Lightroom Video Tip: Speed Through Your Photo Editing

If you find yourself trying to move through your photos quickly to pick the best ones, then you’ll be happy to know that Lightroom has a great little trick to help out. It’s called Auto-Advance. When you turn it on, Lightroom will then automatically move to the next photo whenever you flag, rate, or label one of your photos. Depending on how you work in Lightroom, it can be a great time saver.

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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  1. Caps lock key toggles the auto advance. Quicker then looking in the menu.

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    • CAPS LOCK just made my day! Thanks for that amazing wee tip!

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  2. Keyboard shortcut for auto advance: caps lock. Cheers!

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  3. Or just use the shift key + X or P if you aren’t 100% in that mood.

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  4. Hi Matt,

    Great tip!!! I’m glad you find all this little tidbits of info in LR! Much appreciated!


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  5. I like that because I really always found Windows Explorer easier to sort because I would just have one finger on delete and the other on arrow to advance. Auto Advance in LR is a big help but I still wish the P and X keys for Pick and Reject were two keys side-by-side on the keyboard. This arrangement prevents me from drinking coffee while sorting one-handed.

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    • You can always do a select all of the photos, mark them all as rejects (or picks) and then just use pick – P (or reject – x) with auto advance. You need only one finger then.

      Also, I sometimes use the number rating keys. Every photo I’m going to discard gets a 1 and those I’m going to keep get a 2 (or 3). You only need two fingers side by side for this. Then filter for all photos <=1, select all, and mark for reject.

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  6. Had no idea… how cool is that. Thanks for sharing and another reason why I visit here every day.

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  7. Nice tip. Thank you for sharing! I’ll try to use it next time. It is really fast that way.
    Now I use a filter what show me only unflagged photos. When I mark a photo Pick or Reject it disappear from grid. I do this until I have no photos to flag.
    Then I choose another filter that show me only picked photos. In this stage I put stars on photos. Again, the photos disappear from grid until I done with.
    In the third stage, I process every star category. And that’s my workflow on projects.

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  8. I like useing the the shift key as i would forget to turn the auto-advance off when i don’t want it. Though i see it as being helpful if going through a lot of images.

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  9. This is a great tool!I haven’t heard about Lightroom until today!

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  10. I’ve got Lr on Creative Cloud. That option doesn’t even show as you’ve got it listed. It’s grayed out under “tethered capture.” Any idea what’s going on?

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