• Recycling Adjustment Layers in Photoshop or PSE

    Sometimes you shoot a series of photos with the same issue for editing. They might be over or underexposed, too light or dark, or you might just want to convert them all to black and white. After editing one of the photos itís helpful to be able to apply the same setting to the other images in the series. Instead of repeating the same function over and over again you can just apply the adjustment to the rest of your photos. Hereís how:

    Open at least two photos.
    Select one of the photos and click the Create a New Fill or Adjustment Layer icon in the Layers panel. It looks like a circle that his half black/ half white which will either be at the top or bottom, depending on your software.
    Apply an adjustment such as Exposure, Levels, Black and White, Hue/Saturation, etc.
    Youíll notice that a new layer is created above your photo.
    Create more adjustment layers to fix any other issues with your photo.
    When you are satisfied, hold down the Ctrl key (Mac: Cmd key) and click all of your adjustment layers to select them all at once.
    Drag the layers over to the second photo.
    This applies your adjustments to that photo.

    If you need to tweak one of the adjustment layers, double-click on the adjustment layer icon of that particular adjustment layer in the Layers panel. This brings up the adjustment properties so that you can alter the adjustment without starting over.
    You can remove an adjustment layer by dragging the layer to the trash can in the layers panel.

    Using this technique, you can easily apply the same adjustments to the entire set of photos.