Apple’s Photos app for iPhone and iPad is perfect for making quick changes or deep edits to your photos and videos. You can even use it to copy edits from one photo or video to an entire batch, reducing your editing workload. We’ll show you how.
Copy edits from one photo or video to another
Batch editing on iPhone works with a copy and paste approach. To apply edits to a batch of photos or videos, you must first edit one.
Note: The batch editing feature will work for edits made with filters, as well as edits for exposure, contrast, saturation, tint, etc. It doesn’t work for cropping, straightening, or adjusting perspective.
Open a photo or video and tap “Edit”, then make some changes. Try to think about how these changes will affect other images or videos in your lot when you apply them.
Once you’re happy with how the photo looks, tap the ellipsis icon (…) in the top right corner of the screen and tap “Copy Edits” to copy the changes to the clipboard.
Tap “Done” to save your edits and return to the library. Tap a photo to preview it, then use the ellipsis button (…) in the top right corner, followed by “Paste edits” to apply your changes.
If you want to apply your edits to more than one photo, you can do so from the main view of the library. First, press “Select” and then tap on all the photos you want to apply your edits to.
Now tap the ellipsis icon (…) in the bottom right corner of the screen and tap “Paste Edits” to make batch-wide adjustments.
Don’t you like the changes you made? You can tap “Edit” and then “Revert” on an individual photo or video to go back to the original.
You can also do this on a batch scale by tapping “Select” and selecting the photos you want to reverse. Then choose “Revert to Original” from the ellipsis (…) menu.
Advice: If you can’t see the option to copy or paste your edits, you’ll need to make sure you’re running iOS 16. Check for iPhone updates in Settings > General > Software Update.
Ideal for photos taken in similar conditions
Batch editing can be a real time saver, especially if you want to achieve a similar look from a batch of photos.
For example, you can go for a striking high-contrast black and white look by desaturating your shots (using the saturation tool), increasing contrast, increasing black point, and even increasing exposure.
If you’re looking for a less radical look, ideally shooting conditions should remain the same between photos. For example, batch editing might be useful simply to brighten a set of photos taken at the beach on a cloudy afternoon.
More editing tips for better photos
Understanding how to edit using the Photos app can significantly improve the results you get from your iPhone camera.
You can also apply some simple tips to make your images pop and increase the dynamic range to bring back details in shadows and highlights (especially if you shoot in RAW).
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