Available Functions in LrControl

Button Functions

The list below shows all the functions that can be assigned to buttons in LrControl. For functions that require some explanation, see function details below.

The list is grouped into categories, which correspond to the categories used in the plug-in.

File Operations

  • Edit in Photoshop
  • Edit in External Editor
  • Export
  • Import Photos and Video
  • Export Previous
  • Email

View Options

  • Toggle Dim Lights
  • Next Light Mode
  • Before/After Horizontal
  • Before/After Vertical
  • Before View
  • After View
  • Toggle Zoom
  • Zoom In Some
  • Zoom Out Some
  • Normal Screen Mode
  • Next Screen Mode
  • Toggle All Panels
  • Toggle Side Panels
  • Toggle Full Screen Preview
  • Secondary Display: Show
  • Secondary Display: Full Screen
  • Secondary Display: Preview
  • Survey
  • Compare
  • Cycle Info Overlay
  • Show Clipping

Rotate and Crop

  • Crop
  • Guided Upright
  • Rotate Left
  • Rotate Right
  • Reset Crop
  • Crop As Shot
  • Constrain Aspect Ratio
  • Crop to Same Aspect Ratio
  • Rotate Crop Aspect



  • Set Color Label Blue
  • Set Color Label Green
  • Set Color Label Purple
  • Set Color Label Red
  • Set Color Label Yellow
  • Toggle Blue Label
  • Toggle Green Label
  • Toggle Purple Label
  • Toggle Red Label
  • Toggle Yellow Label
  • Set Color Label None
  • Clear Color Labels
  • Flag As Pick
  • Flag As Reject
  • Decrease Rating
  • Increase Rating
  • Flag: Remove
  • Set Rating 0
  • Set Rating 1
  • Set Rating 2
  • Set Rating 3
  • Set Rating 4
  • Set Rating 5
  • Toggle Pick
  • Toggle Reject


Local Tools

  • Select Radial Tool
  • Select Crop Tool
  • Select Dust Tool
  • Select Gradient Tool
  • Select Spot Tool
  • Select Redeye Tool
  • Exit Tool Mode
  • Target Adjustment Tone Curve
  • Target Adjustment Hue
  • Target Adjustment Saturation
  • Target Adjustment Luminance
  • Target Adjustment Black & White
  • Target Adjustment None
  • Radial Filter
  • Graduated Filter
  • Spot Removal
  • Adjustment Brush




  • Next Photo
  • Previous Photo
  • Remove Photo from Selection
  • Deselect All Except Current
  • Extend Selection Left
  • Extend Selection Right
  • Select First Photo
  • Select Inverse
  • Select Last Photo
  • Select None
  • Select All
  • Select Only Active Photo
  • Remove from Collection
  • Sync Settings...
  • Match Total Exposures

Button Function Details

Copy/Paste All Develop Parameters

Copy stores almost all develop parameter values from the current photo into an LrControl specific memory and paste applies these parameter values. The parameters thus copied are limited to the parameters that can be accessed by the plug-in. That corresponds to the list of functions that can be changed with the controller, see below.

Adjust Develop Parameter

When you assign this function to a button, you choose a develop parameter and a fixed increment or decrement. When you press the button, this change is applied to the current photo.

Set Develop Parameter

When you assign this function to a button, you choose a develop parameter and a fixed value for this parameter. When you press the button the fixed value is applied to the current photo.

Toggle Tool Mode

When tool mode is enabled, tool mode activates automatically when you use a tool. With this function you can turn this behavior on and off.

Sync Controller to Photo

This synchronizes the controller with the current photo. This normally happens automatically in LrControl 1.9 and newer, it is a function that was used a lot in older versions of LrControl.

Reset Last Develop Parameter

While you use LrControl, it remembers the last parameter you changed using the controller. When you use this function, this parameter is reset to its Lightroom default value.

Reset Control

Resets the current function of a control. When you assign this to a button, you will be asked to move the control to reset. When you use the function, the current develop parameter of that control will be reset. You can use this as a reset button that works in every layer. It is particularly useful for pushable encoders.

Select Layer

These buttons switch the active layer, changing the function of the faders, encoders and knobs. This also updates the controller to the corresponding values. On motorized controllers, the faders will move to new positions.

Set Rating 1

This sets the rating to 1 except when the rating is already 1, then it sets the rating to 0. This saves a separate button for rating 0. And if you have rating buttons for rating 1 to 5, the number of illuminated buttons matches the rating.

Toggle Pickup Mode

Only for controllers with unmotorized faders or knobs with begin-end stops, like the KORG nanoKONTROL and the AKAI MidiMix.

When you switch to a different photo, the controls often do not match the current value of the Lightroom parameters. Thus if you start moving them the parameter will immediately jump to the controller value.

When you enable Pickup Mode, the controller value will only be assigned to the Lightroom parameter after the controller crosses the current value of the parameter. The controller then picks up the parameter and from then on the Lightroom parameter follows the controller.

Custom Keyboard Shortcut

Use any function not listed here that has a keyboard shortcut. You specify the key-combination to use and a title for the shortcut. When you press the button, LrControl sends the key-combination to Lightroom.

Library Filter

Apply a saved library filter or one of the predefined filters.

Customize Controller

Assign a new function to a control. Use this as a shortcut, so you do not have to open the setup dialog to make a change.

