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Lesson 15 from: From Capture Through Edit Using Lightroom

Jared Platt

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15. Synchronization

In order to speed you along in your post-production work, this lesson will show you how to synchronize the work you have done on one photo to hundreds of images with just the click of a button.

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no matter what you're photographing, whether it's portrait or landscapes or travel photography, you're gonna shoot a lot of images. You're going to pare it down to your favorite images. And then once you've got those favorite images, you're still gonna have ah, bunch of images that you're gonna adjust, and then you're gonna want to do the same thing to the next one. So in a portrait session, that's always happening. So I take five or six photos that I wanna edit. I wanna edit on all the same, but on travel photography, you might You might be in the same location for, you know, three or four shots, and you might as well use the same adjustments on the first shot that used on all the other ones. And you might tweak one or two of them. Here they're differently. But in general, everything you shot on this street, you know, every you shot a bunch of flowers, and those flowers are all gonna look same or you shot towards that mountain and you got three verticals and three horizontal zoo and a...

close up of a flower. And so those air all gonna be generally the same So we need to teach you how to copy and paste basically all of your adjustments. So in light room, there's a way to synchronize the adjustments you make on one image to the next image. So you're not wasting time adjusting images. So let's go into a portrait session here and in this portrait session if we want to adjust this image. And I'm just gonna do some basic adjustments because I've already done some adjustments to these, but I'm gonna brighten them up a little bit. I'm gonna take the whites up just a little bit more. I'm gonna go, Um, let's see what else wanted. I'll go into the color, and I will bring the temperature down because it's a little too warm for my taste. So Okay, that's all I want to do. I just wanted to do some basic adjust. Oh, you know what? I'm gonna I'm gonna remove the vibrance, or actually, I'm gonna bring the vibrance up, but I'm gonna bring the saturation down a little bit. Okay? So I like what I'm seeing there. I want then to apply that to all of the other images that look like this one. So If I go to this image and I go over to the triple dot button over here and click on it, I can copy and paste. So here's the copy and paste settings, so Command C is copy and that's copy everything. Command or shift Command C is copy with a dialogue and command V is paste. And if you're on a PC, then think control rather than command. So let's show you how this works in operation. So when I'm looking at this image that I like, I'm going to hit command C and that copied everything every slider from the top to the bottom. And then when I go to the next image, if I hit Command V, it pastes everything. Pretty simple, right? It's like copy and paste inward or copy and paste in Photoshop. It's the same thing. So I've copied off of this image, and I've pasted to this image. But there are other images that I want to do the same thing to and copying and pasting and copying and pasting and copying. That's a waste of time. So instead, what I want to do is I want to go to the image that I originally adjusted and I want to hit command C. But then I want to go to the grid because in the grid I can actually paste across multiple images in the grid if I click on this image and I copy and I could also copy from the Edit menu a swell so I could be in the edit menu and I could either go to the menu and copy or I can hit command. See, I'm copying from this image. But if I'm in the grid Aiken paste so I can click on this next image and shift click to these images. So these four images and if I hit Command V, it's going to paste all four of those images. So it's taking the adjustments I got from this image, and it's pasting them on these four. So I hit Command V, and it just pasted all of that information onto these images. So they're all gonna look very similar to each other because they have all the same settings. If I have these selected, all of these selected. So let's let's say that I went into this image and I turned it to black and white and I went to the color grading area and I added kind of a blue tone to the to the image to the shadows. And then I Let's hit the shift key here and kind of play with that until it's e. I wanted to be really subtle. Okay, so I like the image. I like the coloring that I've got going on here. Eso That's the change I made, if I copy. So I'm gonna hit command, see? So I just copied. And then I'm going to select these four images, but I'm not in the grid. I'm in the editing panel and I hit command V for paste Notice that it Onley pasted the one it didn't paste all of them on. Lee pasted the one, which means the only way for you to copy and then paste across a set of images is to hit the geeky and go back to the grid. And then once you're in the grid, whatever you have selected, if you had command V, it's going to do it toe all of the images that air selected. So what happens in the grid happens toe all the images that you're selected, but If you have a bunch of images selected in the edit panel, it on Lee does it, too. The one image that's showing on the screen, even if you have images um, selected down below like this. So keep that in mind when you're copying and pasting. Now there are times that you're gonna wanna choose things that you're going to copy and paste and not copy everything and paste everything. And so that's Here's one of those instances. So let's say that I've got this image here and I want the blue tone black and white to go over to this image. But clearly this is a very different image. It's it's got a different exposure to it. You can see up here in the edit panel that theseventies air gonna change. So look up here in the edit panel. When I go to the new image, there's quite a difference in the edits. So there and then the highlights go way down there so I don't want to copy everything from this image and pasted on this image. I just want a copy. Certain things. So I'm going to instead of hitting command. See, I'm gonna hit shift command or control C, and that gives me this dialog box. And in this dialog box, I have the ability to select all. So that would be everything about the image modified, which would Onley select the things that had been modified in the image. So notice D. Hayes and texture hasn't been changed. Sharpening wasn't changed. So this is what has been changed. The things that were selected, which is a really useful tool. I love that they have that in there or default, which is just the normal practical things. Notice that tools have been removed, that geometry has been removed because those are things that are very unique to each photograph. Or I can check none. And that's what we're going to do here is we're gonna check none. And then we're going to just choose profile, which is what makes it black and white. It's the monochrome profile, and we're going to go into the color section and drop it down with this little triangle menu, and I'm going to go down to color grading because we included color grading in our effect. And those are the Onley. Two things that were going to include in this copy so that when we paste it, those are the only things that get pasted. So I'm gonna hit Copy. And now when I go to this next image over here and I hit command V it on Lee pasted black and white and color grading and you could do that toe one image. Or I could go into the grid and I could highlight a Siris of images no matter what kind of images they are. And I can hit command V and it pastes that blue and white effect on there. But it keeps the adjustments the way they are. So the adjustments here are the same as they were before. And if I click on this image over here, the adjustments changed drastically because I didn't overwrite them with my copy and paste. So now you know how to synchronize settings from one image to another. So don't ever do uh huh on adjustment over and over and over again. Copy work on the one image, copy it settings and then paste them. And if you don't, if it's not exactly the same, you can copy individual settings and paste those now if you're if you're used to light room. Classic light room Classic has a number of additional options, like automatic or auto sync. And they also have Cem one touch command paste to paste your last settings. Those haven't made it into light room yet. I'm not sure if they will, but this is how in light room we copy and paste. So remember, there's a big difference between copying and pasting, uh, inside of the edit panel versus in the grid. If you're in the grid and you paste, you're pasting toe everything you have selected. So if you have 50 images selected, you're gonna paste settings to 50 images at once. If you're in the edit panel, even though you have multiple images selected down here in the filmstrip, it's not gonna actually change those images. It's on Lee going to change the one that is actually showing in the edit panel.

Class Materials

1. Lightroom Presets and Profiles

JP Color Pro

2. RAW Images To Follow Along With


3. Lightroom Creative Cloud Schematic

Lightroom Creative Cloud

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