Lightroom Classic: Visual indicators for adjustment tools

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Is it possible to add indicators to the Tools section of the develop panel to indicate that spot healing, red eye tool, gradient, radial and adjustment brush etc have been applied to a photo? (Did not include crop tool because you can show that information via the info overlay but would be nice for this tool too)When going through multiple photos and using the PREVIOUS button it can get to point where you forget that for example a spot healing adjustment was made several photos back. This adjustment may not be applicable to the 7th photo in sequence that you are editing but was ok for previous ones.It is time consuming to remember to have to click on each individual tool then look for adjustment pins or click tool reset to be sure that adjustment has not be inadvertently been copied from a previous photo. (Especially if the photo editing sessions are done days apart) This is not too much of a problem if you use SYNC on multiple photos as you deselect unwanted items but when using PREVIOUS button it is copying everything and you can lose track of adjustments that may not apply to the next use of the PREVIOUS button.If there was a bright line around the tool icon or a checkmark on each individual tool in the panel then you would know that photos have those adjustments applied somewhere. Another option is to add the choice to have this info be displayed in the Loupe overlay info options. For other panels like the BASIC panel it is very quick to see that either no changes have been made as sliders are at their zero position or you see them change as you move from photo to photo. To check if a tool adjustment was made you need to click each tool to look for pins/use reset/ or search history panel and if the photo was cropped you may need to uncrop first to expose hidden pins.Bruce
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Great idea! I'd find that useful too.
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I would find this VERY useful.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Local adjustments visual indicators without the need to go into each t....

In Lightroom develop module, it would be very useful if there was some sort of visual indication of whether any of the local adjustment tools were already used in the open image, without the need to go into each tool and looking for the handles.
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Such indicators would be extremely time saving. I would like them and would like it more than replacing the dehaze slider from one place to another ;)
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Totally agree!
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Bruce Houstoun

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Nice to see some renewed interest in this after so many years...

Hopefully, more people will indicate they would like to see this feature added and bump it up on the Adobe feature consideration list.
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I would find this useful too!!
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After brainstorming a little bit I can now imagine that implementing this functionality of signaling the previous usage of brush or gradient and so on tools would make open up a picture within the development module even slower. A feature like this is so obvious helpful that I cannot imagine that Adobe wasn't aware of the benefit. I bet they prevent working on such a feature because opening up pictures is even too slow in every Lightroom version until the present one. Every further slowing down is not helpful. Adobe therefore must alter the handling of files and their adjustments and this huge task will be very expensive I guess.

I'm new to this community since yesterday. As I read the numerous problem reports with version 7.3.x Adobe has extrem problems maintaining a minimum of quality in Lightroom so that they must concentrate on core functionalities to work. The Adobe ship is a really big tanker today, software is very complex, operating systems (especially Windows 10) are more and more complex and even quicker in development that now holding pace _and_ maintaining quality is no more Adobe's strong point I fear. They have to change processes while developing software to prevent to be overtaking by others. If they hadn't Photoshop with it's non existent competition, it would be very dark at Adobe's headquarters I fear. Lightroom e.g. is very easy to replace with some other very interesting RAW converters new to the market within the last two years.
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