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Synchronizing tonal adjustments with multiple images

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 02 Enhancing Photos with the Develop Module

Video: Synchronizing tonal adjustments with multiple images

In order to get to know how to work with the Tone Controls in the Basic panel, we have explored how we can work with one image at a time. But you and I know that the reality of it is that we work on one image, and then we apply those settings to other photographs that were captured in the same lighting situation. Like here, you can see I have this picture, and then I have others which were captured under the same light. Well, how can we work with the tone curve, or the Tone controls I should say, in order to process multiple images? Well here with this image, the first thing I want to do is just increase the Color Temperature just a little bit.

Synchronizing tonal adjustments with multiple images

In order to get to know how to work with the Tone Controls in the Basic panel, we have explored how we can work with one image at a time. But you and I know that the reality of it is that we work on one image, and then we apply those settings to other photographs that were captured in the same lighting situation. Like here, you can see I have this picture, and then I have others which were captured under the same light. Well, how can we work with the tone curve, or the Tone controls I should say, in order to process multiple images? Well here with this image, the first thing I want to do is just increase the Color Temperature just a little bit.

Now that I've done that, I am going to go through my Tone controls. Well my Exposure, it seems pretty good. I'm not quite sure, though, so I'm going to press the J key. This will turn on the clipping indicators, as we have seen before. Okay, so far so good. We have decent detail there. I'm going to increase my Contrast, which will also affect the color. Next, what about those highlights? Wouldn't it be nice to bring down some of that detail? Sure. We'll go ahead and click and drag this to the left, as well as click and drag our Whites slider to the left, bringing in some more detail into that jacket.

Shadows; let's boost those up, adding a little bit of fill there, and then Blacks, we can go ahead and darken those in order to find just a nice spot for those shadows there. I'm going to increase my Contrast just a touch. I think this image is pretty good to go. Let's look at it. Here is our before, and then now our after. So here, really what I'm trying to do is simulate a little bit of a workflow in regards to working on an image, getting that correct using these controls. Well now that we have done that, all that we need to do is to hold down the Shift key, and then to click on the last image in the set; in this case, this photograph here.

So we have all of these images selected. Next up, of course, is to synchronize this. I'm going to turn this switch off, so that I can access the Synchronize menu. In order to access that, click Sync... This opens up the Synchronize Settings dialog. Now, what do I want to synchronize? In this case, I want to synchronize White Balance, and Basic Tone: all of those adjustments that we just worked on; that looks good. Here we will click Synchronize. That will then apply those settings to the other images.

Here, we can use the Arrow key in order to navigate through this set of photographs. What's great about this is it allows us to apply this particular look to these images. They all have this warm tone, and also, the same amount of contrast and detail. Yet, what's interesting about this type of a workflow is that sometimes we will come to an image, say like this, and this one is just too dark. Well, what we can do there is we can modify the photograph. We can increase the Exposure perhaps a little bit, in order to give it a bit more of a boost, or we can modify the Blacks, and also the Shadows, in order to bring those up just a touch.

So as you seek to work with these various images, you will need to kind of make some micro-adjustments in order to get them just right, because each image, well, it's going to work a little bit differently. In this case, because the face isn't covered by the hat, well, it's a little bit of a brighter image. This one, perhaps a little bit darker. So again, here we may need to just make those adjustments in order to make corrections, so that each image looks really good. In this way, what I'm trying to illustrate is how you can start to really expand how you work with these Tone control settings, so that you're not just working on one image at a time, but rather, so that you can work on one image, apply those settings to other photographs captured in similar scenarios, and then make any final fine tune adjustments in order to help make your images look even better.

