How to Sync Your Settings and Batch Edit Multiple Images in Lightroom

Feature image is a frame grab from the featured video. Credit to Phlearn

Photoshop, for all its power and precision, is more of a tool to be used on an individual basis from image to image. Sure, you can batch edit images with it, but let’s just say it’s less than ideal. Non-destructive image management programs like Lightroom are much better for this sort of task. In Lightroom you can do your color toning and processing on one image and then select other images to sync those settings with – commonly this is referred to batch editing (because you guessed it, you are editing a ‘batch’ of images).

But if you are new to Lightroom you may be wondering how exactly to do this, and if that is the case then this video today is exactly what you are looking for. Aaron Nace and the team over at Phlearn put together this great video on not only the basics of syncing your settings across multiple images in Lightroom, but also some of the things to consider when you are doing this to make sure that only the settings you want are synced.

We think this video should be extra helpful for you because Nace not only goes through the process, but he also does it as he would have in real life. This makes for a better learning experience because you can see it in actual use, not in just some hypothetical way with a ton of random edits that make the synced images look like crap.

The best part about this method of processing multiple images is that in Lightroom you can see if synced settings don’t look right on any of the images you synced them to, and you can then revert the image or make tweaks to the look on an image by image basis. The reason Lightroom was made was to make things like this quicker and more convenient than they were in Photoshop, and hopefully, now you can see why – and how it is.

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.