Tips for using Lightroom’s Virtual Copies
Tidy up with stacks
Virtual Copies can quickly lead to a cluttered library. Stack copies by clicking the top left of the first thumbnail to tidy all the copies away.
Reveal the copies
If you need to determine quickly which images are Virtual Copies and which are masters, choose View>View Options>Show Info Overlay.
Copies and collections
Virtual Copies are useful if you want different versions of an image to appear in different collections. You could, for example, have copies in a Mono collection and a Colour collection.
Snapshots are similar to Virtual Copies in that you can use them to try different treatments by making a Snapshot at a key stage of your workflow. Virtual Copies are more useful if you want to export different versions of an image, as we’ve done here.
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