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10 Time-Saving Best Adobe Lightroom Tips and Tricks for Beginners

10 Best Adobe Lightroom Tips And Tricks For Beginners

Despite having so many great photo editors in the market, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom has always been a priority of people because of its professional features. Lightroom is a masterpiece in photo editors as it can convert a dull raw image into a stunning jpeg image within seconds. To create stunning images via Adobe Lightroom, you must know how to use it effectively by saving time. If you are a beginner and struggling with Lightroom, today we will share some time-saving tips with you. Here are 10 time-saving best  adobe lightroom tips and tricks for the beginners to make you an expert. 

10 Time-Saving Best Adobe Lightroom Tips and Tricks for the Beginners

1. Enhance Selected Areas of your photo using Local Adjust Filters and Gradient Tool

Local Adjust Filters and Gradient Tool in Lightroom

Local adjust filters work miraculously if you want to edit/enhance your photo’s particular areas without disturbing the rest of the photo. 

Suppose if you want to dark the clouds in your pictures without disturbing the rest of the photo, you can achieve it using Gradient Tool & Local Adjust Filters. To use them, follow these steps:

  • Go to the filter and under the “Brush” panel choose the “Erase” option. 
  • Refine brush size, flow, etc. as per your needs and erase the part of the filters from the areas you don’t want to affect. 

2. Quickly edit your photo using Preset Filters

Lightroom Preset Filter

If you are a beginner and struggling with manually editing your picture, you can easily use preset filters to choose already available filters, which will quickly edit your photo with any hassle. If you are not satisfied with the available filters, you can customize them as many professionals offer the presets to use (by paying some amount). 

3. Compare your edits by creating Virtual Copies of the picture

Create Virtual Copies in lightroom

One of the best time-saving lightroom tricks is creating virtual copies to compare your editing. To create virtual copies of your photo, follow these steps:

  • There is a .xmp file in the lightroom of the original file that keeps track of all your editing history and allows you to make necessary changes in the virtual copy.
  • To do this, choose a photo & then use a computer shortcut (Ctrl+’). It will create a virtual copy of your picture.
  • Make changes in this copy and compare which one is better to save the final results. 

4. Edit Multiple Photos simultaneously by “Creating Custom Preset” & using “Apply on Import Feature.”

Create custom presets & apply on import feature in lightroom

If you want to edit multiple photos using the same editing effects & settings, you can do that altogether by using a customized preset & Apply on Import Feature to save your efforts and time. To do this, follow these effects:

  • Go into the develop module there you will find the Presets in the final panel on the left side. 
  • Create your own preset and add all the attributes you want to use regularly by clicking on the “+” icon.
  • Choose “apply on import” for that preset when saving it.
  • Import your batch of photos, use Ctrl+A to select all the pictures, and apply your Preset to edit all the images simultaneously. 

5. Use Keyboard Shortcuts to access some useful Lightroom Features by saving time & efforts

keyboard shortcuts in lightroom

To save some time & efforts while using Adobe Lightroom, you can learn some keyboard shortcuts. These shortcuts will make the complicated process easy for you. 

  • Use “CTRL+/” to open a popup window of the keyboard shortcuts available for an active module. 
  • Similarly, instead of click or dragging the slider, you can use (+) and (-) to move the slider after selecting the adjustment you want to use. For example, if you want to use “exposure,” click on exposure and use (+)/(-) to move the slider. 

6. Sharpen your image precisely using the “Masking” option

Alt Key Masking in Lightroom

This Lightroom Tip is the “Secret Weapon of Lightroom” and lets you sharpen your image precisely by masking it. 

  • Use the “Alt/Option” key and move the slider to sharpen the image. A black & white rendition of your image will be created. 
  • The black area will remain unaffected, but the white area will change as you sharpen the image. It will help you to sharpen the picture precisely.

7. Use “Match Total Exposure” to match the exposure of multiple pictures simultaneously

Match Total Exposure in lightroom

If you have multiple images in a collection, and all of them have different exposure (some have good exposure, and some are really dark), you need to match the exposure of all the photos. To do this:

  • Choose the image & click on the exposure you like to apply. Then select the rest of the pictures.
  • Go to the settings and choose “match total exposure” to match the exposure of all the pictures at once. 

8. Directly edit your photos using Histogram

Edit photos using Histogram in lightroom

The histogram in the adobe lightroom represents the luminance values of a picture. The histogram is basically divided into five sections: Black, Shadows, Exposure, Highlights & Whites. To edit your photos using histogram, follow this:

  • Scroll the histogram and choose the section you want to edit. 
  • Click on that section and move the slider from right to left or top to bottom to apply the desired effects. 

9. Change “Mask Color” when using the gradient tool/adjustment filter to track your changes

Change Mask Color in lightroom

Using a local adjustment tool to edit a particular area of your picture, you can use the “Mask Color option” to track where the actual changes are happening. To do this:

  • Firstly, check that the “Show selected mask overlay” box must be ticked when using local adjustment or radial adjustment tool. 
  • Then you can change the color of Mask overlay by using the keyboard shortcut “Shift>O.” Change the color of mask overlay from Red/Green/White/Black/transparent color. 

10. Duplicate Local Adjustment to save your time & efforts

Duplicate Local Adjustments in lightroom

If you are among those, who love to do local adjustment multiple times on your photos, here is the fantastic Lightroom time-saving tip. Instead of starting from the beginning each time, you can duplicate the local adjustment by following these steps:

  • Right Click on the locator pin and select the “Duplicate” option. 
  • This will duplicate your local adjustment on each photo, and then you can make slight changes as per the picture. 


So, these are 10 Best time-saving Adobe Lightroom Tips and Tricks for beginners. If you are a beginner and looking for some lightroom guidance, you must try these lightroom time-saving tips & tricks. Don’t forget to share your experience with us in the comment section. Keep learning, and keep sharing!

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