Copying the settings you want is a convenient way to apply the same edits to a series of photos. This technique works best if you’re working with images from the same photoshoot that share similar lighting or that you captured with the same lens.

Learning to copy settings will help you get more consistent results and will save you a lot of time when editing a series of photographs.

Step 1: Copy the Develop Settings from Your Current Photo

Get started by importing all the images you want to edit for your Adobe Photoshop Lightroom batch edit. Open the Develop module and apply edits to the first image until you get the result you want.

You will find a copy button toward the bottom of the left panel. This button will copy the edit settings of your current image. You can also use the Previous button to copy your settings.

You can copy the settings you want without opening the Develop module. Open the Library module, select one photo you already edited, and click on Develop Settings. You should see another option called Copy settings in the new menu that opens.

Once you click on Copy settings, you can copy all the edit settings of the image or choose which settings you want to copy.

You can save time by using shortcuts. In the Develop module, Ctrl+Shift+C on Windows and Command+Shift+C on Mac OS will copy the edit settings of your current image.

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Step 2: Apply Develop Settings to Another Image

If you’re working in the Develop module, open the image you want to apply the settings to. Click on the Paste button in the left panel, or open Settings and choose Paste Settings. You can also use shortcuts to save time. Ctrl+Shift+V in Windows and Command+Shift+V in Mac OS will paste your settings to the new image you opened.

You can apply copied settings to another image in the Library module. Once you have copied the settings, choose one photo you want to apply them to in the Library module. Click on Develop Settings and Paste Develop Settings.

Step 3: Apply Copied Settings to Multiple Images

One of the advantages of copying and pasting settings is that you can use a batch edit Lightroom technique and get consistent results.

The easiest way to apply settings to multiple images is to switch to the grid view by pressing G in the Library module. Select all the images you want to use for batch editing Lightroom, choose Photo, click on Develop Settings, and Paste Settings.

You can also use the Ctrl+Shift+V shortcut in Windows or Command+Shift+V in Mac OS for your batch edit in Lightroom.

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Additional Questions to Answer

Here are a few additional things you should know about copying Adobe Photoshop Lightroom edits.

How Do I Go to the Same Settings?

Click on the Sync button in the Develop module. You can then open Settings and Sync Settings to review the current settings and choose settings you want to apply to other images. You can use the Sync button to enable auto-sync and have your edits applied to all your selected photos automatically.

How Do I Change my Export Settings?

Choose the photo you want to export and click on the Export button. You can then choose from different presets or choose settings you wish to apply to the image.

How Do You Paste Presets?

Apply a preset to an image and use any of the methods discussed above to copy these settings.