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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. Using the exercise files
      44s
  2. 22m 4s
    1. Develop module overview and essential shortcuts
      4m 13s
    2. Panel navigation tips
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Develop module presets
      3m 32s
    4. Creating your own presets
      4m 1s
    5. Using the Snapshot and History panels
      3m 40s
    6. Working with the tool strip
      1m 45s
  3. 15m 20s
    1. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      6m 53s
    2. Viewing the before and after
      4m 29s
    3. Comparing and surveying images
      3m 58s
  4. 19m 42s
    1. Understanding white balance and color temperature
      2m 43s
    2. Using the White Balance Selector tool
      4m 22s
    3. Correcting white balance with a color checker
      3m 52s
    4. Working with white balance presets and fine-tuning white balance
      4m 24s
    5. Color correcting multiple images at once
      2m 42s
    6. Creativity and white balance
      1m 39s
  5. 23m 5s
    1. Getting familiar with the tone controls
      3m 19s
    2. Deconstructing the tone controls
      5m 39s
    3. Using the tone controls to enhance photographs
      5m 28s
    4. Correcting clipping with the tone controls
      4m 53s
    5. Synchronizing tonal adjustments with multiple images
      3m 46s
  6. 22m 31s
    1. Understanding vibrance and saturation
      5m 6s
    2. Working with vibrance and saturation
      5m 38s
    3. Color creativity with temperature, vibrance, and saturation
      3m 19s
    4. Understanding clarity
      2m 34s
    5. Using clarity in collaboration with vibrance and saturation
      5m 54s
  7. 10m 37s
    1. Basic panel workflow
      3m 38s
    2. Using Auto Tone
      1m 42s
    3. Workflow considerations
      5m 17s
  8. 18m 27s
    1. Cropping
      3m 29s
    2. Changing the crop aspect ratio
      1m 47s
    3. Straightening with the Crop tool
      2m 49s
    4. Working with the crop overlay
      3m 4s
    5. Crop creativity and orientation
      2m 36s
    6. Synchronizing crop settings
      2m 36s
    7. Exploring how to improve the composition of your photographs
      2m 6s
  9. 15m 55s
    1. Retouching with the Spot Removal tool
      8m 26s
    2. The Spot Removal tool: Clone versus Heal
      4m 56s
    3. Fixing red-eye
      2m 33s
  10. 16m 43s
    1. Introducing the Graduated Filter
      5m 14s
    2. Darkening the sky with the Graduated Filter
      6m 10s
    3. Enhancing a sunrise with the Graduated Filter
      5m 19s
  11. 45m 51s
    1. Adjustment Brush overview
      7m 45s
    2. Using Auto Mask
      5m 55s
    3. Burning and dodging a black-and-white image
      6m 44s
    4. Reducing noise
      5m 40s
    5. Minimizing moiré patterns
      3m 18s
    6. Painting in localized sharpening
      2m 14s
    7. Improving the eyes
      4m 6s
    8. Dimishing a distracting highlight
      3m 42s
    9. The Adjustment Brush and Basic panel workflow
      6m 27s
  12. 15m 38s
    1. Demystifying the Tone Curve controls
      5m 5s
    2. Using the tone curve to correct exposure
      2m 16s
    3. Changing tone and color with the the point tone curve
      3m 39s
    4. Making creative RGB adjustments
      4m 38s
  13. 13m 36s
    1. Understanding the HSL controls
      4m 4s
    2. Using the HSL Target Adjustment tool
      1m 40s
    3. Brightening tones with HSL
      3m 21s
    4. Using HSL to bring out warm and cool tones
      1m 47s
    5. Creative color with HSL
      2m 44s
  14. 36m 35s
    1. Introducing black-and-white conversion
      2m 38s
    2. Converting to black and white
      2m 16s
    3. Modifying black-and-white tones with the Grayscale panel
      5m 26s
    4. Enhancing black-and-white images with the Adjustment Brush
      9m 4s
    5. Using presets to convert to black and white
      5m 13s
    6. Black-and-white workflow with virtual copies
      5m 29s
    7. Black-and-white images and collections
      4m 22s
    8. Creating better black-and-white photographs
      2m 7s
  15. 14m 2s
    1. Split-toning essentials
      3m 34s
    2. Advanced split-toning tips
      2m 44s
    3. Split toning a color image
      3m 5s
    4. Split toning to create a sepia-tone effect
      2m 22s
    5. Using split toning to enhance a sunrise
      2m 17s
  16. 12m 21s
    1. Introducing noise reduction
      5m 10s
    2. Understanding sharpening
      5m 2s
    3. Sharpening workflow
      2m 9s
  17. 13m 35s
    1. Using the Lens Correction controls
      1m 56s
    2. Correcting distortion
      2m 45s
    3. Making subtle adjustments to composition and tone
      4m 10s
    4. Removing fish-eye distortion
      3m 18s
    5. Removing chromatic aberration
      1m 26s
  18. 12m 55s
    1. Adding and correcting vignettes
      2m 24s
    2. Using the Post-Crop controls
      4m 5s
    3. Adding a post-crop vignette
      4m 26s
    4. Working with film grain
      2m 0s
  19. 5m 34s
    1. Understanding camera calibration in Lightroom
      3m 20s
    2. Creative color with camera calibration
      2m 14s
  20. 21s
    1. Goodbye
      21s

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