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10 Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts I Use Every Day

Here are 10 I use everyday to speed my work and get things done. Here we go:

  1. If you don’t like the area where the Spot Removal tool chose as the source for your spot removal, press the ‘ / ‘ key (slash) and it will choose a different area to sample from.
  2. To change the brush size of Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush; the Left Bracket key on your keyboard makes the brush size smaller; the right bracket makes it larger.
  3. To change the color of the Mask Overly from its default tint of red, press Shift-O (each time you press it, it toggle to the next color). 
  4. Hold the Shift key, then Double-click the Whites and Blacks slider to have Lightroom automatically set your white and black points for you
  5. To reset all your Adjustment Brush sliders back to zero, all at once, double-click directly on the word “Effects” near the top of the panel.
  6. To temporarily hide all the panels, press Shift-Tab.
  7. To see just one panel at a time (instead of constantly scrolling through a list of panels) right-click in the title bar of any panel and choose “Solo Mode.”
  8. To see a side-by-side before/after of your edited image, press the letter “y” on your keyboard. To return back to the regular view, just press ‘y” again.
  9. To see how you image would look in Black & White, press the letter “v” on your keyboard. If you want it back in color again, just press “v” again.
  10. To hide the gray toolbar that appears below your image, press the letter ‘t.’ You can toggle this on/off temporarily by pressing and holding ‘t.’

Hope you find those useful (I sure do).

Next week, it’s “The Photoshop Conference”

Hard to believe it’s just a little over a week to go, but this is going to be HUGE and I want you to be a part of it. Check out this short video trailer below to see if it’s right for you:

These are the dates:

Tuesday and Wednesday | July 14-15, 2020

This live-streamed event is open to everyone, everywhere, and you can register today at https://kelbyonelive.com/photoshop-conference – sign up right now to get the best pricing.

Have a great Monday (stop snickering), stay safe; look out for each other, and we’ll see you online. 🙂




  1. marc labro 8 July, 2020 at 00:27 Reply

    Hi Scott,
    most of these don’t work on a belgian keyboard, even selecting english language in lightroom.
    I don’t understand why Adobe didn’t fix that problem same way than photoshop.
    Hopefully, Lightroomqueen explained how to work with a TranslatedStrings text file
    www lightroomqueen.comcustom-keyboard-shortcuts
    By the way, never understood why lightroom and photoshop updates overwrites the language selection, requiring to reinstall these tricks.
    For Photoshop i always need to go to locales folder and delete Fr>tw10428 dat file. tedious !

    • callmebob 9 July, 2020 at 10:42 Reply

      Couple of options (on Windows…), not sure if this is what you mean – but it’s fast. 🙂

      Display the History on the left side, click on any step in it and you’ll see it again whether it was the just prior step or somewhere else earlier in the editing. Click higher up and you can work yourself all the way back up to your previous “current” state.

      Otherwise CTRL-z undo, CTRL-y redo

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