How to Invert the Selection of Photos in Lightroom Classic’s Library Module

The invert selection tool in Lightroom Classic’s Library Module instantly makes non-selected images selected, and vice versa. It’s a handy little tool to have available.

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If you’re working with a collection of images in the Library Module, there are many situations where you might want to work with a subset to do something and then quickly switch to all the others for something else.

Or, put in Lightroom’s jargon, you might want to select some images in the Library and then be able to quickly switch to invert the selection so that the currently non-selected images become selected.

It’s similar to the invert selection tool in Photoshop, but rather than working with an image mask within an image, you’re working on a selection of images within a catalog.

Here’s a quick visual before/after demonstration of what I mean, with the lighter-gray boxes showing the currently selected images.

Screenshot of Lightroom Classic Invert Selection in Library Module
Screenshot of Lightroom Classic Invert Selection in Library Module

Obviously, you could do this manually, but that’s tedious, slow, and introduces so much room for error.

But Lightroom Classic has a function to do this in a snap with complete accuracy. There’s no built-in keyboard shortcut for this, so you’ll have to use the menu system.

When you’re ready to switch to all the currently unselected images, go to

Edit > Invert Selection

It will instantly switch to all of the other images.

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David Coleman

I'm a freelance photographer based in Washington DC. Seven continents, up mountains, underwater, and a bunch of places in between. My images have appeared in numerous publications, and you can check out some of my travel photography here. I've been using Lightroom for years, from back before it was Lightroom (at that time, it was still RawShooter). More »

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