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Applying Changes Made to One Photo to Other Photos

This is where your workflow starts to get some legs, because once you’ve edited one photo, you can apply those exact same edits to other photos. For example, let’s say you did a bridal shoot, where you shot 260 photos and most of those were taken in a similar lighting situation (which is fairly common). Well, now you can make your adjustments (edits) to one of those photos, then apply those same adjustments to as many of the other photos as you’d like. Once you’ve selected which photos need those adjustments, the rest is pretty much automated.

Step One:

Here, we’ll use some photos from another bridal shoot; let’s go ahead and fix the white balance. Click on one of the photos and press W, which is the shortcut to take that photo over to the Develop module. It automatically gives you the White Balance Selector tool, so all you have to do now is click on something light gray in the photo—I clicked on a gray part of her veil right above her head, as shown circled here in red (I pressed Shift-Y, so you could see a before/after split view here). So, that’s the first step; fix the white balance (just a reminder, you can download this photo and follow along at

Step Two:

Now click the Copy button at the bottom of the left side Panels area. This brings up the Copy Settings dialog (shown here), which lets you choose which settings you want to copy from the photo you just edited. By default, it wants to copy everything (every checkbox is turned on), but since we only want to copy the white balance adjustment, click on the Check None button at the bottom of the dialog, then turn on the checkbox for White Balance, and click the Copy button.

Step Three:

Now press G to return to the Grid view, and select all the photos you want to apply this white balance change to (as shown here). If you look in the top row of the grid here, you can see that the third photo is the one I corrected the white balance on, so it’s the only photo not selected.

Step Four:

Now go under the Photo menu, under Develop Settings, and choose Paste Settings (as shown here), or use the keyboard shortcut Command-Shift-V (PC: Ctrl-Shift-V), and the White Balance setting you copied earlier will now be instantly applied to all your selected photos (as seen here, where the white balance has been corrected on all those selected photos).

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