Synchronizing Develop settings
Video: Synchronizing Develop settingsJust as you can use the exact same Camera Settings to capture a variety of different images under similar lighting conditions, you can also often apply the exact same adjustments to multiple images to good effect. Let's take a look at a method for synchronizing adjustments between multiple images. I've gone ahead and applied some adjustments to this particular image. I've increased the Exposure value, increased the Highlights, reduced blacks, and increased Clarity and Vibrance. And I'm reasonably happy with the result, and I think I might like to apply the exact same adjustment to a different image, captured at the same time with a slight variation in the framing obviously.
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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.
- Evaluating images
- Seeing a before and after view
- Correcting mistakes with the History and Snapshot features
- Develop module basics
- Fine-tuning with the Tone Curve
- Sharpening an image
- Painting adjustments into an image
- Image cleanup
- Creative adjustments
- Duplicating adjustments
Synchronizing Develop settings
Just as you can use the exact same Camera Settings to capture a variety of different images under similar lighting conditions, you can also often apply the exact same adjustments to multiple images to good effect. Let's take a look at a method for synchronizing adjustments between multiple images. I've gone ahead and applied some adjustments to this particular image. I've increased the Exposure value, increased the Highlights, reduced blacks, and increased Clarity and Vibrance. And I'm reasonably happy with the result, and I think I might like to apply the exact same adjustment to a different image, captured at the same time with a slight variation in the framing obviously.
Slightly different subject captured in the same location. So, I am going to select the first image, that will be the image that is primarily selected, and then I can add an additional image or images to the selection. In this case, since they are right next to each other, I can simply Shift + Click on the second image, I could also hold the Ctrl key on Windows or the Cmd key on Macintosh and click on multiple images to add them to the selection. I can then apply the adjustments from the primary selected image to all of the secondary selected images. To do so, I can simply click the Sync button.
That will bring up the Synchronize Settings dialog, where I can pick and choose which adjustments I would like to have applied to all of the selected images. I'll go ahead and leave these settings as they are because they do include all of the adjustments I've applied for this photo. And then I'll click the Synchronize button. And you can see that the second image has now been updated to reflect the exact same view. In addition to this sort of manual approach to synchronizing the adjustments, we can also automatically synchronize the adjustments. To do so, you can turn on the switch to the left of the Sync button and that button becomes the Auto Sync button.
And now when I apply adjustments with multiple images selected, the adjustments will apply evenly to all of those images. So, just so that we can see a very clear indication of that, I'm going to increase the Tint value dramatically. You can see that now we have this pinkish look in the image. And looking at the Filmstrip, you see that both images have that same pink appearance. I'll switch back and forth between those images. Of course, that's not a very good adjustment. That was just for illustrative purposes, so I can go back and fine tune that Tint value and maybe taking it a little further to the left than it had been.
Just to get rid of some of the appearance of magenta in the image, maybe I'll even add a little bit of yellow. Not too much, but just a little bit of yellow to help warm up the image. And because I have that Auto Sync option turned on, all of these adjustments are being applied at the same time to all of the selected images. I certainly encourage you to revisit each of the images in this type of situation to make sure that you're happy with the final results in all cases. And after you've adjusted some images with the Auto Sync setting turned on, I suggest turning it off just so you don't inadvertently apply adjustments to multiple images when you don't intend to.
That said, in many situations, you'll find that synchronizing settings between images can greatly improve your workflow in terms of adjusting images that need similar adjustments.
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