Quick Lightroom Tip

Today’s post is probably going to be my quickest Lightroom tip ever. It might be something that many of you know but I’m a big believer in using every single time saving tip we can in Lightroom so always want to make sure everyone out there is being efficient :) Lightroom is one of those programs that we spend hours in going over hundreds if not thousands of images and a few seconds of time savings here and there add up.

I am sure that everyone uses the Sync feature in Lightroom all of the time. For me it’s probably the most used feature in Lightroom. I look at all of the images in similar lighting during a shoot and get the very first image dialed in perfect then click on the rest in the group and click on Sync to match the changes from the first photo to all of the rest. Then i’ll go through one by one to do any refinements but usually they are 90% of the way there now.

But what happens if you want to apply the changes that you did on an image to another image that isn’t in the same folder directory?
Drumroll please…. Command C (or Edit –> Copy) and Command V (or Edit –> Paste). Yep our good friends copy and paste work in Lightroom just like in most apps. When you click on copy it will let you choose exactly what settings you are copying. Then paste these settings into any other image. Super quick and easy. Also this will work only when in the develop module.

copy lightroom settings

Also if it’s a look that you are going to use over and over with other shoots you might want to create your own preset out of the settings. To see how to create a custom preset check out this article: How to create Lightroom Presets

What do you want to learn with your Photography? Let me know in the comments below and i’ll try and include your suggestions into our future articles.

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Author: Mark Stagi

Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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3 Comments

  1. I think that you mean Shift-Ctrl/Cmd-E and V to make this work. The other way should copy or paste the image.

  2. Hi Bob,

    Thanks for the comment. In the develop tool just a command-c will copy the settings and not the image. Should have included that piece in the post, i’ll update it. Thanks,
    Mark

  3. Sync rocks, for sure. Going one step further with presets really helps with RAW file workflow. I use portrait and/or landscape presets when I import into LR with the presets using different camera calibrations, different tone curves, clarity, sharpening, etc. That approach eliminates the “long RAW” workflow that jpeg shooters rail about.

    Ernie
    2hearts photo

    PS We should consider sharing guest blogs.

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