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Synchronizing settings

From: Lightroom 5 Essentials: 02 Managing Images with the Library Module

Video: Synchronizing settings

One of the reasons why you might want to use Quick Develop is in order to modify one photograph and then apply those settings to other photographs as well. So here, let's take a look at how we can synchronize settings across multiple files, we'll look at a couple of different ways that we can do that. And I also want to highight how we can start to work with presets. Let's begin with this picture here. With this picture I want to increase the color temperature, I also want to add some clarity and vibrance to it so we'll begin by clicking on the single buttons for temperature. Here we'll click a few times, maybe once or twice.

Synchronizing settings

One of the reasons why you might want to use Quick Develop is in order to modify one photograph and then apply those settings to other photographs as well. So here, let's take a look at how we can synchronize settings across multiple files, we'll look at a couple of different ways that we can do that. And I also want to highight how we can start to work with presets. Let's begin with this picture here. With this picture I want to increase the color temperature, I also want to add some clarity and vibrance to it so we'll begin by clicking on the single buttons for temperature. Here we'll click a few times, maybe once or twice.

I think once is actually good enough, then we'll increase the clarity, go ahead and click on that a few times and click on Vibrance a couple of times as well. After we've made those adjustments, here what I also want to do is work on saturation and sharpness. To access those controls, rather than clicking on this icon here to show all of the options, what you can do is leave this in the collapsed view, then hold down the Option key on a Mac or alt on Windows. Notice how it changes clarity to sharpening and vibrance to saturation when you press down that key. Again that's Option on a Mac, or Alt on Windows.

Well now when you hold down that key and then click on these arrows a few times you can sharpen the image or you can add some color saturation. Alright great, so far so good. We've processed this image. Next, I want to synchronize these settings to a few other photographs. To do that, hold down Cmd on a Mac and Ctrl on Windows, and then click on the other images you want to work on in the filmstrip. Here, I'm going to apply these settings to these two other images which were captured in a similar setting and a similar lighting situation. Next, I'll click on Synced settings and this will open up our Synchronized settings dialog. Now, you can choose to synchronize specific areas like the Color Treatment or the White Balance or you can synchronize everything.

That's what I want to do. So click on Check All and then click on the Synchronize button. This will then synchronize these settings across these three photographs. And in this way, obviously, we can quickly process multiple images at once. Well, another way that you might want to work with synchronize is, perhaps, what you might want to do is use what's called auto-sync. If you flip this little toggle switch right here, what it will do is it will enter into auto sync. So if we make an adjustment, for example, with color temperature. Here, I'll click on the double arrow icon. That will affect all three of these photographs.

And when I'm working on multiple pictures, sometimes, what I like to do is to have them visible. One easy way to do that is to press the End key or to click on this icon which allows us to enter into Survey mode. If you need more space for your images you could always collapse part of the lightroom interface right. Here, let's click on the triangle icon which closes the panels on the left. When we click on this, it will open up more space for our photographs. So now, with Auto Sync turned on as we make adjustments here, I'll go ahead and warm these images up. You can see how it's effecting all of the photographs and this works with clicking on the different buttons which we have here.

It also works with our Presets. So again, with Auto Sync turned on, what I want to do is convert these images to black and white with a certain saved preset. To access the Presets, click on the Preset pull-down menu. Here, we have a number of different Lightroom Black and White filter presets. Here, I'll choose one which is a Red filter. And in doing that, it's going to apply a certain type of a black and white conversion. Well, now that we have that we can see that we have three images which are black and white. If we want to further modify this, we could increase the clarity or, of course, we could change the overall exposure if we want to darken these images up. And again, this will be applying these adjustments to all of the photographs which we've selected here.

After you've worked on those images, what you may want to do is bring back the panel. To do so, click on the triangle icon again. That will bring back the panels on the left. You also may want to exit survey mode. One easy way to do that is to tap the E key, which will bring you back into what's called the Loop View mode of the photograph. All right, well, there you have it, a couple of different techniques that you can use when it comes to working with Quick Develop in Synchronized settings across multiple files.

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  1. 2m 32s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 22m 0s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      3m 52s
    2. Adding flags, stars, and labels more quickly
      5m 10s
    3. Using Auto Advance to speed up rating photos
      4m 44s
    4. Rating and ranking groups of photos
      1m 50s
    5. Rating and ranking in the Grid and full-screen modes
      4m 5s
    6. Quickly delete rejected photos
      2m 19s
  3. 14m 0s
    1. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 44s
    2. Filtering by still photos, virtual copies, and video files
      1m 51s
    3. Filtering by text, metadata, and file type
      3m 3s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 30s
    5. Stacking photos into groups
      2m 52s
  4. 18m 14s
    1. What is a collection?
      2m 36s
    2. Creating a collection to group images together
      4m 35s
    3. Creating targeted collections
      2m 50s
    4. Using Quick Collections
      2m 42s
    5. Using Smart Collections
      5m 31s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Overview of the new Map module
      2m 47s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 21s
    3. Creating saved locations
      4m 41s
  6. 11m 10s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      4m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 58s
    3. Making incremental adjustments to images
      2m 33s
  7. 15m 54s
    1. Playing video in Lightroom
      2m 40s
    2. Trimming a video
      3m 47s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 21s
    4. Setting the poster frame
      1m 54s
    5. Capturing a still image from a video
      2m 12s
  8. 11m 1s
    1. Exporting to a hard drive
      3m 29s
    2. Publishing to a hard drive
      4m 18s
    3. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 14s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Using Fast Load DNG
      5m 0s
    3. Saving size with Lossy DNG
      6m 23s
  10. 27m 56s
    1. Adding keywords
      6m 3s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 35s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      2m 13s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      3m 4s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 24s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 36s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      4m 1s
  11. 31m 0s
    1. External editing preferences
      4m 23s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      6m 15s
    3. Editing an original TIFF or PSD
      4m 30s
    4. Editing an original JPEG
      5m 36s
    5. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPEG file in Photoshop
      4m 3s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      3m 16s
    7. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      2m 57s
  12. 27m 40s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      5m 51s
    2. Exporting photographs with previously used settings
      1m 32s
    3. Creating and using exporting presets
      3m 45s
    4. Emailing photographs from Lightroom
      6m 40s
    5. Using Publish Services to export photographs to a folder
      5m 16s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      4m 36s
  13. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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