In an earlier post, I wrote about setting View Options – specific camera metadata you can view on your image thumbnails in Grid and Loupe Views (Shutter speed, F/Stop, Exposure, Date, Camera Serial #, etc.). It’s incredibly useful, especially learning what went right (or what went wrong!) with your image captures.

I use shortcuts all the time to turn the visibility of my metadata View Options on and off. But the Lightroom keyboard shortcuts I use in one module sometimes have a completely different function in another module. That’s because, unlike Photoshop, Lightroom appears to treat each module (Library, Develop, Map, Book, Slideshow, Print and Web) as a separate program. And so, a keystroke – J for example, will have a different functions in the Library than in the Develop module. Because of this, Lightroom can sometimes trip me up. Arrrgh! I’m not proud…

Since my View Options blog post, this issue this has come up again, so I’m demonstrating the J, I and L keyboard shortcuts and surprises that can happen between the Library and Develop modules. I hope this makes things clearer.

As I recorded this, I also realized I sounded a bit like an episode of Sesame street in Lightroomland – demonstrating keyboard shortcuts J, I and L and what they do and when to be careful, but without the Muppets. It’s just me, Lightroom Guy…

Here are the Lightroom keyboard shortcuts that I’m using in this video:

  • G takes you to Grid mode in the Library module
  • D takes you to the Develop Module
  • Command J (Control J on the PC) opens the View Options Dialog
  • J (Library module only) cycles through View Options you’ve set for Grid View
  • J (Develop module only) turns on/off the Highlight/Shadow Clipping colors
  • I (Develop and Library – Loupe view only) cycle through the View Options you’ve set for Loupe View
  • L cycles through Lights Out mode (which I like to call Light Box mode)