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Virtual Copies

Make a virtual copy of a photograph if you want to retain the original.

You can also create virtual copies with different editing, such as a black-and-white version.

Lightroom doesn't duplicate the actual photograph.

Instead, it creates another editing instruction file for the photograph.

There are several ways you can create a virtual copy.

On Tool Bar?

No

Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl + '

Right Click Menu

Create Virtual Copy

Menu on Top of the Screen

Photo > Create Virtual Copy

On Preview Cell (Border)?

No

Other & Related Methods

When you create a new collection, you can select Create a Virtual Copy.

Which Is Which?

q

The virtual copy has the white corner.

How can you tell which preview is the original, and which is the virtual copy?

Look in the lower-left corner of the two previews.

The lower-left corner of virtual copy is folded back.

If you don't see the white corner, press j until you do.

Lightroom Makes a Stack

When you make a virtual copy, Lightroom automatically stacks the original and the virtual copy.

Compare & Survey Views

If you have several virtual copies in the stack, use the Compare and Survey views to compare them.