Photoshop/Lightroom: Crop tool shortcuts and different

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Why is the keyboard shortcut for cropping different in Lightroom and Photoshop?  These are the most closely related applications a photographer will use and certainly in the Above collection.  Why is 'R' the crop tool in LR and 'C' the crop tool in Ps - I mean this is ridiculous.  Why slow the workflow??
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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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C was already used for Compare mode in Lightroom. Now, changing it would break far more LR users workflows.
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Nick Harrison

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Thank you for your comment, but for me 'C' is for Crop, not Compare.  Why was Compare not given the shortcut of 'R' ?  After all Photoshop shortcut had been established around 17 years before Lightroom was introduced.  Easy solution - Adobe to introduce customisable keyboard shortcuts !
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'R' for cRop. 
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Hmmm...so following that logic we have...

'Q' for sQot removal
'M' for gMaduated filter
'K' for aKjustment brush

Shall I go on?  :)

I'm not complaining, but most Lr shortcuts don't make logical sense.  They simply need to  be learned, rather than "explained".
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Yes - you are right, I have learned most of the Lr shortcuts that I use regularly, generally being ones that are not as directly replicated in Ps, so that is fair enough.  It still seems rather strange that Adobe created both applications and for them to work together, but with such incompatibilities in the shortcuts !!
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With products that have so many different features, I'm not sure how you'd ever hope to maintain a consistent set of shortcuts between them.

The good news is that you can change the shortcuts in Photoshop.  Just click Edit --> Keyboard Shortcuts --> change the "Shortcuts for" dropdown to Tools --> scroll down to Crop and change the shortcut to "R".  Problem solved!
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Agreed - it is hard to ensure absolute consistency across different applications, but this is a basic shortcut offered by one company for dual users.  After all the entire IT community can manage basic shortcuts no matter what the software and hardware, i.e. copy and paste.  What a nightmare to have different shortcuts for these two on different applications !
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Yep, in a perfect world, there would be more consistency, but we're way past that now.  No sense arguing about decisions that were made by others years ago.

Cropping with "R" is a key part of my Lr workflow, so I'm fine changing Ps to match Lr, but it sounds like you're the opposite.

The community has been asking for customizable shortcuts in Lr for quite some time.  I'd suggest searching for that post and voting for the feature.  It sounds like that would benefit you.

And copy/paste commands aren't really a fair comparison, since those are provided by the OS.
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I may have to relent and change the Ps shortcut, and try to remember if I use someone else's computer !  Especially as Adobe seem to be dragging their feet on customisable shortcuts in Lr - I'll look for the post and vote !
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I gave in and started using LR once in awhile a couple years go. I was surprised at the degree of inconsistency and lack of customizable kbsc. I always thought LR could add customized kbsc and let the users decide. Like so many other apps, they could have  the default LR shortcut set, a Photoshop shortcut set, and we could customize either to our hearts' content.  But I've read so many other people say the same thing to no avail, I just continue to use LR as seldom as possible despite some very nice features. Apart from a very few shortcuts I've tried to remember, I mouse about rather than thoroughly confuse myself with their shortcuts.