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If you shoot a lot, you'll often shoot multiple photos in the same light, and with the same settings. To save time and effort, you can open multiple photos into Camera RAW together, and process them all at once. To do that, I'm going to open a couple of photos. I have these first two photos selected here in the Organizer. I'll open those into Camera RAW by going up to the arrow to the right of the Fix tab, and choosing Full Photo Edit, and because these are RAW files, they'll launch the Camera RAW workspace. When you open multiple files into Camera RAW, you'll see a column on the left that you don't see when you open just one file.
This column will contain thumbnails of all of the photos that you've opened into Camera RAW. I'll select the photo that I want to process by clicking on it here in this column. Notice that it now has a blue border around it. Now, it's important to select all of the other files in this column that you want to impact with the same settings before you start tweaking the settings. So I'm going to click Select All, and that adds a white frame around the second image, indicating that its settings are going to synchronize with the settings that I choose for the image that I'm editing at the moment.
And I could do this with more than two images, selecting them all at once, and editing just one of them. So I'll edit the image in the document window by going over to the Basic panel, and moving some of the controls here. I might move the Exposure control to the right, the Blacks control to the right a little bit, maybe I'll add some Clarity, and some Vibrance. And all of those settings were automatically applied to the second image here as well. It's a good idea to check each of those additional images to make sure that they look good with the settings that you applied to the first.
So I'll click on the second image, and that one is now visible here in the document window, and I can see that that Vibrance setting is a little much for this photo, so for this photo only, I'll go down to the Vibrance slider, and drag that back to the left. And this change is not affecting the first photo. And then when I'm all done, I can select both images again, and then open them both into Elements, or click Done and close them both with these settings, or save them in the DNG format, all as I covered in the last movie.
I'm going to go ahead and click Done, and then I'm going to go back to my Organizer, because I want to show you another way that you can process multiple photos with the same settings. I'm going to open another file, right on the heels of those last two files, that was shot in similar light. I'll select the third file here, and then I'll go up to the arrow to the right of the Fix tab, and choose Full Photo Edit again to open that third file into Camera RAW. So I might work this way if I had just overlooked that file, and forgotten to open it with the first two.
That's okay, because I can apply to this file the same settings that I applied to the last file, and that's done by going to this menu on the right side of the panels, and choosing Previous Conversion. And as you can see, that increased the Exposure, and the Blacks, the Clarity, and the Vibrance to match the last file that I processed. I think the ability to process multiple photos with the same settings is a real advantage of shooting RAW over JPEG. It's a particular timesaver if you're someone who shoots a lot of photos in the same lighting conditions, either in the controlled lighting of a studio, or at an event like a wedding, where you shoot lots of different family members in the same spot, or when you've shot the same scene several times, changing up the composition slightly each time.
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