Tip – Press H to Hide the Adjustment Brush Pins

It’s Lightroom Seminar day for me and I’m gearing up for a big crowd here in Covington, KY. As I was getting ready I realized that it’s funny how tips come about. For example, the one I have for you today is something that I totally knew about months ago. As you can imagine though, with all the software we use there’s only so much room for tips and shortcuts. So as new things come into my head, my mind must just push the older ones to the back (that’s a fancy way of saying I just forget) :) For example, I was using the Adjustment Brush the other day and thinking to myself how annoying it was to see those little pins. Especially, if I painted over some one’s eye because you can imagine how bad it looks to see one of those right smack in the middle of some one’s face. But I got over it pretty quick and didn’t really give it much thought until I was reading through the comments, and somebody had mentioned their pins just disappeared. Another blog reader jumped in and reminded them that they must have hit the letter H to hide the pins, and to just hit H again to show them. It seems like such a small thing, but since then I’ve found myself constantly using H with the Adjustment Brush (and Graduated filter too) to get rid of the pins. The only catch… don’t forget to hit H again or else one day, when your mind pushes newer tips to the front and older ones to the back of your mind (ie. you forget), you’ll be wondering where your Adjustment Brush pins went.

I hope you have a great weekend everyone. If you’re coming to the Lightroom seminar today make sure you stop by and say hi, OK. Take care!

Author: Matt K

Matt is a full time Education Director for the NAPP and Kelby Training. He's a best-selling author of various books on Photoshop and Photography co-hosts the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid" and is co-host of "Photoshop User TV". In his spare time he practices as a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys spending time with his family in Tampa, FL.

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19 Comments

  1. THANKS! Those pins drive me nuts. They are good when I need them, but horrible when I need them to go away.

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  2. I´d love to be there, but the distance from north of Sweden, you know……..

    Really like you tips, though!

    /Kjell

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  3. Really like this and all your TIPS !
    all the best for your seminar ! (difficult for me to be there from Italy)

    /Luca

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  4. omg. i CANNOT tell you how excited i was to read this tip this morning!!! i literally have spent hours the past few weeks trying to figure out how to get the darn things back. i went back through all your posts trying to find something but i didn’t even know what to call the things so i had no idea what to look for. anyhow, thanks! a great way to start my friday….ahhh, it’s the little things that matter, huh?

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  5. Old tip or not, it was new to me Matt. See you at Photoshopworld Boston in March!

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  6. Thanks SO much! Those dots bug the crap out of me!

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  7. And don’t forget that hitting the “O” hides and shows the mask being generated by the brush.

    Bill

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  8. I was about to ask how you can see the mask without the pin since I usualy hover the mouse over the pin to see the masking region…then I saw Bill’s comment above! Perfect!!

    Good to see a shortcut I already knew about got me the answer I needed :)

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  9. Finally solved, the mystery of the missing pins! Thanks!!
    I had stopped using the brush, because the pins got lost.

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  10. Thank you, I had no clue. I get a little thrown off when Photoshop and Lightroom share similar shortcuts and never expect it!

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  11. Great tip!
    By the way the same works for the spot removal and overlay.
    Any good tips for remembering all these great shortcuts? Can’t really have a post it for each arround the screen…

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  12. I think it is the small stuff that makes all of the difference in how we work, not just the big items. I had forgotten all about it! Thanks.

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  13. I wish you would offer your Lightroom class on Kelby Training. I think that the Kelby training is the best training value around.
    Thanks

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  14. I was at the class in Covington, Best $99.00 I have ever spent. Matt did a great job and made the class fun to be in. It was 5 1/2 hours long and seems like 30 minutes. Thanks

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  15. Thank you bill webb! I have been trying to figure out why I could not see the mask!!! And thanks Matt for this tip, another winner!

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  16. Hi Matt,
    Is there a way to create a print template that has a 5×7 at the top and four other small images below the 5×7? I found a Picture Package in LR2 that is almost what I want but it forces me to have the same photo in each of the 5 openings…I want to have different photos in each of the opening….Help..PLEASE!

    Steve Chastain

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  17. Thanks so much for this tip… this has just changed my life the same way Lightroom 2.0 did. Saved me a lot of stress. Thanks again :)

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  18. OH MY GOSH! THATS WHERE THEY WENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHH! I ABOUT MADE MY SELF CRAZY TRYING TO FIND THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!

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