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Lightroom – Bulk Crop and Resize images

September 5, 2019

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
tutorial please comment, press the Like button, consider subscribing to my YouTube
channel. You’ll also find more of my tutorials, tips and tricks on my website


  • Reply Helen Bradley March 11, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    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. 

  • Reply SnakeMannn April 3, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    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.

  • Reply AmishElvis1 June 27, 2013 at 5:00 am

    You saved me a lot of time. Thank you very much!

  • Reply 2Jetsswimming August 3, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    This was EXTREMELY helpful!!!! Thank you so much.

  • Reply Jay Trinh November 11, 2013 at 6:38 am

    You're my life saver. Thanks again for great video.

  • Reply SOE ZEYA TUN April 13, 2014 at 6:02 am

    I will have to blur thousands of photo, I couldn't do one by none so can we do like that here 

  • Reply Helen Bradley September 6, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    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.  

  • Reply Ramses Del Campo October 2, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    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? 

  • Reply Helen Bradley February 24, 2015 at 3:45 am

    Learn how to crop and resize images in bulk in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom #lightroom   #tutorial  

  • Reply Warren Lassabe September 8, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Nice tutorial and a goor refresher. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Susan T September 13, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Very concise and to the point.

  • Reply Andrea Fine October 1, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Excellent explanation

  • Reply Ibrahim Mendez December 10, 2015 at 7:08 am

    hi hello Ms Helen Bradley I want to learn how to crop and resize in bulk in paint? please help me. thanks a lot.

  • Reply kirpaljeet singh January 24, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    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

  • Reply Valeria De Nicola June 3, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    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

  • Reply Tommy Trenton Jr. June 16, 2016 at 2:37 am

    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?

  • Reply Miguel Alonso August 16, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    40 seconds. Right to the point. Thank you very much!!

  • Reply Pushpa Jay October 3, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks Helen.

  • Reply Gary Craggs January 28, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    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.

  • Reply Gustavo Ramirez March 19, 2017 at 9:53 am

    thanks a lot.

  • Reply Jed Dulanas April 22, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    I have lightroom 6 and don't see Crop Ratio in the Quick Develop under Library module. Was it moved?

  • Reply Suzanne Drogt July 24, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    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.

  • Reply Singles Events Melbourne November 26, 2017 at 10:43 am

    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?

  • Reply Brad D February 12, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Hi Helen, what if you want to set a custom crop size and apply it to a series of images?

  • Reply Jade dills August 7, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    I cant even get to the library wtf i suck

  • Reply Denise Terrazas August 28, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    how could I TURN all of the photos vertical at once?

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