Lightroom – Bulk Crop and Resize images

Hello, I’m Helen Bradley. Welcome to
this video tutorial. In this tutorial I’m going to show you how you can bulk crop
and resize images and export them from Lightroom. A reader recently posed a question
to me and that was what do I do if I need to crop all my images to 5 by
7 in size and get them out as 500 by 700 pixel images. In
Lightroom that’s not that difficult to do. What I suggest you do is you do it from
the Library in Quick Develop mode. So I’m going to select the images here and then I’m going to select Crop Ratio
and I’m going to choose 5 by 7. And that will crop all of these images
to 5 by 7 images. But look what it’s done with the
verticals. It’s cropped them to 5 by 7 but it’s
kept that same vertical alignment. So now let’s go to the Develop module and
just see what we’re seeing here. This is the crop marquee. And you can see that this image,
each one of these images in fact has been cropped to 5 by 7. And let’s
go and find a vertical crop and see how it’s been cropped. Again, it’s
been cropped to 5 by 7 but in a vertical direction. So this means that
all of these images have automatically been cropped. All we would do is
have a quick look and make sure that important parts of the image have not
been cropped off. If these were people we’d have a quick check to make sure that
somebody’s head hasn’t been chopped off for example. And having done that now knowing that
everything is cropped to 5 by 7, to export these images at 500
by 700 pixels in size or 700 by 500 we would select all of them by
clicking on the first and Shift click on the last. I’m going to right click and choose
Export and then Export again and we would just set up the Export
option. So here I’m going to put this in a folder called 5 by 7. I don’t want to rename these files. All we
want to do is to resize them. But what I do want to do is I want to select
Resize to Fit. And the longest edge since I know that these are all 5
by 7s is going to be 700 pixels and
the resolution I can set to 100 pixels per inch. So these are then going to be 5 by
7 images at 100 pixels per inch resolution. And all I need to do is
to click Export and Lightroom is going ahead and it is
cropping and resizing all of those images so that they are all going to be the exact right size that we chose. And
here they are including the ones that were verticals. You can see
that these are 500 by 700 pixels in size. This one is 700
by 500 because it’s a landscape image. So in Lightroom you could batch resize
and export these images in just a matter of a few seconds by just choosing the right option. And that
is here in the Quick Develop module setting a crop ratio for those images.
This is not something you can do easily in the Develop module, but it’s
something that you can do very, very simply here in the Quick Develop area of the Library in Lightroom. My name is Helen Bradley. Thank you for
joining me for this Lightroom video tutorial. If you liked the
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channel. You’ll also find more of my tutorials, tips and tricks on my website

26 Replies to “Lightroom – Bulk Crop and Resize images”

  1. Batch Crop and Resize in #Lightroom   
    See how to quickly crop and resize multiple photos at a time in #Lightroom. This feature makes it simple to, for example, automatically crop thousands of images to 4 x 6 or 5 x 7 with a few clicks. It is smart enough to crop landscapes to 7 x 5 and portraits to 5 x 7 – it's awesome and a must know feature if you have to deal with lots of images at once and when you don't want to have to process them individually. 

  2. I don't suppose you could move through it step by step a little slower, you are all over the place and by the time i select all you are finishing up!!! Just saying, you know what you are doing so it happens so fast. Also i want to make all my pics 8'x10' 300 dpi from 16MP 72dpi. Thanks.

  3. Keith – I agree with you on principle. However, often people are asked to provide say a 5 x 7 at 300 dpi for some purpose – so they need to set the dpi for that. If you are sizing to a pixel based dimension such as 2000 x 3000 then dpi technically isn't relevant because the size is fixed – however, I've had art directors return images like that at 72dpi and ask for a higher res version – clearly they don't know what they are talking about – but one – it's easier to give them what they are asking for and two – to them it does matter! So – setting dpi won't hurt and it may result in less problems in the 'real world' with people who don't know better.  

  4. Great video, thank you so much for your contribution, I've been having issues with re-sizing not so much cropping, I don't want to lose any content of my picture but I'm having problems sizing to a specific number "1200*900", every time I do it, it does not do it quite well, it ends up at 1200*797! Any suggestions as how to apply the specific number? 

  5. Hi there

    How would I be able to resize the images first, say to say 40pct of the orginal. Perhaps later I would crop them.

    Thank you, this video did certain help me figure out certain bits. first time out using Lightroom

  6. Hi! I need to resize a bulk of phographs in 7×5 but all vertical, no matter the original orientation on the pic. How can I do tha? it would like in your case also the vertical in horizontal as well as the others. Is that possible? Thanks

  7. thx for the tutorial it answered my question in the first 38 seconds! You sound like those people who work at Disney that talk over the intercom as the train takes you into Disney! Have you ever done that before? Like a tour guide or anything?

  8. Brilliant. You saved me hours of tedious work, restoring the 1:1 format I used when I took the photos but that were not preserved by Lightroom on import. Many thanks.

  9. Thanks! saved me a lifetime on cropping. 🙂 Works great with lightroom 6. Same as shown, however if you crop like 100 photos in once it can take some time.

  10. Video title says crop but you didn't crop it, you resized it.. How do we crop it? As in crop 1 inch off the top and 1 inch off the bottom?

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