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I don't know many photographers that would rather sit in front of their computer editing photos than be out with their camera taking pictures.
Don't get me wrong - I enjoy editing my photos and seeing the final result come to fruition. I just want that final result to come more quickly!
In this guide, we'll take a look at how to sync edits and how to quickly edit photos so they have maximum visual appeal.
To act as our guideline, let's refer to the video above by Jim Nix.
Jim is a photographer extraordinaire and experienced in using Luminar 3 for syncing and editing images.
Below, I've outlined Jim's workflow for easy reference.
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How to Sync Edits in Luminar 3
Syncing edits is a great way to make quick work of editing photos because you can copy edits from one image and apply those edits en masse to other images.
As Jim notes in the video, Luminar 3 makes this a streamlined process that allows you to apply edits across any number of photos in a matter of seconds.
First, select the folder you wish to work in from the Luminar 3 Library, as shown above. I've selected the Landscape Folder to work in.
Next, select an edited image in the folder to serve as the source for the sync (this image will have a yellow box around it to indicate it's been selected as the source, as shown above).
Then, press CMD/CTRL and click on additional photos you'd like to sync. These photos will have a white box around them to indicate that the edits will be synced to them. In Jim's case, he's selected two other photos, as shown above.
With the source and destination images selected, just go to Images > Adjustments > Sync Adjustments, and the edits will be synced. You can also simply right-click on one of the images and select Adjustments > Sync Adjustments from the pop-up menu or use the shortcut CMD/CTRL+Shift+S to sync edits.
Note that when you right-click on an image and go to Adjustments > Sync Adjustments that you have the option to copy and paste as well as reset adjustments if need be.
Quick Tip: You can also sync adjustments in the filmstrip on the left side of the editing window. Just follow the same procedure above for selecting the source and destination images, right-click, and select Adjustments > Sync Adjustments.
How to Quick Edit in Luminar 3
If you just need to do a few simple things to a photo or a group of photos, the Quick Edit feature in Luminar 3 is for you...
You can access this feature in one of two ways. First, if you have a folder on your desktop, just drag it onto the Luminar icon, and the images will automatically open in Quick Edit.
Alternatively, you can do what Jim has done above, and that is to go to File > Open Images for Quick Edit, and select the photos you wish to work on. You can also use the CMD/CTRL+O shortcut to access images for Quick Edit.
Once the images are selected, they're opened in the Quick Edits folder in Luminar 3, as shown above.
As Jim notes, it's important to point out that these images have not yet been added to a folder in the Luminar Library, though you can choose to add them to an existing folder or a new folder once the Quick Edits are completed.
To edit these images, simply go to the Edit tab and you can use the Quick & Awesome Workspace (shown above) to enhance your images in a matter of seconds.
By just using the tools in the Quick & Awesome Workspace, you can apply fast edits to your images that enhance their appeal.
You can see the difference these tools can make in the side-by-side comparison above. The "after" image has more saturation and vibrance, there's more definition in the sky, and foreground has been brightened up as well.
If you want to make more extensive edits, you can select a different Workspace and utilize the pre-selected tools.
Alternatively, you can add individual filters to the Quick & Awesome Workspace to create your own custom Workspace.
Once you've completed your edits, if you want to add the images to a folder in your Luminar Library, it's a simple process.
Just highlight the images in the Quick Edits folder and drag them to the Library folder or subfolder where you want them saved.
Quick Tip: Remember that Luminar 3 syncs its folders with folders on your desktop, so if you add images to your Luminar 3 Library, the images will be added to the same folders on your desktop.
Wrapping It Up: Syncing Photos and Making Quick Edits
As we've seen above, syncing edits between photos, making quick edits, and adding photos to folders and subfolders takes just a few moments of your time in Luminar 3.
If you've used Luminar, you understand what a time-saving tool it can be. If you haven't yet used Luminar, you should give it a try.
It's $69.00 - a one-time fee, no less - for Mac or PC and comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee. What have you got to lose?