Adobe Lightroom 5 New & Changed Keyboard Shortcuts

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.

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