I recently posted my tutorial for batch editing in Lightroom and Photoshop on Clickin Moms, but I decided to share it here too. If you aren't already over at CM, go there now, click join, and sit back and enjoy this amazing community of women photographers. There are tutorials, feedback, classes, products and so much more on this fabulous website.
Ever since I switched to lifestyle photography, I've been giving clients a lot more images than usual. I don't want to cull down good images because I don't feel like editing them, so I've found a way to edit all of my photos quickly using the SYNC settings in LR and the BATCH editing in PS. It took me a while to perfect the batch tool in PS, so I thought I would share my entire workflow here with screenshots
In LR, I start with a photo and get the WB and exposure just where I want it, then I select the rest of the photos that have the same lighting and setting using the SHIFT key.
Then I hit SYNC in the right panel at the bottom, and this window appears. If you want everything to change, keep them all checked. Sometimes my exposure changes from photo to photo, so I uncheck the exposure box. Or, in other situations, I want my exposure to change the same amount on each photo selected, but the white balance differs, so I keep that unchecked. Other times I will sync it all, and go through and tweak the exposure on each individual image if I wasn't consistent or if the setting changed a lot. This particular session was easy as we only used two settings with two different lighting situations, so I got this entire session edited in less than two hours, and I had over 100 images.
I then export my edited images. When I am on my fast iMac, I save this step until the very end, but on my laptop, I export in small sections.
I create a new folder with my clients name and export the LR jpgs directly into the folder.
After I have all of my color photos export, I will go through and convert some to BW (if they call for it), and export them as well. I just chose to use unique names. I know that some photographers recommend converting to BW after using PS in case they need to make any changes in PS, but I am a minimalist and don't find this to be a huge issue for me.
After I fix exposure and WB (and occasionally other things like a matte preset, etc), I will pull my photos in PS. I start by straightening, cropping, and fixing things with clone or healing brush if the image calls for it.
I then save the image (command + S) instead of saving as because I don't need two separate files before and after the crop.
*I now move all of my BW images into their own folder. They are now finished.
Once I crop all my photos and have the individual adjustments made, I open one up and make an action for all of my color photos.
Depending on the setting and light, I will run actions inside of my big action that add gradient light, matte finishes, etc. This step works very well with Marissa Gifford's actions. I name the action after my client.
I then save my image in a few subfolder names "*high res". I use the save as command so I can make a new folder.
The new subfolder is within the original folder with the clients name. I then delete that file inside of the high res folder. I am not sure if deleting it is necessary, but it may mess up my action of saving images since it would be a duplicate.
I stop the action AFTER I save the image where I want it as that is part of my strategy.
I close all my files in PS and then go to file > automate > batch.
I chose which action I want to run on all of my images (Clients name).
These are my settings when using batch edit. Nothing is checked. I have folder selected instead of open images.
I chose my folder (clients name). And hit ok. Then I go cook dinner or something. When I come back, the "*high res" folder will be filled my final edited images that are cropped and have the desired action(s) applied.
Thanks for taking a look! Feel free to Pin the top image to come back to this tutorial later :) If you have any questions, ask in the comments!!