Improve your photo workflow!

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Keyboard shortcuts are great ways to improve your efficiency when working on post production.  Here’s a couple that I use in Lightroom to help improve things so I can get my processing done, and get out and back to shooting that much quicker!


This takes me all the way down the Develop Module to Camera Calibration.  If I ever want to make adjustments to which profile to use (typically I use Camera Standard, but it’s always fun to experiment), this gets me there a lot quicker than scrolling with my mouse or tablet!


Yup, that’s it – just the letter R.  From the Library Module, this will take you to the Develop Module, turn on the crop tool and show you how you currently have your image cropped for composition.  That’s it – one letter, no fuss no muss!

Module Switching

A super slick way to move between modules is to use your Command key (CTRL Key on Windows) and the ALT key along with the number for each module.  It’s super easy to remember too:

Library = CMD/CTRL+ALT+1

Develop = CMD/CTRL+ALT+2

Slideshow = CMD/CTRL+ALT+3

Print = CMD/CTRL+ALT+4


That’s it – 3 easy ways to improve your work flow with Lightroom shortcuts!  Wawnt some more?  Check out the full detailed reference guide straight from Adobe here.  What ways have you found to improve your own work flow?  There’s tons out there, so share your own in the comments!  Thanks for stopping in and we’ll see you here again next time!

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4 comments for “Improve your photo workflow!

  1. Tom
    April 21, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Nice! Didn’t know about cmd 8! My favorite is the export shortcut: cmd/shift/e

  2. April 21, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Most of my module switching is just between the Library and Develop modules:
    D takes me into Develop
    G takes me back to the Library in grid view
    E takes me back to the Library in loupe (single photo) view

    I use those all the time, along with R…

  3. April 22, 2011 at 2:28 am

    I didn’t know about cmd8 either, thanks for posting. my one thing for the day is learnt 🙂

  4. May 2, 2011 at 5:35 am

    I would like to join the other commentators by thanking for sharing info re CMD 8 and R – both shortcuts are new to me, though I use LR for image processing almost every day !

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