I've been working with my NEF raw files. When I import one into LR I can start developing it right away, which I've done. I also know that the modifications aren't made to the raw file but kept in an XMP file. Since the I'm not actually changing the raw file do you know if there is a way to make a secondary edit of the file?
Here's an example. Let's say I have a raw file and I want to develop it in color. Then when I'm all done I want to start over and develop it again and black and white but keep the color one as well.
I know I can undo all the edits I've made but then I lose all that work too.
Is there a way to develop an image twice and keep both final products? I know copying the raw file and renaming it is one crude way but I have to believe there's a better, easier way.
Use Virtual Copies.
Thanks. Can I make a virtual copy after I've already started (worst case, finished) developing the image and then start over?
I'm not at my machine that has LR right now. I'll give it a try this evening.
Yes, you can make a virtual copy at any time.
If you want the virtual copy to be un-edited after you have done some editing to the "non-virtual copy", you could open the "non-virtual copy" in the Develop Module, click on Reset, create the virtual copy, then undo the Reset operation (click on the last real edit in the History Panel)