Show Reference

Opens the reference page for the controller to view the current controller functions.

Toggle Layer Buttons

When this option is enabled, layer buttons behave as toggles. And they switch between a specific layer and layer 1. So for example when you press the button for layer 4, you get layer 4, pressing it again takes you to layer 1.

Toggle High Res Relative Encoders

Relative encoders change develop parameters by decreasing or increasing them with a certain value. The normal method uses the default Lightroom increment or decrement steps. With this toggle you can enable smaller steps.

Controller Functions

The list below shows all the functions that can be assigned to controls like faders, encoders and knobs in LrControl. These functions directly correspond to the parameters in the develop module and these functions can only be used when the develop module is active.


  • Temperature
  • Temp. Fine Adjustment
  • Tint
  • Exposure
  • Highlights
  • Shadows
  • Contrast
  • Whites
  • Blacks
  • Clarity
  • Dehaze
  • Vibrance
  • Saturation

Tone Curve

  • Parametric Darks
  • Parametric Lights
  • Parametric Shadows
  • Parametric Highlights
  • Parametric Shadow Split
  • Parametric Midtone Split
  • Parametric Highlight Split


  • Saturation Adjustment Red
  • Saturation Adjustment Orange
  • Saturation Adjustment Yellow
  • Saturation Adjustment Green
  • Saturation Adjustment Aqua
  • Saturation Adjustment Blue
  • Saturation Adjustment Purple
  • Saturation Adjustment Magenta
  • Hue Adjustment Red
  • Hue Adjustment Orange
  • Hue Adjustment Yellow
  • Hue Adjustment Green
  • Hue Adjustment Aqua
  • Hue Adjustment Blue
  • Hue Adjustment Purple
  • Hue Adjustment Magenta
  • Luminance Adjustment Red
  • Luminance Adjustment Orange
  • Luminance Adjustment Yellow
  • Luminance Adjustment Green
  • Luminance Adjustment Aqua
  • Luminance Adjustment Blue
  • Luminance Adjustment Purple
  • Luminance Adjustment Magenta
  • Gray Mixer Red
  • Gray Mixer Orange
  • Gray Mixer Yellow
  • Gray Mixer Green
  • Gray Mixer Aqua
  • Gray Mixer Blue
  • Gray Mixer Purple
  • Gray Mixer Magenta

Color Grading

  • Highlight Hue
  • Highlight Saturation
  • Highlight Luminance
  • Mid Hue
  • Mid Saturation
  • Mid Luminance
  • Shadow Hue
  • Shadow Saturation
  • Shadow Luminance
  • Balance
  • Blending


  • Sharpness
  • Sharpen Radius
  • Sharpen Detail
  • Sharpen Edge Masking
  • Luminance Smoothing
  • Luminance Noise Reduction Detail
  • Luminance Noise Reduction Contrast
  • Color Noise Reduction
  • Color Noise Reduction Detail
  • Color Noise Reduction Smoothness

Lens Corrections

  • Lens Profile Distortion Scale
  • Lens Profile Chromatic Aberration Scale
  • Lens Profile Vignetting Scale
  • Distortion
  • Defringe Purple Amount
  • Defringe Purple Hue Low
  • Defringe Purple Hue High
  • Defringe Green Amount
  • Defringe Green Hue Low
  • Defringe Green Hue High
  • Vertical Perspective
  • Horizontal Perspective
  • Perspective Rotate
  • Scale
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Perspective Upright


  • X Offset
  • Y Offset


  • Dehaze
  • Post Crop Vignette Amount
  • Vignette Amount
  • Vignette Midpoint
  • Post Crop Vignette Midpoint
  • Post Crop Vignette Feather
  • Post Crop Vignette Roundness
  • Post Crop Vignette Style
  • Post Crop Vignette Highlight Contrast
  • Grain Amount
  • Grain Size
  • Grain Frequency

Camera Calibration

  • Shadow Tint
  • Red Hue
  • Red Saturation
  • Green Hue
  • Green Saturation
  • Blue Hue
  • Blue Saturation


  • Straighten Angle
  • Crop Size
  • Crop Size Top Left
  • Crop Size Top Right
  • Crop Size Bottom Left
  • Crop Size Bottom Right
  • Crop X
  • Crop Y
  • Crop Left
  • Crop Right
  • Crop Top
  • Crop Bottom

Controller Function Details


When using the cropping functions, open the crop overlay using the Select Crop Tool, to better see what you are doing. The Crop Size functions and the Crop X and Y functions maintain the current aspect ratio of the crop. The Crop Left, Right, Top and Bottom functions adjust the edge of the crop and do not maintain the aspect ratio.

For images that are rotated, like photos shot in portrait mode, the crop functions can behave differently, because Lightroom Classic crops relative to the image and ignores the orientation. A future version of LrControl may get a workaround fix for this, if possible.

Color Grading

The color grading panel in Lightroom Classic 10 and newer is an extension of the Split Toning panel found in older versions of Lightroom. If you are using an older version of Lightroom, only the functions in the Split Toning panel will work.

Temp. Fine Adjustment

The color temperature adjustment has a very large range of values, this makes the adjustment steps quite large as well. The fine adjustment solves this problem, you can make adjustments in steps of 50 degrees. First use the normal temperature adjustment then use this fine adjustment. The fine adjustment is relative to the previous temperature value.

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