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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
Here, I've selected this file, we can find in the 02_General_Photos folder, subfolder outdoors. Let's take this image to the Develop module by pressing the D key. Now that we're here, what I want to do is continue to talk about virtual copies. What I'm interested in doing is having a couple of different versions, or iterations of this photograph. We've already learned the shortcut to do this, right? It's Command+Apostrophe on a Mac. That's Ctrl+Apostrophe on a PC. So, I'll go ahead and press that shortcut. Now, when I do that, down below you'll notice that I now have two different photographs.
With the second photograph, I'm going to go ahead and choose one of these black-and-white conversions and apply one of my presets. Now, here I have a completely different version of the photograph. Let's say that I decide it would be kind of fun to have a sepia tone version of this image. Well again, I'll press Command+ Apostrophe on a Mac, Ctrl+Apostrophe on a PC, and then I'll apply a different preset. Now, virtual copies doesn't require that you use presets, yet it's a simple way to illustrate how you can see that you can have different versions of photographs.
You can, of course, go into your different panels. For example, I'll go into my Basic panel, and I'll add some contrast or change my exposure. Let's say I create another virtual copy. I'll press Command+Apostrophe on a Mac, Ctrl+Apostrophe on a PC. Here, I'll make the exposure a little bit brighter, the clacks a little bit stronger, the recovery, also I'll bring up, and so on and so forth. So again, I have yet another version of this particular image. Now the nice thing about this, if I decide that I don't like one of these versions, well it's no big deal.
I can delete it, and I can delete this a number of different ways. Perhaps, the simplest way is to press the Delete key. When I do that, this dialog shows up, which says hey, do you want to remove the selected virtual copy? Yeah, definitely. I'm going to go ahead and remove that. That's how it works inside of the Develop module. All right, well, what about the Library module? Well, over here in the Library module, if we Press the G key, we can go to this Grid view mode. You notice that these are all part of a stack. We can see the stack lines on the far left and the far right. Here, when I press the Delete key, it will ask me again, do I want to remove the selected photo? Sure.
I can remove it from my library. I can also right-click or Ctrl+ Click and select Delete Photo. What this will do again is say hey, do you want to remove this from your library? Yes, I do. So, what remove is doing is essentially deleting the file, because the file doesn't really exist. So, the language, in regards to virtual copies, is remove versus delete, as you can see here. Yet going back, we can see that I now have these different iterations, which I can click through, and then I can continue to process these as needed in the Develop module, and take advantage of these different options that I've created via this new feature titled virtual copy.
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