Additional Tips and Hidden Gems in Lightroom CC

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Here are a number of hidden gems that were easier to include in list form than in my video. Enjoy!

Import, Library and Collections

• In addition to adding images to a collection on Import, you can automatically add images to a collection when shooting tethered.

• You can show badges in the filmstrip, but have them ignore any accidental clicks (Preferences > Interface > Ignore clicks on badges).

• Flag and Rating categories have been added to the metadata filters.

• “Camera + Lens” and “Camera + Lens Setting” have been added to the Loupe info options (via the View options).

• Moving photos to another folder is faster than in previous versions.

The Develop Module

• When using the Radial and Graduated Filters to make local adjustments, Shift + T will toggle between editing the filter and the brush.

• You can now reposition edits created using the Adjustment Brush by dragging the pin. Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) reverts to the older behavior (“scrubbing” the applied adjustments when click-dragging left or right on the pin).

• Shift-drag to constrain the Adjustment Brush movements vertically or horizontally.

• Click once, then Shift -click in another area with the Adjustment Brush to draw a straight line between the points.

• Hover the cursor on top of the pin to display a Mask overlay for the Gradient and Radial filters.

• When cropping, there is a new Auto button (in the Angle area), that will try to do an auto level similar to the Upright command.

• Control + Tab allows you to cycle through the Upright modes.

• You can now choose CMYK profiles when using the Soft Proofing controls in the Develop Module.

• The Lens correction panel indicates if a photo has built in lens correction applied. (This can be especially helpful for micro 4/3s and mirrorless lenses that can be automatically adjusted using opt codes.)

Additional Preferences

• Option + Shift (Mac) | Alt + Shift (Win) allows resetting of preferences when launching Lightroom. (Launch the app and then immediately hold down the keyboard shortcut keys.)

• The Pinstripe texture option in the Interface preferences has been replaced with a “Darker” gray”


• Percentage options have been added to the image resizing section of the Export Dialog.

The Book Module

• Photo text metadata settings will now be saved with custom pages.

Touch Enabled Devices

• There is a new workspace for touch enabled devices which is very similar to Lightroom on mobile devices. When a keyboard is removed, Lightroom automatically enters this mode. Many of the same gestures that are found when using Lightroom on mobile devices are available for touch enabled devices including;  triple touch to show info, swipe to assign flags and stars,  swipe to move from one image to the next etc. These gestures are also available when the keyboard is attached so that a combination of mouse/gestures can be used at the same time.

• In addition, touch enabled devices have access to all of the panels in the Develop module (they’re not limited to the basic panel like Lightroom on mobile), including local adjustments (spot healing, graduated filter etc.), and custom presets.

Lightroom on mobile devices

Lightroom1.4 for iOS devices now includes the Auto Straighten option and an improved cropping experience.

Lightroom 1.1 on Android now supports device-created DNG files, support for Android tablets and support for micro-SD cards.

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Posted on 04-21-2015


  • By David - 11:33 AM on April 21, 2015  

    Now that LR is 64 bit, will we be able to import Adobe’s own psb large file format files?

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 12:42 PM on April 21, 2015  

      No. PSB creates files that are way beyond the max pixel dimensions supported by the raw processing engine.

      • By David - 5:42 PM on April 21, 2015  

        How is ACR able to handle the PSB files then? If the raw processing engine can’t handle the PSB shouldn’t that restriction also apply to ACR? From within PS I can take the PSB back to ACR using Filter>Camera RAW filter.

        With the 50 mexapixel monster cameras that are coming out this year this is really going to become an issue when with just a handful of layers in PS you won’t be able to save as a tiff.

  • By Eric - 1:18 PM on April 21, 2015  

    Did Adobe add the possibility to create custom page sizes on the Book Module or is it still restricted to Blurb page sizes?

  • By Carlos A. Oliveras - 1:43 PM on April 21, 2015  

    I’m more excited with this “minor” improvements, that finally bring LR up to date in functionality with ACR, than with the hdr, panorama, etc. I’m updating as I type this and I can’t wait to be able to move adjustment pins, click + shift click, use the brush to edit masks…
    Thanks for this post, these are the kind of improvements I was really looking forward!!

  • By Joseph Kristel - 12:18 PM on April 24, 2015  

    The inclusion of CMYK profiles when using the Soft Proofing is almost unoticed. As a Blurb user it’s a huge time saver. At last !

  • By Alden Skeie - 3:36 PM on April 24, 2015  

    I hear a lot of negativity about exporting to HDR in 16 bits vs 32 bits, but in almost all instances except maybe some 3D rendering you can get the needed data without having to put Photoshop in the workflow.

    One thing I found useful when I had a bunch of HDR images to make is by using Ctrl+Shift+H. This automatically turns the selected images into an HDR with the previous settings.


  • By wilf - 5:05 AM on May 1, 2015  

    hi ! i wonder where the “filter by rating/color…etc” buttons in the bottom menu disappeared??
    thanks, wilf

    • By Julieanne Kost - 5:41 PM on May 14, 2015  

      Click the word “Filter” and they will appear!