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Creating virtual copies

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Video: Creating virtual copies

Now that we've learned a lot of the foundational shortcuts with the Develop module, let's dig a little bit deeper. And here, I want to talk about how we can create Collections, and also how we can create virtual copies, because virtual copies give us a lot of creative flexibility when it comes to processing our photographs. So Lightroom will assume that you are going to do all of your organizational work in the Library module. So here, let's go back to the Library module, and let's use our shortcut key combination to create a new collection, so that we can kind of clear things out, so we can really focus in on creating virtual copies.

Creating virtual copies

Now that we've learned a lot of the foundational shortcuts with the Develop module, let's dig a little bit deeper. And here, I want to talk about how we can create Collections, and also how we can create virtual copies, because virtual copies give us a lot of creative flexibility when it comes to processing our photographs. So Lightroom will assume that you are going to do all of your organizational work in the Library module. So here, let's go back to the Library module, and let's use our shortcut key combination to create a new collection, so that we can kind of clear things out, so we can really focus in on creating virtual copies.

Well, to do that, here I will press the E key to go to the Library module, then press Command+N on a Mac, or Control+N on Windows. I am just going to name this Collection Chris, because we're working with this image which is titled chris.dmg. Well here, when you create a Collection, you can actually create a Collection using virtual copies. Well, I don't want to do that here just yet, but I do want to highlight that that's possible, and what a virtual copy is, is just another version of your image, without any extra file size.

So it's just a new set of instructions, which is saved in your catalog. So here, let's simply click Create, so that we can work with this main or master photograph here in this Collection. Next press the D key to go to the Develop module. Now, it's in the Develop module where virtual copies are really going to be helpful, because let's say, for example, that we have this portrait, but that we also want to try out a couple of different versions of this image; one which is black and white, another one which is black and white, with some split toning.

So here, to create a virtual copy, we can use a keyboard shortcut; press Command+Apostrophe on a Mac, or Control+Apostrophe on Windows. You can see down in the filmstrip below that I now have a virtual copy of this image. This is Copy 1. Next I can make some adjustments to this photograph, and let's do that in the Basic panel. To open up the Basic panel, press Command+1 on a Mac, or Control+1 on Windows. Next we will go ahead and press the V key in order to convert this image to black and white.

Then we will increase our Contrast here a little bit, increase the Exposure, and then we may also decide that we want to go down to the Black & White panel. To do that, we can press Command+3 on a Mac, or Control+3 on Windows, and here we can further customize the way that this particular black and white conversion will appear. And again, what we're starting to do here is combine a lot of our different shortcuts together. This is definitely more advanced. All right. Well let's say that we want to create another virtual copy, because we want to have another version of our image.

Well, we could do that either by pressing Command+ Apostrophe or Control+Apotrophe, or what you can do is you can right-click or Control+click over the image here. Then you can select this option, which is to create a virtual copy. Either technique will do the exact same thing. Now, with this virtual copy, I want to apply some Split Toning color to it. So let's open up that panel by way of our handy panel navigation shortcut. Press Command+4 on a Mac, or Control+4 on Windows.

Here we will go ahead and bring some color into the Highlights, perhaps a little bit of some yellows there, and then we'll bring some blues into our Shadows, and by doing that, you can see how we now have this different look with this photograph. In the filmstrip below, we can click through these different images, and in a sense, I almost like to think of virtual copies kind of like new layers in Photoshop. We have this new version, or this new way of processing our photograph, and the great thing about this is that it's completely nondestructive.

We can always edit this, or undo this, and this gives us a lot of flexibility. And what else is interesting about virtual copies is that if we look at our before and after view, it will go back to the original state of where the virtual copy was when it was created. So here, if we press the backslash key, you can see it goes all the way back to the color version of the image. Press backslash again; here's the after. Yet, if we go to our third image here, this virtual copy, and if we press the backslash key, we are going to see this image in the state where it started; that was in the state of this black and white conversion.

So here is before, and then now here is after. So in other words, by creating virtual copies, it allows you to step back in the time to when that image was created, and that's its, quote, original state. All right. Well let's review a couple of shortcuts here. Most important, the one shortcut that I want you to learn here is Command+Apostrophe or Control+Apostrophe; that's Command+Apostrophe on a Mac, or Control+Apostrophe on Windows. Then I also think it's helpful to note that when you make changes, say, when you make changes to the overall color and tone, or whatever you do, that when you press the backslash key, it's going to go back to the original state, or the first state when that virtual copy was created.

Here is our before, and then now here's our after. The reason why I want to highlight that is because it helps us to kind of evaluate the different ways that we're processing our image, so that we can kind of see this step by step approach in order to determine which version of our photograph is best. All right, well now that we know a little bit about how we can create virtual copies, let's talk just a little bit more about how we can work with virtual copies, and let's do that in the next movie.

