Apply Develop adjustments to other photos

As you make adjustments to a photo in the Develop module or in the Quick Develop panel of the Library module, Lightroom keeps a record of the settings. You can copy these settings and apply them to different versions of the photo and to other photos selected in the Filmstrip.

Copy and paste Develop settings

You can copy and paste individual Develop settings from the current photo to another photo in Library and Develop modules. To paste settings to multiple photos, you must be in the Library module.

  1. To copy the current photo’s Develop settings, do one of the following:
    • In the Develop module, click the Copy button to the left of the toolbar, choose Edit > Copy, or choose Settings > Copy Settings. Select the settings you want and click Copy.

    • In the Library module, choose Photo > Develop Settings > Copy Settings. Select the settings you want and click Copy.

    Note: (Mac OS) The Edit > Copy command in the Library module copies text and metadata. The Edit > Copy command in the Develop module copies selected text in a panel or copies the Develop settings of a selected photo.
  2. To paste the copied Develop settings to one other photo, select that photo in the Filmstrip in the Library or Develop module and do one of the following:
    • In the Develop module, click the Paste button, choose Edit > Paste, or choose Settings > Paste Settings.

    • In the Library module, choose Photo > Develop Settings > Paste Settings.

    Note: (Mac OS) The Edit > Paste command in the Library module pastes copied text and metadata.
  3. To paste the copied Develop settings to multiple photos, select the photos in the Grid view or the Filmstrip of the Library module and choose Photo > Develop Settings > Paste Settings.
    Note: (Mac OS) The Edit > Paste command in the Library module pastes copied text and metadata.

Apply Develop presets using the Painter tool

  1. In the Grid view of the Library module, select the Painter tool in the toolbar, and then choose Settings from the Paint menu in the toolbar.
    Note: If the Painter tool does not appear in the toolbar, choose Painter from the toolbar menu.
  2. Choose a Develop preset, such as Creative - Aged Photo, from the pop-up menu in the toolbar, and then click or drag across photos to apply the setting.
  3. To disable the Painter, click the circular well in the toolbar. When disabled, the Painter icon is visible in the toolbar.

Synchronize settings across multiple photos

The Synchronize command in the Library and Develop modules allows you to apply selected Develop settings of the current photo to other photos in the Filmstrip. (The current photo is indicated by a brighter white border in the Filmstrip thumbnail.)

Note: When only one photo is selected in the Filmstrip, the Sync Settings command is not available. In the Develop module, the Sync button becomes the Previous button; in the Library module, the Sync Settings button is inactive.
 Shift-click or Ctrl-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac OS) to select other photos in the Filmstrip to synchronize with the current photo, and then do one of the following:
  • In the Develop module, click the Sync button or choose Settings > Sync Settings. Select the settings to copy and click Synchronize.

  • In the Develop module, click the Enable Auto Sync switch on the left side of the Sync button to enable Auto Sync mode. Then, drag sliders or make adjustments, and the adjustments are applied to all selected photos.

  • In the Library module, click the Sync Settings button or choose Photo > Develop Settings > Sync Settings. Select the settings to copy and click Synchronize.

    Any settings that you may have previously selected or deselected in the Copy Settings dialog box are also set by default in the Synchronize Settings dialog box.

Apply settings of previously selected photo

You can copy all the settings of the photo you last selected in the Filmstrip (even if you didn’t make any adjustments to it) and apply them to the currently selected photo. Do one of the following:

  • In the Develop module, click the Previous button to the right of the toolbar, or choose Settings > Paste Settings From Previous.
  • In the Library module, choose Photo > Develop Settings > Paste Settings From Previous.
    Note: When multiple photos are selected in the Filmstrip, the Previous button in the Develop module turns into the Sync button.