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Synchronizing and copying settings

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Video: Synchronizing and copying settings

One of the advantages of working with Lightroom is that it allows you to make adjustments which you can then use on multiple images. This can be especially helpful when you have a high volume of photographs which were captured in a similar lighting situation. So here I want to take a look at how we can copy and paste settings on the different images, how we can work with synchronize, and also auto sync, in order to apply settings to multiple photographs. Well here you can see I have a photograph that I captured of my daughter Annie jumping off of this wall down at our local beach here in Santa Barbara.

Synchronizing and copying settings

One of the advantages of working with Lightroom is that it allows you to make adjustments which you can then use on multiple images. This can be especially helpful when you have a high volume of photographs which were captured in a similar lighting situation. So here I want to take a look at how we can copy and paste settings on the different images, how we can work with synchronize, and also auto sync, in order to apply settings to multiple photographs. Well here you can see I have a photograph that I captured of my daughter Annie jumping off of this wall down at our local beach here in Santa Barbara.

Then I have another photograph of her kind of flying in the air. Well what I want to do is I want to make some adjustments to one of these pictures. So click into one of your photographs, then go ahead and make some adjustments. Here I will just increase my Shadows, increase the overall Exposure a little bit, and add just a touch of Contrast, and maybe modify the overall color temperature as well, and increase the Vibrance; some basic and pretty simple adjustments. Well, to copy and paste those onto another file, what you can do is press Command+C on a Mac, or Control+C on Windows.

Here we can choose to apply all of the settings that we have here in the Develop module, or you can choose Check None, and then just select the settings which you want to apply to the other photographs. Next, click Copy. Then move to another image, like this one here, which was captured in a similar lighting scenario, then press Command+V on a Mac, or Control+V on Windows in order to paste those settings onto this file. Another way that we can do this is we can go ahead and click on one photograph, then hold down the Command or Control key -- that's Command on a Mac, Control on Windows -- and click on one or more photographs. And here we have a photograph of my daughter Sophie working hard on an art project, and I just like lens flare of the light kind of coming through the window here with this picture.

But I want to make a few adjustments to this photograph, and also to the one right next to it, because they were captured in the same lighting situation. Well here what I want to do is I want to work with Synchronize. So if we go ahead and make some adjustments with both of these selected -- in this case, I will increase my Exposure, increase the Contrast, and a little bit of Clarity and Vibrance just to bring up some of the color; I am also going to bring a little bit of light there into the Shadows -- I can then synchronize these settings by pressing this button, which is Sync...

When you press Sync, and when you see anything where there are dots, it tells you, you are going to see a new dialog. Well what do we want to synchronize here? Well, we could synchronize, perhaps, everything by choosing Check All, or again, we could just select specific adjustments. Well here, actually, rather than synchronizing by way of clicking, I want to do this by way of a shortcut. So I am going to go ahead and click Cancel here. If I want to synchronize two images by way of a shortcut, you can press Shift+Command+S on a Mac, or Shift+Control+S on Windows.

This will open up our Synchronize Settings dialog. Now here you can see that we can customize what we have in this dialog. Yet, if you want to synchronize without ever seeing this dialog, you can use another shortcut. So let's go ahead and click Cancel here. If we want to synchronize, and bypass the Synchronize Settings dialog, what you are going to do is press Command+Option+S on a Mac, or Control+Alt+S on Windows. In doing that, as we look at both of these images here, you can see that now both of these files have the same exact settings. All right.

Well, rather than synchronizing these settings, let's say that we want to apply the adjustments, so that they affect all of the images that we've selected as we are making the adjustments. Well, to do that, what we need to do is to turn on what's called Auto Sync. Now, you can turn on Auto Sync by Command on a Mac, or Control on Windows, clicking on the synchronize button. In doing that, that will turn on, or flip the switch for Auto Sync. You can also enable or disable Auto Sync by way of a shortcut.

On a Mac, press Shift+Option+Command+A; on Windows, that's Shift+Alt+Control+A. Well either way, once you have Auto Sync turned on, if you make an adjustment here, just to demonstrate, like desaturating, you can see that it will then desaturate both of these photographs. Or if you want to increase the saturation, whatever value you've adjusted, it will then apply that adjustment to both images if you have Auto Sync turned on. Now, if you've decided that you want to turn Auto Sync off, well you can use that shortcut that we learned to toggle Auto Sync on or off.

Here it is once again. On a Mac, press Shift+Option+Command+A; on Windows, press Shift+Alt+Control+A, and that will toggle off Auto Sync, so that you could then just make an adjustment to the image that was targeted, and that wouldn't apply to the other photograph. All right. Well here in this movie, I shared with you some really valuable shortcuts. We looked at how we can copy and paste settings by pressing Command+C or Control+C, and Command+C or Control+V. We looked at how we could synchronize settings by way of different shortcuts.

We can open up that Synchronize dialog by pressing Shift+Command+S, and then clicking on the Synchronize button, or that would be Shift+Control+S on Windows. We also looked at how we could bypass this dialog by pressing Command+Option+S, or Control+Alt+S on Windows. And then finally, we looked at how we can work with Auto Sync. With Auto Sync, you can hold down the Command key or the Control key to click on this button to enable Auto Sync, and then, you can toggle this on or off by pressing Shift+Option+Command+A or Shift +Alt+Control+A. Now, I am aware that there are a lot of shortcuts here, yet these shortcuts are incredibly valuable.

