Lightroom: How To Batch Your Settings

The ability to batch settings in Adobe Lightroom makes things so much easier, especially if a user is doing a number of tasks using the same settings. And, users don't even have to worry about manually creating the batch settings like they have to sometimes do with Adobe Photoshop's actions. In Lightroom, users simply have to just download the right preset.

Step 1: Defining Presets

Presets are very similar to Adobe Photoshop's actions. They allow users to one run a program and then the settings for that program will be applied to all the photos in a set. Lightroom presets work a little different than Photoshop actions since they don't need to be created manually.

When someone wants to run an action in Photoshop, they have to do all the steps to one photo and then save all the steps in that process. Lightroom and third-parties have created these actions for the user. All the user has to do is download the presets and run them. Presets can be downloaded from a number of sites around the web. Some are free; some are not.

Users, however, can tweak the presets to ensure that it looks right before they run the whole set. Perhaps, the best way to do this is to run a preset on one photo and see how it looks. If it improves the look of the image, then users can run it on the rest of the photos.

This is especially true if tweaking a set with white balance or similar fixes. If all the photos were taken in the same setting, users can run the preset on the first one. If it doesn't look right, they can adjust the settings until the first photo looks better. Then, they can run the rest of the settings.

Presets should only be used sparingly since individual photos may not be improved by the batch settings.

Step 2: Example of a Preset

One downloaded preset allows users to batch either signatures or watermarks to photos. This is done using the LR2/Mogrify and ImageMagick presets. Users will have to download the two presets and install them on their computer before they can use them. Lightroom may have to be restarted.

Now, to use these presets, follow the below procedures:

  1. Edit the photo within the Develop module.
  2. Users should open up a filmstrip or collection of photos that they wish to add the watermark to.
  3. Once done, users should go into the Export tab within the Develop module. In the lower right-hand corner, users should see the presets that have been imported. It will be located within the Post Process Actions box.
  4. Next, users should look for the LR2/Modify and expand the list by hitting the arrow next to the preset.
  5. Users can pick either an image or text watermark. To add text, users should select the Text Annotations option. A panel will pop up where users can add text and manipulate the font, size and similar features.
  6. Finally, users should just need to click the Export button.

All the photos within the collection should now have a watermark. Users should scan through them just to ensure that none were missed.