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Quick Develop for multiple images

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As you continue getting your images organized in Lightroom, you'll no doubt start to think about the adjustments you'd like to make to improve the appearance of those images. While you're working in the Library module, you might notice that there is a Quick Develop section over on the right panel. And that allows us to apply some basic adjustments to the images. There's not a lot of control available here. We can apply a preset to define a particular look for the image, but we can also apply various adjustments. We can change the White Balance preset, we can expand the White Balance section, and increase or decrease the Temperature and Tint. We can also adjust the overall tonality.

Quick Develop for multiple images

As you continue getting your images organized in Lightroom, you'll no doubt start to think about the adjustments you'd like to make to improve the appearance of those images. While you're working in the Library module, you might notice that there is a Quick Develop section over on the right panel. And that allows us to apply some basic adjustments to the images. There's not a lot of control available here. We can apply a preset to define a particular look for the image, but we can also apply various adjustments. We can change the White Balance preset, we can expand the White Balance section, and increase or decrease the Temperature and Tint. We can also adjust the overall tonality.

We can increase or decrease exposure, adjust contrast, lighten or darken the highlights, shadows, whites and blacks. Increase or decrease the clarity of the image and also increase or decrease the vibrance, the overall saturation of colors within the image. The controls here are relatively straightforward. We can click the right arrow to increase the value, so for example in this case warming up the image. Or we can click the left arrow to reduce the warmth of the image, to cool it down a little bit. The double arrow buttons allow us to make larger adjustments to the image.

These controls are all well and good but obviously they don't give you a lot of control over the appearance of the image. But the real value of the Quick Develop section in the Library module is really, its ability to apply relative adjustments to multiple images. Let me give you an example here. I have two photographs of the gears of this clock at Grand Central Terminal in New York, and I'd like to apply some adjustments. I'd like to cool down both of the images a bit. If we switch to the Develop module momentarily, we'll see that this image has a color temperate on the blue yellow axis of 3950 degrees Kelvin.

Switching to the other image, we see that this image has a temperature of 3400 degrees Kelvin. So, they have different adjustments. If I adjust both of these images the same in the Develop module, I'll be adding an absolute adjustment. I'll be making both of these images have the same value. But that's not always a good thing. With Quick Develop we can apply relative changes. We can increase or decrease a value for both images without changing both to the exact same value. So they'll both get increased or decreased, for example, relative to their original values.

I already have selected one of the images. I'll hold the Ctrl key on Windows or the Cmd key on Macintosh, and click on the other image so that both are now selected. Now, if I'm working in the Quick Develop section of the right panel in the Library module, I can adjust both of these images in a relative way. To apply the same changes to both images, I need to be working in the Grid View, so I'll switch to Grid View here, and then I can adjust the temperature. I'll go ahead and cool down the images by clicking the Left Arrow button a few times, and you can see that each of the images is being cooled down, it's getting a little bit more blue for both of the images.

I'll then switch back to the Develop module, and you can see that both images have been adjusted. I'll switch back and forth between the images. They've both been cooled down but they both have different temperture values, and that is one of the key benefits of working with Quick Develop. I pretty much never use Quick Develop when working on an individual image. But I use it all the time if I want to apply the same relative adjustments to two or more images.

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