Useful shortcuts for cropping in Lightroom

by shari on April 9, 2018

Lightroom shortcuts are easy to remember for those tasks I do all the time.

It is harder to remember these useful shortcuts that make crop tool so helpful – my favorite is cycling through the different grid overlays (Letter O).

For my benefit and yours, here are the Crop Tool shortcuts, compiled from various online resources. Now we have a handy place to find them:

  • To open the Crop Tool in Lightroom hit the letter R.
  • Once open, use the letter X to switch between Landscape and Portrait ratios in your photo.
  • To open the Straighten Tool, hold down the Ctrl (PC) or Cmd (Mac) key.
  • To lock or unlock the aspect ratio hit the letter A.
  • To maintain the aspect ratio while adjusting your crop hold down Shift.
  • To change the overlay grid modes use the letter O and it will cycle through six different options (Grid, Thirds, Diagonal, Triangle, Golden Ratio, Golden Spiral). Shift + O – Cycle Crop grid overlay orientation.
  • X toggles the orientation of the crop.
  • If you crop one image in the Develop module (lets say to a 4 x 5 aspect ratio) and then move to the next image (which has a different aspect ratio), tapping Shift + A applies the same (previously applied) aspect ratio
  • Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) will drag the crop from the center of the image.

My favorite LR tips usually come from The Lightroom Queen. Be sure to check out her Keyboard Shortcuts for all versions of Lightroom.

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