Lightroom: Ability to browse the presets and see its effects with the up and down keys

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I agree. As a workaround, though, you could use the Any Source plugin to quickly search develop presets and to preview them using the up- and down-cursor keys.
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This functionality has been moved into the Any Preset plugin.
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Note that many people successively click on presets until they find one they like. This can have a nasty side effect, since LR doesn't automatically undo the previous preset before applying the current one. For example, if you click on a preset that sets exposure = +2, and then you click on another preset that doesn't change exposure, you'll be left with exposure = +2 (unless you hit undo after clicking on each preset).

This problem doesn't occur if you hover the mouse over the preset instead of clicking on it. But you only get to see the effect of the preset in the small navigator preview in the upper-left corner.
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Additionally, the current lightroom doesn't appear to have the hover feature you describe.
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You can easily prove this to yourself. Create a preset "Exposure" with just one setting, Exposure = +2. Create a second preset "Contrast" with just one setting, Contrast = +50. If you click Exposure and then Contrast, the photo will end up with Exposure = +2 and Contrast = +50, not with Exposure = 0 and Contrast = +50.

Many presets set some or all of the develop settings to their default values, so as you move from one to the next, you may not see the setting change (if it was originally set to the default value). You really can't tell which settings a preset will override without looking inside the preset's file to see which settings it contains (right-click it and do Show In Finder / Explorer, or use the Any Preset plugin).
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See this video for a demo of how hovering over a preset previews it in the navigator window: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2...
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What good does seeing a preview in the nav window do anyone? You can't get a sense of the preset at all, totally useless. Hope Adobe is listening. You should be able to: A) Arrow through presets without them stacking B) get a live preview of the selected preset in the main develop window (and all windows for that matter) C) Be able to flag presets in the history window in order to whittle down the ones that work best for a specific image D) Shift select presets in order to reorganize them more efficiently.
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Agreed with all of that. My Any Preset plugin provides solutions for A, B, C, but necessarily not as smoothly as if the functionality were built-in.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Please add ability to arrow through presets in Lightroom and ACR.

Would be absolutely FANTASTIC to be able to arrow through presets in lightroom and acr instead of having to use my mouse and click on every single one. Can't believe this hasn't been implemented yet. Would save me days...
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Cycle through Lightroom develop presets.

I would like to request a feature to be able to cycle through custom presets within the develop module in Photoshop Lightroom. Seeing the preset applied to the full image gives a much better indication of a preset being the one I want, especially when they are sometimes subtly different. Clicking on each one is a pain and having to look away from the image to click on the next preset means you miss the finer changes within the image. Being able to click on one and then use the arrow keys or another key to cycle up and down through the list would solve this and be a great improvement to your product. This behaviour could also be used in other panels to create continuity within your product, for example being able to cycle up or down through an images history, meaning you can keep your eyes on the image and make better decisions on precise changes.

This could even be a behaviour activated within the preferences and not default to keep things simple for new users
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They update Lightroom AGAIN. I don't understand how this is not a feature yet. Plus the navigator window is too small to see the subtle color changes needed to view the effect of certain presets with the whole Mouse Hover. Then imagine having 60+ presets, even hundreds for certain people. Try mouse hovering over each preset and not missing any or missing the subtle differences.

Please change the "Mouse Over Click" to Up/Down Arrow Click to view the applied preset.