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Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

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Synchronizing for Faster Editing

Jared Platt

Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Jared Platt

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26. Synchronizing for Faster Editing


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2 Hard Drives Duration:08:06
3 File Organization Duration:08:31
4 30,000 Foot View of Workflow Duration:05:36
5 Importing into Lightroom Duration:04:10
6 Building Previews Duration:07:14
8 Keywords Duration:06:27
9 Hardware for Lightroom Duration:06:08
10 Searching for Images Duration:07:51
11 Selecting Images Duration:14:15
12 Organizing Images Duration:04:02
13 Collecting Images for Use Duration:14:56
14 Develop Module Overview Duration:10:15
15 Profiles Duration:11:34
16 Basic Adjustments Duration:11:45
19 Tone Curve Duration:09:26
20 HSL Duration:04:48
21 Split Tone Duration:08:19
22 Lens Corrections Duration:08:32
23 Details Duration:09:34
24 Transform Tool Duration:05:52
25 Effects Panel Duration:10:00
27 Spot Tool Duration:17:51
28 Skin Softening and Brush Work Duration:07:00
29 Range Masking Duration:13:28
30 Dodge and Burn Duration:17:36
31 Working with Specific Colors Duration:08:30
33 Making Presets Duration:13:24
34 Preparing Image in Lightroom Duration:09:51
35 Content Aware Fill Duration:11:14
36 Skin Repair Duration:02:44
37 Skin Smoothing Duration:14:39
38 Expanding a Canvas Duration:04:30
39 Liquify Duration:10:22
40 Layers and Composite Images Duration:12:54
41 Sharing via Web Duration:17:52
42 Exporting Files Duration:10:47
43 Sharing with Slideshows Duration:08:00
44 Archiving Photos and Catalogs Duration:19:54
45 Designing Duration:13:35
46 Making Prints Duration:11:27
47 Color Management and Profiles Duration:13:00
48 Archiving Photos and Catalogs Duration:11:31
49 Using Cloud Storage Duration:04:09
51 Collecting for Your Portfolio Duration:18:03
53 Sharing to Instagram Duration:07:06
54 HDR Duration:15:32
55 Panorama Duration:06:41
56 HDR Panorama Duration:09:54
57 Making Presets Duration:15:39
58 Creating Profiles Duration:18:09
59 Maps Duration:07:08
60 Setup for Tethered Shooting Duration:23:21
61 Sharing with the Client Duration:05:42
62 Watched Folder Process Duration:07:04
63 Second Monitor and iPad Duration:06:09
64 Backup at the Camera Duration:03:50
65 Gnar Box Disk Backup Duration:06:45
66 iPhone and iPad Review Duration:12:52
67 Importing to Lightroom on iPad Duration:02:59
68 Cloud Backup Duration:04:39
69 Adjust, Edit, and Organize Duration:07:46
71 Lightroom Desktop Duration:05:27
72 Removing Images from the Cloud Duration:10:49
73 Profiles Duration:09:34
74 Light Duration:04:34
75 Color Duration:05:36
76 Effects Duration:15:22
77 Details Duration:08:33
78 Optics Duration:03:49
79 Geometry Duration:04:12
80 Crop Duration:04:39
82 Local Adjustments Duration:15:40
83 Healing Tool Duration:03:29
84 Synchronizing Edits Duration:04:57
85 Editing in Photoshop Duration:08:54
86 Finding Images Duration:07:09
88 Posting Images to Social Media Duration:14:01
89 Overview of Lightroom Desktop Duration:07:35
90 The Workflow Overview Duration:10:08
91 Organizing Images Duration:05:10
92 Albums and Shared Albums Duration:18:21
94 Importing and Selecting Images Duration:09:23
95 HDR and Panoramics Duration:22:44
96 Light Duration:07:47
97 Profiles Duration:07:23
98 Tone Curves Duration:02:57
99 Color Duration:08:35
100 Effects Duration:17:01
101 Details Duration:12:43
102 Optics Duration:04:05
103 Geometry and Crop Tool Duration:06:01
104 Sync Settings Duration:02:40
105 Making and Adding Presets Duration:03:48
106 Healing Brush Duration:02:21
107 Brush Tool Duration:03:14
108 Gradient Tool Duration:04:16
109 Edit in Photoshop Duration:02:53
110 Finding Images with Sensei Duration:06:32
111 Sharing Albums on the Web Duration:04:57
112 Print through Photoshop Duration:02:09
115 Archiving Images for Storage Duration:09:55
116 Review of the Workflow Duration:07:20

