4 Replies Latest reply on Oct 19, 2017 10:53 PM by afrn

    Scrolling through presets with arrow keys

    akitopus

      Hello!

      Has anyone else wish that there is a capability to scroll through hundreds of presets with just a touch of up and down arrow keys?

      I am so sick of using a mouse to trying out each presets to see which one I like the best for my photos.

      My hands get really sore after a while!

      I did find this thing called Lightroom Preset Jumper plug-in on YouTube, but it's for Windows users only.

      It would be great if Adobe just makes this a part of next update.

      Or...if anyone know there is actually a hidden shortcut for this, please let me know!!!

      Thank you!

        • 1. Re: Scrolling through presets with arrow keys
          johnrellis Most Valuable Participant

          Unfortunately, LR doesn't have that capability, and there is no hidden shortcut or possibility of a shortcut builtin.

           

          Note that using your mouse to click on each preset is dangerous -- it actually applies the preset, and clicking on the next preset may not undo all the effects of the previous preset.  For example, if you click on a preset that applies Exposure, and then you click on a different preset that doesn't apply Exposure, you'll be left with the Exposure of the first preset and all the other settings of the second preset.

           

          You can safely use your mouse to hover over a preset and see its effect in the small navigator window above.  That's quick, but many people find it unsatisfactory.

           

          The Any Preset plugin lets you use the cursor keys to quickly preview many presets on a full-size Develop or Loupe image. 

           

          If you want to see this functionality built-in to LR, please add your vote and opinion to this topic in the official Adobe feedback forum: Lightroom: Ability to browse the presets and see its effects with the up and down keys. (This forum here is a user-to-user forum in which Adobe rarely participates.)

          • 2. Re: Scrolling through presets with arrow keys
            afrn Level 1

            Actually it's quite easy to fix on a Mac. Download Keyboard Maestro and create a simple makro. Start with selecting one preset - vit arrow keys up and down Lightroom undos the selected preset and applies next.

             

            I use Keyboard Maestro a lot. It gives me the ability to set shortcuts to almost anything in any app. And I can set my own shortcuts everywhere. Couldn't live without it :-)

             

            [img]https://i.imgur.com/aiiHr02.png?1[/img]

            <a href="https://imgur.com/aiiHr02"><img src="https://i.imgur.com/aiiHr02.png?1" title="source: imgur.com" /></a>

            • 3. Re: Scrolling through presets with arrow keys
              johnrellis Most Valuable Participant

              Start with selecting one preset - vit arrow keys up and down Lightroom undoes the selected preset and applies next.

              As you repeatedly click presets in the Develop Presets panel, LR does not undo the effect of the previous preset.  The only safe way to preview presets is to hover over the preset and look at the thumbnail in the Navigator panel, or use the Any Preset plugin to get full-sized previews.

               

              You can easily prove this to yourself. Create a preset "Exposure" with just one setting, Exposure = +2. Create a second preset "Contrast" with just one setting, Contrast = +50. If you click Exposure and then Contrast, the photo will end up with Exposure = +2 and Contrast = +50, not with Exposure = 0 and Contrast = +50.

               

              Many presets set some or all of the develop settings to their default values, so as you move from one to the next, you may not see the setting change (if it was originally set to the default value). You really can't tell which settings a preset will override without looking inside the preset's file to see which settings it contains (right-click it and do Show In Finder / Explorer, or use the Any Preset plugin).

              • 4. Re: Scrolling through presets with arrow keys
                afrn Level 1

                Thats true. I have modified my macro in Keyboard Maestro to revert to original before applying preset. If I have made adjustments that I would like to keep before trying further presets I make a virtual copy of the image first.

                 

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                Here is a link to a video where you can see exactly how this is made – creating the macro and when I am using it:

                Scroll through presets in Adobe Lightroom - YouTube

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