Posts tagged "Snapshots and Virtual Copies"

April 7, 2015

When to Use Virtual Copies and Snapshots in Lightroom

In this Episode of the Complete Picture Julieanne breaks down the differences and points out the advantages of using Virtual Copies and Snapshots in Lightroom. Since both features were designed for specific tasks, discovering what they do best will allow you to take advantage of their strengths.

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May 23, 2013

Finding Virtual Copies that Have Not Been Adjusted in Lightroom

The other day a customer asked me if there was a way to quickly find all of the virtual copies in their Lightroom library that didn’t have any adjustments applied in the Develop module so that they could delete them. (Unfortunately, someone had told them that they had to make virtual copies to all of their files before they made any changes and they now had hundreds of virtual copies that had never been adjusted/useless.)

I thought that it might be helpful to share the solution:

• Create a new Smart Collection in the Library module.

• Set the Criteria to the following:

–Copy name “isn’t empty” (to find all the virtual copies)

–Develop > Has Adjustments = “false”.

These 2 criteria will find all the Virtual Copies that do not have a Develop Adjustment.

Then, do one of two things. Either:

1) Select all of the Virtual Copies that you want to permanently delete and choose cmd+shift+option+return (mac) or ctrl+shift+alt+backspace (Windows). Note: this removes the Virtual Copies from the collection as well as deletes them from the library)


2) Select all of the images in the Smart Collection.

• Use some type of “tag” such as the Reject Flag, a Star Rating, or a color label to somehow identify these virtual copies (something that you haven’t used to identify other images).

• Exit out of the Smart Collection by selecting “All Photographs” from the Catalog panel (or select a smaller subset by using the Folder Panel).

• Back in the grid view, filter for the virtual copies using the Library Filter bar at the top of the Grid view:

–Under Attributes, check the Virtual Copies icon.

–Then, add the attribute set in step 4 (flag or color etc.).

Note: I noticed that in the Lightroom 5 Beta, the Lens Correction attribute is not considered an adjustment…

Thanks Eric!

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May 17, 2013

Applying Virtual Copy Settings to the Master File

There have been times when I have decided that the settings that I had applied to the Virtual Copy are better than what are on my Master. In this case, I can quickly apply the settings from a virtual copy to the master, by selecting  Photo > Set Copy as Master (in the Library module).


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May 16, 2013

Creating A Smart Collection Based on Virtual Copies in Lightroom 5

Although it’s easy to find your Virtual Copies by using the Filter options in Lightroom, (use the Attribute filter and click the Virtual Copy icon on the far right),


it isn’t as readily apparent how one can create a Smart Collection that automatically finds your Virtual Copies – but it can be done! In Lightroom 5, choose Library > New Smart Collection and under the Match category, choose  File Name / Type > Copy Name. Then, set the pull down menu to “isn’t empty”.


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March 25, 2013

Snapshots and Virtual Copies in Lightroom

When you save a snapshot in the Develop module in Lightroom, that snapshot is automatically made available in every Virtual Copy of the image.


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March 5, 2013

Naming Virtual Copies in Lightroom

By default, when creating Virtual Copies, Lightroom automatically gives each Virtual Copy a sequential copy name: “Copy 1”, “Copy 2”, “Copy 3”, etc. To create a custom name for each Virtual Copy, in the Metadata panel (in the Library module) type the preferred name in the “Copy Name” field.


Note: to see the custom file name in the Grid or Loupe views, you may need to make a change under View >View Options. In the example below, I have set my view options to “Show Grid Extras: Expanded Cells” and my “Expanded Cell Extras” to “Copy Name or File Base Name”. Note that you can also choose to see both Copy and File name.



For more information on Virtual Copies, you may want to watch this video tutorial.

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July 27, 2012

Previewing Snapshots as the Before State in Lightroom’s Develop Module

Unlike states in the History panel, you can not simply drag snapshots (saved in the Snapshots panel), into the “before” state in Lightroom’s Develop Module. You can, however, Control -click (Mac) / Right Mouse -click (Win) on a snapshot and choose “Copy Snapshot Setting to Before”.

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July 26, 2012

Working with History in Lightroom’s Develop Module

Often, I find that the default “before” history state (which is automatically created when the file is imported), is not the state that I want to compare to the “after” or current state. Fortunately,  to compare a different history state, you can simply drag and drop the desired state from the History panel into the “before” preview area. Note: don’t click on the state in the History panel – that will select that state as your current or “after” state: click -drag the state to the Before image.

• Tap the “Y” key to quickly cycle between the Before and After (current state) view.

• Shift + Y toggles the Split screen preview.

And don’t forget, if you reach a point where you like what you’ve done, but want to try a different direction, Command + ‘ (apostrophe) (Mac) | Control + B (Win)  + ‘ (apostrophe) creates a virtual copy of your photograph so that you can explore all of your creative variations.

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September 8, 2011

LR3 – Where are Settings Saved for Virtual Copies?

The adjustments (settings) made to a virtual copy are stored in the Lightroom catalog.

Note: The settings for the Master file are saved in the Lightroom catalog as well, but can also be saved within the original DNG file (or in a sidecar file if working with proprietary raw files) if, in Catalog Settings > Metadata “Automatically Write Changes to XMP” is enabled and/or if Metadata > Save Metadata to Files is applied to files when finished editing images. To save settings in JPEG, PSD and TIFF files, check “Include Develop settings in Metadata inside JPEG, TIFF and PSD files” in Catalog Settings > Metadata.

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July 22, 2011

Video Tutorial – Virtual Copies and Snapshots

Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + “ creates a Virtual Copy.

To apply the settings on a virtual copy to the master, select  Photo > Set Copy as Master.

Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + N creates a new Snapshot when in the Develop Module.

For more information about when to use Virtual Copies and Snapshots watch the video below.

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March 3, 2011

LR3 – Working with Virtual Copies

• 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.



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November 17, 2010

Video Tutorial – When to Use Virtual Copies and Snapshots in LR3

In this episode of The Complete Picture, I will breaks down the differences and point out the advantages of using Virtual Copies and Snapshots in Lightroom 3. Since both features were designed for specific talks, discovering what they do best will allow you to take advantage of  their strengths.

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