Lightroom CC: Ability to copy/sync settings/adjustments across a group of photos

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It seems that I am unable to copy or sync adjustments to multiple images in the new LRCC? I just imported/uploaded my first job with over 1200 RAW files, and need to set my base contrast/saturation/sharpening to all the RAW files before I begin my select edits. For some reason my "paste edit settings" is greyed out when I have multiple images selected. I'm assuming this may be some sort of user error on my part, there is no way a professional photo editing tool would not allow the use of base settings applied to a group of photos. However even when I go back to "add photos", there is no option to apply a preset on import like in the old Lightroom? Adobe please help! LRCC is obviously useless to me if I have to Ctrl/Copy Ctrl/Paste 1200 times a day... Thank you,
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Unfortunately, you can only paste edit settings to one photo at a time right now. you can select multiple photos in the Edit view with the filmstrip below it, but even then 'Paste' will only result in the most selected photo getting changed.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Syncing changes in the New Lightroom CC.

Syncing changes across images - This is one of the most important features of Lightroom.  Until this is implemented, it would be difficult to use this for a lot of professionals. Also, autosync has been a great tool for us to post crop photos.  In an ideal world, we could continue using the Lightroom classic version of this or adapt Lightroom Classic to allow for making these kinds of changes.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Would be great to be able to sync multiple images with a preset in the NEW LRCC j....

Please bring the sync/apply preset to all selected images. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Sync settings between multiple images at once in Lightroom CC (not classic) or Li....

I simply cannot find a way to do this, either on mobile and in the new desktop version. I can copy and paste settings between individual images, bot not for multiple images at the same time.

My use case: timelapses on the go. I prefer shooting individual frames and putting them all together into a single timelapse. My old workflow when I was still using Lr desktop (classic) was to edit a single frame, sync settings, and export everything.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom CC: How do I sync photo fixes to other photos in an album?.

In Lightroom Classic 2015, you could make edits to one photo in the catalog and then apply the same fixes to a series of photos within the catalog (album in CC). This feature is either well hidden (and there is absolutely to help for it), or the feature has been dropped. Where is the sync feature and if it is gone ... BRING IT BACK!
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I didn't mean to interrupt your post in mid conversation but merged it with others who want the same feature. It gets more attention that way. Feel free to reply here if you have any more questions.
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I just want to add my voice to having this feature added, I think a cloud based sync and so on is a natural progression and I really like that with the new Lightroom. But not being able to paste adjustments across multiple shots at once is ridiculous, so I can't quite use it efficiently until that feature is there. So yeah, +1 for that feature. :)
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Thanks Kenny! Make sure you click the "Vote" box in the top right corner to make your voice heard. 

Cheers!
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This is unacceptable as a working professional to not be able to sync settings to multiple images. Please fix this in an update Adobe if you want this program to be the future over LR Classic.
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This is crazy. I've been able to work with all the other stripped down features of LRCC so far, but this is an extreme limitation IMHO. 
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god , i was looking for the same thing.. how it's possible!!
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Yes, please, please, please, please add partial copy/paste and synchronization. Partial copy/paste of development settings exists on the mobile, so it should at least exist on the desktop. And either synchronization of "paste development settings on the entire set of selected photos" would do...
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Thanks, François! Don't forget to click the "Vote" box at the top right of the page.
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I find it hard to believe that Adobe have missed such an important feature. Luckily, I'm still in the trial period of using Lightroom CC. Will probably opt out at the end of it if multiple edits aren't brought back.
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This feature seems like one that should be very simple to implement, and is sorely needed. Upvoted!
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Even if I can't AutoSync (super useful, don't know why it's not there!) I'd settle for being able to Paste Edit Settings to _all selected images_ in the meantime!
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Yes! Please bring back copy settings and paste to all selected. super crucial for all of us who like to apply a certain look to a collection, especially useful for wedding photographers and others who do large batches of client work. Thank you!
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Adding my voice to this request. It is painful to have to manually apply settings across a group of images. Not only should I be able to shift select a range and apply common Edit Settings to them, but I should also be able to do the same to a folder or album. Lastly, keyboard shortcut for Paste Settings. Thanks for making this happen.
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I just got a new laptop and updated Lightroom and spent forever trying to figure out how to sync settings only to get crazy frustrated after finding out I have to copy and paste one image at a time . This is ridiculous. I can't even figure out why Adobe would take that feature away.
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Which Lightroom? Classic or CC? Stick with Classic, feature still there!
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LRCC is best for workgroups only (right now)!
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Why anyone would use LR CC and not LR Classic is beyond my understanding ( unless you are a workgroup, with different people doing different jobs, but the Editor STILL on Classic)!
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> Why anyone would use LR CC and not LR Classic is beyond my understanding

