by Julieanne Kost

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November 4, 2011

Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + K will enable the painting tool in the Library module. For those of you not familiar with the Painting tool, it allows you to pick an attribute (such as keywords, labels, ratings, target collection etc.) and apply to images by clicking on the image thumbnail in the Grid view. Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -click with the Painter tool will remove the information. When finished, tapping the Escape key will put the tool away.

I thought that you had to click on each image with the Painter tool in order to apply its “attribute”. However, you can also drag across multiple thumbnails with the Painter Tool in Lightroom to spray them all at once.


  • By R - 5:24 AM on November 4, 2011  

    Hi JK — is there a protocol that requires you to write Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) before these shortcuts? All of my Mac keyboards have Alt written on the Option key, so maybe ALT is the standard and we could read (and listen to) tips without the confusing instructions?

    • By Julieanne Kost - 8:13 AM on November 4, 2011  

      I have a feeling that there are a lot of Mac customers who would revolt if I referred to the Option key as the Alt key…
      FYI – I write them that way for consistency – and so that I don’t have to write them all out twice. For example:

      The shortcut for XXX is:
      Mac: Option + Command + Shift + X
      Win: Alt + Control + Shift + X

  • By Rene Berthold - 4:27 AM on November 6, 2011  

    Consistency – that’s the word. JK, I appreciate your blog, not to say I love it. Just downloaded Lightroom AND Aperture for comparison. Although I am an Apple enthusiast, I “binned” Aperture after a few minutes of working with it. The Lightroom workflow for ME, is much easier to understand and the tools provided by Adobe, speak the language of a longtime experienced imagery software manufacturer.
    I am an industrial designer, photographer and 3D artist for the automotive industry and working with both systems (Mac & WIN) for many years. When I have the choice, I prefer the “Mac way”. Thanks for your blog & videos. René