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Lightroom 2 Keyboard Shortcuts

Are you a Lightroom 2 Addict like me? Do you find yourself going less and less in Photoshop? If you answered YES then you’ll appreciate this Lightroom video tutorial.

Quite a few of you have written in to ask me about specific Lightroom keyboard shortcuts so I thought I would put together my shortcut keys and show them to you in one simple video.  Once you start using them more and more, you’ll see how drastically your workflow will improve. You’ll be cutting down on post production time so you’ll have more time to shoot. 🙂

Of course, there are many more Lightroom keyboard shortcuts so if you use different one than the ones I mention, please share them with us in the comments.

Also note that, when talking about image rankings, I forgot to mention the star and color rankings. I use those all the time. The shortcut keys for star ramkings are 1 through 5 and for colors, 6 through 9. If you want to skip directly to the next image while ranking, just hold the shift key plus your ranking number.

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7 responses on "Lightroom 2 Keyboard Shortcuts"

  1. Hi Yanik,

    another way to improve the workflow:
    I use one Programmable mouse. It is a very simple Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical USB. It has in addition to the usual buttons left and right buttons for the thumb or the ring finger, the scroll wheel you can also use it as a taste. The thumb button I have assigned ALT key and the ring finger is Ctrl and the scroll wheel is used as an ENTER. Thus, for example, is stamping in Photoshop from a single source. Many Photoshop shortcuts and general Windows commands can be handled easily and quickly by without having their fingers broken ;-).
    Sorry for my bad English!

    euGen e. mesow
    from Germany

  2. If you want to learn all the keyboard shortcuts of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, check out this iPhone and iPod Touch app: http://www.silicosaur.hu/lrkeys

  3. thank you! I use a lot CTRL + SHIFT + E to export an image

  4. Question, is there any way to create new or change the existing shortcuts?

    My dilemma is that I have 2 “program files” folders and my photoshop application is not saved in the one that lightroom is programmed to locate photoshop in. Therefore, when I press CTL+E nothing happens because it can’t find photoshop.

    I have tried moving the entire adobe folder to the place where lightroom is trying to find it, but it didn’t work.

    So I am needing to find a way to either redirect lightroom to the correct folder, or create a new shortcut to open my images in the right place.

    Any help would be great, Thanks!

  5. My favorite shotcut is CTRL-‘ which creates a virtual copy so you can do a grayscale etc.

  6. Profile photo of Yanik

    Great tip Ben Yee! Didn’t know about that one! Very useful!

  7. Great tutorial on short cut keys Yanik.

    Here is one that I love. When you use the adjustment brush in the Develop module to paint over an area it will create a red mask that is by default invisible unless your mouse is over the circle with the black dot. Press O and the mask will remain visible for you to paint over those areas that you have missed out. What if your background is also red? Press Shift + O a few times and it will toggle over three other colors that you can choose that will give you the contrast to confirm that you have painted over the background.

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