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How to Use Lightroom's Painter Tool

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

This post is part of our Learning Lightroom series.

A handy yet often unappreciated feature of Lightroom is the Painter Tool, located on the Toolbar. If you’ve ever worked with the Format Painter feature in Microsoft Office products, then you’ll be familiar with the concept.

What the Painter tool does, is allows you to paint an attribute to multiple photos by clicking on them. This is especially handy if you want to quickly apply attributes to images in multiple folders or collections.

Painter icon

The icon for the Painter tool resembles a paint can. If you don’t see it on the Toolbar, you’ll need to add it by clicking the downward-pointing arrow on the right side of the Toolbar and choosing Painter.

Choose Painter from the list

Quick Guide: To Apply Attributes using the Painter:

  1. Switch to Grid View.
  2. If the Painter icon is not visible on the Toolbar, click the downward-pointing arrow on the right side of the Toolbar and choose Painter from the list.
  3. Click the Painter icon.
  4. Click the drop-down list and choose the attribute you wish to paint (enter a keyword, choose the numbers of stars, choose what flag, etc.).

Choose the attribute you want to paint from the list

  1. Click on any image to which you want to “paint” the attribute. You can click on as many as you like.
  2. When finished, click on the Painter icon to deactivate it.

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