Lightroom Tips

Lightroom Tip: The Super Awesome Resetting-Multiple-Sliders Tip

Happy Easter weekend to everyone. I don’t know about you but I’m getting the heck out of work today as early as possible to go eat fish. Okay, maybe not to eat fish (I don’t like fish) but I’m still getting out of here ASAP!. Anyway, on to the tip. So, you may or may not know that if you double click a slider in Lightroom it resets that slider to 0 (it’s default setting, but that’s not the tip). But here’s two non-slider places in Lightroom that double-clicking helps out a lot, because it resets a few sliders to 0, rather than just one.

1) I change white balance settings all the time and then want to revert back to the default. Well, to reset both the Temperature and Tint White Balance sliders to their original “As Shot” settings, just double-click directly on the letters WB in the Basic panel.

2) Adjustment Brush or Graduated Filter (I guess that’s technically 3 huh?): There’s a bunch of settings under each one of these. I’ll often change a few of them. But then, later, when I want to get back to zero for all of them you’d think you have to reset each one right? Nope! Just double-click the word “Effect” at the top of the panel and it resets all sliders to zero.

Cool huh? Hope you enjoy and have a great



  1. Teus Renes 11 April, 2012 at 15:18 Reply

    Thanks for the tip, (but it works for so much more!)

    It does work for (I’m working top down from the panels)

    WB, Tone, Presence, Luminance, Saturation, Hue, Highlights, Shadows, Sharpening, Noise Reduction, Transform, Lens Vignetting, Post-Crop Vignetting, Grain, Red Primary, Green Primary, Blue Primary.

  2. Brian Carey 10 April, 2012 at 13:07 Reply

    Hey Matt finally a blog post of yours where I didn’t learn anything 🙂 Yeah I actually knew this. That aside, love this blog and I learned a bundle from you over the years!
    Thanks Man!

    Brian Carey

  3. Ross 7 April, 2012 at 08:23 Reply


    When you come to Chicago for your Lightroom 4 workshop, I can make you a believer in fish. On my dime, I’ll show you not only how to tolerate fish, but actually crave it! Drop me a line (pun intended).

  4. Ross 6 April, 2012 at 17:54 Reply

    Matt, oops. I think I posted this comment to the last post of yours – sorry. But I wanted to tell you that I can make you a believer in fish…drop me a line (no pun intended) and I guarantee I can make you not only eat fish, but also make you crave it!!

  5. JimL 6 April, 2012 at 15:49 Reply

    I have a question that perhaps Matt or someone else can help me answer. I am adding a new external drive to my computer and will use it to store my photos. Is there a simple way to get that drive/volume recognized by the Folders panel so that I can drag folders to it? (One way, of course, is to put just one uncatalogued photo in the root directory and use the Import dialogue to add the drive, but I’m thinking there must be a more straightforward method that I’m missing.)

  6. Mike Spivey 6 April, 2012 at 11:07 Reply

    Really good stuff. But why is the “sticky” of the Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush the same? I do events and want to whip through 1000 images as fast as possible. When I use flash on a moving race car, I get an ugly bright spot in front of the car which the grad filter corrects nicely. But many times I want to pop the car, not the background so I will use the adjustment brush to bring up the contrast, clarity, and vibrance of the car only. But when I switch between the two, it remembers the other one and I have to zero it and change it. I wish they had separate memories or maybe a quick preset for each one.

    At least your trick will save time zeroing them out. That’s halfway there and better than nothing. Thanks

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