Can Lightroom Classic do "versions" like the Lightroom mobile app iPhone can?

Community Beginner ,
Dec 24, 2021 Dec 24, 2021

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I recently started using the lightroom app on my iphone, and one thing i noticed is the "versions" menu at the bottom toolbar. This appears after you have saved an edit, and allows you to then save multiple different edits, all under one file. Fantastic! For years, I have been resorting to using virtual copies in classic because I could not figure out any way to get the same functionality out of classic. Does classic have this ability these days? or will it ever come?

 

 

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Dec 24, 2021 Dec 24, 2021

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Hi,

 

Thanks for reaching out! In Lightroom Classic, we have the option for Snapshots in the Develop module. You can edit an image & save the edits as a snapshot then return to that edit later by selecting it.

 

LRC snap shots.png

 

 

Hope this helps!

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Nikunj

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 25, 2021 Dec 25, 2021

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Contrary to what nikunj.m suggested, I recommend using virtual copies instead of snapshots. With snapshots, you will save states of your development. However, it stays one photo, and you can not have multiple version of one photo.

Virtual copies are the way to go ...

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 25, 2021 Dec 25, 2021

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@F. McLion 

 

If you read the OP, it was clear that they had been using VCs for years, but would rather have the equivalent of Lightroom's "Versions" in LrC....and that is Snapshots. 

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Dec 25, 2021 Dec 25, 2021

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IMHO, you're almost right. One thing that is not possible with LrC snapshots that is possible with the mobile app - at least not to my knowledge - is to compare the snapshots, see them next to each other.

Otherwise, you're right ... maybe it's just me thinking of them as rather useless and using VCs always.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 26, 2021 Dec 26, 2021

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I think LR is dropping the ball with the snapshots/versions etc. in both apps. It's hard for me to explain exactly why I think the functionaliy is so weak compared to what it could be, but I will try. For one,  I wish they had an area from within versions/snapshots to apply different crop's that have been made. Its absurd that I presumably need an entirely different version/snapshot just for a crop. The fact that it's all or nothing, you have to apply one version/snapshot or the other, including the crop applied to that image, is silly.

 

Ill try to come u with more examples shortly. Hopefully people can just school me on some things, as hoenstly the best outcome will be that i've just been doing some things wrong for years...

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 26, 2021 Dec 26, 2021

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okay, here's one. I love that with virtual copies I can have multiple edits of the same image laid out in grid view. But lets say I want multiple crops. What I'd like is the ability to have multiple crops appear in grid view, but automatically update if I choose to edit the "master" uncropped image.

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Dec 26, 2021 Dec 26, 2021

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And even from within the same image, I want to be able to toggle between different crops totally separate from any edits. Is any of this functionality available?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 25, 2021 Dec 25, 2021

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If @Jeena22389650a1ho wants 'physical' files that are "versions", then one suggestion would be to create an Export Preset that will export a new 'physical' file to the Hard-Drive, with the available options, including [Export to same Folder] and [Add to Catalog].

An OS warning that "File Exists" allows the option to select [Use Unique Names].

This can be done at any time or a later date, either from Snapshots, or Virtual Copies.

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 11.4.1 Photoshop 23.4.1, ACR 14.4.2, Lightroom 5.3, Lr-iOS 7.0.2, Bridge 12.0.2, Windows-10.

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Dec 26, 2021 Dec 26, 2021

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"automatically update if I choose to edit the "master" uncropped image."

You do know about the [AutoSync] button in the Develop module?

My example-

An Original image & 3 Virtual Copies - Cropped independently-

2021-12-27 08_05_52-Lightroom Catalog-v11 - Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic - Develop.jpg

With AutoSYnc 'on', all 4 selected, and the Original image the 'most selected'-

I can edit the 'most selected' and edits automatically apply to all selected images.

eg. Set original to B&W:

2021-12-27 08_06_05-Lightroom Catalog-v11 - Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic - Develop.jpg

That is the big advantage over other 'editors' that Lightroom-Classic can do 'Batch' edits to many selected files. And that includes Virtual Copies, from which to export 'versions'.

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 11.4.1 Photoshop 23.4.1, ACR 14.4.2, Lightroom 5.3, Lr-iOS 7.0.2, Bridge 12.0.2, Windows-10.

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Dec 26, 2021 Dec 26, 2021

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And even from within the same image, I want to be able to toggle between different crops totally separate from any edits. Is any of this functionality available?

Yes, with Virtual Copies.

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 11.4.1 Photoshop 23.4.1, ACR 14.4.2, Lightroom 5.3, Lr-iOS 7.0.2, Bridge 12.0.2, Windows-10.

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