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How do I change a virtual copy into the new "original"?

Community Beginner ,
Jan 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017

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I create a virtual copy of an image in order to experiment.  I end up liking it better than the original.  I only want to keep the new version around. How do I get rid of the original without affecting the virtual copy.

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LEGEND , Jan 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017
Click on the virtual copy, then select Photo->Set Copy as Master. This makes the edit that was the virtual copy now appear to be not a virtual copy, and the edit that was the first edit now appears as the virtual copy.I don't know if this is exactly what you want to do.As DdeGannes​ said, the original file isn't changed in any way.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017

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As far as I am aware the Original is always the Original , Lightroom does not ever make changes to the original file.

In addition a Virtual Copy is just info stored in the Catalog File, it is just "Virtual" it is not an actual image file.

Regards, Denis: iMac mid-2015, 5K 27”, GPU 2GB, Ram 24GB, HDD 3TB, macOS 11.6, LrC 10.4, Lr 4.4, Ps 22.5,; Camera OM-D E-M1.

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Click on the virtual copy, then select Photo->Set Copy as Master. This makes the edit that was the virtual copy now appear to be not a virtual copy, and the edit that was the first edit now appears as the virtual copy.

I don't know if this is exactly what you want to do.

As DdeGannes​ said, the original file isn't changed in any way.

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Jan 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017

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Thanks for this info DJ, not sure why one would like to have this as an option but so be it.

Regards, Denis: iMac mid-2015, 5K 27”, GPU 2GB, Ram 24GB, HDD 3TB, macOS 11.6, LrC 10.4, Lr 4.4, Ps 22.5,; Camera OM-D E-M1.

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Jan 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017

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I think the idea behind that feature is that it is conceivable that one could create a virtual copy and make adjustments to that copy that makes it preferable to the original master. I think what the feature does is simply switch the metadata for the two images.

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Jan 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017

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JimHess wrote:

I think the idea behind that feature is that it is conceivable that one could create a virtual copy and make adjustments to that copy that makes it preferable to the original master. I think what the feature does is simply switch the metadata for the two images.

That's exactly the point. It's a very useful feature I think. I do go back into my library and reprocess old images on a virtual copy using newer versions of the Develop process version or using my more current style and understanding and end up with far better images and I do this exact thing to mark the new version as the preferred or master version. I seldomly then remove the now virtual copy that contains the old interpretation though.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 30, 2017 Jan 30, 2017

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Thank you so much for the information.

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Community Beginner ,
May 02, 2020 May 02, 2020

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Is there any way to do this to multple files with one command. I have thousands of virtual copies that need to be changed to the original, but when I select multiple files, the command Photo > Set Copy as Master only applies only to one file in the selection (the last item in the selection it seems).

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 13, 2021 Aug 13, 2021

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Sadly, no that's not possible. I wish it were! It can only be done one at a time.....

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 17, 2021 Aug 17, 2021

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Fastest way I got to set all VC in a collection as Originals was:

1. Filter Virtual Copies Only. (This will make the pics "go away" as soon as you set them as originals, automatically selecting the next virtual copy.)
2. With the first pic selected hold ALT (windows user here, not sure about how this works in a Mac), press "P" three times and then "Enter". (This will get the cursor to the "Set Copy as Original" option and select it.)

3. Repeat step 2 for the next picture, which will be selected already.

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New Here ,
Aug 12, 2021 Aug 12, 2021

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If you wish to replace the original with a "real" file and permanetly delete the original, it will work fine, as mentioned in other answers, to use Set copy as master and then manually deleting the virtual copy. If, however, you wish to place the virtual copies into different folders than the original folders, or if you have many virtual copies to process, then you can use the Export function:

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With the setting shown above, it will replace the original with the virtual copy, keeping the original name.

NOTE: make sure all the other settings in the Export dialog are unset, unless you really want to change the image in some other way while exporting.

If you with to make the virtual copy into a real copy without deleting the original, then you will need to either export it to a different folder, or rename it using  the File Naming section of the dialog:

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In either case, the virtual copy will remain and you will have to delete it manually if you no longer need it. The new "real" image will retain all of the edits you applied in Develop when it was a virtual copy.

 

Because Lightroom is not doing much actual processing of the images, other than file copies, this export is very fast--basically at file-copy speed for your computer.

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 12, 2021 Aug 12, 2021

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You can also export (and then reimport) a VC as a DNG. Now that VC is a real document that can 'live' outside the Catalog. In such a case, you can keep both. 

Author “Color Management for Photographers" & "Photoshop CC Color Management" (pluralsight.com)

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