While reading one of the comments on Micah’s Aperture vs. Lightroom post last week on the Inside Aperture website I came across a sweet trick to Auto Synch the develop module adjustments in Lightroom. I had never heard about this trick before and I was blown away that I learned it on the Aperture website. Looks like we are all learning a lot from this Lightroom vs. Aperture comparison.
First, in Lightroom’s Develop module the normal way to copy develop settings is to adjust one image and then select the other(s) you want to develop and hit the Synch button in the lower right panel. Very simple and straight forward.
But here is the Auto Synch feature - if you select the images you want to work on as a group then you can hold down the Command (Mac) or Control (PC) key as you click the Synch button and it turns to Auto Synch as in the image below.
Now whenever you make a change to any of the images in your group it changes the settings for all for the selected images in the group automatically. I couldn’t even find this trick in the Lightroom instruction manual so I thought this might be pretty interesting for those of you that shoot lots of similars and want to speed up your workflow.
In comparison, Aperture uses the lift and stamp tools to synch image settings. The lift and stamp tools have a lot more versatility than the Synch button in Lightroom because you can pick and choose what settings you wish to apply to other images. While that is all fine and dandy it is a slower process - that is the price of versatility. Alternatively, you can use Shift-CMD-C to copy your settings and Shift-CMD-V to past them into another image. And you can also lift from one image and select a group of images to stamp those settings to which speeds up the process. I have to say that both methods in Aperture seem overly complex to me for what should be a really simple process and is in Lightroom.
I’m not trying to knock Aperture here - just telling it like it is. At the moment, I am in the process of writing up a full article to wrap up my Lightroom vs. Aperture comparison and today I spent two hours trying to figure out some fairly simple stuff in Aperture. I’ll have a lot more to say in the upcoming article. I’m trying to not form my opinion of Aperture too quickly but the more time I spend reading the user manual trying to figure out things that should be fairly obvious the less excited I get about using the application. Just my opinion….
Adios, Michael Clark