LR 6: remember individual last settings for each correction tool

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Where?
Lightroom 6, development module, correction tools: graduated filter, radial filter, correction brush.

What?
When editing a bunch of photos, e.g. portraits, after setting colors and contrast i want to apply different individual corrections. Example: Change the sky with a graduated grey filter [M]-Tool, apply a "darken" vignette around the face with the [Shift]-[M]-Tool and finally brightening the eyes with the correction brush [K]. All these steps usually have to be applied repeatedly on several photos, one after the other.

Today?
LR does only remember the last setting globally for all of these 3 tools, So after having applied the graduated filter, i have to switch to another preset for the radial tool, and then select a different setting again for the correction brush. This costs quite some time when swapping repeatedly between those tools.

Example
Photo 1: Press [M] for Graduated filter, select Preset 1, apply filter > Press [Shift]-[M] for the radial filter, select Preset 2, apply filter > Press [K] for correction brush, select Preset 3, do corrections.
Photo 2: Press [M] for Graduated filter, select again Preset 1, apply filter > Press [Shift]-[M] for the radial filter, once more select Preset 2, apply filter > Press [K] for correction brush, one more time select Preset 3, do corrections.

Even if you finish your corrections in a single process for each tool, you have to switch the setting 3 times for each image. More likely is that you spot some areas which need further treatment with a different tool afterwards, so even more changes are necessary.

Future
I'd like to see something like a "Keep setting"-checkbox in every tool (similar to and near the "auto mask" box) which i can tick to remember the last setting for this particular tool.

Example
Photo 1: Press [M] for Graduated filter, select Preset 1, apply filter > Press [Shift]-[M] for the radial filter, select Preset 2, apply filter > Press [K] for correction brush, select Preset 3, do corrections. This is still like today. But now, with the timesaver checkbox:
Photo 2: Press [M] for Graduated filter, Preset 1 is still active, apply filter > Press [Shift]-[M] for the radial filter, Preset 2 is still active, apply filter > Press [K] for correction brush, Preset 3 is still active, do corrections.

This is a real timesaver if you apply standardized corrections with own presets for each tool on a bunch of images, which represents at least my workflow.

Best regards, Christian
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Christian Huehn

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