Lightroom Tips

Tip – Selecting Multiple Photos for Print

Happy Friday fellow Lightroomers. Here’s a cool tip that came directly from a question I was asked this week. Let’s say you’re in the Print module and have selected 3 photos to go into your print layout or to just print on separate pages in general. If you want to add more just go to the filmstrip and Cmd-click (PC: Ctrl-click) on any photo you want to add to the queue. To remove a photo just do the same thing and Cmd-click on any selected photo to deselect it. In fact, this little tip works in any module when you want to select multiple (but non-contiguous) photos.

Well that wraps up another week. Have a great weekend!



  1. Sally 15 March, 2019 at 23:04 Reply

    Hi Scott,
    I had selected 5 photos to print in Lightroom (online current version). I now only want to print 1 but I can’t get the other 4 out of the selection. I tried your command/click (running Mojave) but it opens something outside of LR called Spotlight (an Apple thing I guess). Any updates to your earlier 2009 suggestion?

    • Rob Sylvan 16 March, 2019 at 11:41 Reply

      It sounds like you are talking about Lightroon Classic, not the new (cloud-based) Lightroom CC. To select only a single photo in your situation, just click the gray border around the thumbnail that you want to remain selected.

  2. Vincent 14 July, 2009 at 11:55 Reply

    Hi Matt,
    I was wondering, is there a way to save multiple versions of files in Lightroom 2.4? My workflow has a few presets in it for uploading files to my blog and website which makes new copies of the files for each (different sizing requirements for blog vs. website). My problem is that I am always culling my images and what happens is that the image number “link” between the .nef and .jpg files breaks (I am so anal that I need to keep renaming the files, I cant take looking at sequence numbers that skip)! What would be helpful is to run a preset that creates the same image details as I create now but save it as a version linked to the .nef so they are always together.
    Thanks for your help, still trying to make it to your class in NY next week.

  3. Karen 12 July, 2009 at 11:54 Reply

    The tutorial video for installing presets is not working. Can you fix it soon, I would love to use some of the free presets, thank you.

  4. David 11 July, 2009 at 05:19 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    I’m busy playing around with colour grading my 5Dmk2II movies in Lightroom. I stack each clip as a sequence of Tiffs and do the colour etc.

    The thing that is taking the most extra time is having to first open each stack, select all the images in the stack and then apply the setting. Is there a way of applying an preset or synchronising all the shots in the stack without having to open it first. It sound like I’m lazy but when each stack contain 500-3000 tiffs my Macbook Pro inevitably forces me to stare a lot into nothingness, read bad internet jokes and drink too much coffee while waiting for it to open up all the shots…

    Hope there’s a fix for this. My previous 10 minute movie was 17500 tiffs….thats a lot of coffee….:-)

  5. Darron 10 July, 2009 at 23:52 Reply

    Bob, you’ll have to goto Page Setup on the bottom left of the screen, in the print module of LR 2, and create a custom print size with 0 as the margins and save it. Then you have to select your custom size from the Page Setup.


  6. Bob 10 July, 2009 at 12:51 Reply

    Steve, thanks for tip, on my Lightroom 2.2 can’t set margins to 0, “a number between 0.25 and 8.00 is required”.How to fix this?

  7. Steve 10 July, 2009 at 10:43 Reply

    What I did was create my own user templates for simple prints. For instance for my “4×6 paper” template I have some of the following settings
    Image Settings – check only Rotate to Fit
    Layout – set all margins to 0, set row and column page grid to 1 each, set cell size to 4.00 in Height and 6.00 Width.
    Guides – whatever settings you like here.
    Overlays – turn off everything.
    Print Job – whatever settings you want here.

    You set it up once, save it as a template and then you have it whenever you want!

    Hope that helps.

  8. Dave 10 July, 2009 at 09:54 Reply

    Can someone out in Lightroomville tell me how I can just print off a simple 4×6 or 8×10 in Lightroom. I see all these neat print modules but for some reason cannot figure out how to do the simple stuff.

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