Quick Develop in Lightroom CC

Adobe Lightroom Classic

When you need to make really subtle refinements using Quick Develop in Lightroom, Shift -click on any of the icons to cut the default amount of change applied in half.

Here are the default values for the single and double arrow icons (adding the shift key would cut these in half):

  • Exposure 1/3 stop / 1 stop
  • Contrast 5 and 20
  • Highlights 5 and 20
  • Shadows 5 and 20
  • Whites 5 and 20
  • Blacks 5 and 20
  • Clarity 5 and 20
  • Vibrance 5 and 20
  • Holding down the Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) key toggles the Clarity option to Sharpen and the Vibrance to Saturation (which also make changes in increments of 5 and 20).
  • The Temperature and Tint sliders are dependent on the file format. When working with JPEG files, you guessed it, the changes are in increments of 5 and 20.For raw images, the increments for Temperature and tint are also 5 and 20. However in this case they are being calculated in relative percentage terms. (Camera raw translates the relative percentage amount to the absolute temperature and tint value using curve functions – both are quadratic and perhaps not as obvious!)

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Posted on 02-23-2017


  • By Paul C - 6:59 AM on February 23, 2017  

    Not seen “Fill-Light” and “Recovery” for a while, but know it also applies to Shadows & highlights in LRCC. I think this is from LR3

  • By Kurt Kramer - 7:59 AM on February 23, 2017  

    How old is this? There’s no “Recovery” or “Fill Light” in Lightroom CC anymore.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 2:48 PM on March 4, 2017  

      Yes, I copied the bottom part from an older post, but adding the shift key to cut the vales in half is new to LRCC.
      Thanks for the comments – I’ve made the corrections above.
      I guess next time I travel to Japan I should take a day off to adjust to the time change before posting! : )

  • By Mike Nelson Pedde - 9:25 AM on February 23, 2017  

    Kurt: I was wondering that myself… 🙂

    One thing to note, which can be handy (especially when more than one image is selected): Quick Develop makes relative adjustments whereas the Develop module makes absolute adjustments. What that means is, if you select an image, open it in Develop and set Exposure to +1 it will increase Exposure by one stop. Open another image and set Exposure to +1.5 and it will increase Exposure by 1.5 stops. Now, select both of them and open them in Develop and set Exposure to 0.5. Doing so will set Exposure for both of them to +0.5 stops, lowering the previous settings by 0.5 and 1.0 stops respectively.

    Set the initial values (+1 and +1.5), highlight both of the images in the Library module and use Quick Develop to lower Exposure by 0.3 stops. Because this is a relative adjustment, the Exposure values will now be +0.7 and +1.2 stops respectively.