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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, in that last project, we fixed the white balance for that one photo. But what if you shot 260 photos during one shoot? 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: We’re going to finish up with our final images from that beauty headshot shoot; let’s start by fixing the white balance. In the Library module, click on a photo then press W, which is the Adjust White Balance shortcut (it takes you to the Develop module and gives you the White Balance Selector tool), so all you have to do now is click on something light gray in the photo (I pressed Shift-Y, so you could see a before/after split view here). So, that’s the first step—fix the white balance, then press D to return to Loupe view (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 a bunch of settings (several checkboxes are 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 just the checkbox for White Balance, and click the Copy button.
  • Step Three: Now press G to return to the Grid view, and select 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 fourth photo is the one I corrected the white balance on, so it’s the only photo not selected. By the way, if you want to apply the correction to all your photos from the shoot at once, you can just press Command-A (PC: Ctrl-A) to Select All your photos. It doesn’t matter if your original gets selected again—won’t hurt a thing.
  • 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 be 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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