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Synchronizing adjustments

From: Getting Started with Lightroom 4

Video: Synchronizing adjustments

In many cases, you'll find that the adjustments you applied to one image can readily be applied to a different image with great results. That's especially true when you photograph a variety of different subjects under the same lighting conditions. As an example, here I have some photos of the electrical equipment at Grand Central Terminal in New York. And the lighting was very very warm, very yellow to orange in color. And so probably, the same adjustment for all three of these images will work very well. Of course, if I know in advance that I want to apply the same adjustment to all three images, things are relatively easy. But let's take a look at how we can take the adjustments from one image and apply those adjustments to other images.

Synchronizing adjustments

In many cases, you'll find that the adjustments you applied to one image can readily be applied to a different image with great results. That's especially true when you photograph a variety of different subjects under the same lighting conditions. As an example, here I have some photos of the electrical equipment at Grand Central Terminal in New York. And the lighting was very very warm, very yellow to orange in color. And so probably, the same adjustment for all three of these images will work very well. Of course, if I know in advance that I want to apply the same adjustment to all three images, things are relatively easy. But let's take a look at how we can take the adjustments from one image and apply those adjustments to other images.

We'll start with this image. Mostly, I need to cool down the photo. So, I'll adjust the Temperature slider in order to get a more neutral appearance for the photo. That looks to be much, much better. Right about there, I think, is probably pretty good. I might also increase the Clarity just a little bit to bring out some more of the detail. And maybe even boost up some of the colors with a Vibrance adjustment. I could even increase Contrast overall. The point is that I can apply a variety of different adjustments to this image, and probably the same adjustment will work well for the other images, since they're a similar subject photographed under the exact same lighting conditions. So now, we'll assume that we're happy with this adjustment. I'll go ahead now and with this image, the image I've already adjusted, select it on the Filmstrip.

I'll hold the Shift key and click on the first of the three images. That will cause all three of those images to be selected, but the same image that I was just working on is the active image. To apply the settings from this image to the other two images that were captured under similar lighting conditions, I can use the Synchronize command. I'll go a head and click the Sync button at the bottom of the right panel in the Develop Module and that will bring up the Synchronize Settings dialog. I can then specify exactly which adjustments I want to apply to all of the images.

I might exclude adjustments, for example, that affect certain areas of the image. The Local Adjustments, for example, the Cropping Adjustment. There are certain adjustments that I probably would not want to apply blindly across multiple images. But the overall adjustments, those that effect the Tonality or color for the photo I would certainly want to apply. So, after selecting which particular adjustments I want to apply to the other images, I can simply click the Synchronize button. And as you'll see, the other two images then get updated.

I can switch to those images to get a sense of how the adjustment has fared. And it looks like we've got a much more realistic result. I no longer have that very artificial dramatic orange sort of appearance in the image. Now, things look much more natural in terms of their actual colors. So as you can see, it's quite simple to take adjustments that you've applied to one image and apply the exact same effect to other images.

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