Tip – Another Before/After Shortcut

Folks. I’m doing it again. Yep, I’m stealing tips from the unsuspecting people that comment here on the blog. But hey, would you rather I just keep them to myself? No way. You want me to steal… you need me to steal! For a second I just felt like Jack Nicholson in “A Few Good Men”. “You want me on the wall! You need me on that wall!”. OK, I digress. Here’s the tip. A while ago I told you about using the Y key as a shortcut to jump to Before/After view. After that tip, a few folks had emailed me about another shortcut. But I totally forgot about it until I saw a comment from one of the friends I met at Photoshop World last year, Glyn Dewis. Here’s the thing. The Y key is fine if you like to see your photo get smaller and sit side-by-side in Before/After view. But what if you want to see your photo at it’s full size. Instead of Y try pressing the (backslash) key. Instead of displaying the Before/After view side by side, it just replaces your photo with the original Before photo. Then, pressing it again displays the photo with all of your settings applied. Go ahead and give both a try and you’ll see what I mean. I thought I liked the Y key a lot but I think I like this one even better. Thanks Glyn! Have a great weekend everyone.

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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16 Comments

  1. Hey Matt,

    Glad the tip is of use; makes me want to hunt around Lightroom alot more to see what other little gems are hidden away :o)

    Happy ‘Shooting’,
    Glyn

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  2. Hello Matt,

    thank you so much for this tip. This one will save me a lot of time!

    Best regards.
    Matthias

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  3. Brilliant. I have been looking for something like this for a long time. Its annoying when you are working at 1:1 on detail and you have to put up with it resizing to fit when you compare before/after. I will be using this one alot. Thanks!

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  4. That is a pretty cool tip.. Thanks

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  5. Thanks for another “goodie to put under my hoodie” (I think I’m watching to much Photoshop User TV)
    Off the subject request /comment – I just finished reading and trying your tutorial for HDR simulation with PS in the Jan/Feb 2008 Photoshop User Magazine, and I love the effect.
    I tried to emulate the effect in LR so I created a preset in Lightroom that does a fair (my opinion) approximation, I would like to see your take on this subject using Lightroom and not PS.

    Thanks, have a great weekend

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  6. Hello Matt, I’ve been reading and watching the Killer Tips for ages now, has definitely improved my Lightroom skills (and my pictures)!

    But this is the first time that I’ve come across a problem.. I’m not sure if this tip will help non-English LR users. The problem is that in order to get a backslash on my Swedish keyboard, I have to press AltGr + the plus sign, and that combo doesn’t do anything in Lightroom. Changing the keyboard layout to use a time saving shortcut is probably not very time saving. ;)

    Is there any other shortcut that would do the same trick?

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  7. Matt,

    After looking at your shortcut, I started playing around with Y-key PLUS the “shift”, “tab” and “alt” keys in combination and found some interesting results; particularly the tab key. Give them a try!!

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  8. Hello Matt,

    First of all let me just say thank you for the excellent and mind incredibly useful blog you’ve got here; It just made it so much easier, faster and simpler to work with Lightroom that I can’t imagine not coming here everyday to learn something new!

    Oh, and the other ting I wanted to say is that I’m pretty sure I’ve already read this tip… maybe it’s just memory that’s not that good, but I’m almost sure I have.

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  9. Wow, this is so much better than using the “” key. However, is there a way to get the before and after in the Library Module instead of just in the Develop Module.

    Thanks

    Matt, you an inspiration to me as I’m sure to others, thank you for doing what you do.

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  10. For german keyboards you have to press Alt Gr + ß

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  11. Hey Matt,

    you should compile a one page cheat sheet for lightroom that includes all these great shortcuts! I think a one page PDF would be great. Perhaps with a vial cue rather than a lengthy explanation (you don’t want to turn it into a user manual). I’m gradually learning many of them as I go but a visual prompt would be handy.
    I’d do it myself but I’ too busy keywording…..

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  12. Oh~ What a wonderful tip.
    I save a lot of time to check my photos.

    Thanks

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  13. Anyone knows how to get shach shortcut in an Spanish keyboard?, any convination with ALT goes into “reset”.

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