How can I automate Lightroom to use a sequence of presets on a sequence of images?

Photography Asked by David Brennan on September 28, 2020

I work for a used car dealership. We take 60-65 photos for each vehicle, bring them to Lightroom to color grade, crop, and straighten. This process takes about 10-15 minutes per truck and requires a person to be sitting at a computer and work through the process. There is little variation between vehicles. Our photos are shot in the same order every time, in a light-controlled room to avoid differences in color and amount of light.

I would like to automate the process of applying the presets we have to each image.
Exterior photos receive a different preset than interior photos, red vehicles get different presets than black ones, etc.
I have 3 presets for exterior images, one for interior, and would eventually like to make a preset for each angle individually.

Is there a way, most likely thought a Lightroom plugin, that will pull the images in order and apply the presets in sequence?

The 1st image in the selection ---> preset for angle 1
The 2nd image in the selection ---> preset for angle 2
The 3rd image in the selection ---> preset for angle 3
and so on...

I looked through other forums hoping other people have asked this question before, and to my misfortune have not found anything similar to what I am looking for.

One Answer

In LR you could identify the images you want a given preset applied to... i.e. select all of the images with a red truck and give them the red color label. And create a smart collection that pulls all of the images where the label color = red; plus any additional rule you see fitting. Then select the smart collection and apply your preset to all of the images within it.

The smart collection only has to be created once, and you would need to set one up for each preset. The smart collection is also "virtual;" the files remain in their original file structure/organizational locations.

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I think the requirement to sequence through different edits (presets) as it steps through a sequence of different images is too much for any basic batch edit/action type function.

Answered by Steven Kersting on September 28, 2020

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