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How to Batch Edit in Lightroom

screenshot showing how to batch edit in lightroom

Even though it’s considered to be a basic program, there are quite a few things you can do to make your workflow faster, and batch edit in Lightroom is one of them. 

One great thing about this program is that you can always copy-paste your setting to different other photos. The downside, though, is that you can only do it with general edits, as it won’t be able to copy specific filters. 

Batch editing is an important part of any photographer’s workflow. Even though you don’t get exact results, you will be able to make a selection of photos after you apply a simple edit. Most times, the preset you copy won’t be even close to the final edit. However, if your photos are underexposed, you won’t see exactly what you’re dealing with, and editing them manually takes a lot of time. 

But let’s go ahead and see the process, shall we?

1. Copy Your Edits

The first thing you need to do is copy your edits. You can do this by clicking on the three small dots under the edit menu, or simply clicking Ctrl+C on your keyboard.

screenshot of Lightroom editing menu

2. Create an Album With Your Photos

This is not a mandatory step, as you can also select them. However, it really helps with management, especially if you have hundreds of photos already.

screenshot of Lightroom UI

3. Apply the Edit to All Your Photos

After you copy the edit, you need to select the album or the photos in the album and click Ctrl+Shift+V. If you use the standard Ctrl+V combination, you’ll only edit the image that’s opened in Detailed View instead of the entire batch.

screenshot of lightroom UI showing how to batch edit in lightroom

A little something you need to be careful about before you batch edit in Lightroom is that not all your photos will be the same. Some will have a different setting, color, light, etc. No matter what you do, you’ll still need to check each image and make minor adjustments. 

And the same goes with Lightroom presets. You can just as easily apply any preset to a batch of photos or albums, but since settings are different from one picture to another, minor adjustments are always required. 

When you’re done editing, you can also batch export your Lightroom photos. Simply select all the images and right-click on any of them. Select “export photos” from the menu, and choose the size. The shortcuts allow you to export the small and large JPEGs, as well as the originals and their settings. 

Batch editing in Lightroom is far from complicated, but it’s a little something that will really improve your workflow!

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