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Lightroom Quick Tip: Resetting All Your Basic Panel Tone and Presence Sliders

Did you know that you can reset any individual sliders in the Develop module by double-clicking on the slider name (for example, Exposure)?

I knew this tip, but I just recently learned another tip for resetting groups of sliders in the Basic Panel, from David Julian:

When you hold down the Alt/Opt key, the word Tone becomes a  Reset Tone button. Click on this to reset all the tone sliders (In Lightroom 4: Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks.)  Likewise, Presence becomes a Reset Presence button to reset Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation.

lightroom reset tone and presence buttons with alt/opt key

Pressing the Alt/Opt Key

I always wonder if I am the last to discover these tips — thanks, David!

2017-06-28T20:46:16-07:00 July 24th, 2012|8 Comments


  1. Frank July 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tip Laura. This will come in handy.

  2. Neil Vonhof July 26, 2012 at 9:24 am - Reply

    No Laura you’re not the last. Maybe I am? Thanks for passing this on.

  3. Gerald Verdon August 2, 2012 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Well, a double click do the trick too… 🙂

  4. Gerald Verdon August 2, 2012 at 8:54 am - Reply

    I mean; does…

  5. Tony August 20, 2012 at 6:39 am - Reply

    Yes, a double click on the tear-drop shaped slider will also reset to default. Often quicker than moving across to the slider’s name.

  6. Anthony Smith August 23, 2012 at 1:32 am - Reply

    You can also reset any individual sliders in the Develop module by double clciking on their tear-drop shaped slider.

  7. Juan July 7, 2014 at 8:16 am - Reply

    I lost lightroom 4 Developing module what can I do? thanks anyone

    • Laura Shoe July 11, 2014 at 11:45 am - Reply

      Right-click on another module name (such as Library), and choose Develop, Juan.

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