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In a previous movie, we created a new Collection, and then we looked at how we could create multiple virtual copies. Now, you don't have to create virtual copies when using Collections; it's just kind of a helpful way to be able to see just the virtual copies without having all the clutter of all of the other images. But since we've created this Collection, what I want to do now is talk a little bit about how we can work with these virtual copies, whether or not they're in a collection, or in the main folder. In order to do that, we're actually going to step out of the Develop module for a moment, and jump back to the Library module.
So here let's go ahead and press the E key in order to go to the Library module in the Loupe View mode. You can see that I'm working from this Collection here. Well if I want to see where these files are located in their folders, we can right-click or Control+click on an image, and then choose Go to Folder in Library. By doing that, it will then show us that folder, and it will show us this image here. Well, currently I have the main photograph, and then these three virtual copies. Well, if we go back to the Collection for a moment -- we can do that by clicking on the Collection name -- we can remove a photograph from a collection by simply pressing the Delete or the Backspace key. That image is now gone, or out of this collection, yet it doesn't mean that that photograph has been deleted or removed from our hard drive, because remember, Collections, they're virtual. They're just saved in the Lightroom catalog; they don't really exist.
If we go back to our folder by right-clicking or Control+clicking, here we can choose Go to Folder in Library. We can see in the Library that we still have all three of these virtual copies. So I just wanted to highlight that. Well how, then, can we find these virtual copies admidst the rest of our photographs? Well, in the Library module, if you press the backslash key, that will turn on your filtering options. Then we can go to Attribute. Underneath the Attribute criteria, on the far right-hand side, we have a few options. We can either choose to just see the photographs which are the Master Photos, or we can choose just to see the Virtual Copies, or we can click on both of these in order to see both.
For example, if we click on this icon here, it will just show us these three virtual copies. If we click on both icons, we can see we now have Master Photos, and the Virtual Copies, or if we want to remove the virtual Copies from this view, we can click off this icon, and click on the Master Photo icon. So in this case, we'll just see this one photograph here. So again, these icons help us to see these images really clearly. All right, well let's go ahead and turn off the filtering for a moment.
To do that, I'll click on this icon here, and then I'll scroll back down to where we can see this image, and these other virtual copies. Well, how can you delete or get rid of virtual copies? Well you can do that by clicking on the image, then by pressing Delete, or Backspace. Now, when you press Delete, or Backspace, and when you're in the Folders panel, this will get rid of this file forever, so you won't be able to bring it back. So here, we'll go ahead and click Remove; that virtual copy is now gone.
It obviously will also be gone from our Collection as well. So just keep that in mind, that when you're in your Collections panel, if you press Delete, or Backspace, that's just removing an image, whether it's a virtual copy or not, from the Collection, yet when you're in the folder, if you hit the Delete, or Backspace key, that will then remove the virtual copy or the master photo in a more permanent way.
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