Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Using virtual copies, part of Up and Running with Lightroom 5.
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The changes that you make to the photo in Lightroom don't change the pixels in the image. …They're simply instructions about how to display the image. …So that means that know matter what you do to a photo you can always get back to …the original as you've heard me say. Sometimes I like to keep the original as …it is and try out some alternative looks on a photo, and in that case, I'll use …virtual copies. A virtual copy is simply instructions …about other ways to display the same photo. …You can create a virtual copy in the Library module, or in the Develop module. …Let's make a virtual copy of one of these images in the Library module, by …selecting it. And then, you can either go up to the …Photo menu and choose Create Virtual Copy, or you can use the keyboard …shortcut Cmd + Apostrophe, that's Ctrl + Apostrophe on the PC.…
And now in the grid in the Library module, I see the original photo here. …And right next to it. Another copy of the same photo. …You can see the label up here, copy one. And I know that this is a virtual copy …
Then you'll learn key ways to manage your photos in Lightroom, from reviewing photos after a shoot to working with Smart Previews when your photos are offline. This part of the course covers making collections, adding keywords, and much more.
Next, the course introduces the Lightroom Develop module and its features for improving a photo's appearance, including adjusting tone and color, cropping and fixing perspective, converting to black and white, reducing noise, and sharpening. It explores how to make local adjustments with the Adjustment Brush, Radial Filter, Graduated Filter, and Spot Removal tools. The course ends with a look at the most commonly used Lightroom features for sharing photos: exporting, printing, and sharing online.
- Importing photos
- Viewing, sorting, and selecting photos
- Reviewing and rating photos
- Finding photos with keywords and filters
- Cropping and straightening photos
- Fixing perspective with Upright
- Adjusting color and tone
- Targeting edits with the Adjustment Brush
- Sharing photos on Facebook
- Exporting and printing photos