Lightroom Classic: Wanted : Quick Develop— Auto Leveling button

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When racing through a series of photos, flagging Picks and Rejects, I find myself hitting an effective speed bump when I come across a photo that needs to be leveled. I switch to the Develop Module, and hit the auto level button, either within the Crop tool or in Transform, depending on my mood. This fixes the issue 85% of the time with one click.Then I switch back to the Library module to race along some more until the next image requiring a slight rotation comes along. 

Therefore it seems to me that an auto-leveling or auto-rotate button of some kind in Quick Develop would be quite useful. It would help get me through a series of images faster.
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I agree that would be nice. In the meantime consider this workaround: save a develop preset with only the Auto Level option. Develop presets can be applied from within the Quick Develop block, and they can be applied on a selection of multiple images.
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The problem I have with using a preset, or synchronizing the Auto Level option, is that I still have to go back into each individual image and click the "Update" button.

Synchronizing the Auto Level simply doesn't work. I find it doesn't calculate the leveling each image individually, it seems to copy whatever calculation was on the source image. Which is incorrect. This doesn't actually save me any time. 
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This is a very confusing part of the LR user interface, and Adobe could do a better job explaining this in the user interface (e.g. with mouse rollover tool tips).

To create a preset or copy/sync settings that will recompute Auto Level for every new image, check Upright Mode only:



See the documentation for a more complete explanation of Upright Mode, Upright Transforms, and Transform Adjustments:
https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/help/guided-upright-perspective-correction.html#main-pars_header_1
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Interesting info there, which I was not aware of. When Syncing, I always click the "Transform" button which selects all sub-options. I mean, of course, you want all of them, just like you want all Noise Reduction options or all Color options. But that help doc implies that doing this is to always shoot yourself in the foot.


My first impression after reading that is that the existence of the global "Transform" button is the fatal flaw in the UI design here. Why should it exist?  It seems to do more collective harm than good. Should not be an option because it communicates to the user that they can all co-exist, which according to the help doc, is false. 

It could perhaps go even further by only allowing one (or two) option(s) to be selected in this category at a time. 



I'll have to give this method a try. However, it doesn't completely eliminate the need for a "transform" feature in the Library module.
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Sometimes you do need to apply the exact same transformations to a selection of images. For example when these images are going to be used in a time lapse.
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Exactly. To speed things up even further, you could consider applying this preset on import (although that does sometimes rotate an image quite oddly if there are strong lines in it that should NOT be horizontal or vertical, which you will have to reset again).