Lightroom: Organizing and listing the local adjustment tools

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I'm a Lightroom user since version 2.0 and have been a fan since then.

I know that over the years more and more features were added, such as the adjustment brushes and the gradient tool, to name a few. However, these tools, as they are now, are getting more complex and too allows you to have a multitude of them applied simultaneously on an image. This requires some management.

So, I'm willing to suggest the adoption of a floating ("pop-up", triggered by hot key) toolbar so you can manage these local adjustment tools. It could be implemented like this, for example, for the adjustment brush: When you have several of them, you start losing track of where they are applied and what for (after a few days away, you can have difficult reminding). The current workaround is to select each one of them individually and trigger the Show Mask function, it works, but is not quite useful when you have several of them floating around the image.

To mitigate this:

(1) - Add a floating toolbar (triggered) or as a new entry on the right vertical toolbar (with the other tools) which allows you to LIST and SELECT the desired local adjustment tool spot;

(2) - Also implement the ability to NAME the adjustment brushes applied (this suggestion is for the other local adjustment tools too, such as gradient, and spot removal), so you can name it whatever you want: "Dodge 1", "burn shoulders", "red eye correction", "skin temperature" etc., then later they can be easily selected based on the whatever name you gave to it.

This idea is extensible to all local adjustment tools. I guess it is simple as it won't change the working mechanics of the tools, it will just organize and list them, perhaps by adding a new toolbar at most.

Is this plausible and viable?

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Rafael D.

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