Lesson Info

Synchronizing for Faster Editing

and the last thing that I want to tell you. Um, here and and it's it's kind of the overarching. Everything about developing, uhm is in order to get it done quicker, you need to be able to adjust more than one image at a time. And so, to that end, I'm going to take you through again and we're gonna look at metadata. We're going to choose a camera so that we're looking at one specific camera, and I'm going to highlight all of the images. Actually, we'll just do these three here, Um, and there are several ways that you can do it, and it's all based on synchronization and light. Room Classic is where synchronization is super fast and super easy. That's a chief difference between Light Room Classic and the new version of Light rummages called Light on Desktop. Lightened desktop is not very good at synchronization. It's still a copy paste mentality, which is what other software do software makers have done, which is strange that they've they've done that with the new version of Light Room. B...

ut Light from Classic still has a really good set of synchronization tools, and I'm going to show them to you now and then I'm gonna tell you the best thing you can do is spend a little time getting to know all of these synchronization methods so that you can use them to make the job of adjusting everything that we've just talked about. Make that faster. So you have several options. Remember, I talked about this auto sync tool. Well, let's turn it off so that you can see the other tools first. So if I click on one image and I like what I've done to it and I want to apply it to the others I can from this image, I can go to the next image and just simply click the previous button and it will apply all the changes. So one button push from this one to that one. Done. Undo that we're going to try it again. But this time, if I knew what I was going, if I saw this image and I said, This image is perfect and I want all three of these images to be the same, I could simply click on it and then hit the Sync button that has this little dot dot dot next to it. I click on that and it gives me a dialogue box and I can choose specific things that I want to sink. Rise So I could say I want to check all of those. So everything I've done to that image I want done to these, except for the crop, say, I say, each one got cropped differently. And then I synchronized and all three of those just got synchronized. And now all of the work is done on all three of them. Now it's important to recognize that some of the settings that are in there are things like local adjustment. Brush is great. Great great aided filters, radio filters, stuff like that. If you've been retouching the image, it's not gonna copy over all that well, so just be aware that you might want to turn off the local adjustments as well. Okay, so now, in addition to that, let's undo those again So instead and those air all fast. But the faster way to do it is when I'm working on an image and I highlight another set of images. If I'm in the auto sync mode, which I just click on this little toggle switch and I get that lit up Auto Sync, Um, than anything I work on will be done to all of the photographs at the same time, but not the things that I don't work on. So if I take the exposure and brighten it up a little bit, and I take the contrast down and I take the highlights down and I take the shadow up a little bit more and white down a little bit in the black and make it real richer. And if I go into the tone curve and I bring the lights up a little bit and the darks down a little bit and I go over here and I click on one of my oh, let's just do this thin film basic look, that kind of mutes the whole thing, Um And then I come over and warm it up like that, and I'm gonna change it from Adobe Standard to Adobe Portrait. Um, and I'm going to add a little bit of clarity and bring the texture down. Everything that I just worked on is now done on all of these images, so it's got all of them have got the same work done to them, and then all I have to do if I want to work on this one because she's a little bit darker in that one. All I have to do is click on the frame rather than the photo. Just click on the frame and it dese elects all the other ones, and then I can come in and just brighten this one up a little bit more and done so That's a much faster way to work because you're synchronizing your changes at the time you're making them fantastic way to work. So there are three different ways to synchronize Utkan. Click on an image and then click on the pre the next image and hit previous button, and it will steal everything from the one image and put it on the other image. You can also click on an image and then shift click toe a bunch of other images, and you can apply by clicking on the the sink dot, dot, dot button and that will apply images across. So it'll say whatever's on this image based on the choices you make inside that dialogue box. That's what's going to get applied, and then the final and fastest way to sink is auto synchronization, where you're just simply you're looking at a set of images like this and you say I know that if I work on all four, these images, they're all going to be the same cause I can see that. And so I'm going to let me just reset this and I'm going to go choose, uh, Adobe portrait. Brighten this up, take the temperature down there. Done, and all of them have been done. So I've got four images for the price of one. And quite frankly, you'll find that if you live in auto Sync like I do, you can actually adjust almost, you know, 50 100 sometimes an entire job all at one time, and get everything pretty much close to where it needs to be. And then it's just a matter of going in. And if you know one image is a little bit too bright, you can highlight those two images that are a little too bright and bring that down and bring the highlights down, and then you're done, and you only had to do to sliders on those two images, and so auto sync is where you need to live. So we've just talked about the entire develop module, talked about all of the settings that you can use, but most importantly are those basic ones. The ones in the basic area are the ones that you should work on most often, and then everything below that minus the transform tool is something that you can create a preset for, like we did with the, uh with the tone curve. Make a preset, put it in the preset areas so that now all you need to do is work on your images here. When the basic module go to the left and apply a preset toe, add the style that you want, and if you are doing all of that while using the sink methods that we just described, you'll be able to get through. The process of developing your image is extremely quickly, and you'll have a lot of power behind you when you're doing it. So that is the develop module

