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Lightroom Auto Sync

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Lightroom Auto Sync

An easy and fast technique for batch processing!

One of the most powerful tools in Lightroom 4, 5 and 6 is “AUTO SYNC“. Lightroom Auto Sync is different from copying and pasting the settings, it simultaneously applies the adjustments to the selected images. In this article you learn how and when to use Lightroom Auto Sync. (By default Auto Sync is turned off)

In this example I want to apply certain adjustment to seven images. I want to use these photos for a web page and they must be in a square format.

In the Library Module, I selected these images.

Lightroom Auto Sync

Lightroom Auto Synch makes batch editing easy and fast

You may notice that they are all in different exposures and formats.

Then go to Develop module and you will see the first selected image. By Default AUTO SYNC is off.

Lightroom Auto Synch

Lightroom Develop Module and Auto Sync off

You see a small square button right beside the SYNC button. Click on it to turn the Auto Sync on for these selected photos

Lightroom Auto synch on

Lightroom Auto sync on

Now, when you adjust this image, AUTO SYNC will apply these adjustments to all selected images. In this case I applied a 1×1 (square) format and some other adjustments:

Lightroom Auto synch on and new adjustments

Lightroom Auto sync on and new adjustments

When you go back to the Library module, you see that the adjustments applied to all selected photos

Lightroom Auto Synch

Lightroom Auto Sync applies all the adjustments automatically

Of course, you can go back and fine tune each photos if you want,

Lightroom Auto Synch

Fine tweaking for individual image

So when you want to apply certain adjustments to a project, Auto Sync is a “Time Saver”!

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