to overestimate the significance of keyboard shortcuts in Lightroom or in every other enhancing program. Shortcuts assist us velocity up and optimize our enhancing workflow. You could find the tutorial devoted completely to probably the most helpful keyboard shortcuts in Lightroom right here.
There are additionally keyboard keys that don’t act precisely as shortcuts as a result of they work together with present instruments and serve the aim to change or prolong their default capabilities. I name these “Keyboard Modifiers.”
One of the vital highly effective keyboard modifiers in Lightroom is the Alt (PC), Choice (Mac) key. Through the use of the Alt/Choice key in numerous areas of Lightroom, we will prolong this system’s usefulness and even the practical vary of the varied enhancing instruments.
In immediately’s tutorial, I’ll clarify how one can prolong the performance of various areas of Lightroom utilizing Alt/Choice keyboard modifiers.
I at all times begin with the Develop Module as a result of that is the place I spend nearly all of my time. Additionally it is the place the Alt/Choice modifiers are probably the most helpful and efficient.
Within the Lightroom Develop Module, there are 9 important enhancing panels. Whenever you open all of those panels, it’s simple to get misplaced endlessly scrolling as you attempt to discover the correct enhancing slider in your wants. Solo Mode helps you get rid of muddle by permitting you to have just one enhancing panel open (prolonged).
When Solo Mode is lively and also you open any of the enhancing panels—just like the Cut up Firming, for instance—it closes all the opposite panels. Solo Mode is probably the most helpful when your display actual property is restricted like when utilizing a laptop computer.
To activate Solo Mode, press the Alt/Choice key and click on the header of any enhancing panel. To deactivate Solo Mode, preserve the Alt/Choice key pressed and click on any of the enhancing panels once more.
I take advantage of Solo Mode 99% of the time, even after I use a desktop pc with a big monitor. Solo Mode retains my UI neater.
Now, let’s dive into every enhancing panel and the instruments within the Develop Mannequin to see how we will prolong their functionalities by utilizing the Alt/Choice modifiers.
The Primary Panel
The most typical and hottest use of the Alt/Choice secret is to reset a number of enhancing sliders to their default values. This performance works in nearly all of the panels together with the Primary Panel.
By holding the Alt/Choice key down, the brand new choices (Reset Tone and Reset Presence) seem. By clicking the “reset choices,” you’ll reset all of the enhancing sliders to zero.
Present Spotlight Clipping
By holding down the Alt/Choice key whereas dragging the Publicity, Highlights, or Whites sliders, you possibly can see if any areas of the picture have clipped highlights.
The white space of the preview signifies that every one three colour channels (pink, inexperienced, blue) are blown.
The pink, inexperienced, and blue areas present that just one channel is clipped.
The cyan, magenta, and yellow areas point out that two out of three channels are clipped.
This performance is extraordinarily helpful when evaluating if the overexposed areas of the picture could be recovered. As a common rule, if just one channel is clipped, there’s a good likelihood of recovering it. However when two or three channels are clipped or blown, you’re most definitely out of luck.
Present Shadow Clipping
By urgent the Alt/Choice key whereas dragging the Shadows or Blacks sliders, you possibly can see the areas of the picture with clipped shadows.
The black areas of the picture point out that every one three colour channels have clipped shadows.
The pink, inexperienced, and blue areas point out that just one channel is clipped.
The cyan, magenta, and yellow areas point out that two out of three channels have clipped shadows.
The Tone Curve Panel
Within the Tone Curve Panel, you possibly can regulate the tone curve by utilizing the Area Sliders. If you happen to want better precision, you possibly can edit the tone curve instantly by altering the form of the curve for the person colour channels (pink, inexperienced, blue) or the mixed channel.
Reset Area Sliders
By urgent the Alt/Choice key when utilizing the Area Sliders, you possibly can entry the choice to reset all 4 Area Sliders to the default values (zero).
Entry Effective Tune Changes
When enhancing the tone curve instantly, the Alt/Choice modifier works in another way. The Alt/Choice key modifications the sensitivity of the mouse motion and permits you to make extra refined changes. This works extraordinarily effectively when mixed with the Shift key, which constrains the mouse motion to solely the Y-axis.
Within the HSL/Coloration Panel, the Alt/Choice modifier has just one operate—it resets the enhancing sliders to zero. The panel has 24 complete enhancing sliders. It might be a chore to reset them one after the other.
That is the panel the place I take advantage of the reset choices probably the most usually.
Cut up Firming Panel
You possibly can reset the Highlights and Shadows whereas holding down the Alt/Choice key.
Visualizing the Cut up Firming Impact
Maintain down the Alt/Choice key whereas shifting the Spotlight Hue or Shadow Hue sliders to see the colour you chose at 100% saturation earlier than you dial it up. As soon as once more, this can be a very helpful visualization device that I take advantage of very often.
The enhancing sliders within the Element Panel enable you take management of sharpening the picture and decreasing any digital noise.
By holding down the Alt/Choice key, you’ve got entry to the Reset Sharpening and Reset Noise Discount choices.
Visualizing Sharpening Impact
By holding down the Alt/Choice key and shifting the Quantity slider, the picture turns right into a black and white preview that permits you to higher assess the sharpening results.
Whenever you press the Alt/Choice key and drag the Radius or Element slider, the picture preview turns to a impartial grey and solely the areas affected by the sharpening are proven in white. That is priceless.
The Masking enhancing slider helps you decrease the impact of sharpening by narrowing the affected space. The mixture of the Masking enhancing slider and the Alt/Choice secret is probably the most helpful visible helper in your entire Element Panel. It reveals the realm affected by sharpening in white and retains the unaffected areas in black. That is one of the simplest ways to restrict the sharpening impact to the sides and go away the flat areas just like the sky or water unaffected.
