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Is batch editing no longer possible in Lightroom 2023?

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Mar 14, 2023 Mar 14, 2023

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I've been trying to batch edit photos in Lightroom CC (2023) and also Lightroom Classic. Neither program will let me copy edit settings and apply to multiple images at once. It will only let me copy settings to one image at a time. Using CTRL+C/CTRL+V only applies to the first image in a selected group, ignoring the remaning images. Is this seriously not a function in Lightroom anymore?

 

Several posts here imply that this feature was at one time added to LRCC and LRC. It simply won't work. No setting in preferences allows me to change this. What's the deal?

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Mar 15, 2023 Mar 15, 2023

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It's still possible. Copy/Paste edit settings in Lightroom Classic is not Ctrl+C / Ctrl+V, but Shift+Ctrl+C / Shift+Ctrl+V. In Lightroom cloud, you must make sure that only a single image is selected when you try to copy edit settings (here the keyboard shortcut is indeed Ctrl+C), or else nothing will happen.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Batch editing is entirely possible in both Lightroom (not called CC for several years) and Lightroom Classic, so let's figure out what you might be doing wrong. Starting with the Lightroom desktop app, and assuming you are using one of the later versions, the process of batch editing is pretty simple but can only be done by Copy and Paste. First select the image that you want to copy the settings FROM, then do Ctrl+C to copy all the existing settings, or do Shift+CTRL+C to bring up the Copy Settings dialog box where you can select which settings you want to copy. When you've done the copy, then select the images you want to paste the copied settings to and then do Shift+CTRL+V. It's the use of the Shift key which is the modifier which allows the settings to be pasted to all selected images. CTRL+V will also actually work, but only if the images are selected in the Grid view.

 

Lightroom Classic has several different ways, but if you want to use the Copy and Paste buttons in the Develop module, then after doing the Copy, select all the target images, turn on Auto Sync, then use the Paste button (then turn off Auto Sync again).

 

You can also use the Sync button: select all the images, make sure the image to be copied FROM is the most selected, press the Sync button, select the edits you want to sync to the other images, press "Synchronize".

 

Or Auto Sync, which lets you sync edits as you make them from the active image to the selected images. Can be dangerous if the Auto Sync button is left active after using it. 

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