I have always used Adobe Camera RAW as opposed to Lightroom and people keep telling me how great Lightroom is. I have always thought that the two programs were basically the same, but did things via different means, which is why when Lightroom first came out I didn't bother looking at it, "if it aint broke" etc.
Well one reason I want to explore changing is because Adobe Camera RAW is VERY very laggy and Lightroom appears to be snappier when making adjustments to images.
Just one problem though!
In ACR I use a Wacom pen to draw crop boxes, zoom in and the adjustment brush among other things. To adjust the images I use the keyboard tab key to switch between sliders in order to increase/decrease exposure etc. This is fantastic; as I have the sliders almost memorised in their order, I can look at the image the whole time and move the sliders around using only the tab key. In Lightroom however I cannot switch between sliders with the tab key and have to look at the sliders (rather than the image) in order to activate a slider and make an adjustment. This is very frustrating and counter intuitive to time efficiency as I spend more time aiming at a slider to click on it as opposed to just pressing the tab key once, twice etc depending on which slider I want selected. If I use shift and tab together I can go back the other way again.
Is there a way in Lightroom to switch between sliders without having to always click on them? It's hugely annoying.
I've figured it out. In ACR all you need to do is press the tab key to switch between sliders, in LR you first have to click in a number box (only one) before it will allow you to use the tab key to switch between sliders and then use the arrow keys to make adjustments - hurrah!
If you have one of the sliders selected, hitting the (.) period key will move you down to the next slider. Hitting the (,) comma key will move up through the sliders. When you are on a slider, + or - keys will move the slider by +5 or -5. Holding the shift key and hitting the + or - keys moves the sliders by +20 or -20.