Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with virtual copies, part of Up and Running with Lightroom 3.
Virtual copies are the feature to use when you want to try out different…settings on a photo.…A virtual copy isn't an actual copy of a photo on your hard drive;…it's a virtual instance of that photo-- and importantly, its settings are…independent of the master photo.…That means that you can apply develop settings and metadata options to a virtual…copy with no effect on the master photo, which leaves you free to experiment.…And because virtual copies are just instructions and metadata, rather than…pixels, they have the advantage of not taking up valuable space on your drive.…
You can make a virtual copy as a one-step operation in either the Library module…or the Develop module.…Here, in the Library module, I've selected this Source folder and I'm going to…select a photo in the main window or down in the filmstrip from which to make a virtual copy.…Then I'll go up to the Photo menu and I'll choose Create Virtual Copy.…Now I have two thumbnails of the same photo.…This one is the original, the Master copy, and this is the virtual copy of that master.…
- Understanding Lightroom catalogs
- Importing photos from multiple sources
- Organizing photos with ratings, keywords, and collections
- Working with virtual copies
- Making basic corrections to photo color and tone
- Making local photo edits with the Adjustment Brush and Graduated Filter tools
- Removing spots from multiple photos at once
- Reducing digital noise and sharpening
- Cropping and straightening
- Printing and exporting edited photos
Skill Level Beginner
1. Importing Photos
2. Organizing Photos
3. Learning the Basics of the Develop Module
4. Making Basic Photo Corrections
5. Correcting Part of a Photo
6. Photo Finishing
7. Sharing Your Photos
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