February 2, 2007
Photoshop Blending Modes Cookbook author John Beardsworth has some good points to make on using Lightroom to process multiple images: “When you’re working with large numbers of pictures, you’ve got to lose the fine art one-off mentality that’s appropriate for Photoshop”. His initial method for batching might surprise: “This means using Library’s Quick Develop as much as possible”.
Quick Develop is located in the Right Panel in the Library and its initial appearance is a collapsed view. Clicking the downward facing double arrows will expand the views to allow full use of the tool. “Develop your pictures in Quick Develop, until you can do no more or need a specific feature that is only available in Develop”. To use Quick Develop as a batch tool, you first need to select the images you want to work with in the Grid. As you change the most selected image, all the other images will change along with it. In Loupe view Quick Develop will only change the most selected image, but the Sync Settings button will copy the changes to the other selected images.
Using Quick Develop in this form lets you get your images close to a finished state to make proper picks and ratings. Citing an example to leave Quick Develop for Develop, John says: “I accidentally underexposed a sequence by three stops and needed to see noise reduction’s effect before I could decide whether to keep the pictures”. As the tool is only available in Develop, this necessitates a change out of Quick Develop.
Finally, John has a good tip for batching in Develop itself. Rather than using Sync after the most selected image is processed, he shows us Auto Sync:”..Hold down the Ctrl/Cmd button and click the Sync button – it changes to read Auto Sync and Lightroom stays in this mode until you change it back”. This means all Develop settings get reflected in all the selected images at the same time. A very useful tip. John’s full article can be read on his Blog. His new book Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Essentials is available for preorder on Amazon.com.