Apply Image Adjustments to Other Photos on Mac with Copy & Paste

by OSXDaily

Copy and paste photo adjustments on Mac

If you have spent a while adjusting a picture to your liking in Photos app for Mac, you can easily apply those image adjustments and edits to other pictures in Photos app as well.

This is accomplished through a handy but little-known copy & paste adjustments ability, and it’s quite easy to use.

Essentially what you’re doing is adjusting one image and then you’ll be copying those adjustments (but not the image) and applying them to another picture. Here is how it works in Photos app for macOS and Mac OS X, using the same copy and paste shortcuts you’re already familiar with.

Copy & Paste Photo Adjustments on Mac

    1. Open Photos app on the Mac if you have not done so already

Photos app icon in Mac OS X

    1. Double-click on any picture and choose “Edit” as usual, then make adjustments to that picture as you typically would (adjustments to brightness, color, sharpness, vignette, etc)
    2. When satisfied with the image adjustments, go to the “Image” menu and choose “Copy Adjustments”

Copy photo adjustments on Mac

    1. Now return to the primary Photos app browser and open another picture, then choose the “Edit” option again for the new picture
    2. Go to the “Image” menu again, this time choosing “Paste Adjustments”

Paste photo adjustments on Mac

  1. The image adjustments made in the prior image edits are now applied to the picture
  2. Repeat for additional pictures if desired

This offers a really great way to apply bulk image color corrections and other fine image adjustments to many pictures.

The video below demonstrates the copying of image adjustments and pasting of the same adjustments to another picture, in this case it’s copying specific black and white photo settings and applying them with the paste effort:

At the moment there is no ability in Photos app to select multiple pictures and paste adjustments across them, but perhaps a future version will enable that as well.

You might find this to be particularly useful after you have enabled additional advanced Photos adjustment options on Mac, since you can then apply those optional image adjustments to many photos very quickly.

I use this often when applying a vignette to pictures in Photos app, since the vignette adjustment tends to be a generic enough adjustment that it looks good on just about any picture where you want to use one to draw focus to the middle.

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