How to Batch Crop Photos in Adobe Lightroom

Nancy Messieh 12-04-2018

There are plenty of apps available for batch cropping and resizing your photos. But if you already use Lightroom to edit your photos How to Use the New Lightroom CC: The Basics You Need to Know Want to learn to use the new Lightroom CC? Here's a quick overview of all the features you need, as well as some help navigating the new interface. Read More , you might as well use Lightroom to quickly crop all your photos down to size.


This can be particularly useful if you’re looking to crop all your photos for posting on Instagram. The catch here is, of course, that you can’t choose which part of your image will be preserved.

How to Batch Crop Photos in Adobe Lightroom

To batch crop photos, open your Lightroom library and find the photos you want to batch crop:

  1. If the photos aren’t already in one folder you can add them to a new collection. Select the images you want to crop and then go to Library > New Collection.
  2. In the window that popups, you can choose a name for your collection and make sure that Include selected photos is checked. If you want to, you can also check Create virtual copies, but because of Lightroom’s nondestructive nature this isn’t entirely necessary. It is useful, however, if you want to make easy comparisons.
  3. The collection will open up. Make sure all the photos are selected, and find the Quick Develop panel on the right. (If it’s not showing go to Window > Panels > Quick Develop.)
  4. Under Saved Preset find the Crop Ratio dropdown menu, select the ratio you want to use. By default you can choose from some popular formats include 1×1, 4×5 / 8×10, and 5×7.
  5. Once you make your selection – all the photos will be instantly cropped to the new ratio. You can easily revert to the original ratio from the same dropdown menu.


Related topics: Adobe Lightroom, Batch Image Editing, Image Editing Tips.

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  1. LFrench
    September 18, 2019 at 12:25 am

    Great simple instructions but it didn't work. I had to individually crop each image. Thank heavens only the headshots of debs to use for photo recognition and not the 10,000 images shot at all the events! I also saved my crop settings as suggested below, selected images, and applied but it didn't use my presets. It cropped them all as horizontals.

    Maybe I should restart my computer since I just downloaded the update and see if that will fix my issues!

    I will also go through your site to see if you have any articles on the following issues. We have been searching for years for a great facial recognition app but have had no luck. Someone suggested Lightroom and I thought that one should be good since used by many professionals, but I don't think it's the answer. Any suggestions? Google is working on a more professional version, but not capable for our needs at this point.

    Ahhh, LightRoom...
    Facial recognition not very good even though using clean portrait images to use for people; no back buttons, too much work to go back to where you were before a suggestion came up; file names on images should be imported and visible (have to go to each image to see the detail) rather than having to look back at my library and find the names; doesn't sort my images in alphabetical order as in the file I'm importing, so again have to search for the debs name; when they asked "is this the same person" so can merge facial recognition, there is no way to look at the images to verify if it IS the same person, just a tiny thumbnail but can't see the images they're suggesting.

  2. Klz
    April 12, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Easier: Crop the first photo, press Cmd+Shift+C to bring up Copy Settings dialog. Select to copy just cropping (and any other edits you’ve made on the photo) and click OK. Select the rest of the photos you want to crop and press Cmd+Shift+V. Done. (Substitute Cmd with Crtl on Windows, duh)

    • Tim
      January 22, 2020 at 4:08 pm

      Hi Klz- thanks for the batch cropping tip you offered here. I just tried it in Lightroom CC, but no luck. Wondering if there are any specific settings or options I need to employ? Thanks!

  3. yeah
    April 12, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    it good