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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
One of the reasons why you might want to use Quick Develop is to apply some settings to one photograph and then to synchronize, or apply those settings to other photographs. For example, let's say that with this picture here what we want to do is perhaps just increase the Color Temperature a little bit. Maybe add a little bit of an Exposure increase and then add some Clarity and maybe some Vibrance. Well, another thing that we might want to do to an image is say Sharpen it or add some Saturation. Well there is a great shortcut that you can use which changes these controls to those settings.
Let me show you what I mean. Press Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows and it changes Clarity to Sharpening and Vibrance to Saturation. Again all you have to do is press Option or Alt. Here then we could sharpen the image a little bit, and maybe add a touch of Saturation. Okay, well the photograph, it looks much more vibrant and so what I want to do is I want to apply these vibrant, nice sharp and clear settings to the other two pictures. In order to do that, we need to select them. Hold down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on Windows and then click on those other two photographs.
Now you have a couple of options. One option is to click on Sync Settings. Now if we that we click on Sync Settings, it will open up our Synchronize Settings dialog. Here we can choose Check All. We want to apply all the settings which were applied to the first image to the rest of them. Here we will click Synchronize and it will apply those settings to those other photographs. If we use our Arrow keys to scroll them, you can see how these images now have a little bit more of that look and feel. Well it's kind of difficult to really see the change because the changes I made was subtle.
Let's make a change which is a little bit more dramatic and let's take a look at how we can synchronize settings in a couple of different ways. Well, in my opinion, if I'm going to synchronize, it's kind and nice to see one or two or three of the other photographs. One way to do that is to take your View Mode to Survey. You can access Survey by pressing the N key or by clicking on this icon here and then next let's go ahead and collapse the left hand panel so we have more space for these photographs.
Well you will notice that you have an Auto Sync button. There is a flip switch. If you flip that on then you can make an adjustment which is subtle or dramatic and it will be applied to all of these images. Let's use a preset just to illustrate this. I am going to go to my B&W Filter Presets > Red Filter. There you have it, we are converting the black-and-white and you can see again it's applied to all of these photographs. In this case, I need some more contrast right. We need to open up our controls here, boost up the Contrast and maybe bring down our Shadows a little bit so we have a little more darker tones there.
I am just clicking on these sliders to try to customize this black-and-white adjustment. So as you can see with Auto Sync turned on, we can apply a preset or we can apply specific controls in order to make changes to those other photographs. Now keep in mind, you could do this with one or more images. You could synchronize two photographs or you could synchronize 200.
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