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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
In the previous movie, we walked through a pretty basic workflow in regards to using the Basic panel. In this movie what I want to do is take a look at maybe three or four different techniques that we can use when we have one image that's processed and where we have another image that we want to apply these same settings to. Well, how can we do that and what are some of the considerations? Well, one of the things that you can do is click on that processed image and just for the record this works whether you have just used the Basic panel or whether you done anything that's possible in the Develop module, cropping, Adjustment Brush, you name it.
So in our case we have just done a few things, but keep in mind this applies when you've also done many other things as well. So we click on the image that's has been processed. Here we navigate to the Settings pulldown menu and what we are going to do is select Copy Settings. You will notice there is also a shortcut if you like shortcuts. We are going to select Copy. Next step, move to the image that we want to apply this to and you can also apply this to multiple images or just a single file. Next, we will navigate to the Settings pulldown menu and here we're going to choose Paste Settings.
Once we've done that, it will then apply those settings from the previous photo. I will undo this by pressing Command+Z on a Mac or Ctrl+Z on a PC. Well, how else we could accomplish this? Well, there is another great technique. What you want to do is first click on the image that's has been processed. Next, if you are on a Mac, you hold down the Command key. If you are on a PC, you hold down the Ctrl key and you click on other images where you want to apply these settings to. And again one or more.
Then you'll notice over here that you have a Sync option and you will notice that Sync... and typically what those dots mean inside of Lightroom is that if I click this it is going to open up a dialog. Well, let's see what the dialog is. It says Synchronize Settings. What do I want to synchronize? Well, in my case I want to synchronize everything. So I am going to leave everything checked and then simply click on Synchronize. Now when I do that, you can see that this image has been processed with those other settings. Well, let's undo that and look at yet one more technique here.
One of the things that you can do is click on the image that's been processed. Then once again on a Mac, Command+ Click, on a PC Ctrl+Click, on the image where you want to apply the settings to. Keep in mind you always start with a good image and then you work your way to other images that need to be fixed or enhanced or whatever. Now so far we've seen that we have Sync... Well, what we can also do is we can turn those dots off by pressing a really good shortcut key. It's the Option key on a Mac, that's the Alt key on a PC.
When you do that those dots disappear and what that means is you can now sync these files without that dialog opening up. In other words, it's going to remember whatever settings you dialed in previously when you used that dialog and simply apply them across these two photographs. So now here you can see this image has been updated. That's really handy especially because as you start to do this more and more you will get a feel for the rhythm of things, and you won't always want to see that dialog every time you go through this process.
Now there is another technique here that I want to share with you as well. Once we have synced files or once we have copied settings from one file to another, we can also do something which is called Auto Sync. This typically only works at the end of our processing here. Once we flip this on, you'll notice Auto Sync has been enabled. Now if I make a change, and I will make one that's really drastic, you can see that the change has been made across both images. Or on the other hand we can make this really small here and again those changes are being made across both of these images here as I click back and forth.
So what this is doing for us is it gives us the ability to work on images at the same time. This can be really helpful. Let's say, for example, that we process a few files and synchronize settings and all of a sudden we realize, you know what, in both images or in all 10 images or in all 50 images, we just have too much Clarity. We can then select those images, turn on Auto Sync, and decrease the amount of the Clarity, and voila! That adjustment has been made all of those different photographs at one time.
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