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Quick Tip: Copy and Paste Adjustments in Apple Photos

Quick Tip: Copy and Paste Adjustments in Apple Photos

Quick Tip: Copy and Paste Adjustments in Apple Photos

Apple's Photos app for the mac has some nice adjustment tools, and while it may not be the most robust or professional level application, you can achieve some nice results in it. Unfortunately, if you go through the process of creating a nice look on your images, there's limited ability to save that look independent of the image. There's no way (currently) to save presets, and there's no equivalent of Lightroom's previous button.

You can however copy and paste adjustments between images. This might not be immediately obvious, but you can do it quite easily. What's more, it will copy both the adjustments made in the adjustments panel, and also any filters that you might use on an image.

To do this you first need to be in the Edit mode. This may confuse some users, as the option to copy and paste adjustments doesn't appear until you click the edit button.

Once you are in the edit mode, you can copy adjustments by either right (control) clicking on an image and choosing "Copy Adjustments" or by choosing Copy Adjustments" from the Image menu (not the edit menu, as you might expect).

Once you've copied your adjustments, simply move to another image and choose "Paste Adjustments" from the contextual menu or the Image menu. Note that this is not to be confused with the normal copy and paste commands.


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