Mastering Adobe Lightroom Classic and Photoshop CC with Shortcuts

At last night’s TPS meeting we looked at a few ways to use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop CC to edit and improve our images. Brian and I hope you picked up one or two new tricks and will be able to put these into practice soon.

We also shared lots of keyboard shortcuts and, like it not, remembering some of these is the key to accelerating and simplifying your photo processing with software.

Here’s some bedtime reading for budding editing gurus! You can find comprehensive lists of all the default keyboard shortcuts for these popular apps at the following links:

Photoshop CC:

Lightroom Classic:

In Photoshop you can also view (and even edit) the available shortcuts by, you guessed it, using a fantastically complicated keyboard shortcut!: Alt + Shift +K (Windows) or Alt + Shift +Command + K (macOS)

And, finally, here a few shortcuts we covered last night. Mastering these is a great way to speed up your editing and make it more enjoyable:

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic

R – activates the crop tool from any module
D – Open the selected image in the Develop Module
G – Enter the Library Grid view
E – Enter the Library Loupe view
J – Show or Hide shadow and highlight clipping
F – Cycle the screen view mode
CTRL+E (or CMD+E on Mac) – Edit image in Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop CC

Numbers 1-10 – Set opacity level (e.g. 3 = 30%) – note: if tool with selective opacity is active this affects tool’s opacity (e.g. the brush), but if no tool is active this affects the active layer opacity
D – set colours to default (white foreground, black background)
X – switch foreground and background colours
[ & ] – Decrease & increase size of active tool (e.g. the brush)
ALT-click on mask – show the mask
CTRL-click on mask – select the mask
ALT-click on mask – disable/enable the mask

The best way to memorise and master keyboard shortcuts is simply to practise using them regularly. Why not set yourself a challenge for your next photo editing session and see if you can learn (and remember!) three new shortcuts?

Thanks again for coming along to last night’s TPS meeting, we hope you found it helpful. Good luck with your photo editing!