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Copy/Paste Develop Settings for multiple images

Community Beginner ,
Sep 20, 2010 Sep 20, 2010

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I'm trying to update some settings on multiple images. In Develop mode, I start by making the corrections to a single image, and then click the "Copy ..." button. I then select multiple images in the Filmstrip and click "Paste". This works just fine, but only on the 1st image/highlighted image, and not the whole selection. Am I doing something wrong here? Shouldn't I be able to update multiple images, at once, like a batch process?

Thanks in advance.

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Guide ,
Sep 20, 2010 Sep 20, 2010

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Have to do it in grid in Library.


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Sep 20, 2010 Sep 20, 2010

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If that's the case, then it's pretty lame on Adobe's part, because the options exist in Develop, so it should work there as well!

I'm finding that Sync is working, and allowing me to do what I'm wanting to do.

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Guide ,
Sep 20, 2010 Sep 20, 2010

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It's like this on purpose.  The idea is that film strip could be hidden and you'd have no way to know you have multiple image selected.

I'd prefer another approach.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 15, 2011 Jan 15, 2011

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Hi Lee Jay

How do you know this is on purpose? It seems like a bug to me.

See this thread: http://forums.adobe.com/message/2951457

If your reasoning was correct, how come the settings do paste to the entire target selection and not just the active image when the toggle in the lower right hand side of the screen is switched to Auto Sync?

Would love to hear more of your insight, because this is really confusing me.

Best

Adam

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LEGEND ,
Jan 15, 2011 Jan 15, 2011

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Just use the filmstrip (context menu) and paste will apply to all selected there.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 16, 2011 Jan 16, 2011

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Hi Rob

Thanks for your reply.

I have done this, and tried to do it in as many ways as I can (rt-click on image to be copied from and used the pop-up menu, used the toolbar, used the keyboard shortcuts) and the results are still really inconsistent; sometimes the develop settings are applied to all target images, sometimes to only the first-highlighted target image, sometimes all the images except the first-highlighted image... it's crazy.

I've clearly got a problem, and I'm wondering if anyone else does, too.

Cheers

Adam

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LEGEND ,
Jan 16, 2011 Jan 16, 2011

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Just double-checked briefly - consistent for a total of two tries (multi-paste via filmstrip context menu working as expected for me...).

Haven't heard of this as a problem others have complained about on this forum, but that does not necessarily mean it isn't happening...

In my opinion, the single vs. multiple targets of edits is one of the hardest things to learn about Lightroom. I've been using it for years and I still get confused and/or make mistakes.

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People's Champ ,
Jan 16, 2011 Jan 16, 2011

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There is a differnce in behaviour, depending on how settings are pasted:

  • Ctrl+Shift+V pastes the settings to the most selected image only
  • Menu "Settings / Paste Settings" (which does show the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-V) pastes the settings to the most selected image only
  • Contex-Menu "Develop Settings / Paste Settings" used in the filmstrip itself (which does not show the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-V) pastes to all selected images

Same behaviour in LR 2.7. I guess it's on purpose.

Beat Gossweiler

Switzerland

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Apr 17, 2018 Apr 17, 2018

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Same issue here. Lightroom 6 on Mac. What is the fix?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 17, 2018 Apr 17, 2018

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If you have multiple images that all need the same adjustments, have you tried highlighting all of them in the film strip (in the develop module) and turning on auto-sync? The trick is to remember to turn it off or disable the highlight when you're finished with the common adjustments. Otherwise, you can get unwanted results. Yes, I speak from experience.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 17, 2018 Apr 17, 2018

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The actual fix is simple and disturbing that Adobe couldn't chime in with this.

Instead of going up to the menu and clicking Settings, Paste Settings.

Do this instead:

  • Right Click on one of the multiple selected images in the filmstrip.
  • Click Develop Settings
  • Click Paste Settings

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LEGEND ,
Apr 17, 2018 Apr 17, 2018

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Instead of using Copy/Paste or AutoSync or Right-Clicking just use SYNC with the source file as most selected.   SYNC is the only command I know of which works on multiple files in the  Develop Module.

PS. I agree with Jim Hess about AutoSync.  I avoid AutoSync at all cost because if you forget to turn it off you can really mess things up.

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Sep 05, 2021 Sep 05, 2021

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This works! Thank you. 

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