7 awesome Lightroom tricks you need to know

Post-processing is an important element in photography and as a photographer, you most likely have come across Adobe Lightroom. I am using this amazing tool for quite some time now but believe it or not I only recently discovered some outstanding functionality. I, therefore, am more than happy to share 7 awesome Lightroom tricks you need to know. In case you want to dive straight into the video using the following link.

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Set as rejected

The first of my 7 awesome Lightroom tricks you need to know is the set as a rejected option. Being organized has become a key element in my photography life. I shoot a lot of frames and if I wouldn’t constantly delete stuff I would end up with a graveyard of images, my disks would turn nuts and I most likely wouldn’t find images anymore that I like.


  • X to set as rejected
  • U to remove the flag
  • CMD + backspace (<-) to delete the rejected images

Quick collections

Quick collections are something I for a long time ignored. However, nowadays I see the importance of this great feature. I use it for newly imported images I later would like to use for Instagram, when I do presentations, or in many other circumstances.

  • B to add an image to the quick collection
  • B to remove an added image from the quick collection
  • CMD + B to switch between a folder and the quick collection


The crop overlay is a feature you very likely have been using in Lightroom already but I bet you don’t know yet all the amazing things it can do for you. I do much more than just cropping. I go by the mnemonic ROHLAX where each letter stands for a function within the tool.


  • R to pull up the crop overlay tool – if you hit R again you apply the crop
  • O to change between different crop overlay patterns
  • H to hide/unhide the crop overlay pattern
  • L to view your to be cropped image in a lightbox or on an entirely dark background
  • A to lock/unlock a predefined width and height ratio
  • X to switch between horizontal and vertical crop
  • CMD to pull up a ruler and draw a line to straighten
  • ALT to switch from left-top to center point when changing the cropped area


My 4th of the 7 awesome Lightroom tricks you need to know is how to remove spot removals. It always took me quite some time to do proper spot removals especially when I had to add and remove the spot removals. I am sure this trick helps you to become more efficient.


  • Q to pull up the spot removals
  • Alt to switch between spot removal and the scissors that remove the spot removals
  • Bonus trick: Q and Shift to switch between clone and heal

Reset adjustment sliders

Lightroom has a lot of adjustment sliders and they can do great things for you. However, sometimes you want to set back the sliders to initial and you can do so of course by dragging either the slider to null or overwriting the value with 0. A much faster way however is to double click on the label in front of the slider.


  • Double click the label
  • Bonus trick: Alt to pull up the reset all label

Use clipping

The clipping tool indicates where you block shadows or have overexposed your image. I highly encourage you to use the tool not only for post-processing reasons but also to become better as a photographer.


  • J to activate/deactivate the clipping tool

Compare before and after

The last of my 7 awesome Lightroom tricks you need to know is the before and after feature. Oh boy if I just would have known that feature earlier. It’s such a great way to compare your image after post-processing with the raw image straight out of the camera.


  • Y to activate/deactivate the comparison view

Video of my 7 awesome Lightroom tricks you need to know

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