I don’t know why I didn’t find this before. I’ve often wished for it, but it turns out it’s been there all along.
You know how Lightroom shows you a grid overlay while making rotation corrections to the crop? You can get it to do the same thing while making manual adjustments in the Lens Corrections panel.
- From the Develop Module, open the Lens Corrections panel, then go to the Manual section.
- Look for the grey bar at the bottom of the main window. If you have the filmstrip open, it’s on top of it. This bar probably shows star ratings, color tags, and zoom controls.
- At the far right end of the bar is a simple down arrow/triangle. Click it.
- From the menu, place a check next to “grid overlay.”
- A grid overlay control appears next to the zoom slider on the grey bar. Change “Show Grid” from “Never” to “Auto.”
Now it’s much simpler to line up horizontal and vertical lines!
I discovered this on Lightroom 5. It likely exists in Lightroom 4, and perhaps even earlier, but I don’t have any way to verify. Please comment below you’re using other versions and can or can’t find it!
Anticipating the upcoming release of Adobe Lightroom 5? There are some cool new features on the way, many of which I’ve already outlined in my preview of the product for Maximum PC.
Some of the keyboard shortcuts have changed since Lightroom 4. Here are the common ones that have impacted my workflow:
- Toggling through screen modes (normal, fullscreen, fullscreen w/o menus) used to simply be the F key under Lightroom 4. In Lightroom 5 the F key now shows a fullscreen preview of the selected image. Shift-F is the new shortcut. If you want to jump straight to fullscreen w/o menus, Ctrl-Shift-F (Cmd-Shift-F on Mac) is the new shortcut.
- Jump straight to the new Radial Filter Tool: Shift-M. This works within the Develop module, or right from the Library.
- Traditional Spot Removal Tool: Lightroom 5 now adds the ability to draw non-circular spot removal areas, an awesome feature to be sure. Simply click and drag to start painting your non-circular removal area. In Lightroom 4, clicking and dragging would define the spot (the click,) then define where the fill should be sourced (the drag.) If you want this same behavior in Lightroom 5, hold down the Ctrl key (Cmd on Mac) and click-drag to set the spot and source in one fluid motion.