Sometimes dragging Lightroom sliders make adjustments that are too big, too small or not at all. That’s why I like to hover my cursor over sliders until they highlight. Because when I leave the cursor in place instead of dragging, tapping the up/down arrow keys will make incremental slider adjustments. You can change the increment size with a couple modifier keys. Using the up/down arrow keys in this manner works on all the panel sliders in Lightroom Classic.
Adjusting Increment Amount
Holding down the Shift key during up/down arrow key tapping adds/decreases increment amount. And, holding down the Option key (Alt on PC) decreases the increment amount. Remember, your cursor needs to be hovering over the Lightroom slider.
As simple as this sounds, dragging Lightroom sliders vs. using the up/down arrow keys alone or adding the Shift and Option keys can change the way you work by giving you more control over your slider adjustments.
To get you started, we’ve made a chart for the Lightroom Classic Basic panel that shows what incremental changes happen with which modifier keys. Click here to download the PDF and stop dragging Lightroom Sliders!