I think I'm right in saying that, when you process multiple images in ACR, you can apply just about any adjustment to all selected frames. What you cannot do, is apply a gradient adjustment (and adjustment brush) to more than one image at once.
I'm sure there's a very good reason for this, but when I have to apply gradients to a hundred landscapes, just to get a better idea of which ones to pick, it gets a bit laborious! I know that the gradients' positions will be slightly different in each frame, but I quite often custom-pick an exposure/contrast/clarity gradient setting for a particular shoot or batch, and it would be easier to apply the gradient first, and fine-tune it later.
Am I missing something, or can anyone suggest an alternative workflow?
Try Synchronize in ACR. Open desired images in ACR. Apply gradient to one image. Select All, Synchronize, and check Local Adjustments box. Same works in Bridge - Develop Settings.
That works. Thank you!
Seems a bit counter-intuitive to me - select several images and most controls affect them all. The Synchronise button, which is normally used to apply one image's settings to all, works on all controls. Oh well, at least now I know there's a difference.