Tip (and random fact) – Resetting Presets

Happy Friday folks. I’ve got two things for you today. First is the random fact about Lightroom that I read from Lightroom engineer Troy Gaul (you see his name on the screen when you launch Lightroom). Its actually not educational in any way, but I got a kick out of it because I always joke about this one in my classes. Now I know the answer why. Ever wonder why Survey Mode in Lightroom has a keyboard shortcut of N. Seriously, N isn’t even in either either “Survey” or “Mode”. Its actually because, during development, Survey Mode was called “N-up” Mode. Now I feel like I can’t make fun of that keyboard shortcut anymore :(

Ok, on to the tip. Have you ever ruined the Lightroom default presets or deleted one of them all together? If you go to Lightroom’s preferences dialog, you’ll see a Presets tab. If you click on it, the bottom of the dialog shows a way to reset all of Lightroom’s presets. But not just all of them in one full swoop. The cool part is that you can reset any one area you want by clicking on the button. So if I just want to get back to my original Export presets then I just click that button instead of resetting all presets in Lightroom.

That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend.

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. Matt,

    Will it delete other presets you have? I would try it myself but…. I really don’t want to have to reinstall all of them if it does. If you know the answer please share!

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  2. SURVEY MODE – what?? I didnt even know it existed, but shift N brings a whole new way of looking at images to my screen with Lightrooms ‘Secondary Display’ Follow killer tips and you just keep on learning!!

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  3. Hi Matt Survey Mode returns nothing in the Lightroom Help menu. So what do you use it for? Thanks

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  4. Matt,

    Thank you so much for sharing that Survey mode is the “N-up” mode. All weekend when I wanted to go to survey mode I keep thinking “N-up” I can finally remember the shortcut key!!!


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