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Adjusting multiple files at once can be a real timesaver, and it's something that you can do relatively easy in the Camera Raw workspace. This feature is very useful if you have multiple files that you want to crop to the same shape, or maybe you shot multiple photos in the same lighting conditions and you got a little bit of a color cast problem in all of them. As long as multiple files have something in common that you need to fix, you can adjust them all at once in the Camera Raw workspace like this. I'll start by going to the File menu in the Expert edit workspace and choosing Open, and I'll navigate to a folder that contains multiple files.
I'll click on the first one, hold the Shift key, and click on the last to select them all, and then I'll click Open. Because those are all Raw files they all open into the Camera Raw workspace. Over in the column on the left when you have multiple files open, you'll see a thumbnail of each one. I'll start this process by clicking through these thumbnails just to see what each photo is, and I'm going to keep my eye over here on the Exposure settings. If the Exposure settings are all the same for these photos, I probably could get away with making color and tonal corrections to all of them.
I'll pick a representative thumbnail, maybe this one, then I'll go up and click the Select All button at the pop of the column on the left, so you can see that all five files are selected, but just one of them has a blue border around it, which is the one that I'm working on that I'm adjusting. Now it's important to only make adjustments that I want to apply to all five files. For example, I might tweak the White Balance, warming the files up a little bit. I'm noticing that this large area of clouds looks a little bit blown out, so I'm going to take the Highlights slider and drag that over to the left to try to bring some detail back into the clouds, and this should work for all the photos because they were all shot one right after the other, in the same light and with the same Exposure settings.
I can apply not only adjustments from the Basic Panel to multiple photos, I could also apply settings from the Detail Panel, like Sharpening and Noise Reduction. And I can even crop all the photos at once, by going up to the Crop Tool, I'll click and hold down that tool to bring up its menu, and I'll choose the aspect ratio that I need. So let's say that I want to put all five of these photos into 5x7 frames, I'll choose the 5x7 aspect ratio and then I'll click and drag a crop boundary in that ratio. I'm going to drag it up here to be sure to get the top of every image inside of the crop boundary, and I'll drag out a little further too.
And then to apply that crop I'll click Enter or Return on my keyboard. That applied the crop as well as the other changes that I've made over here in the Basic Panel to all five of the images. I can click through them one by one to see the results. Now if for some reason I want to remove some of these adjustments or the crop from one or more of these images I can just select that image and make a change. So I might go up to the Crop Tool with this image, click and hold, and choose Clear Crop. And that clears the crop from just that image, not the other four.
To confirm that, you can see a little Crop symbol at the bottom left of the first four thumbnails, but if I scroll down there is no crop symbol on this fifth image, the one that I just selected and on which I cleared the crop. Now that I'm done, if I select all the images again by clicking Select All, and then click Open Images, all five images will open into the Expert edit workspace, where I could further adjust them, resize them, and save them for final output. Or you could just click the Done button, which would close the Camera Raw workspace retaining the changes that I've made to all five of these images.
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