Separate the Crop and 'local editing' tools from History in Lightroom.*

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*And add Tone Curve as one of the tools.

There are many topics about modifying the History, but instead why not go to the root of the problem which seem to be that special row of tools. Because it's not a problem anymore to reset one of the sliders with a double click or go back a few steps at once in the history, WHEN you don't have to worry about your crop or local edits to be affected. Right ?

That would mean a separate history under each of the five tabs. Right under that black line above Reset | Close, with a lighter grey background just like the 'main' history. Possibly collapsible in the usual way.

The Reset button would act like a hard reset, clearing all steps. But most of the time you probably don't have to start over from scratch anymore, as you can now simply click through the cropping history without affecting any other adjustments. An additional 'Reset All' for all five tools at once might be welcome.

Isn't this the reason those tools have their own special row anyway ?

A big bonus would be to be able to save presets for the tone curve (that is now among the tools), which you can then apply to the brush and gradient tools. And we come full circle. ;)
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Rob Cole

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Good idea. And, a tip your inventfulness may have already thought of:

* Copy settings to clipboard that you don't want to change.
* Set the edit history back.
* Paste settings from clipboard.

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Allan Olesen

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I have for a long time wanted a way to maintain different crop versions of a photo without making virtual copies. A separate crop history could accomplish this.

Though I would still like to see some kind of crop management tool which could automatically select the right crop version at export.