Skip to main content
Adobe Photoshop Family

6 Messages

 • 

310 Points

Fri, Dec 15, 2017 1:37 PM

Lightroom Classic: Auto Tone of a batch of photos gives different results than if you do them one at a time

If you apply auto tone to a batch of photos, then select each one individually, the auto tone button is active and clicking it changes the settings slightly.  This happens with newly imported raw files with no other processing applied.  How can I eliminate this problem?  I notice similar questions raised some time ago but I haven't seen any answers!  The new Auto Tone does an excellent job, but going through thousands of photos one by one is a pain.

Responses

Champion

 • 

5.1K Messages

 • 

92.5K Points

3 years ago

Which method are you using to apply it to a batch: Auto Sync, Sync, Copy/Paste, or a preset?

Champion

 • 

5.1K Messages

 • 

92.5K Points

...or Quick Develop?

6 Messages

 • 

310 Points

In Develop I selected a batch of photos on the filmstrip, right clicked on them and selected "Develop Settings, Auto Settings" (I think the option used to be "Auto Tone")

Employee

 • 

1.7K Messages

 • 

32.4K Points

3 years ago

Based on your description (the auto tone button is active and clicking it changes the settings slightly), you apply the one photo Auto in the develop module.

This is what happens, when the Auto button is activated, it means Lr has loaded the full resolution negative. So the Auto is computed based on this full resolution negative.

When you apply Auto to a batch of photos, for performance reasons, Lightroom loads a lower resolution negatives cached in the camera raw cache (like Smart Previews) and computes Auto from that. Since the two input are different, the results could differ slightly. 

BTW, the issue exists in the previous version of Lightroom as well. It is just that the new Auto shows more differences. To summarize, it is a performance vs accuracy tradeoff.

Principal Scientist, Adobe Lightroom

Champion

 • 

5.1K Messages

 • 

92.5K Points

3 years ago

Hmm, the results of applying batch Auto Tone via Quick Develop are non-deterministic and sometimes depend on whether 1:1 previews exist or have been rebuilt a second time!   Most of the differences seem small, but with one photo, there was a difference in exposure of +0.86 versus +0.64 -- whether that's "slight" depends on one's subjective judgment of the photo, of course, but it didn't seem slight to me.

The table below shows the results of applying Auto Tone to seven pseudo-randomly chosen unprocessed raw photos from different cameras.  All the results had a standard preview size of 1440.

Row 1: After doing Reset and Auto Tone in Develop.

Row 2: After doing Preferences > Camera Raw Cache Settings > Purge Cache; exit LR; delete Previews.lrdata; restart LR; Build 1:1 Previews; select 7 photos; Quick Develop > Auto.

Row 3: After steps in row 2, then Discard 1:1 Previews; Purge Cache; Build 1:1 Previews; Quick Develop > Auto.

Row 4: After Purge Cache; exit LR; delete Previews.lrdata; restart LR; Build Standard Previews.

Based on what Simon described, this makes me suspicious that the Purge Cache command may not be fully flushing the raw cache.

Champion

 • 

5.1K Messages

 • 

92.5K Points

Missing from the recipes for 2, 3, and 4: Do Quick Develop > Reset before purging the cache.

6 Messages

 • 

310 Points

3 years ago

Great to see such a response to my first post.  This appears to be a "Feature" no a "Bug" then, but maybe one that Adobe should think about.  Up until now I have used "Auto Tone" as a good start point but always ended up adjusting the best photos further.  So slight differences had no real effect on workflow.  The new AI based version seems like a game changer and will allow far more photos to be just automatically adjusted.  Unfortunately when that "Auto" button is live it is very difficult not to push it!  So if we are looking at a compromise between speed and accuracy, what about a preference setting to allow us to make that decision ourselves?

1 Message

 • 

82 Points

I very much sppport the above suggestion to delegate the decision to the user rather then just silently assume everyone is willing to sacrifice fine tuning in a favor of performance. Even if applying Auto in the best way will take hours for a thousand of photos I Would just initiate the process in the evening and it would be done next morning. As long as I don’t have to spend hours staring at monitor and clicking Auto for every image to have *the best* auto conversion - I’m fine and I don’t care how hard my computer will work to produce a better adjustments for my photos.

438 Messages

 • 

6.5K Points

2 years ago

I apply a preset to batches in Library's Quick Develop that includes Auto (Latest LR Classic). But I don't see any difference between applying it to a batch of files that way, and applying it individually in Develop.  Thinking about this, I suspect this is because I don't use the ACR cache in LR. Yes, I have one set, but I have also set it to Read Only and it is empty (deliberately). I have a pretty fast computer and don't think using the ACR cache produces any noticeable speed-up for me, so I prefer to remove that unnecessary task from LR (it already has far too much to do IMO).

 

So I presume that applying my preset with Auto in Library (with Quick Develop) makes LR render a full preview for each file as it does not have a half-baked one in the ACR cache. Am I right in my thinking or have I missed something?

 

Bob Frost

2 Messages

 • 

104 Points

2 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom Classic: Auto Adjustment Discrepancy:.

Adobe recently updated the “Auto” adjustment to make use of Adobe Sensei, which is their artificial intelligence (AI) technology for performing a variety of tasks, including applying adjustments to photos. In Lightroom Classic CC the “Auto” adjustment affects the values for the Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks, Vibrance, and Saturation adjustments.

