Lightroom – How do I apply a preset to multiple images at once?

  • Select all of your thumbnails in the develop module film strip or in the library prior to going into develop.
  • Then turn on Auto-Sync (in Developing Tab — Tool menu)
  • Any adjustment you make to your first image will be repeated on all of the selected images. Or just perfect your first image and choose sync. You will see a pop-up dialog and you can choose exactly which develop settings you wish to sync e.g. white balance only or white balance and other settings. Sync will apply the settings from the first selected image to all of the subsequently selected images unless you choose exceptions. For example you may wish to apply exposure, contrast, highlights and shadows from your perfected image but not the crop settings.
  • Don’t forget to turn off Auto-Sync when you have finished otherwise it will affect future editing.