I'm going to confuse you then... I know both inside and out, and I use CC for everything on my laptop, and for a lot of things on my desktop. I do still drop back to Classic for some tasks, but that list is shrinking by the day.  The fuss-free access on multiple devices is valuable, even though I know all the geeky workarounds for multi-device use in Classic.
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Carlos, I use CC because it’s unimaginably fast on mobile devices such as the iPad, which in turn I use because I like living a simple life without having to think about maintaining a desktop/laptop PC.
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I agree with Victor. I shoot theater and live events which means jobs are usually around 3000 images that need to be sorted into 150. After a quick cull in Classic I like sorting the final 300 or so images on an iPad because it is easy, fast, and convenient. I still need to use Classic for the export options it offers but CC has become a valuable part of my workflow.
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This makes the difference between a “pro” and a “niche hobby” application. If you take photos for a living or process large volumes of photos, this app is clearly not intended for you. How could the developers of the successor to the orginal Batch Editing Software miss this? It has been around for over a decade in LIghtroom as a core feature, yet somehow the successor was released without this feature, frankly this is mind blowing and a HUGE miss in my opinion.
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Victoria.. the original pitch for CC was “Built for professionals and enthusiasts, the new Lightroom CC fulfills the demands of today’s photographers for a more accessible, cloud-based photography service for editing, organizing, storing and sharing their photos from wherever they are.”

Again.. Read this “the NEW LIGHTROOM CC...” wonder how people think it’s the successor or a new version of LR CC, that clearly spells it out.

Now.. Directly from the press release:
“As the leader in digital photography, today Adobe is unveiling Lightroom CC, our next generation photography service,” said Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president and general manager, Digital Media at Adobe. “Lightroom CC answers photographers’ demand for a deeply integrated, intelligent, cloud-based photography solution.”

Not. “Built for Professionals” as we have discussed.. bc photo “professionals” have the need for batch editing and batch export (especially on desktop)

My advice is to stop the Corp backtracking talk bc everyone understands that this product was :
A) released without the main features needed to be considered professional
B) marketed in a way that confuses consumers
C) extremely close to fully delivering the dream of replacing a desktop dedicated workflow,

Personally I have worked on multiple major software projects , I think the main problem occurred in stating the problem you were trying to solve. “As a photographer I want to be able to edit my photos on any device and have changes sync as they are made.” You get started and during demos with photographers you either intentionally avoid professionals or didn’t present in a way where they would be able to edit on a computer AND mobile device simultaneously, which would increase your chance of finding that user needs batch edit and export functions for their daily work.

What frustrates me the most is that both you and Rick seem to understand this is an important feature, yet the development team won’t allow you to communicate IF this feature is planned. That promise alone would likely get more people interested in learning and using the current version with the hope of one day making it their replacement for Classic.
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Brad, if you’ve worked on multiple software projects you’re probably extremely familiar with the dangers of communicating any planned features :) Priorities shift, strategies shift, markets shift. Being quiet is infinitely better than promising without delivering.
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Victor.. absolutely agree about communication.. and noticed I carefully worded my suggestion to say “planned” with no mention of a date or milestone. Many successful large software companies do this.. Apple, Google, Microsoft all do this with their customers especially with pro tools and web services.
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Well, this idea is “under consideration” as far as the tags on this forum go, so I guess that’s all we’re going to get.
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Brad, I'm not arguing with you, the marketing was a disaster and didn't come close to matching what the Lightroom team are actually doing.

Adobe doesn't pre-announce new features before they're available. All I can say is that the Lightroom team themselves are on the same wavelength as you, and are working hard to get these essential features into LR CC ASAP.

(Just to be clear, I don't work for Adobe, so I can't speak for them. However I have worked alongside them from the early days of Lightroom, so I understand how they work. I have less polite things to say about the marketing department. ;-)  )
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Bulk Edit in Lightroom CC.

In Lightroom CC it seems you cannot edit multiple photos at the same time (eg apply auto light settings, or auto white balance). This was possible in previous versions of Lightroom, and would be a good addition.
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Bring back Sync!!!! I shoot portraits EVERYDAY and need to sync the setting for each set up. How can this NOT be standard on a processing program?!
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You bet!
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So this is like a top 3 feature request.. is it being considered?
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Hi Brad,

I can't tell you if or where this feature is in the pipeline because I don't know. I can tell you that it is under consideration along with all the other popular requests.

You spoke earlier of Lightroom CC as the successor to Lightroom Classic and that isn't the case. Lightroom CC is a completely new offering and was designed with a more mobile workflow in mind. It was never intended to have all the features of Lightroom Classic but hat doesn't mean that it won't inherit some! Since it was launched, LrCC has already had many new features like, Tone Curves, Split Toning, Watermarks, Enhanced Auto Tone, Full Screen, etc. etc. 

