3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 2, 2015 9:56 AM by MrhoniKeith

    Best method to have a before and after

    MrhoniKeith Level 1

      In LR, I have my raw file and I edit in Photoshop and save back to LR.  No problem, I have the original and an edited version.  This edited version I show to the client and its one of the images they purchase.  Now I want to go to more detailed editing of the PSD file.  I created a virtual copy and wanted to leave that as the Before version.  I edit the other file in PSD, but after saving and returning to LR, that file AND the virtual copy show the changes, so now my Before is no longer a Before.


      What would be a good method to have a before and after in the Library.  I didn't want to open in PS as a new copy otherwise I'd lose all my other layers.   I guess I want the Before PSD file to keep all its layers as well as any LR edits.

        • 1. Re: Best method to have a before and after
          dj_paige Level 9

          Perhaps this solution isn't what you want, although I Hope you will at least consider it.


          The requirement of having a before/after in the Library Module requires you, the human user, to expend a certain amount of effort ON EVERY PHOTO to duplicate a feature that exists in the Develop Module. So, to me, the easiest solution is to use the Develop Module for this pupose. In the develop module, you can toggle back and forth using the backslash key between unedited and edited versions of your photo. It really is that simple.

          • 2. Re: Best method to have a before and after
            99jon Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            You will need to create another physical copy PSD not a virtual copy. That is the only way to preserve layers. But beware of doing further adjustments in Develop to layered images. As soon as you choose Edit In >> Photoshop >> Copy with LR adjustments you will be creating a flattened export with the combined LR & Photoshop adjustments.

            • 3. Re: Best method to have a before and after
              MrhoniKeith Level 1

              Missing detail is the before and after would be in the Clients online gallery so they can see the before and after.


              What I wish LR had was a option to select and duplicate so it creates a copy with all the layers as well as all the LR edits and keeps this duplicate in that collection.   Was hoping there might be a simpler solution.