Lightroom Classic: Filmstrip is Inconsistent - Editing Multiple Images Metadata

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If I select multiple images in Library module using the filmstrip and attempt to edit the metadata globally for all selected images, only the first image is amended.  If I do the same in Map module then all the images are edited by the same actions.  Please make selection of multiple images for metadata amendment consistent throughout the app.  This has been a problem ever since I started using Lightroom many years ago.  Why should selection of multiple images in grid view be treated differently to selection of multiple images from the filmstrip in Library module?  Please fix this bug.
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Steve Swayne

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  • Frustrated at such a simple bug

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Tom Mickow

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Afraid that's not a bug.  It's a common source of confusion, but like it or not, everybody is going to tell you that it's working as designed.
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Steve Swayne

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But what possible reason is there for this inconsistency. I cannot figure this out. If you select multiple items to edit why would any software engineer decide that you don't really want to edit those multiple items?????
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Tom Mickow

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No sense rehashing it all here, but there are arguments on both sides.  I'm sure if you do a little searching, you'll find plenty of conversations about it.  At the end of the day though, it's been that way forever and is working as designed, so your best bet is just to get used to the workflow.

If you want to apply metadata changes to multiple images while in Loupe view in the Library module, take a look at what the Sync & Auto Sync buttons do.  The little switch on the Sync button toggles between Sync/Auto Sync.  Those will probably get you what you're looking for.


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David Golding

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Actualy, I suspect you selected multiple images, changed one bit of metdata, and clciked on another image.

What you need to do, is select the multiple images, change that one bit of data, Then, clcik on another field in the metadata panel. You will be asked if you want to apply the cchange to all the selected photos.

alternatly, you can clcik on that Sync Data button at the bottom, but in addition to the inquiry in above methos, a second sync screen will come up allowing you to edit more, or just go for it.

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I agree that the behavior is arbitrary and confusing.  See here for details on how arbitrary: https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/long-time-pet-peeves?topic-reply-list[setting...

But I also agree that this is highly unlikely to ever change.
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Bhakti Ramnani, Employee

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I tried selecting multiple pictures in filmstrip and editing metadata. I get the following dialog and Apply to Selected applies to All Selected Images from filmstrip. Do you happen to have selected "Show Metadata for Target Photo Only"? 

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That dialog appears in Library Grid view, but not in Loupe view. In Loupe view, metadata changes apply to the most-selected photo only.
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Tom Mickow

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The fact that you're explaining that to an employee is very telling...