Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Synchronizing keywords, part of Lightroom 5 Essentials: 02 Managing Images with the Library Module.
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Another way that you can speed up your keywording workflow is by synchronizing keywords across multiple files. Let's take a look at how we can do that here. All that you need to do first is to select two or more images. So here on the film strip below, we'll click on one photograph. Then hold down the Cmd key on a Mac or Ctrl key on Windows. And then click on one or more other images, so that you have multiple images selected. Now, what you can do is you can turn on an option which is called Autosync. You can do so by clicking on this flip switch right here.
We'll go ahead and turn on Autosync. And what I'm going to do is delete all of these keywords. Click and drag to highlight those, and press Delete, or Mac Space. In doing that, what you'll see is, if you click through your photographs, that those keywords are removed, or changed on both of these photographs. And that happens when you have two images selected, and when you work with Auto Sync. Now, let's say that rather than deleting keywords, or making changes in that way, you want to add images. Again, this applies here. You can turn on Autosync, and I'll go ahead and add a keyword, in this case four by five. And we'll click to add that.
This'll be added to the first photograph, and also to the second photograph as well. Now if you flip off the switch for Autosync, you can also work in another way. If you have two or more images selected and you have Autosync turned off, if you click on the Sync button, this will allow you to synchronize the metadata across multiple files. Here we have a number of different fields of metadata that we can synchronize. What I want to do is synchronize key words. So I'll go ahead and add that here. These keywords to this keywords field.
We'll click on the check box and here I'll add a few more key words. I'll have four by five and then comma Jeff Johnson, and then comma Salt and Project. And in this way, we can then synchronize the settings across both of these files by simply clicking on the Synchronize button. What that then will allow us to do, is to have these images which both have these three keywords added to them. And in this way, you can see how you can use these synchronized features which can help you when it comes to synchronizing key words or meta data across multiple images.
- Adding flags, stars, and labels to images
- Filtering your library by text, metadata, and file type
- Stacking photos into groups
- Creating a collection to group images
- Tagging images with locations
- Processing images in the Library module
- Viewing and editing videos
- Working with the DNG file format
- Adding copyright metadata to photos
- Adding keywords
- Opening images in Photoshop
- Exporting, emailing, and publishing photos