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Delete duplicates

Community Beginner ,
Jun 12, 2020 Jun 12, 2020

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I made a new master catalogue and imported all my catalogues into it. There are now many duplicates of the same photo - how do I delete all those duplicates?

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Community Expert , Jun 12, 2020 Jun 12, 2020

Hi Peter,

 

Axel is correct, this is a manual operation. However, one thing to speed things up (a bit) is in the Library mode, press the right arrow key to advance to the next image, and if you want to delete it, press the "x" key to "reject" the photo. Continue until you finish that folder (or whatever quantum bit you want to work with).

 

Then Enable Filters (Command/Control-L) and click on the black flag in the Filter region. This will display all of the rejected images. Then press Command/Co

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LEGEND , Sep 09, 2020 Sep 09, 2020

Another possibility is to use a Duplicate Finder program outside of Lightroom Classic to delete the alleged duplicate files from your hard disk(s). Then, in Lightroom Classic the duplicates now appear as a missing photo with the exclamation point icon. Then you can get rid of them in basically a quick sequence of actions:

 

  1. Library->Find All Missing Photos
  2. Select all
  3. Remove all of these missing photos from the catalog in one action
  4. Celebrate!

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Community Expert ,
Jun 12, 2020 Jun 12, 2020

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You must select the duplicate manually. There's no function or filter or seach function to find duplicates automatically.

 

My System: Intel i7-8700K - 64GB RAM - NVidia Geforce GTX 1050 Ti - Windows 10 Pro 22H2 -- LR-Classic 12.1 - Photoshop 24.1. - Nik Collection 5 - Topaz Sharpener AI

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Hi Peter,

 

Axel is correct, this is a manual operation. However, one thing to speed things up (a bit) is in the Library mode, press the right arrow key to advance to the next image, and if you want to delete it, press the "x" key to "reject" the photo. Continue until you finish that folder (or whatever quantum bit you want to work with).

 

Then Enable Filters (Command/Control-L) and click on the black flag in the Filter region. This will display all of the rejected images. Then press Command/Control-a to make all rejected photos selected and finallly Command/Control-(backspace) to Delete all of the images from your system.

 

Yes it can be tedious but some nice music and falling into a zen mental mode will make this tolerable.

 

Good luck!

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Community Expert ,
Jun 12, 2020 Jun 12, 2020

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Adding to above replies-

Be also aware that a Catalog merge has the ability to create Virtual Copies if one single image file was referenced in multiple catalogs with differing Development. So you may see more than one Preview of one image in the merged  master Catalog. (ie. not physical files)

The manual 'tidying' of duplicates can be assisted by plugins that can keyword 'Duplicates' and so make them easier to find.

DUPLICATE FINDER Teekesselchen: Home

Duplicate Photos (Lightroom Queen)

 

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 12.1 Photoshop 24.0.1, ACR 15.1, Lightroom 6.1, Lr-iOS 8.0.8, Bridge 13.0.1, Windows-11.

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Community Expert ,
Aug 28, 2020 Aug 28, 2020

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Sorry to disagree with you, Jossbutler, but Duplicate photos fixer  will NOT find Virtual Copies in Lightroom-Classic.

Reading a review and TBMK it can only find the duplicates of original physical files in folders.

Running any 'Duplicate Finder' that is not a Lr Plugin can damage your Lr Catalog, and not advisable!

("damage" = Photos showing as 'missing' in the catalog. Wrong files deleted causing lost editing.)

For Catalog safety run ONLY a Plugin Duplicate Finder.

 

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 12.1 Photoshop 24.0.1, ACR 15.1, Lightroom 6.1, Lr-iOS 8.0.8, Bridge 13.0.1, Windows-11.

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LEGEND ,
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Another possibility is to use a Duplicate Finder program outside of Lightroom Classic to delete the alleged duplicate files from your hard disk(s). Then, in Lightroom Classic the duplicates now appear as a missing photo with the exclamation point icon. Then you can get rid of them in basically a quick sequence of actions:

 

  1. Library->Find All Missing Photos
  2. Select all
  3. Remove all of these missing photos from the catalog in one action
  4. Celebrate!

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New Here ,
Jun 08, 2022 Jun 08, 2022

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It is difficult to identify duplicate photos. Also, they consume a lot of space. One way is to manually delete and delete the duplicate photos. The other method is automatic and uses duplicate photo finder software.

The automated method uses different types of software. I recommend "Duplicate Photos Fixer Pro". This software is great for identifying duplicate images.

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Sep 11, 2022 Sep 11, 2022

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You can also go to the Library view, enable a Library Filter on Text, and then enter a filter criterion for contains "Copy"

 

This should show all the copies, assuming your copy of Lightroom appended "Copy 1" or "Copy X" to the file name. From there, select all the filtered photos and apply the flag as gary_sc mentioned and delete all.

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Sep 11, 2022 Sep 11, 2022

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@vicibhg  Just be aware with your suggestion that filter criterion for contains "Copy" will also find Virtual Copies.  Virtual Copies are not physical files, they do not occupy any space on the hard-drive, they only appear in the catalog and may have been edited for special purposes differing to the 'original'.

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 12.1 Photoshop 24.0.1, ACR 15.1, Lightroom 6.1, Lr-iOS 8.0.8, Bridge 13.0.1, Windows-11.

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