If you haven’t already, go ahead and download and install LrSK for your operating system (macOS / Windows).
Lightroom Super Keys Overview
LrSuperKeys (LrSK) provides you with a Speed Menu and three types of key mappings:
Let’s Get Started with Speed Keys
While you can use either or both at the same time, we strongly recommend using Speed Keys only for optimal speed editing.
The most commonly used Lightroom sliders have Speed Keys pre-configured so that you can begin editing immediately after installation.
Speed Keys and Hot Keys are defined in columns as shown in the photo below. As you can see, many of the Lightroom sliders already have Speed Keys assigned to them.
How to use a Speed Key
Simply press and hold the key that is mapped to the slider you want to adjust, then scroll your mouse wheel or use the arrow keys to make adjustments.
For example to adjust the exposure; press and hold Q. An indicator will appear displaying the name of the slider you have activated and its current value. Now with the Q key held down, go ahead and spin your mouse wheel up or down to increase or decrease the exposure.
In addition to using the scroll wheel, click & drag and the arrow keys can be used to make slider adjustments.
Watch how we use Speed Keys and the trackpad on a MacBook Air (2013) to make slider adjustments.
Resetting a Lightroom Slider
One convenient feature of Speed Keys is the ability to effortlessly restore a slider to its original default position.
While adjusting a slider with a Speed Key pressed, if you need to reset the slider, you can easily do so by double-left-clicking or single-clicking your middle mouse button. For instance, resetting the Temperature slider will revert it to the original value the photo was captured with.
Assigning Speed Keys
Let’s use exposure for our example. To assign a different key, other than the default Q, click on the Speed Key entry box containing the letter Q in the Speed Key column. It will be highlighted, waiting for you to press a new key to assign. Now go ahead and press your new key.
You may wish to have no key assigned to exposure. To remove the assigned key, simply click on the X button. This will clear the entry box and remove the assigned key.
At this point, you may be wondering if the spot removal tool can still be activated when you press Q. The answer is YES! If you tap Q, the spot removal tool will be activated as normal. However, pressing and holding Q will activate the exposure Speed Key only.
Speed Keys have been arranged on the left-hand side of the keyboard by design. This allows you to have one hand on your keyboard selecting the Lightroom sliders, while your other hand is on your mouse making adjustments and also to advance photos using the mouse forward button.
You may have noticed the first two Speed Keys are not assigned to a Lightroom slider, but instead to the Speed Menu and Action Speed Key. These two special Speed Keys will be discussed in the next sections.
Restoring Speed Keys
If you have customized your Speed Keys, but you wish to return them to their default values, you can do so by clicking on the “Restore Speed Keys” button. This will only restore your Speed Keys by overwriting your custom values with the default keys. If you have entered custom Hot Keys, they will not be affected by pressing this button.