Copy Photo in LR 5

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by HomeingPigeon, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. HomeingPigeon macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2007
    I have been using LR 5 and like how it remembers what you have done to a picture over time. However I can not seem to figure out how copy an image so that I can edit one and still have an original as well. I would like to make on B&W version and one color version. Is there an option that I am just not seeing for duplicating an image or is there a more lengthy process I need to go through to accomplish this?
  2. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    Create virtual copy is what you're looking for I think. There is still just one 'real' image, but then can have many 'copies' that exist only as a record of what you have done to the image.
  3. kingalexthe1st macrumors 6502


    Apr 13, 2013
    I use this feature a lot, for exactly what OP has mentioned. You can either go to 'Photo' at the top and then 'create virtual copy', or hit command - '.

  4. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Or just right click on your mouse.
  5. dmax35 macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2012
    When you create a virtual copy of a photo, “Copy 1” (or “Copy 2,” “Copy 3,” and so on) is added automatically to the Copy Name field in the Metadata panel.

    In the Grid view in the Library or in the Filmstrip in any module, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) a photo and choose Create Virtual Copy from the context menu.

    In the Grid view in the Library or in the Filmstrip in any module, Control-click (Mac OS) to select multiple photos and choose Create Virtual Copies from the context menu.

    If the copy does not appear in the Grid view, the photos may be part of a collapsed stack. Try choosing Photo > Stacking > Expand All Stacks. If that doesn’t work, the photos may be filtered. Try using a different display method, such as choosing All Photographs in the Catalog panel.

    In the Library module, select a virtual copy of a photo in the Grid view or the Filmstrip and choose Photo > Set Copy As Master.
    To delete or remove a virtual copy, expand the virtual copy stack in its folder in the Library module (press S). Then right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the virtual copy in the Grid view or the Filmstrip and choose Delete Photo.

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