Quickly re­peat changes

Rod Law­ton shows how to copy, paste and even save ad­just­ments

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Bal­ance pre­set would have been bet­ter than the Auto White Bal­ance set­ting you used, or that you should have used the Vivid Pic­ture Con­trol rather than Stan­dard.

At the top of the Edit panel is an Ad­just­ments menu which you can use to copy any ad­just­ments ap­plied to the cur­rent im­age and then paste them on to any num­ber of oth­ers, all in a sin­gle ac­tion.

What’s more, these ad­just­ments can be un­done, re­moved or re­placed. This is pos­si­ble be­cause of Cap­ture NX-D’s non-de­struc­tive edit­ing ap­proach. The ad­just­ments you make are not ap­plied di­rectly to your im­age files but are stored in­stead as pro­cess­ing in­struc­tions in ‘side­car’ meta­data files – see last month’s Cap­ture NX-D tu­to­rial for a more de­tailed ex­pla­na­tion.

This opens up all sorts of pos­si­bil­i­ties. For ex­am­ple, you might shoot in colour but want both black-and-white and colour ver­sions later on. To do this, you could ap­ply a black-and-white ad­just­ment to your pho­tos and use the Con­vert Files op­tion to pro­duce black-and-white JPEG ver­sions – and then ap­ply a colour ad­just­ment and pro­duce a se­ries of full-colour JPEGs. All the while your orig­i­nal NEF files re­main un­al­tered, so you can try out as many ad­just­ments as you like.

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