Hidden Features in Lightroom - The Library Module

There’s no question that Adobe Lightroom is a powerful piece of photo editing software. Underneath the surface are numerous hidden features that many people overlook. From secret key commands to overlooked menu items, I’m going to shed some light of the industry’s leading photo editing software.

The video below is a step by step guide into some of Lightroom’s lesser known features in the Library Module. The text below is designed to be used as a quick reference to go along with the video.

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Adobe allows users to replace the Adobe Lightroom text in the upper left corner with a logo or text of their own. This feature is particularly useful to anyone who will be showing clients their work directly in LR.

1. Choose Lightroom Classic > Identity Plate Setup (Mac OS) or Edit > Identity Plate Setup (Windows)

2. Once you are in the identity plate editor, you can choose Use a styled text identity plate or Use a graphical identity plate. If you simply want to add your own customized text choose the first option. If you have a graphic that you’d like to add choose the latter.

Graphics are limited to 41 pixels high (Mac OS) or 46 pixels high (Windows) The graphic can be a JPG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, PDF, or PSD (Mac OS) or BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG, or TIFF (Windows).

3. Make sure that Enable Identity Plate is checked in the upper left corner of the identity plate editor.

4. you can save your identity plate as a preset by clicking the “Custom” drop down menu and choosing Save As…


Your Lightroom catalog needs to be optimized in order to keep it running smoothly. If you fail to optimize your catalog regularly it will begin to run slowly. People who have large catalogs and edit regularly should optimize their catalog every week or two in order to keep them in tip top shape. The process is very easy and usually takes a few minutes to complete. The larger your catalog, the longer it will take to optimize.

• File > Optimize Catalog

How to optimize your Lightroom catalog


Lightroom has a built in feature to help you cull your photos. It’s called Refine Photos and can be a useful for photographers who have to sort through hundreds of images. The Refine Photos option turns un-flagged images into reject images and Pick flagged images into un-flagged images.

Refine Photos in Ligtroom

refine photos example