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Recipes instead of Virtual Copies

Virtual copies in Lr are great but you end up with duplicate thumbnails in your library. Instead of Virtual Copies, you could allow for, say, “multiple recipes” instead. A recipe would contain all of the adjustments you made to a photo and you could create more than one recipe for each photo. The library would then only show one photo, with the main recipe, and you could toggle between different recipes to see the differences.

7 comments on “Recipes instead of Virtual Copies”

    1. On July 14, 2016 at 12:36 pm Paul Meachen replied:

      No, this suggestion is more like LR’s snapshots, which aren’t the same as virtual copies.

  1. On July 6, 2016 at 8:15 am David Phelan wrote:

    This is a great idea… One problem with LR virtual copies is that they do not give you access to the virtual copy’s develop settings made prior to the creation of the copy.

    If each “copy” carried is own recipe then you could go back to any prior setting.

    1. On August 8, 2016 at 4:35 am Peter Carsten replied:

      Like this, virtual copies in LR have a tendency to get confusing, if you do not name them right away.

  2. On July 25, 2016 at 9:01 am Glenn Bloodworth wrote:

    I do not find the idea very attractive and I question how extensive its use would be by most users. For the majority of us one of the advantages of the LR approach is that, at a requirement of only extremely limited file space demands, I can actually see each virtual copy’s adjustment impact while search through my collection. I much prefer to visually see the effect of the adjustments than to have to read a ‘recipe’ and really what it means for a particular image or even to have to hover over a ‘recipe’ and wait for its impact to be displayed on the image.

  3. On November 24, 2016 at 2:22 pm Wouter J. van Duin wrote:

    If the intention is to see different versions of one image (black & white, different presets, filters or textures) this could be included on different layers in one file; I am used to doing this in layered Tiff-files in Photoshop-CC with then the possibility to toggle layers on or off for the version I want to see (or export as a jpg). I think the same is possible or will be possible in On1 Photo Raw.

  4. On May 2, 2017 at 8:16 pm Jay Herman wrote:

    I would prefer the virtual copies or “versions” like Aperture uses–especially if I’m able to put all those virtual copies into a stack (like Aperture).

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