In the context of the Develop module in Lightroom, you will always get the same result when clicking the “Auto” button, which is found to the right of the “Tone” heading in the Basic section of the right panel. In other words, if you click “Auto” and then reset or revise the applicable adjustments, clicking the Auto button again will produce the exact same adjustment settings as you got the first time you clicked Auto.

Furthermore, if you save “Auto Settings” as part of a preset and then apply that preset in the Develop module, you will get the exact same results for a given photo that you would have if you clicked the Auto button. However, if you use the same preset while importing photos into your Lightroom catalog, you’ll get a different result.

I’m not sure if this difference represents a glitch in Lightroom Classic CC, or if Adobe intentionally doesn’t employ the Adobe Sensei technology during the import process. I’ve not been able to locate any information about this discrepancy. In any event, there is a difference in the behavior, which is why the “Auto” button is still enabled in the Basic section of the right panel in the Develop module even for images that have had the “Auto” adjustment applied during import.

Adobe Administrator

 • 

8K Messages

 • 

116K Points

2 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom Classic: Auto Adjustment Discrepancy (merging).

This is a known issue and we do have a bug logged for it.  Thanks for your report.

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Lightroom Classic: Auto Adjustment Discrepancy:.
 

Adobe Photography Products

Quality Engineering - Customer Advocacy

Employee

 • 

1.7K Messages

 • 

32.4K Points

2 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom Classic: Auto Adjustment Discrepancy.

The import employs the same Sensei technology. The difference is that in the import (library module case), Sensei auto loads a lower resolution negative and works auto off that. Develop works off from the full resolution negative. Ideally the auto would generate exactly the same auto results for both cases, but it is not. The hope is that the two results would be the same/close enough for most cases. There is a big performance hit if Lr tries to load the full resolution negative just to compute auto during import.

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Lightroom Classic: Auto Adjustment Discrepancy:.

Principal Scientist, Adobe Lightroom

Champion

 • 

5.1K Messages

 • 

92.5K Points

a year ago

Vote for this feature request for an option allowing users to choose quality over speed when applying Auto to multiple photos: 

https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/option-to-batch-apply-auto-settings-with-full-resolution-image-data

In that topic, I report on my measurements of the degradation in quality of batch Auto. It's significant -- at least 6% of photos (1 of 17) are noticeably different when processed with Develop > Auto instead of Quick Develop > Auto or Auto applied during Import.

207 Messages

 • 

3.6K Points

a year ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Auto Adjust Quick Devlop vs Develop Module.

In LR Classic: Using the Auto Adjust in the Quick Develop of the LIBRARY MODULE seems to give slightly different results than using AUTO ADJUST in the DEVELOP Module. It is not not a big deal for me, but depending on how one processes their images, others might feel differently

34 Messages

 • 

682 Points

a month ago

Here's a puzzler.

  • I apply AUTO TONE in the Library Module.
  • Then I go to the Develop Module.
  • I notice that the Auto button is lit up which usually indicates that Auto Tone has not already been applied. So, I click it and many of the sliders in the Basic panel change slightly. Also, the Auto button becomes grayed out.
  • The same thing happens in reverse: if I apply Auto tone first in the Develop Module and then apply it again in the Library module, I get the exact same results.

The panel on the left shows the settings after I applied Auto Tone in the Library module and, then, went to the Develop module. On the right, I've clicked the Auto button in the Develop module. The changed settings are highlighted in pink.

 

Shouldn't Auto Tone be applied the same way no matter whether it's done in Library or Develop? The differences are not large, but why are there any differences at all?

 

Windows 10 Build 19041

Lightroom Classic 9.4

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Lightroom Classic: Applying AUTO TONE in Library vs. Develop gives different results

Windows 10 Pro

Lightroom Classic

1.5K Messages

 • 

19.5K Points

When I toggle ON Auto in Library, then go to Develop, I do see the edits. 

I also see the Auto button in Develop look different than if I reset (it's darker). So on this end, it works as expected. I'm using the latest release on Mac OS. 

No yes, IF I set Auto in Library, then go to Develop, in this one example, I see Exposure set to +122 but I get a different value for that slider if I do the Auto directly in Develop but the values are pretty small in the differences. Could be a bug, I'll report it. 

 

Develop: 

 
 
Library:

 

Author “Color Management for Photographers"

Champion

 • 

5.1K Messages

 • 

92.5K Points

According to Adobe employee Simon Chen, applying Auto Settings to a batch of photos (via Quick Develop, right-clicking multiple selected photos, or Sync) gives different results from Develop > Auto Settings because, to speed up performance, batch Auto uses lower-resolution "negatives" from the camera raw cache.

 

Larger-scale testing indicates that, while usually the differences are negligible, about 6% of the time they are quite noticeably visually. A number of us have requested an option that would tell LR to always use the full-resolution negatives when computing batch Auto Settings:

https://feedback.photoshop.com/conversations/lightroom-classic/lightroom-desktop-classic-option-to-batch-apply-auto-settings-with-fullresolution-image-data/5f5f46074b561a3d426f39fc

 

Please add your constructive opinion and upvote to that feature request, making it a little bit more likely Adobe might implement it.

1.5K Messages

 • 

19.5K Points

I tried one image. So I'd expect with one image in Library and the same image in Develop, I'd see identical results. The differences are small but differences none the less. For a batch, I'd expect differences from one image to the other. 

Author “Color Management for Photographers"