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Working with virtual copies

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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.

Working with virtual copies

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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  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
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      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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