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How to stop smart collection to make virtual copy in Lightroom classic

New Here ,
May 14, 2023 May 14, 2023

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Today i just imported some photos, and noticed lightroom smart collection with alle photos begin to duplicate virtual copy. I have over 14000 photos, if duplicate will be double amount. How to stop collection make more virtual copies? Its so complicated and pain to use LCC.

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LEGEND ,
May 14, 2023 May 14, 2023

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The "All Photographs" view is not a duplicate copy of your photos, and just because you see them in there does not mean you now have duplicates in any meaningful sense. "All Photographs" is just another place where your originals are displayed, they are also displayed in collections and in folders, and there's just one copy.

 

If that doesn't clear things up, then I think more detail is needed here, as I'm not following the steps you go through. Also please explain why you think photos are duplicated.

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May 14, 2023 May 14, 2023

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There is a Smart collection folde that named "Without Keywords". It began to make automatically "virtual copies" from original photos. The amount of photos keep running up. So every photo added one virtual copy that I didnt ask to do.

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The "Without Keywords" smart collection, and every smart collection, does not make virtual copies. It simplies allows you to view the photo in this smart collection and elsewhere, there is still only one copy.

 

If it was showing you virtual copies, the virtual copy icon would appear on the photo, the turned page icon at the bottom left, as you can see here (scroll down to the section "Create Virtual Copies"). Are you actually seeing this icon on your photos?

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May 14, 2023 May 14, 2023

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If I use filter to show virtual copies, it still keep to make virtual copies in every year folder. And I can see triagle icon of these new copies. How can I stop LCC to make more copies?

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LEGEND ,
May 14, 2023 May 14, 2023

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Creating a Smart Collection does not cause virtual copies to appear. Somewhere along the way, you have (accidentally?) told LrC to create these virtual copies — because LrC does not create virtual copies by itself. These virtual copies don't have keywords and so they show up in the "Without Keywords" Smart Collection.

 

One guess is that when you create regular collections (not Smart Collections), you have checked the box that says "Make New Virtual Copies" and that's where they are coming from.

 

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As I said, that's a guess. You could create virtual copies many other ways; if you look in "All Photographs" and find one of these photos, does it show a virtual copy there?

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May 14, 2023 May 14, 2023

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Only thing I did is importing 30 new photos from SD card. And drag those to collection to sync to mobile LR. But LCC began to make virtual copies that started from earlest year fold. I have removed these virtual copies year by year by using filter to show only virtual copies.

 

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