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Creating collections of virtual copies

From: Lightroom 5 Essentials: 06 Creating Slideshows and Web Galleries

Video: Creating collections of virtual copies

Now, that we've taken some time to talk about some of those standard stops procedures, for working with collections, or for renaming, or reordering our images. Here, what I want to do is take it up a notch. I want to take a look at how we can create a collection of virtual copies. In other words, I want to take a look at how we can have a set of photographs like this. So, that we can then take these photographs and create two different, or two distinct online web galleries. And this is pretty typical. Let's say for example, with these pictures, what I want to do is, I want to upload an online web gallery with these all of these images in color.

Creating collections of virtual copies

Now, that we've taken some time to talk about some of those standard stops procedures, for working with collections, or for renaming, or reordering our images. Here, what I want to do is take it up a notch. I want to take a look at how we can create a collection of virtual copies. In other words, I want to take a look at how we can have a set of photographs like this. So, that we can then take these photographs and create two different, or two distinct online web galleries. And this is pretty typical. Let's say for example, with these pictures, what I want to do is, I want to upload an online web gallery with these all of these images in color.

I also want to upload another online web gallery, but this time I want all of the images to be in black and white. Well, in order to do that, we need to first create two different collections. And we can create a collection of virtual copies of these pictures and convert those to black and white. Let's take a look at how we can do this. Well, the first step of course, is to select the images. So, here on a Mac press Cmd + A on Windows that's Ctrl + A. Next, step we'll navigate to the Plus icon in the Collections panel, and we'll click on that and choose Create Collection.

We'll name this one Butterfly Beach - Black and White, or bw. Next, for our collection options, we want to turn this option on. This is a really important step here. Make new virtual copies. This will create a whole new set of virtual copies of all of these pictures that we have selected, because we have this option turn on, include selected photos. Okay, we'll go ahead and click Create. When you first do that, you'll see the collection and it wont look any different at all. That's because, we haven't made any changes to these pictures.

The next step of course, is to make the changes. So, once again, let's select all of these photographs. Remember how to do that? Press Cmd + A on a Mac, Ctrl + A on Windows. Next, navigate to the Develop Module. And in the Develop Module, we're going to go ahead and synchronize all of these pictures and apply this black and white setting at one time. So, what you'll want to do is click on the Synch bottom here, and then I'm going to choose Check All. I want to synchronize all of my settings, all across these photographs.

Or I could get more specific, choose Check None, and then just synchronize say, the Basic Tone adjustments, and maybe that Color Treatment, or Color Saturation here, and Vibrance. So again, you can choose the options which you want to synchronize. In this case, I'll just do Basic Tone, and Treatment, and Color. And then click Synchronize. Now, nothing's going to happen just yet, because I haven't made any changes. And all that I was doing by opening up that dialogue was just dialing in what exactly I want to synch. The next step, is to flip the synchronize switch, turn that to Auto Sync. Then from here, we can convert to black and white. We could do this a number of different ways.

We could click on the Black and White button, or we could go down and simply Desaturate. And once we've converted to black and white, we may want to add a little bit of clarity here, or perhaps a touch of contrast. Perhaps we want to open up those shadows a little bit. And by making these adjustments, you can see they're applied to all of the photographs. Okay, well let's take a look at these back in the Library Module. Back in the library module, you'll notice that we now have this collection. A black and white collection of all of these pictures, which is great.

We have two sets of these images. One set they are all in color, another set or collection, they are all in black and white. Now, when we go to the Web Module, we can then use these two different collections in order to create two distinct, or two different online web galleries. And there is one more thing that I have to point out here, which had to do with managing all of these images. One of the things that will happen is, when you do this, all of a sudden, if you go back to your folder, you'll notice that you'll have these images side by side. Well the virtual copy it sits right next to the color version of the photograph. So for to view say, one of the color images and then press the Next Arrow key or click on the Next Image.

That next one will be in black and white, well this can become, say a little bit kind of tedious. As you click through these, you're just like. Gosh, I don't really like this view of color to black and white. Or maybe in the grid view, this is just kind of cluttering everything up here. I want to get rid of these virtual copies from this view. In order to do that, it's really easy. All you need to do is some basic filtering. So, in the library module press the Backslash key, that's the slash which leans to the left. Next, go up to Attribute, and under the Attribute Filtering on the far right, you can say to filter based on a certain kind of photograph. We can turn on the option safe for the virtual copies, so we can see those or we can click to turn that off, and just turn on the option for the master photograph, or for that main original photograph.

So then in this situation, we won't see any of those virtual copies. Or other times you may just want to see the virtual copies. In situations like that, we'll just click on the Virtual Copy icon, and then you'll just have access to those images. So again, I just wanted to point that out, because if we're going to create those virtual copies here in collections, we also have to know how to deal with them or manage them back in our main folder. Yet, most importantly here, the real point of this, is working with collections, so that we can have two versions of these photographs..

So, that alternately, we can upload two online web galleries.

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  1. 1m 36s
    1. Welcome
      1m 36s
  2. 20m 52s
    1. Introducing web galleries
      3m 13s
    2. Overview of domain names and hosting
      3m 56s
    3. Using collections to group images
      3m 13s
    4. Renaming and reordering images
      4m 57s
    5. Creating collections of virtual copies
      5m 33s
  3. 30m 42s
    1. Using web gallery templates
      6m 17s
    2. Selecting images with flags
      5m 27s
    3. Creating web gallery collections
      3m 49s
    4. Customizing web gallery site info
      5m 46s
    5. Changing the gallery's color and appearance
      4m 1s
    6. Adding captions and titles
      2m 35s
    7. Saving custom templates
      2m 47s
  4. 19m 14s
    1. Working with JPEG compression and using the Quality slider
      1m 37s
    2. Adding watermarks and sharpening photos
      5m 40s
    3. Uploading HTML galleries
      3m 50s
    4. Uploading Flash galleries
      5m 44s
    5. Exploring online web gallery resources
      2m 23s
  5. 39m 28s
    1. Creating an impromptu slideshow
      2m 56s
    2. Slideshow and collections
      3m 31s
    3. Using slideshow templates and customizing the layout
      5m 27s
    4. Adding slideshow overlays
      6m 39s
    5. Fine-tuning the slideshow and creating custom templates
      2m 40s
    6. Customizing the background
      4m 56s
    7. Adding beginning and ending title slides
      2m 26s
    8. Working with a soundtrack and playback options
      4m 31s
    9. Slideshow playback options
      1m 30s
    10. Exporting slideshows as JPEG, PDF, or video
      4m 52s
  6. 9m 58s
    1. Selecting the video files
      2m 28s
    2. Changing image order and customizing the layout
      3m 27s
    3. Adding a soundtrack and balancing the audio levels
      4m 3s
  7. 49s
    1. Next steps
      49s

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