by Julieanne Kost

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March 3, 2011

• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + “ to create  a Virtual Copy.

• To delete a Virtual Copy tap the Delete/Backspace key.

• To quickly find all Virtual Copies in a folder or collection, in the Grid View click Attribute in the Filter bar and select the icon for Virtual Copies (on the far right).

• To change the Virtual Copy into the master file, choose Photo > Set Copy as Master.




  • By Lynne - 5:58 AM on April 30, 2013  

    When I first started using Collections, I followed someone’s advice and always clicked ‘create virtual copy’ — so I now have a huge number of unused/useless VCs that I would like to clear out. Is there any way to 1) filter to show all virtual copies that have not been changed (but keep the ones that I have edited or changed in any way, 2) delete the unchanged virtual copies but keep the collection that holds them intact? I can picture a work-around for the second part by color coding all the unused VCs along with their original, deleting the unedited VCs, going to the folder and selecting all the colored originals, dragging them to the collection and then removing the color label. Cumbersome, but do-able.?

    • By Julieanne Kost - 8:24 AM on May 3, 2013  

      1. Create a new Smart Collection. The criteria is 2fold. (1) Copy name “isn’t empty” will find all the virtual copies. (2) Develop-> Has Adjustments = “false”. These 2 criteria will find all the Virtual Copies that do not have a Develop Adjustment.

      2. Use the Reject Flag, a Star Rating, or a color label to somehow identify these virtual copies.

      3. Exit out of the Collection. This is important because if you delete an image in a collection, Lightroom only removes the image from the collection and does not remove it from catalog (or disk).

      4. Back in the grid view, filter for Virtual Copies using the “Kind: Virtual Copies” icon. Then filter based on the attribute selected in step 2. From there you should b eable to delete these virtual copies.