With your interest and input it will keep evolving so thank you for that. For now it sounds like Lightroom Classic is the better fit for your workflow and just keep an eye on Lightroom CC. 

Thanks again,

Rick
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Rick.. Sorry if I keep pointing this out but the original pitch for CC was “Built for professionals and enthusiasts, the new Lightroom CC fulfills the demands of today’s photographers for a more accessible, cloud-based photography service for editing, organizing, storing and sharing their photos from wherever they are.”

Directly from the press release:
“As the leader in digital photography, today Adobe is unveiling Lightroom CC, our next generation photography service,” said Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president and general manager, Digital Media at Adobe. “Lightroom CC answers photographers’ demand for a deeply integrated, intelligent, cloud-based photography solution.”

Let’s unpack this.. “Built for Professionals” as we have discussed.. no it’s not yet ready bc photo “professionals” have the need for batch editing.

As I said before this platform is frustratingly close to solving this problem. While lacking batch editing and preset syncing, it does meet the needs of a professional photographer. Does it have a place as its built? Yes just for minor work on the go and maybe changing existing images or displaying portfolio on the go.
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If I just wanted to make adjustments to one image, I would open it in Photoshop or Camera Raw. Bulk editing is one of THE MAIN FEATURES of an application like this, regardless of whether it is intended as a replacement or upgrade for the older version. Why on earth they would go for split toning and watermarks ahead of sync'd settings is utterly mind-blowing.

Edit: Before anyone mentions it, I know LrCC is designed for a mobile workflow. And that's fantastic. This is a direction I've wanted Lr to go for some time now. I think it's clear the future of "pro photography" is headed in this direction too, particularly as networks and mobile devices become more powerful. Which is why it stumps me that Adobe is committed to this "one country / two systems" approach instead of embracing the future they are clearly trying to prepare for.
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OMG, I am so glad I have the older version. I will not be getting a subscription for a tool that causes more work, more labor and time to accomplish what an older version will do.

Whoever made that decision at Adobe should be reassigned to HR.....
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I know I keep saying this but please understand that Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC are two separate products. One is not the newer or older version of the other. If you don't like the feature set of LrCC then continue to use Classic. 

I like certain aspects of LrCC so I use it for my personal stuff. I'm a theater and live event photographer so my work stuff involves culling thousands of images down to a couple hundred with a fast turnaround. LrCC doesn't work well for that so I use Classic. 

It's not that one is bad or good. It's just about which tool fits the job. 

Again, thanks for the input!

Rick
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I do not even believe that Lightroom CC is NOT meant to be successor of Lightroom despite all you say Rick. It wouldn't make any sense. It is like saying Photoshop CC is not meant to be successor of Photoshop. It is more like "Oh, the  new Lightroom CC is not as good as expected, let's rebrand both and smile like this is OK". It is not OK but honestly we all know Lightroom CC is on its half way since the day it was announced. I hope all the missing features will be added rather sooner than later but please do not pretend that Lightroom CC should be something that different from original Lightroom. I can totaly undarstand that Lightroom CC and Lightroom (Classic) are two separate products at the moment as they are because Lightroom CC is not ready yet.
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I learned how to shoot in manual mode 2 weeks ago.  Downloaded Lightroom CC expecting this would be something basic to do, especially as I don't know much (anything) about editing photos. Being able to auto adjust all my photos as I learn seems pretty obvious.  Everyone keeps saying Lightroom CC is not for "professionals" - I'm certainly not a professional and this function seems like a beginner would need. I honestly thought a professional would want to edit each photo individual so this is good to hear.  #themoreyouknow
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Yea, think of a wedding for example. Through the day you are in different lighting and using different lenses. Most photographers avg 100-300 pictures per hour. The editor will likely do this:
1. Imported images are ranked and culled
2. A few of the highest rated are quickly edited and posted to IG
3. All of the photos are separated into “groups “ or scenes that get photos with similar lighting together
4. One of the photos in the series is edited with a preset and adjusted to correct exposure
5. Editor syncs(copies preset) to all photos in a group from the first edit, and will only adjust exposure
6. This process repeats for all groups

Now that gets you a complete gallery pretty fast (3-4 hrs)
Some photographers like to retouch or use photoshop actions selectively, but we don’t bc that’s not our style and Lightroom does enough to make that unnecessary.

I assume we are the norm based on the multiple FB photographers groups we are involved in, but maybe not.
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I often use a white balance card and paste the WB settings over to all pictures from the same place. Doing this for one picture at a time is very cumbersome. 
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I NEED the "previous" button on Lightroom CC!!

I thought the ability to cull on my phone would save me time, but now that I'm at the desktop editing in CC, realizing without the "previous" button it's taking wayyyy longer...