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Batch Editing Photos in Lightroom

Edit Multiple Images at the same time in Lightroom

One of the greatest things about using Lightroom to edit is the ability to apply the same settings from one photo to several others with the same lighting and exposure!  This means that you can quickly and efficiently edit a session with just the click of a button.

Batch Editing Images in Lightroom

How to Apply Edits to Multiple Photos

Once you have a photo edited just the way you like, you can add those same edits to other images from your session with the same lighting and exposure.

  1. Highlight the image that you just finished editing.
  2. Control/Command + Click on any other images you want to apply these settings to.
  3. With multiple photos selected, choose Settings>Sync Settings from your menus.  (Just like all Adobe programs there are multiple ways to do this.  You could also click the Sync button in the lower right of Lightroom or click cmd/ctrl+shift+C)
  4. Make sure the settings you want to sync are checked.  I typically don't sync brush edits, cropping, or spot removal.  I will also sometimes not sync the radial or graduated filters—that choice depends on the photo.
  5. The changes should now be applied to all the photos you had selected.

Making Adjustments

Once you have applied your edits to a photo, you still have the ability to change anything that you applied.  IF you choose to sync any of the filters to multiple images, you may need to adjust those a little to match up with the individual photo.  Just highlight the filter that was applied to each photo and then select the PIN that appears and move the effect around.

If you applied a crop to multiple images, you can adjust the crop to better fit the image.

Don't overlook batch editing in Lightroom!  It is a HUGE time-saving tool!

Amy shared some wonderful tips about batch editing in this video. Watch her batch edit photos from a session to see these tools in use!

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