Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Processing multiple photos at once, part of Aperture: Portrait Retouching.
This is one of my favorite things in my image editing bag of tricks. Which is working on one shot and then applying those adjustments to other shots in the series, so that I don't have to individually work on each photo, which sounds so laborious. So we are going to work on these three shots right here. Now, I'm going to do the actual editing on my three-star shot, and that's following my rule of only working on your best stuff. But since these are series, I want to apply some of those changes to them also, because you never know.
Up the road, I may want to use some of these. So, let's start with this guy right here. And I'm just going to do a couple things. First, I'm going to do a little cropping on this, and I'm not going to do any constraining, I'm just going to crop for how I want it to look. So we'll bring it in like that. Not even going to have the whole ball, just do something like that. All right. There we go. So I'm going to make it a vertical shot.
And then the next thing I want to do is convert it to black and white. I want this to be a black and white shot. And we do have black and white. Here in our list of add adjustments, but I'm not going to use it. I'm not going to use this right now. Instead what I want to do is take a look at what some of my black and white options are, so I'm go to effects, go to black and white, and here we get to look at some previews.
and, I'm thinking I like the yellow filter, although that's kind of neat too. It's a little too much, whoo, that's going the wrong direction. So, I'm going to go with the yellow filter on this. So we convert to black and white, and let's do a couple other things, because we really want to test this. So we'll add some definition. Definition improves mid-tone contrast and adds a little sharpening in that area.
So to kind of like that, and speaking of sharpening, let's do a little edge sharpening, too. Let's turn that on. Excellent. Okay. So, I think I like where we are, here. I'm going to hit the end button. There's where we started. Here's where we are right now. Okay. Fantastic. Now what I want to do is, let me hit the v key. We'll back out for a second. I want to apply everything that I did, except for the crop, to the two other shots in the series.
Hmm, it sounds hard, but it's not. I'm going right down here to the lift and stamp tool. And we're going to start out at lift. I'm going to click on it. And we get this little Pop-up menu here. Now, you can lift and stamp adjustments, and metadata. We don't care about the metadata at the moment. But we do care about the adjustments. Now I'm going to open up the adjustments here. And you get to see everything that we did.
And I go yeah, I want, to apply all of this, except for the crop to the other shots. So, all I have to do is go to Crop, hit the Delete key, now I'm taking that out of the lift. So, now the lift is just going to apply the other stuff. So I can just go ahead and close that. Now go over here I'll select this one and I'll hold down the Cmd key select the other one now I go down to Stamp. Which is right do here and I click Stamp and just like that it applies all of my adjustments except for the crop to the other shots in the series.
And if I click on one of them, we can take a look over here, and we can see the definition. We can see the black and white. We can see the edge sharpen. Very cool, and you can do that with two shots or 20 shots. Or as many as you want. So just keep in mind that when you use Lift and Stamp, we'll go back to here, we'll go back to lift just for a second, to open up the adjustments area right here.
To make sure that everything enlisted, is what you want to stamp to the other photos. If there's something here such as Crop that you don't want to add, again, all you have to do is click on it, hit the Delete key, and off to the races you go. And this, I tell you, will save you a whole bunch of time.
- Assessing your image
- Retouching blemishes
- Enhancing skin texture
- Adding highlights to the hair
- Adjusting clothing and backdrop color
- Brightening and sharpening eyes
- Converting to black and white