[2024] How to Select Multiple Files in Lightroom - FreeVisuals

To manage and edit multiple photos quickly in Adobe Lightroom, I learned to utilize specific selection techniques: selecting a sequence of images with the Shift key, choosing non-consecutive images using the Command (Mac) or Control (PC) key, and opting for all images with the Command/Control + A shortcut. These methods significantly streamline the editing process, allowing for efficient and precise adjustments across numerous photos.

December 3, 2023
[2024] How to Select Multiple Files in Lightroom - FreeVisuals
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How Do I Select Multiple Items In Lightroom?

Whenever you need to make bulk changes with Adobe Lightroom, understanding how to effectively select multiple images is a pivotal skill. This capability is particularly crucial when dealing with large photo sets, where applying uniform edits or viewing a series of images in sequence can save considerable time and effort. Whether it's adjusting the exposure of all photos from a wedding shoot or comparing a handful of images for detailed editing, knowing how to select images efficiently in Lightroom streamlines the process immensely.

In this article, we explore the various techniques of selecting images within Lightroom, tailored for beginners who are already acquainted with the basics of the software. We detail three key methods: selecting a continuous range of images, picking non-consecutive images individually, and selecting all images in your library. Each method is broken down into easy-to-follow steps, ensuring you can apply them effectively in your workflow.

  • Selecting a Continuous Range of Images: Ideal for editing sequences of shots, such as a series of portraits or consecutive event photos. We guide you through selecting adjacent images in your library, allowing for cohesive editing across a series.
  • Selecting Non-Consecutive Images Individually: Perfect for when your project requires edits on specific images scattered across your library. This section explains how to cherry-pick these images with precision.
  • Selecting All Images in Your Library: A timesaver for global adjustments. Learn how to select every image within your current library view for uniform application of edits or attributes.

Selecting a Continuous Range of Images in Lightroom

In Lightroom, when your project involves editing a sequence of images that are adjacent to each other in your library, you can efficiently select them all at once. Let's say you have a series of photos from a recent event, and you want to apply a uniform adjustment to them. Here's how you can select these images in a continuous sequence:

  1. Open Lightroom and navigate to the 'Library' module. This is where you'll be managing and selecting your images.
  2. In the grid view, identify the first image of the sequence you wish to select. For instance, this could be the first photo you took at the event.
  3. Click on this first image. You'll notice a change in the border or shading around the image, indicating it's selected.
  4. Now, press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard. This key is crucial as it allows you to extend your selection.
  5. While holding the Shift key, click on the last image in your desired sequence. Suppose this is the 20th image in the row.
  6. Upon clicking the last image, you'll observe that all images from the first to the 20th are now selected, highlighted by a change in their borders.
  7. You can now apply any edits or adjustments to this entire range of images simultaneously.

Selecting Non-Consecutive Images Individually

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There are scenarios where you might need to select specific images that are not next to each other. Lightroom allows for this selective picking with ease:

  1. Begin in the 'Library' module of Lightroom, where your images are displayed in a grid.
  2. Click on your first choice of image. Let's say you select the 3rd image in the first row.
  3. To add more images to your selection, hold down the Command key (for Mac users) or the Control key (for PC users). This key action is essential for multiple individual selections.
  4. While holding the key, click on another image you wish to select, for example, the 8th image in the second row.
  5. Continue this process, holding the Command/Control key and clicking on any other images you wish to include in your selection. Each clicked image, irrespective of its position, will be added to your selection.
  6. This method gives you the flexibility to selectively edit images scattered throughout your library.

Selecting All Images in Your Lightroom Library

For times when your project demands uniformity across all images, selecting every image in your library at once is a valuable shortcut:

  1. In the 'Library' module of Lightroom, where your images are displayed, click on any one of the images. It doesn't matter which one, as this is just a starting point.
  2. To select all images, press Command + A on a Mac or Control + A on a PC. This simple keyboard combination is a powerful tool for bulk actions.
  3. Once you press these keys, every image in your current Lightroom library view will be selected. You'll see the change in border or shading around each image, confirming the selection.
  4. With all images selected, you can now apply global adjustments or edits to your entire collection, ensuring consistency across your project.