How To Copy And Paste Develop Settings To Multiple Images In Lightroom


Digital cameras offer the photographer a wealth of features that were never possible with their film counterparts. We can look at histograms to check our exposures and change our ISO’s without giving it a second thought and we can shoot multiple images of the same subject without having to worry about the costs of film development. I am primarily a Landscape and Business Photographer and just about every shoot I do has me shooting multiple sets of the same image whether it be for a focus stacked Landscape image or a series of portraits of the same person with slightly different poses.

I always shoot in Raw and of course these images need a bit of editing to bring out the best that they have to offer. The problem especially when you are working for a paid client is speeding up the editing process and applying a series of edits from one image to several images. For my purposes here I will e dealing with a focus stack set of a Landscape image but you can use the instructions here for any set of images that will have or need the same set of edits like white balance for instance. This is a quick and easy way to speed up your process and have all of the images in your set look exactly the same!

1. In the develop module select the first image in your set of images and make your edits as normal. (I originally shot this image as part of a focus stack set however I had shot another one, same composition but where I achieved good focus throughout without having to focus stack.)

photograph in Lightroom 4

The first image in my stack. This image is straight out of camera with no edits.

Lightroom 4 flagged filmstrip images

This is the flagged set of images that we will be working with. As you can see they are all the same composition straight out of camera with no edits so far!

Below are all of the screen snips for all of the edits that I made on this first image. These are what we will be copy and pasting to the rest of the images in the set…

Basic develop edits.

Basic develop edits.

Sharpening edits.

Sharpening edits.

Lens profile correction edits.

Lens profile correction edits.

Chromatic Aberration edits.

Chromatic Aberration edits.

2. In the setting menu click on copy settings and in the settings box that comes up select all of the edits that you have made and then click copy.

The copy settings dialog box with all of my edits checked.

The copy settings dialog box with all of my edits checked.

3. In the filmstrip with the next image in your set highlighted hold down shift and click on the last image in your set. You will see that now all of your images are highlighted and active. In the screen snip below you can see the highlighted images and the symbol in the corner of the first image showing that edits have been made on the photograph…

The highlighted filmstrip images.

The highlighted filmstrip images.

4. Click on any image in your highlighted set other than the first one you have already made changes too and in the dialog box that pops up choose develop settings/ paste settings. You will see lightroom apply all of your copied settings to the rest of the images in the stack!

It really is that easy! When you have multiple images of the same subject or that need the same settings such as white balance this is a great way to make those changes quickly. We all want to be out shooting instead of sitting in front of our computers and this is one of those quick and easy Lightroom tricks that will get you out shooting that much faster!

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