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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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