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Duplicating the previous adjustment

From: Lightroom 4 Image Optimization Workshop

Video: Duplicating the previous adjustment

Sometimes the quickest way to apply a good adjustment to an image is to simply duplicate the adjustment you had made previously. In this case, for example, I have an image of a bald eagle, and I'm going to adjust it a little bit to improve its appearance. And I'm going to pretend that I don't realize there''s another similar bald eagle photographed under the exact same conditions, that is the very next image I'm going to see. Of course, I'm only pretending to not notice this, so that you can see the benefit of being able to copy a previous adjustment. I'll go ahead and go back to my first image, and it looks like it's a little bit too magenta, so I'm going to shift the Tint a little bit toward green to try and improve that. Maybe I'll warm up the image, just a little bit, not too much but take the Temperature over a little more towards yellow.

Duplicating the previous adjustment

Sometimes the quickest way to apply a good adjustment to an image is to simply duplicate the adjustment you had made previously. In this case, for example, I have an image of a bald eagle, and I'm going to adjust it a little bit to improve its appearance. And I'm going to pretend that I don't realize there''s another similar bald eagle photographed under the exact same conditions, that is the very next image I'm going to see. Of course, I'm only pretending to not notice this, so that you can see the benefit of being able to copy a previous adjustment. I'll go ahead and go back to my first image, and it looks like it's a little bit too magenta, so I'm going to shift the Tint a little bit toward green to try and improve that. Maybe I'll warm up the image, just a little bit, not too much but take the Temperature over a little more towards yellow.

I'm also going to check the Exposure here, I'll hold the Alt Key on Windows or Option Key on Macintosh while increasing the Exposure value. And then I'll tone it down just a little bit so that we don't wash out any detail in the whites, and I think I'll leave Contrast as it is. I want to take a look at the shadows though, maybe opening up some shadow detail, yes, that actually looks like it'll help improve the image a little bit. I'm also going to boost the Vibrance to bring up a little bit more color, and maybe add a little bit of Clarity just to give that perceived sharpness effectively.

And we'll assume that that's a pretty good adjustment but you can see that that means that that first image looks quite a bit different from this second image. So, now when I switch to this next image, I might be thinking I sure wish I had known this image was there, because then I could have applied the same adjustments to both images at the same time. Never fear though, we can still apply the previous adjustment to this image very, very easily. In fact, we can do it in one click. So, now that I've applied adjustments to the first image, I'll go to my second image and simply click the Previous button at the bottom of the right panel in the Develop Module.

That will apply the previously applied adjustments to this image as well. So, you can see all of the adjustments that I had applied to the previous image are duplicated for this image. I might want to fine tune some of those adjustments, for example, I'll evaluate the Exposure. And actually that looks like it was working just fine as it was, but I can continue fine tuning any of these adjustments as I see fit. But at the very least, I've gotten a good starting point by duplicating the adjustment that I applied to the previous image to this image. And bear in mind, by the way, that by previous, it doesn't necessarily mean the previous image on the Filmstrip, it means the last image that you applied any adjustments to it all. So whatever adjustment you had most recently applied will be duplicated for the current image.

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Lightroom 4 Image Optimization Workshop

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  1. 1m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 31s
  2. 15m 9s
    1. Overview of the Develop module workflow
      3m 8s
    2. Evaluating images
      3m 26s
    3. Seeing a before-and-after view
      3m 40s
    4. Correcting mistakes with the History and Snapshot features
      4m 55s
  3. 20m 17s
    1. Starting with a Develop preset
      4m 9s
    2. White balance adjustment
      4m 8s
    3. Basic exposure controls
      3m 26s
    4. Highlights, shadows, whites, and blacks
      3m 15s
    5. Adding clarity to an image
      2m 15s
    6. Boosting colors with Vibrance and Saturation
      3m 4s
  4. 31m 39s
    1. Fine-tuning with the Tone Curve adjustment
      7m 22s
    2. Advanced color adjustments
      5m 5s
    3. Sharpening an image
      6m 33s
    4. The Graduated Filter tool
      5m 2s
    5. Painting adjustments into an image
      7m 37s
  5. 24m 11s
    1. Cleaning up blemishes
      5m 4s
    2. Cropping and straightening photos
      5m 55s
    3. Applying noise reduction
      3m 52s
    4. Lens correction adjustments
      6m 2s
    5. Removing red-eye
      3m 18s
  6. 18m 41s
    1. Creating virtual copies
      2m 52s
    2. Converting color into black and white
      3m 51s
    3. Adding a color tint
      2m 30s
    4. Split toning effects
      3m 20s
    5. Adding a vignette effect
      3m 56s
    6. Adding a film grain effect
      2m 12s
  7. 12m 31s
    1. Adjusting multiple images with Quick Develop
      2m 49s
    2. Duplicating the previous adjustment
      2m 38s
    3. Copying and pasting Develop settings
      3m 54s
    4. Synchronizing Develop settings
      3m 10s
  8. 17m 16s
    1. Basic Photoshop workflow
      5m 41s
    2. Stitching panoramas
      5m 1s
    3. Working with HDR images
      6m 34s

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