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Adding keyboard shortcut access to the development sliders

Lightroom doesn't natively provide direct keyboard access to the developments sliders (Exposure, Clarity, etc) other than the ability to incrementor decrement them once they've been clicked on.

Following the initial release of Keyboard Tamer there were many requests for this functionality. Since Lightroom doesn't provide for this Keyboard Tamer can't solve the problem in the same way that is does for other shortcuts. Some innovative thinking was required on the part of the author. Although the solution provided here isn't ideal (especially for Windows users), it does work...

Keyboard Tamer can add a number of menu commands the the File->Plug-in Extras sub-menu. Each command will increment or decrement the associated setting, no matter which Lightroom module you're currently in.

To see these menu items you'll need to configure their visibility in the plugin manager:

Notice that under Lightroom 4 you'll have the option add menu items to control either the older Process 2010 controls or the newer Process 2012 one. If you don't know what that means, then see Adobe's help page.

The remaining problem is then to associate these menu commands with keyboard shortcuts. Mac OS provides this functionnality natively (described below), however we are still looking for a Windows solution and help from our clients would be appreciated :)

Assigning the keyboard shortcuts using Mac OS

Shortcuts can be added as follows:

  1. Open the system preferences (found under the 'apple' menu)
  2. Choose 'Keyboard'
  3. Choose the 'Keyboard Shortcuts' tab
  4. Click on 'Application Shortcuts'
  5. Click the '+' button
  6. Choose 'Adobe Lightroom 3' from the list of applications
  7. Type in the name of the menu item exactly as it is presented in the menu. Note that there are 3 spaces before the text that you should include.
  8. Choose a shortcut.

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