Photo Editing: How to Copy & Paste Edits on Mac (2022 Update)

Edit pictures quickly on a Mac: duplicate photo and video edits by using copy and paste!

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If you plan on making the same kind of edits to several photos or videos, you can copy the adjustments you’ve made and paste them onto other images. Here's how to copy and paste edits on a Mac.

Related: How to Compare Edited Photos & Videos to the Original on Mac

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Speed up the photo editing process.
  • Duplicate an edit you like again and again.

How to Copy & Paste Photo & Video Edits on Mac

Here's a great tip to use as you edit photos and videos on your Mac. To edit and filter pictures quickly on a Mac, duplicate photo and video edits by using copy and paste. This won’t work with cropping, the red-eye tool, or the retouch tool, but it will work for other edits in the Photos app on a Mac. Check out our free Tip of the Day for more great photo-editing tutorials. 

  1. Double click on a photo or video you’ve edited in the Photos app, and click Edit.

    click edit
  2. Use keyboard shortcut Up Arrow + Command + C or, in the menu at the top of the screen, click Image, then click Copy Adjustments.

    click copy adjustments
  3. Back in the Photos app editing window, click Done

    click done
  4. Now, double-click the video or picture that you want to make the same edits to, and click Edit

    click edit
  5. Use keyboard shortcut Up Arrow + Command + V or click Image from the menu at the top of the screen again, then click Paste Adjustments

    click paste adjustments
  6. Click Done

    click done

Now you can quickly make the same adjustments on multiple photos. We hope this tip makes your photo-editing process simple and smooth. For more 

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

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