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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Very smart. I'd never thought to use the paint can that way before.

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oh my gosh!!!!! I've had lightroom for 3 years and NEVER knew it was there! hahaha! so awesome!

Same here - had no clue it was there! Thanks!

Much easier way to do the rating is by using the number 1-5 on your keyboard. This will rate the pictures you like from 1-5 stars, and you can scroll through your images in full size and see every detail. Mark them red, blue, yellow or green with 6-7-8-9. Reject photos with backspace. Other than that. Great!

Hi Marius I agree that keyboard shortcuts are awesome in Lightroom. I too love using the numbers to rate and color label the images. I have found though the Painter tool to be a valuable asset when looking at the photos all together and just picking out the favorites from an edited batch or applying keywords.

Trevor, you seriously just changed my life. Please please please do more of these!!! And THANK YOU!!

This was very useful. I knew about it and forgot. Please share more...

LOVE IT! What a great tip, I had no idea! Would love more "Trevor tips"!

Thanks Trevor! :)

Thanks Trevor!!! I've never used that tool before!! I will definitely put that to use!!!

Super useful. Thanks Trevor! Would love more of these. Great to learn from experts such as yourself. Thanks for sharing.

helped me, keep going!

Wonderful. Thank you.