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Using Auto Sync to Fix Lots of Photos at Once

When you’re in the Library module, by default it’s in Auto Sync mode, which means if you select a number of photos (let’s say 45), any changes you make to the first photo you selected (the “most selected” photo) are automatically applied to the other 44 photos. However, since the Develop module doesn’t have a grid, it doesn’t work that way by default. But luckily, you can turn this feature on for the Develop module, and I actually find I use Develop’s Auto Sync more than I do the Auto Sync in the Library module. Here’s how it’s done:

  • Step One. In the Develop module, click on the photo you want to work on, then go down to the filmstrip and Command-click (PC: Ctrl-click) on all the other photos you want to have the same adjustments as the first one (as shown here, where I’ve selected four photos that all need a white balance adjustment because they’re too blue). The preview onscreen is of the first photo I selected (the “most selected” photo). Now, press-and-hold the Command (PC: Ctrl) key and you’ll notice that the Sync button at the bottom of the right side Panels area has changed to Auto Sync. Click once on that button to turn Auto Sync on.
  • Step Two. Get the White Balance Selector tool and click on something in your photo that is supposed to be a neutral gray (in the example here, I clicked on a light gray area of stone, which gave me a much warmer white balance). More importantly, look at the selected photos in the filmstrip—they all got the exact same white balance adjustment without any copying-and-pasting or Synchronize Settings dialogs to deal with. This Auto Sync feature will stay on until you go and turn it off (which, for me, is hardly ever) by Command-clicking (PC: Ctrl-clicking) on the button again.
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