How to batch edit photos in Lightroom

If you have ever visited my Instagram, you know I am a huge fan of Lightroom. One of the best things about using Lightroom to edit photos is the ability to edit multiple photos at the same time. I show you how in this complete guide to batch editing photos in Lightroom.

Batch editing photos in Lightroom can be a real time-saver. Once you’re happy with an edit you can give the same look to multiple images – with just one click. Quick, easy, and efficient. Let me show you how to do it.

Pssst! Want to edit your photos like me? Download my go-to Lightroom preset for free here!

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What is Lightroom?

Lightroom is a photo editing software developed by Adobe. It’s the most commonly used editing software among photographers.

I normally use Lightroom Classic, the desktop version, as it’s easier when handling a large number of photos. The desktop version of Lightroom is a part of Adobes Creative Cloud toolbox, among tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. The Lightroom mobile app, however, is free to download and use without an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.

How to batch edit photos in Lightroom Classic (desktop version)

Are you happy with your edit? Follow these steps to apply the same settings to multiple photos.

  1. Highlight the one photo you just finished editing.
  2. Press command/control + the other photos you want to apply the settings to. You should still have your edited photo highlighted.
  3. Now that you have multiple photos selected, choose settings > sync settings from the menu. The fast way of doing it is by pressing command/control + shift + C.
  4. Make sure the settings you want to sync are checked. If you haven’t added any selective editing, radial filters or cropping, you probably want to sync all settings. This is where you paste your settings.
  5. Your Lightroom batch edits are done! The changes should now be applied to all selected photos.

Now you have the same settings on all your photos. Remember that all photos are unique, and things like lighting and colors can differ a lot. Making individual changes might be needed to make the photos look good.

If you are happy with your settings and want to save them, you can create your own Lightroom preset. Here’s how you create your own Lightroom preset!

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