Video Showing One of Lightroom's Most Under Utilized Tools

As a type of person that loves to figure out everything I can about gadgets and software, I am always surprised by how often I meet up with photographers that really only use the powerful programs on their computers for the most basic functions. Typically we get comfortable with a few features and never really explore what else can be done. Maybe we run out of time, maybe we just have no interest. Either way, I hope to share some short, quick, easy to follow along videos over the next few weeks sharing some of my favorite tips and tricks in Lightroom.

This first one covers a tool that is quite often under utilized, the Painter Tool, found in the Library module. This tool can be used in quite a few different ways, to rate, flag or label your photos with a color. It can also be used to quickly add keywords to photos or move them into collections. Lastly, you can even apply your favorite presets to your photos while looking at them in the Library module. This can especially be effective in applying a black and white preset for example to a collection of your favorite images from a shoot.

Let me know if the video was useful and if so, I'll put together some more that dive deep into some of the useful though not often used features of Lightroom. Thanks!

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Erin Watson's picture

Thank you Trevor!

Hugo M. Castro's picture

That's a a great tool! I think you had a blog or something about it no too long ago. I used to apply different labels to my images and to organize different aspects of a wedding. I believe my labels were pre-ceremony, portraits, ceremony, details, reception. You're able to just drag the paint spray and do a bunch of images just at once. So, if you're editing a whole batch you don't have to click each one of the photos.

Thanks Trevor

Tamas Varga's picture

Great tip! I saw it, I knew it's there but I completely overlooked it. Thanks for pointing it out it's very useful! :)

Brooke Stevens-Patrick's picture

Great tips! I literally said out loud..."That's pretty cool" :)

Amber Rose Powell's picture

I love Trevor's tips! I had no clue that tool was even there.

Awesome Trevor! Thanks so much for sharing about that! Totally didn't know about it and I am definitely going to use it to speed up my workflow!

Jenn Wagner's picture


George Quiroga's picture


Great tip! I'd love to see more!

DUDE! Awesome info! Thanks!

Tia Beatty Stout's picture

sweet! Thanks!

Ian Santos's picture

Thanks for the cool tip. Will definitely use this on my workflow. Thanks for sharing and keep it coming. :)

Amy Hoek Kubik's picture

That was great, didn't know about that one, thanks!

Rob Barnes's picture

Nice tool, especially for keywords(which I don't unfortunately use). For rating, color coding and flagging I have always blazed thru my photos with the keyboard shortcuts. One downside I see with this tool is having to constantly go back down and select the different item you want. Still, had no idea it was there, will def use for keyword tagging.

Great tip! Thank you. Will be looking through more of your videos for more gems.

Bradkay Photographix's picture

Thanks Trevor, nice one. I usually ignore that tool !

bua's picture

sweet like honey!

Marie Mendez Carrion's picture

Thanks for shedding some light! :)

Norm Cooper's picture

hey! Papago Park!

Har Rai Khalsa's picture

Good tip!

Gbenga Sodeke's picture

Great tips Trevor, many thanks!

Akhil Menon's picture

great tips...thanks Trevor !!

Adam Witek's picture

Thanks, I also never used this tool.

Charlie O'Brien's picture

great tip - been using the paint can for bulk jobs like adding color and number ratings. so fast.

Kathy Angel's picture

You're amazing.

Caitlin Finchum's picture

this is great!! thank you :)

Chris-Becky Dillman's picture

Very cool. I don't have LIghtroom but looks like something i coud use

Turner's picture

Great tip, "thank you" for sharing this information. I currently use LR 4 and a flagging system in initial import; this will be very helpful. The name of the tool is misleading to me as I thought it would apply (paint) an action/preset to my photos, now I know the value of this tool.

Bryn Clark's picture

You have just changed my life. <3

Stephanie Watts's picture

This was really, really awesome, Trevor! Please do more! =]

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