That's why I wanted to reiterate them, or say them twice. What I recommend you do is probably watch this movie a second time, and take really good notes, and then try to use these shortcuts yourself, because these are some of the shortcuts that you want to just know instantly, because when it comes to working in Lightroom, being able to process or work on multiple images at once, it can just really open up whole new ways of thinking about how you work on your images. It can make you more effective, which ultimately can help you to be more creative, so that you can create more compelling and interesting photographs.

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  1. 3m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 29s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
    3. Tips for getting the most out of this course
      55s
  2. 24m 51s
    1. Using advanced shortcuts for the Full Screen and Lights Out modes
      3m 0s
    2. Minimizing different areas of the interface
      3m 27s
    3. Exploring background and panel shortcuts
      3m 34s
    4. Advanced panel navigation
      2m 58s
    5. Choosing the different modules
      4m 9s
    6. Accessing contextual menus in each module
      2m 25s
    7. Adjusting preferences and catalog settings
      1m 11s
    8. Looking up keyboard shortcuts
      4m 7s
  3. 10m 10s
    1. Working with the interface
      3m 47s
    2. Importing images and videos
      3m 47s
    3. Understanding tethered capture
      2m 36s
  4. 20m 22s
    1. Zooming in on images
      4m 0s
    2. Exploring the Survey and Compare views
      4m 53s
    3. Rotating the image
      1m 52s
    4. Exploring view options
      3m 47s
    5. Creating a layout overlay
      2m 38s
    6. Finding and selecting images
      3m 12s
  5. 34m 25s
    1. Renaming and relocating images
      4m 55s
    2. Adding labels, stars, or flags
      4m 58s
    3. Deleting images quickly with flags
      1m 59s
    4. Changing labels, stars, or flags
      3m 17s
    5. Filtering based on labels, stars, or flags
      2m 3s
    6. Finding images quickly
      1m 45s
    7. Working with stacks
      3m 22s
    8. Working with collections and target collections
      3m 5s
    9. Using and showing Quick Collections
      2m 46s
    10. Creating, using, renaming, and moving folders
      2m 59s
    11. Removing and deleting with shortcuts
      3m 16s
  6. 7m 17s
    1. Adding and editing keywords quickly
      3m 7s
    2. Using keyword shortcuts and enabling keyword painting
      2m 0s
    3. Using keyword lists and saving metadata
      2m 10s
  7. 5m 21s
    1. Working with a second monitor
      2m 37s
    2. Exploring advanced dual-monitor shortcuts
      2m 44s
  8. 9m 6s
    1. Exporting a photograph
      3m 39s
    2. Editing in Photoshop
      4m 19s
    3. Emailing a photograph
      1m 8s
  9. 4m 30s
    1. Viewing video
      1m 47s
    2. Setting in and out points
      1m 52s
    3. Exporting video
      51s
  10. 28m 53s
    1. Correcting tone and white balance automatically
      1m 40s
    2. Correcting white balance
      1m 29s
    3. Making adjustments in the Basic panel
      4m 9s
    4. Navigating between basic panels
      2m 46s
    5. Resetting the image to its default settings
      2m 27s
    6. Understanding how to show and correct clipping
      5m 1s
    7. Synchronizing and copying settings
      6m 34s
    8. Viewing before and after
      2m 6s
    9. Quickly converting to black and white
      1m 37s
    10. Showing information overlays
      1m 4s
  11. 28m 16s
    1. Creating virtual copies
      5m 39s
    2. Working with virtual copies
      3m 40s
    3. Using Snapshots to save settings
      3m 36s
    4. Creating custom presets
      2m 24s
    5. Using the Targeted Adjustment tool
      3m 37s
    6. Creating strong black-and-white conversions
      1m 54s
    7. Making better split-toning adjustments
      1m 27s
    8. Sharpening and improving the details in your photos
      2m 43s
    9. Soft proofing shortcuts
      3m 16s
  12. 18m 10s
    1. Exploring tool strip shortcuts
      54s
    2. Cropping and resetting a crop
      2m 10s
    3. Changing the crop overlay
      2m 35s
    4. Switching the crop orientation
      1m 28s
    5. Retouching with the Spot Removal tool
      2m 24s
    6. Making corrections with the Adjustment Brush
      6m 14s
    7. Using the Graduated Filter
      2m 25s
  13. 6m 18s
    1. Zooming in on the map and changing the map style
      1m 31s
    2. Finding a location and adding images
      3m 53s
    3. Adding GPS information and moving markers
      54s
  14. 9m 23s
    1. Viewing the book project
      1m 51s
    2. Toggling the visibility of guides
      2m 31s
    3. Working with type
      3m 23s
    4. Making selections
      1m 38s
  15. 8m 20s
    1. Playing an impromptu slideshow
      1m 52s
    2. Playing and viewing a slideshow
      1m 42s
    3. Creating a custom template and saving the slideshow
      2m 55s
    4. Exporting as PDF, JPEG, and video
      1m 51s
  16. 7m 28s
    1. Choosing the Print module and changing the page settings
      1m 21s
    2. Customizing the layout and viewing the guides
      2m 35s
    3. Modifying the print settings
      1m 51s
    4. Creating a custom template and saving the print
      1m 41s
  17. 3m 40s
    1. Exporting and reloading
      1m 30s
    2. Previewing in a browser and saving your web gallery
      2m 10s
  18. 43s
    1. Goodbye
      43s

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