Lightroom Quick Tip: Use Auto Sync

lr-sync-1
When you are working on a shoot where your lighting and camera settings are fixed, there are changes that you would like to quickly pass to the other images in the shoots. Getting this done quickly can be a great time saver in your workflow. Let me speed this up just a little bit further by adding another tool to your arsenal – Auto Sync.

When you make some develop setting changes to your images, you have the option to select the images that are next to the one that you changed.  Pressing the Sync button at the bottom of the basic panel lets you take the settings that you set for the originally selected image and pass them over to the other images in the list.

lr-sync-2

This feature is great in that it lets you take everything from cropping to process version over to each of the images.  The only caveat? If you make more changes to the images, you’re going to need to reselect the images and perform another sync of them.

lr-sync-3

Instead of doing this, I would propose that you click on the off/on button to the left of the Sync button at the bottom of the Basic pane.  The button will change from “Sync” to “Auto Sync”

lr-sync-4

Once that Auto Sync option is checked, any changes that you make to the image that’s selected to the list is automatically passed down to all of the other images in the series.  No more re-syncing! You can now make the changes to the image knowing that all of the settings will be taken care of!

 

Author: RC Concepcion

RC is an award winning photographer and author of the best selling books “Get Your Photography On the Web” and “The HDR Book” by Peachpit Press. He is an education and curriculum developer for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, hosts the popular podcasts “Photoshop User TV” and “Photography Tips and Tricks” An Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom, RC has over 14 years in the I.T. and e-commerce industries and spends his days developing content for all applications in the Adobe Creative Suite. RC also worked with Adobe in to write the Adobe Certified Expert exam for Photoshop CS6, Lightroom 4, and Lightroom 5. He has held training seminars in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America, and has served as guest instructor for the Digital Landscape Workshop Series with Moose Peterson, Advanced Flash Photography at Jade Mountain with Joe McNally, His Light workshops with famed landscape photographer Bill Fortney, and the Voices That Matter web conference in San Francisco.

Share This Post On

20 Comments

  1. Hi, have synchronised photos to apply changes to all..doing jewellery photos, and now I want to export only one photo but all of them want to go! How do i just export one photo?

    Post a Reply
  2. Is there a way for auto sync to only record the net change in value, not the absolute value? I.e. if I just want to move the blue/yellow slider over by 200pts, or increase exposure by .10.

    Post a Reply
  3. After syncing, is there a way to export individually without exporting the whole synced group?

    Post a Reply
    • Never mind! I figured it out 🙂

      Post a Reply
  4. Great tip, thanks. My work space with LR5 gives the “previous” button bottom right. Under settings, “Enable Auto Sync” is greyed. How do I enable?

    Post a Reply
  5. For the love of pete, though, be sure to turn the full Auto Sync button off immediately! That’s a nasty “Gotcha!” if you don’t.

    Post a Reply
  6. Scott is right about turning it off! If you forget, you can make sooo many changes you didn’t mean to make! RC — is there any way at all to undo all those changes without stepping back through each one? deleting them from the history panel doesn’t have the same result even if all the same images are selected.

    Post a Reply
  7. What about local adjustments and spot removals if any? Would they be auto-synced as well?

    Post a Reply
    • Yes, they get auto-synced to the others. Try something really obvious like a gradient that under exposes or blurs everything and you’ll see it applied. (hover your mouse over the others and watch the navigator window for a bigger image) If you don’t like it and do CTRL-Z, it will pull them back off as well.

      Post a Reply
  8. Woow real killer tip … BIG time saver thanks RC, BTW waiting impatiently for the next episode 😉

    Post a Reply
  9. Little things like this are like gold. Thanks RC…

    Post a Reply
  10. I knew about Sync, but not Auto Sync. Thanks RC!

    Post a Reply
  11. Nice one! Thanks for sharing, this is actually super useful as I keep modifying my base image and I have to re sync everytime.

    Post a Reply
    • Just don’t forget to turn it off when you’re done.

      Post a Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *