How To Copy Settings In Lightroom

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Copy Develop settings between photos with different formats, orientations, and crops, avoiding long-standing Lightroom bugs with copying local adjustments, crops, transforms, and red-center corrections. For example, re-create a Spot Removal from a portrait raw rotated in-photographic camera to a TIFF produced from that raw by Photoshop.

Define presets of usually used groups of settings.

Quickly invert entire masks (the missing feature in Lightroom eleven’south new masking tool).

Convert mask components (brushes, gradients, etc.) to Add, Subtract, or Intersect (another missing feature).

Extract masks from photos for use as Photoshop layer masks.

The plugin’s Copy Settings and Synchronize Settings commands are nigh identical to Lightroom’due south built-in commands, calculation support for Red Eye and defining presets:

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Bugs with Lightroom’due south Copy Settings

Lightroom has long had bugs copying Develop settings that are tied to specific locations in a photo, including Brush adjustments, Graduated Filters, Radial Filters, Transforms, Spot Removals, and Crops. The copied adjustments stop upwards at the wrong spot or have the wrong size. See these bug reports:

Local adjustments and crops don’t copy or work in presets applied to rotated photos
Synched castor not at the aforementioned place on a cropped copy
Synched spot removal to a cropped re-create not sampling from the same place as in the original
Transform doesn’t copy/sync correctly

Recently, Adobe has changed its position and says that fixing at least some of them is “planned”, though it has marked at to the lowest degree one example “equally-designed” with no plans to fix it. Fixes may be in the next release, or they may exist months or years down the road. Lightroom 10.2 fixed some of the bugs but introduced new ones.

I published a memo on the Lightroom Classic feedback site explaining the right behavior, how to implement it, providing exhaustive test results, and including a examination suite they tin run against new releases. Of course, I’ve run this plugin through the aforementioned test suite.

Lightroom 11 fails to copy the on/off toggles of Develop panels.

Download and Install

Copy Settings requires Lightroom 6.0 or subsequently, Lightroom CC 2015, or Lightroom Classic. (The newer cloud-focused Lightroom doesn’t back up plugins.)

  1. Lightroom 11 and later: Download copysettings.i.11.aught.

    Lightroom ten and before: Download
  2. If you’re upgrading from a previous version of Copy Settings, go out Lightroom and supplant the existingcopysettings.lrplugin binder with the new one extracted from the downloaded.nix. Restart Lightroom and you lot’re done.
  3. If this is a new installation, excerpt the foldercopysettings.lrplugin from the downloaded
    and move it to a location of your choice.
  4. In Lightroom, doFile > Plug-in Manager.
  5. ClickAdd together, scan and select thecopysettings.lrplugin folder, and clickSelect Folder (Windows) orAdd Plug-in(Mac OS).

The gratis trial is for thirty days—after that, y’all’ll demand to purchase a license.

Buy a License

  1. Purchase a license for $ix.95:

    The license includes unlimited upgrades. Make sure you’re satisfied with the costless trial before buying.

  2. Copy the license central from the confirmation folio or confirmation email.
  3. PractiseLibrary > Plug-in Extras > Re-create Settings.
  4. ClickPurchase.
  5. Paste the key into theLicense key box and clickOK.

Using Re-create Settings

Copying Settings
Synchronize Settings
commands work but like the built-in Lightroom commands.

Select a photo and do
File > Plug-in Extras > Copy Settings. Then select one or more photos and practice
File > Plug-in Extras > Paste Settings.

Alternatively, select two or more photos, with the source photo nigh-selected. And so exercise
File > Plug-in Extras > Synchronize Settings.

The selection
Original Heaven and Field of study Masks
copies the actual masks to the target photos. This is useful in special situations, such as copying the same exact mask to a large timelapse series.

To define a preset for a group of settings, check the desired settings. And so in the
carte, choose
New. To use that preset, only select it from the

Capsize a Mask

To invert a mask in Lightroom’southward new masking tool, select it and do
File > Plug-in Extras > Invert Mask. Note that you must select an entire mask, non a mask component (Castor, Linear Gradient, Radial Gradient, etc.).

Inverting a mask is the second most popular feature asking for Lightroom 11. Hopefully Adobe will implement it in xi.1.

Convert Mask Components

To change a mask component (brush, linear gradient, etc.) from Add or Subtract to Intersect, select the component and do
File > Plug-in Extras > Convert to Intersect. Similarly,
Convert to Add
Convert to Subtract
modify a component to Add or Subtract.

While information technology’s possible to exercise these conversions using built-in commands, it tin accept multiple steps when manipulating intersections and users take asked for the commands to be added to Lightroom.

Excerpt Masks
to extract a photo’s masks equally grayscale images suitable for utilize as layer masks in Photoshop. Select one or more photos and practice
File > Plug-in Extras > Extract Masks. The extracted masks will exist stacked underneath the photos:

Open the photo and a mask image in Photoshop, edit a layer mask for the photo, and re-create/paste the mask prototype to the layer mask.

Due to lack of Adobe documentation for how masks are represented,
Extract Masks
is unable to excerpt luminance, color, and depth range masks.

Notation that Lightroom’due south Sky and Subject masks are lower-resolution than those created by Photoshop’southward
Select > Sky
commands (and the algorithms appear to produce somewhat dissimilar masks).

Keyboard Shortcuts

Mac Os:
Y’all can use the standard machinery for assigning application shortcuts to plugin menu commands. InOrganization Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > App Shortcuts, select Adobe Lightroom Classic. Click “+” to add a new shortcut, then inMenu Title type “Copy Settings” (example matters) preceded by three spaces (“<infinite><space><space>Copy Settings”). InKeyboard Shortcut type the desired key or central combination.

Windows:You can use the standard bill of fare keystrokes to invoke Re-create Settings. For example, ALT+50 opens theLibrary menu, U opens thePlug-in Extras submenu, and C invokesRe-create Settings.

To reassign a dissimilar final keystroke to theCopy Settings
command, edit the fileInfo.lua in the plugin folder. Move the & in front of the desired letter in the bill of fare control’s proper name, irresolute the name itself if necessary.

To assign a unmarried keystroke as the shortcut, download and install the free, widely used AutoHotkey. And so, in Windows File Explorer, navigate to the plugin foldercopysettings.lrplugin. Double-clickInstall-Keyboard-Shortcut.batand restart your computer. This defines Ctrl+Shift+C, Ctrl+Shift+V, and Ctrl+Shift+Southward to invoke this plugin’s
Copy Settings,
Paste Settings, and
Synchronize Settings, rather than Lightroom’due south built-in commands. To change the shortcuts, edit the fileCopy-Settings-Keyboard-Shortcut.ahk in Notepad and follow the instructions in that file.


Please send problems, bugs, suggestions, and feedback to

I’ll gladly provide free licenses in exchange for reports of new, reproducible bugs.

Known limitations and issues:

  • Paste Settings
    pastes to all the currently selected photos in Library Loupe view, rather than just the well-nigh-selected photo. This differs from the built-in command, which only pastes to the about selected photo. (Lightroom doesn’t provide plugins with the ability to detect Library Loupe view.)
    Paste Settings
    works correctly in Develop.
  • Crop > Straighten Bending
    Aspect Ratio
    aren’t implemented—Re-create Settings copies all the crop settings. For more flexibility in copying just some of the crop settings, run into the Whatever Ingather plugin.
  • Copying
    Transform > Upright Manner
    Upright Transforms
    doesn’t work with this plugin or with the built-in Lightroom commands, even when copying to photos with the same internal orientation. I oasis’t figured out a workaround.
  • Copying
    Transform > Transmission Transform
    works with this plugin in many situations but not all—see here for a detailed list of where it doesn’t piece of work. It doesn’t piece of work at all with the built-in Lightroom commands. I haven’t figured out a workaround.
  • Copying
    Transform > Manual Transform
    will raise an internal Lightroom error if the source photo has
    = 0 and
    not-aught, or vice versa, and
    Constrain To Ingather
    is unchecked. To work around this Lightroom bug, make sure both settings are non-zip or check
    Constrain To Crop.
  • A Pet Eye’south catchlight doesn’t copy direct betwixt photos with different orientations due to a Lightroom bug that I can’t piece of work effectually.
  • The
    Original Sky and Subject Masks
    choice won’t correctly copy Select Sky and Subject masks to target photos with orientations different from the source photo (considering Adobe hasn’t documented the internal representation of the masks).
  • Excerpt Masks
    is unable to extract luminance, color, and depth range masks (because Adobe hasn’t documented the internal representation of the masks).

Version History


  • Initial release.


  • Fixed errors with Develop adjustments from previous process versions.
  • Fixed problems copying local adjustments to/from videos.
  • Copying a local adjustment from a photo with no adjustment clears it in the target photo.


  • Handles new Lightroom 11 masking. Version 1.iv just works with Lightroom 11 and later—use version one.3 for Lightroom ten and earlier.
  • You’ll have to re-create your Copy Settings presets, since Adobe reorganized and renamed the categories of settings in Lightroom 11.
  • Invert Mask control.
  • Invoking
    Paste Settings
    while in Develop will paste settings just to the electric current photo, non other selected photos. This is closer to how Lightroom’s
    Paste Settings
    works, though if you do
    Paste Settings
    in Library Loupe view, information technology will still paste to all the selected photos. (Lightroom doesn’t provide a fashion for plugins to tell the difference between Library Loupe and Library Filigree views.)
  • Original Sky and Subject Masks
    pick copies the bodily masks of Select Heaven and Select Subject,
    updating them. Until Lightroom provides a method for batch-updating copied Sky and Discipline masks, this selection is useful in limited situations, such equally as time-lapse photos with the sky in exactly the same position. Note that if you utilise this choice to copy Sky and Subject area masks to photos in different orientations, the masks won’t exist rotated properly (because Adobe hasn’t documented the internal representation of the masks).


  • Extract Masks extracts photos’ masks as grayscale images for employ every bit Photoshop layer masks.
  • Large numbers of masks are displayed in a scrollable list.
  • Sky/Subject masks are marked with
    Fixed bug copying radial gradients and crops between photos with different resolutions.


  • Transmission Transform
    now copies correctly in LR 11.


  • Masks only go copied when
    is selected.


  • Fixed bug with copying camera profiles.


  • Fixed bug with Masking checkboxes not properly displaying checked land.
  • Improved the display of the mask list on Windows.


  • Added the setting subcategories
    Indicate Bend
    to the
    Tone Curve
  • A progress bar is displayed for
    Synchronize Settings.
  • Convert to Add,
    Decrease, and
    commands for easier intersections of mask components.
  • Check All
    Check None
    moved to the right side for faster clicking.
  • Bank check None
    Original Sky and Discipline Masks.
  • Masks are now identified by the internal unique identifier, not by their name, as Lightroom does. This allows you lot to select amid masks that all accept the same name (e.grand. “Mask 1”) and to merge them without overwriting.
  • Mask names tin can now exist the aforementioned as settings category names (e.m. “Basic”).
  • Mask names can now incorporate periods (working effectually a Lightroom bug).
  • A Sky or Subject area mask copied between a principal and its virtual copy no longer needs to be updated.
  • Fixed problems copying radial filters that are partially off-paradigm.
  • Fixed bug copying radial filters betwixt images of different orientations.
  • Selecting
    for a source image that’south uncropped will no longer crop a target paradigm of a different orientation.
  • Fixed glitch with Mac OS security and the
    Extract Masks
    control on some installations.


  • Worked around Lightroom bug copying White Rest.