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Using the Adjustment Tools in Lightroom 4 as Views in the Develop Module

By Pye Jirsa on April 3rd 2013

Introduction

In this video from our Lightroom 4 A to Z Workshop on DVD, we will go over a quick tip that can help us get to the Develop Module by using the Adjustment Tools in Lightroom 4. In a previous tutorial, we discussed how to get to the different View Modes in the Library Module by using keyboard shortcuts. For example, we would hit “G” for Grid View Mode, “E” for Loupe View Mode, “C” for Compare View Mode and “N” for Survey View Mode. Regardless of whatever Module you were in, you could switch back to the Library Module whenever you hit any of those Library View Mode shortcuts. In addition, these shortcuts would take you to the View Mode that you selected. Likewise, we can also switch to the Develop Module by using the Adjustment Tools shortcuts. In this article, we will go over the different shortcuts you can use to switch over to the Develop Module.

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The Adjustments Toolbar

In previous tutorials, we went over the different Adjustments Tools that are found in the Adjustments Toolbar. The Adjustments Toolbar can be found underneath the Histogram and above the Basic Panel on the right side of Lightroom 4. The Adjustment Tools include the Cropping Overlay Tool, the Spot Removal Tool, the Red Eye Correction Tool, the Graduated Filter Tool, and the Adjustment Brush Tool.

From left to right: The Crop Overlay Tool, the Spot Removal Tool, the Red Eye Correction Tool, the Graduated Filter Tool, and the Adjustment Brush Tool.

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The Library View Modes Shortcuts

We can refer to the Adjustment Tools as “different views” because these views are similar to how the Library View Modes shortcuts work. As mentioned earlier, regardless of whatever Module you are in, we can quickly switch to the Library Module by hitting any of the Library View Mode shortcuts.

For example, if you are in the Print Module and you hit “G,” Lightroom will automatically take you to the Grid View Mode in the Library Module.

The Print Module

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As you can see, when we hit “G,” we are in the Grid View Mode in the Library Module.

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Likewise, we can switch to the Develop Module by hitting any of the Adjustment Tools shortcuts.

The Adjustment Tools Shortcuts

As mentioned before, the Adjustment Tools can also be referred to as “different views,” such as the Crop View or the Adjustment Brush View. We can refer to the Adjustment Tools as “views” because we can switch to the Develop Module and that specific tool and view by hitting the shortcut. Below are the shortcuts for the Adjustment Tools.

  • R = Crop Overlay Tool
  • Q = Spot Removal Tool
  • M = Graduated Filter Tool
  • K = Adjustment Brush Tool

*There is no keyboard shortcut for the Red Eye Correction Tool.

For example, our image below is in the Loupe View Mode in the Library Module. We want to crop this image so that the horizon line is perfectly straight.

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We can hit “R” and Lightroom will automatically switch us to the Develop Module and to the Cropping Overlay Tool. As you can see below, we are now in the Develop Module and our Cropping Overlay Tool has been selected.

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Conclusion & Learn More!

Once again, the Adjustment Tools shortcuts act the same way as the Library View Modes shortcuts. The Adjustment Tools are referred to as “views” because we can quickly switch to the Develop Module with any of the Adjustment Tools shortcuts. If you need to create and apply an Adjustment Brush on an area of your image, simply hit “K” to go to the Develop Module with the Adjustment Brush Tool selected.

We hope you enjoyed this article and video excerpt from the Lightroom 4 A to Z Workshop on DVD. Stay tuned for our next article and episode!

The Lightroom 4 A to Z Workshop on DVD is a 14 hour video workshop turning any Lightroom novice into a complete master of Lightroom 4 in no time! The Lightroom 4 A to Z Workshop can be purchased by itself, or within the Lightroom 4 Workshop Collection which also contains our award winning and industry standard Lightroom 4 Preset System, as well as the Lightroom 4 Workflow System.

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks

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