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How to Duplicate or create a Virtual Copy in Lightroom CC?

Community Beginner ,
May 26, 2018 May 26, 2018

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I must be missing something obvious. In my Lightroom CC Classic workflow, I frequently create a virtual copy of an image and then make adjustments on the virtual copy. This leaves the original alone and unedited. I've gotten used to that workflow - but now I can't find a way to do the same thing in Lightroom CC. I don't find either a duplicate or a virtual copy menu item - what am I missing?

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Scott

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Adobe Community Professional , May 26, 2018 May 26, 2018
If you right-click on an image there is an option to "Make a copy". This will create a copy of the image. It isn't designated in Lightroom CC as a virtual copy. However, I just checked in the linked catalog in Lightroom Classic CC, and it shows as a virtual copy there. In Lightroom CC, both images show in the info column as original and backed up. Not very intuitive, but that seems to be the way it is.

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May 26, 2018 May 26, 2018

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If you right-click on an image there is an option to "Make a copy". This will create a copy of the image. It isn't designated in Lightroom CC as a virtual copy. However, I just checked in the linked catalog in Lightroom Classic CC, and it shows as a virtual copy there. In Lightroom CC, both images show in the info column as original and backed up. Not very intuitive, but that seems to be the way it is.

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Community Beginner ,
May 26, 2018 May 26, 2018

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Thanks for that answer - worked great on the desktop. How does one do the same thing (make a copy of an image) in the iPad and iPhone versions of Lightroom CC?

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May 26, 2018 May 26, 2018

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Don't know. I don't use either one. Someone else will have to answer that question.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 27, 2018 May 27, 2018

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Nope, it currently doesn’t unfortunately.

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Community Beginner ,
May 27, 2018 May 27, 2018

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OK, thanks. Copy/duplicate seems like such an obvious function that I'm surprised the iOS versions of Lightroom CC don't already have it!

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New Here ,
Aug 05, 2019 Aug 05, 2019

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So, virtual copy was renamed to make a copy in CC? Is the same idea but CC tells you have two photos instead an original and a virtual copy?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 06, 2019 Aug 06, 2019

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That's the way it works for me. Lightroom for the cloud is just a little different than Classic. And I'm much more comfortable and familiar with Lightroom Classic then I am Lightroom.

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Aug 06, 2019 Aug 06, 2019

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It was my understanding that it creates an actual copy, using up extra cloud storage for instance.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 29, 2019 Nov 29, 2019

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Jim, that is correct, however since your post, the most current version of Lightroom CC ver. 3.0 2019 1017 uses the word "Duplicate" rather than "Make a copy", or any other nominclature. If sometimes you don't see the duplicate after creating one, there might be a number on the thumbnail. Double click and LRCC will explode the dupes onto the "filmstrip" at the bottom of view. Hope this is helpful for you and others using Lightroom CC. Btw, I still use both Lightroom Class and CC - each for very different reasons and functionality.

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May 05, 2021 May 05, 2021

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In LR CC 2021 a number is only created if the file was edited in PS from LR.  If a picture is duplciated it appears briefly, then disappears. No number is appended. There is no stack.  How does one find the picture and return it to its proper place in the album?

 

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New Here ,
May 20, 2020 May 20, 2020

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Ok how about doing this on Lightroom mobile? On an iPhone?

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May 05, 2021 May 05, 2021

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Consider using Versions on the phone/tablet in lieu of a duplicate function. 

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