How to Synchronize Upright Lens Corrections in Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Often I have found that I want to apply perspective correction to multiple files at once using the Upright feature in Lightroom 5. But depending on the results I want to achieve, it’s best to know that there are two different ways of accomplishing this.

In the first situation, you might have a series of unrelated images that all need to have their own set of perspective corrections made to them. In this case, the easiest way to apply Upright would be to:

• Select all of the desired files in the Develop Module.

• Enable the Auto Sync feature (by toggling the switch to the left of the Sync… button).

•In the Lens Correction Basic panel, click the desired Upright mode (Auto, Level, Vertical, or Full) in order to apply the perspective correction to all selected files

With this method, each image is analyzed individually and the perspective corrected.

If you prefer not to use Auto Sync, you can select the first file and apply the desired Upright mode. Then, use the shortcut Command + C (Mac) | Control + C (Win) and check Upright Mode. Note: if the Upright Mode option is grayed out, that’s because the Upright transformations option is checked. Uncheck Upright Transformation and check Upright Mode instead. Then, select the other files to which you want the perspective correction applied and press Command + V (Mac) | Control + V (Win) to paste the corrections.

Or, if this is something you do all of the time, you can create a preset by selecting Develop > New Preset and enabling the “Upright Mode” option. 

In the second situation, you might have a series of related images – such as a sequence of bracketed exposures or a set of time lapse images for which you need the same exact numeric perspective corrections made to each image. In this scenario, you don’t want to run the upright analysis on each individual image because, due to robustness issues, Upright is very likely to return a slightly different result on each of the images in the selection. Instead, what you really want to do is have the upright analysis be performed on one of the images, and then have the result of that analysis (the numeric transformation) copied and applied  to the other images in the set. In order to do this,  copy the settings with Command + C (Mac) | Control + C (Win) and in the Copy Setting dialog, choose “Upright Transforms”. Then, select the other files that you want the perspective correction applied to and choose Command + V (Mac) | Control + V (Win) to paste the corrections.

You could choose to create a preset by selecting Develop > New Preset and selecting the “Upright Transforms” option but I’m not sure that this preset would be as useful (when applied to additional images in the future)  because the numeric values are locked into it.

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Posted on 04-30-2013


  • By Daniel thomassin - 10:35 AM on April 30, 2013  

    Bonjour ;Merci beaucoup pour tous vos conseil pour le mode Upright que je vais testé des vous souhaite une bonne journée et un très bon premier Mai à vous et vos collaborateurs d’Adobe.


  • By Anonyrat - 4:58 PM on May 1, 2013  

    Julieanne Thanks for all your tips I find them very useful. In the case of verticals I have always had a problem with Lightroom. Unless I take a building from dead-on in front, which is rare for me, I find that one vertical can be adjusted OK but not the other. It is a pain to have to go to PS just to correct.
    I have always thought an easier way would be in the Resize (R) panel. Holding say the ALT key the corners do NOT both move together but independently – therefore I could extend one side further on one side than the other. Just like PS transform I know – so you have the technology 🙂 Thanks

  • By Ian - 8:46 PM on August 18, 2013  

    The advice for the first situation does not work. Yes it syncs the upright mode, but it applies the same correction to all images instead of calculating the correction for each image. Case in point: When I click “Reanalyze” on one of my other images, I see a shift beyond the currently applied correction.