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  • Efficiently cull and retouch photographs
  • Manage your files to enable seamless and immediate recall
  • Get your computer and software to run faster
  • Create impressive photo books and slideshows
  • Take advantage of global adjustments
  • Improve your mobile workflow with both your iPhone and iPad
  • Deliver and share your images directly from Lightroom


Adobe® Lightroom® is the industry standard for post-production workflow and in Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide, you’ll learn Jared Platt’s gold standard for retouching and managing files quickly and efficiently.

Jared will show the ins and outs of Lightroom Classic, Lightroom Mobile, and Lightroom Desktop. He’ll demystify the difference between each and demonstrate when to use each one for maximum output.

Jared will share tips on improving every phase of your workflow – from shooting to archiving. You’ll learn how to take advantage of the latest Lightroom tools and features and become faster and more skilled at adjusting your images.


  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Lightroom
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Lightroom and learn new features to help edit photos
  • Students who’d like to take ordinary images and make them look extraordinary with some image editing or Lightroom fixes


Adobe Lightroom Classic 9.2
Adobe Lightroom Desktop 3.2
Adobe Lightroom Mobile 5.2


Jared Platt is a professional wedding and lifestyle photographer from Phoenix, Arizona. Jared holds a Masters of Fine Arts in the Photographic Studies and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University and has been a professional photographer and college educator for the past 12 years and has been a speaking, debating and lecturing for the past 17 years. His attention to detail and craft make him a demanding photography instructor. Jared has lectured at major trade shows and photo conferences as well as at universities around the world on the subject of photography as well as workflow. Currently, Jared is traveling the United States and Canada teaching and lecturing on photography and post production workflow. Join him online for monthly "Office Hours" at


Dan Clarke

This class was great. I've never used Lightroom before and now I feel comfortable in it. Massive amount of good info.


Thorough but very easy to follow. I've noticed a significant improvement in my work since starting this course a couple weeks ago, and I'm also spending noticeably less time editing my photos. I appreciate that it's up-to-date as of October, 2020, so the info is current (I wish CL would take down some of the older courses, since software changes make some of them obsolete).

Kyosa Canuck

I hate to say this is a repetitive class due to covering much of the same things in each LR app. I appreciate Ben's classes better but this does give different perspectives. Also, Ben knows better than to use the word "super" let alone use it 10+ times per lesson.