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  1. 3m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 29s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
    3. Tips for getting the most out of this course
      55s
  2. 24m 51s
    1. Using advanced shortcuts for the Full Screen and Lights Out modes
      3m 0s
    2. Minimizing different areas of the interface
      3m 27s
    3. Exploring background and panel shortcuts
      3m 34s
    4. Advanced panel navigation
      2m 58s
    5. Choosing the different modules
      4m 9s
    6. Accessing contextual menus in each module
      2m 25s
    7. Adjusting preferences and catalog settings
      1m 11s
    8. Looking up keyboard shortcuts
      4m 7s
  3. 10m 10s
    1. Working with the interface
      3m 47s
    2. Importing images and videos
      3m 47s
    3. Understanding tethered capture
      2m 36s
  4. 20m 22s
    1. Zooming in on images
      4m 0s
    2. Exploring the Survey and Compare views
      4m 53s
    3. Rotating the image
      1m 52s
    4. Exploring view options
      3m 47s
    5. Creating a layout overlay
      2m 38s
    6. Finding and selecting images
      3m 12s
  5. 34m 25s
    1. Renaming and relocating images
      4m 55s
    2. Adding labels, stars, or flags
      4m 58s
    3. Deleting images quickly with flags
      1m 59s
    4. Changing labels, stars, or flags
      3m 17s
    5. Filtering based on labels, stars, or flags
      2m 3s
    6. Finding images quickly
      1m 45s
    7. Working with stacks
      3m 22s
    8. Working with collections and target collections
      3m 5s
    9. Using and showing Quick Collections
      2m 46s
    10. Creating, using, renaming, and moving folders
      2m 59s
    11. Removing and deleting with shortcuts
      3m 16s
  6. 7m 17s
    1. Adding and editing keywords quickly
      3m 7s
    2. Using keyword shortcuts and enabling keyword painting
      2m 0s
    3. Using keyword lists and saving metadata
      2m 10s
  7. 5m 21s
    1. Working with a second monitor
      2m 37s
    2. Exploring advanced dual-monitor shortcuts
      2m 44s
  8. 9m 6s
    1. Exporting a photograph
      3m 39s
    2. Editing in Photoshop
      4m 19s
    3. Emailing a photograph
      1m 8s
  9. 4m 30s
    1. Viewing video
      1m 47s
    2. Setting in and out points
      1m 52s
    3. Exporting video
      51s
  10. 28m 53s
    1. Correcting tone and white balance automatically
      1m 40s
    2. Correcting white balance
      1m 29s
    3. Making adjustments in the Basic panel
      4m 9s
    4. Navigating between basic panels
      2m 46s
    5. Resetting the image to its default settings
      2m 27s
    6. Understanding how to show and correct clipping
      5m 1s
    7. Synchronizing and copying settings
      6m 34s
    8. Viewing before and after
      2m 6s
    9. Quickly converting to black and white
      1m 37s
    10. Showing information overlays
      1m 4s
  11. 28m 16s
    1. Creating virtual copies
      5m 39s
    2. Working with virtual copies
      3m 40s
    3. Using Snapshots to save settings
      3m 36s
    4. Creating custom presets
      2m 24s
    5. Using the Targeted Adjustment tool
      3m 37s
    6. Creating strong black-and-white conversions
      1m 54s
    7. Making better split-toning adjustments
      1m 27s
    8. Sharpening and improving the details in your photos
      2m 43s
    9. Soft proofing shortcuts
      3m 16s
  12. 18m 10s
    1. Exploring tool strip shortcuts
      54s
    2. Cropping and resetting a crop
      2m 10s
    3. Changing the crop overlay
      2m 35s
    4. Switching the crop orientation
      1m 28s
    5. Retouching with the Spot Removal tool
      2m 24s
    6. Making corrections with the Adjustment Brush
      6m 14s
    7. Using the Graduated Filter
      2m 25s
  13. 6m 18s
    1. Zooming in on the map and changing the map style
      1m 31s
    2. Finding a location and adding images
      3m 53s
    3. Adding GPS information and moving markers
      54s
  14. 9m 23s
    1. Viewing the book project
      1m 51s
    2. Toggling the visibility of guides
      2m 31s
    3. Working with type
      3m 23s
    4. Making selections
      1m 38s
  15. 8m 20s
    1. Playing an impromptu slideshow
      1m 52s
    2. Playing and viewing a slideshow
      1m 42s
    3. Creating a custom template and saving the slideshow
      2m 55s
    4. Exporting as PDF, JPEG, and video
      1m 51s
  16. 7m 28s
    1. Choosing the Print module and changing the page settings
      1m 21s
    2. Customizing the layout and viewing the guides
      2m 35s
    3. Modifying the print settings
      1m 51s
    4. Creating a custom template and saving the print
      1m 41s
  17. 3m 40s
    1. Exporting and reloading
      1m 30s
    2. Previewing in a browser and saving your web gallery
      2m 10s
  18. 43s
    1. Goodbye
      43s

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