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In this workshop digital imaging guru Tim Grey focuses on the Develop module of Adobe Lightroom 4. Starting with an overview of the image optimization workflow in Lightroom, Tim walks you through the process of evaluating your images and deciding what adjustments you need to make. He teaches you how to use the Develop module's presets to achieve quick results, as well as how to apply your own adjustments, from simple exposure and color adjustments to advanced options like the Tone Curve and the Graduated Filter tool. Learn techniques for cleaning up your images, applying creative adjustments, and duplicating adjustments across multiple images. Finally, get some tips for integrating Lightroom and Photoshop to create panoramas and high dynamic range images.
When you photograph the same or similar subject under virtually indentical conditions, very often you can apply the exact same adjustments. Or at least very similar adjustments, to two or more images. Let's take a look at an example of how we can copy settings from one image to another. I'll start off by adjusting this image of a tidy tip flower. I can fine tune the color temperature, for example. I think I'd like to cool this image down just a little bit to help bring out some of those blues. I also want to check the exposure, maybe brighten up the whites just a little bit. I'm holding the Alt key on Windows or Option key on Macintosh so that I can get the clipping preview.
But a reality check here, when I release the Alt or Option key shows me that it's not a very good result, so I'm going to back that adjustment off a bit. I want some bright highlights but not too bright. I think I'll also increase contrast maybe just a little bit. I might tone down the highlights a little. And I think I'd like to add some darkening effect by taking the blacks value down just a little bit, and maybe even bring the shadows down. This will give me a little bit more contrast in the image. I can also increase clarity may just a little bit, and perhaps boost vibrance to bring out some of the less saturated colors.
I think the yellows are getting a little hot there, let me tone down saturation just a little bit to even things out there. And that looks to be working pretty well. Now let's assume that I then went to work on a different image. I'll select a completely different image and many be fine tune the color temperature for this photo. And then I come back to a different image of the same flower I had adjusted previously. I'd like to apply the exact same adjustments that I applied to the previous flower. I could theoretically use the previous adjustment, except in this case I've gone and adjusted a different image in the meantime.
So instead, I want to copy and paste the settings from the first flower I adjusted to the flower that I've not yet adjusted. To do that, I can simply right-click on the photo that I'd like to adjust. And then choose Develop settings, followed by Copy settings. That will bring up the Copy settings dialog, where I can choose which specific adjustments I would like to apply. The most important thing here is to make sure you're not duplicating adjustments that you don't want to apply to the other image.
In this case, I don't have to worry too much because I have only applied a handful of adjustments, but it's not a bad idea to review these adjustments and check and see. For example perhaps you don't want to duplicate the noise reduction adjustments. So you could turn that option off. Maybe you don't want to duplicate the lens correction adjustment. So we could turn all of those off. The point is to be careful about which adjustments your actually copying and pasting to the other images. I'll go ahead now and click the Copy button. Its worth noting by the way that you can also access the copy command from the settings menu by choosing Settings > Copy Settings.
Next, we can choose the image that we want to paste those settings to, in other words the image we'd like to apply the same settings to. I can then right-click or once again choose from the Settings menu. And then choose Develop settings followed by Paste settings. Since I had already designated which settings I wanted to copy, I don't need to choose anything else. I can simply issue that command and now the adjustments that I had applied to this previous image have been duplicated to the next image. And of course, since I have copied those settings, I could continue pasting them to other images if I had more than one image, for example that needed those exact same settings.
And naturally, I would want to review the settings just to make sure that they truly are optimal for this second image. They might not be exactly the right settings. But at the very least they should get you very, very close to that final destination. So simply by copying and then pasting those settings, you can save yourself quite a bit of work and help make sure that your images are getting adjusted in a consistent way.
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