Auto Adjustments in Lightroom’s Develop Module

Adobe Lightroom Classic

• Command + U (Mac) | Control + U (Win) applies Auto Tone (which can help set black and white points and increase dynamic range for flat images).

• Command + Shift + U (Mac) | Control  + Shift + U  (Win) applies  Auto White Balance.

• To apply an auto adjustment to every image, enable Apply Auto Tone Adjustments in the Preferences > Presets.

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Posted on 03-12-2013


  • By Daniel thomassin - 5:39 AM on March 12, 2013  

    Merci beaucoup!
    Bonne journée à vous et vos collaborateur .


  • By Leigh - 5:41 AM on March 12, 2013  

    Hi Julieanne
    Is there an auto-adjustment (planned) that only sets black and white point without touching the other controls, something like auto-levels in Photoshop? It would be useful.

  • By Sam David - 5:58 AM on March 12, 2013  

    I have never agreed with Lightroom’s or Photoshop’s Auto Tone, Auto Color or Auto White Balance decisions, which come out more like guesses. It just isn’t that hard to adjust them manually — the sliders work and the previews are constant and accurate.

  • By Sergio Burani - 6:40 AM on March 12, 2013  

    The real question is: how good are Lightroom’s Auto Adjustment Commands? I have tried them over and over again, with dismal results. Am I doing something wrong? Can I suggest one of your wonderful video tutorials to deal with this issue?
    Thank you.

  • By Robert-Peter Westphal - 10:20 AM on March 12, 2013  

    Hello Juleanne,

    am I doing anything wrong – when I press strg + U like you stated in Lr 4.4(RC), in Windows 8 64Bit, in the development module, it opens the preferences, but doesn’t apply any changes to my image.

    Best wishes


  • By Julieanne Kost - 4:01 PM on March 15, 2013  

    Robert, that shortcut should work. Is there any chance that you have remapped your keys or changed the key mapping in WIndow’s preferences? -j

  • By Robert-Peter Westphal - 1:59 PM on March 18, 2013  

    Dear Julieannne,

    many thanks for your answer !

    No, I haven’t remapped any key, whether in windows, nor in Lightroom. I’m using Lr 4.4 RC. I’ve checked it again, went with an untouched image into developement, and pressed

    strg + u -> preferences dialog is opened,
    strg + shit + u changes the white-ballance to automatic.

    OS is Windows 8 64bit with current MS updates installed
    Best wishes


    • By Paul Collingridge - 6:14 AM on March 21, 2013  

      Robert – have you got an unusual keyboard setting? Try it with a U?/US keyboard and setting windows keyboard setting appropriately. We find European keyboards can do strange things in Windows 8 if the setup is not perfect

      • By Paul Collingridge - 6:15 AM on March 21, 2013  

        See…. that was meant to be UK Keyboard (United Kingdom)