Visualizing Noise Discount Impact
Maintain down the Alt/Choice key whereas dragging the Luminance, Element, or Distinction sliders. This reveals the picture in black and white with the intention to higher consider the noise discount impact.
Lens Correction Panel
Through the use of the Alt/Choice keyboard modifier, you’ve got entry to the next reset choices: Reset Quantity, Reset Distortion, Reset Defringe, Reset Vignetting.
As soon as once more, the principle energy of the Alt/Choice key within the Defringe part of the Lens Correction Panel is the power to visualise the affected areas. As a rule, the chromatic aberration impacts small areas of the picture across the edges. It’s simple to overcook defringing and alter the colours of the adjoining areas.
Maintain the Alt/Choice key down whereas shifting the purple or inexperienced Quantity sliders to see the areas affected by the enhancing sliders from mild gray to pure black. The unaffected areas of the picture are proven in white.
Maintain the Alt/Choice down whereas dragging the purple or inexperienced Hue sliders to visualise the vary of tones affected by the enhancing sliders.
With the Alt/Choice keyboard modifier, you’ve got the power to reset the enhancing sliders within the following areas: Reset Upright and Reset Remodel.
The Reset Publish-Crop Vignetting and Reset Grain seem whenever you maintain down the Alt/Choice key.
Maintain down the Alt/Choice key whereas shifting the Midpoint, Roundness, Feather, or Highlights slider to see the impact of vignetting if the Quantity worth was set to +100 or to -100. This can be a very helpful visualization device to correctly estimate the quantity and form of vignetting that’s required for any given picture.
Maintain down the Alt/Choice key to entry the reset choices.
The Alt/Choice key doesn’t invoke the reset choices within the Crop Overlay Panel as a result of the panel has a devoted reset button.
Crop to the Heart
The Alt/Choice key within the Crop Overlay Panel permits you to crop a picture to the middle reasonably than to the sting. This modifier migrated to Lightroom from Photoshop and Illustrator.
Within the Spot Elimination Panel, the Alt/Choice performs just one operate—it modifications the cursor from a rounded brush to a scissor icon. This lets you delete any pointless spots by clicking on them with the scissors.
Within the Graduated Filter Panel, the Alt/Choice performs two very helpful capabilities past the widespread reset capabilities.
Altering the Route of the Gradient
First, you possibly can maintain down the Alt/Choice key and drag the sting of the chosen graduated filter towards the middle to invert its impact to the opposite facet of the picture. That is extraordinarily helpful.
Second, you possibly can maintain down the Alt/Choice key and transfer the mouse to the middle of the chosen graduated filter to vary the cursor to a two-headed arrow. Now you can drag the mouse to the left or proper to extend or cut back the publicity worth. I take advantage of this operate very often.
Within the Radial Filter, the Alt/Choice modifier works much like the Graduated Filter. You should utilize it to reset the 17 enhancing sliders to the default worth of zero in a single click on.
You can too change the Publicity worth of the chosen Radial Filter by dragging the mouse to the left or to the correct. Don’t forget that you have to press the Alt/Choice key and transfer the mouse over the middle of the filter earlier than you possibly can have an effect on the Publicity change.
By holding down the Alt/Choice key when the Filter Brush device is lively, it alters its performance in two methods.
First, it modifications the Impact label to a clickable Reset button for a fast method to reset all of the enhancing sliders to zero.
Switching from Brush to Eraser
Second, it modifications the filter from the Brush Mode to the Eraser Mode. That is extremely helpful when retouching portraits. You possibly can erase undesirable edits by merely urgent the Alt/Choice key. Plus, you possibly can change the scale of the Brush and the Eraser independently utilizing the ] and [ shortcuts.
Setting the Default Develop Setting
When you are in the Develop Module and press the Alt/Option key, the Reset button at the bottom right corner of the UI changes to the “Set Default…” button.
By clicking this, you are presented with the following dialog box:
If you click the “Update to Current Settings” option, Lightroom will use the current settings as a default for any photos taken with that particular camera model. In my case, the Fujifilm XT2.
Let’s see when this feature might be useful.
Lightroom does not handle the Fujifilm RAW files very well when applying Sharpening. It produces unnatural, wormlike artifacts. I could set the Sharpening value to zero and hit the “Update to Current Settings” option. From that moment, all my Fujifilm XT2 files will have a Sharpening value set to zero during import. All my Sony images will have the Adobe default value of 40.
I do not use this feature at all.
In the Library Module, the Alt/Option key does not produce as many new options or functions compared to the Develop Module.
Hold down the Alt/Option key and click on the header of any panel (left or right) to set the entire panel to Solo Mode.
In the Quick Develop Panel, press the Alt/Option key to access the Sharpening and Saturation controls, which are hidden by default.
Hold down the Alt/Option key to add keywords to a selected photo by hitting the numbers on the keyboard.
Hold down the Alt/Option key and click the arrow next to the GPS field to trigger Google Maps to open in your default browser with the selected location where the photo was taken. Please note that this will not work if the GPS field is empty.
The only thing the Alt/Option key does in the Export Module is to enable or disable the Solo Mode.
I consider the Alt/Option Keyboard Modifiers to be some of the most useful and lesser known functions of Lightroom. I do not believe that you have to learn and memorize all of them. Simply adopt the modifiers that are the most useful and impactful to your workflow and stick with them.
Here is a list of my favorites and the ones I use the most often:
- Reset – It is easy to remember and works almost everywhere
- Adjustment Brush – Switches from Brush to Eraser
- Basic Panes – Shows Highlight clippings
- Spot Removal – Deletes unwanted spots
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