Use Virtual copies to re-edit your images. No need for re-importing.
Pardon my ignorance, but I don't understand your answer. What are "virtual copies," where do I find them or how do I make them, and how do I access them?
Let's say I have a directory of raw and jpeg files on an external drive.
I've once imported them into Lightroom 6.
Now I want to go back to one of them and, say, edit one or more of those images again.
I try to reimport it and when I click on it, it says "already imported" and cannot "develop" it again,
I want to develop (process it) again.
How do I make a or find a "virtual" copy that I can process again?
Thanks in advance.
You make a virtual copy of the photo, and now in addition to your original photos which contains one set of edits, you can now have a second copy to edit differently. No importing necessary. If you select a photo in Lightroom and press Ctrl-apostrophe on Windows (or Cmd-apostrophe on Mac) you have your virtual copy which you can edit in any way you want.
I want the ability to re-import images and re-edit them. I used to be able to do that in Lightroom 5.
I can't see how you could have done this without either, deleting the images from your catalogue and re-importing, or renaming the files and re-importing as a different file.
dj_paige is right, use virtual copies, you can have as many different version of the same image file as you want.
Oh, I forgot to mention ... important detail
When you make a virtual copy, it will have whatever edits the original photo has. If you want a virtual copy with no edits, you can select the original, in the Develop module under History, click on the bottom-most entry, then Cntrl-Apostrophe to make the virtual copy with no edits — and then remember to go back to the original and click on the top entry of the History panel to restore the edits. (Anyone know a quicker way to do this?)
In the Library module, your virtual copies will have at bottom left a "curled corner" icon to indicate it is a virtual copy; your original will not have this.
You can use Cmd-Apostrophe in the Library Module or in the Develop Module, but not in the Import dialog box. Virtual copies have nothing to do with importing.
Still confused. Lightroom says this is the Library mode:
Perhaps my competence isn't sufficient to use Lightroom. I just don't understand why I could do this in LR5 and I am totally incapable of doing it in LR6.
Let me review the steps.
1. I open LR
2. I chose "import photos and video"
3. I browse computer to find the folder I want to import
4. I select it and the screen fills with the images
5. I check to make sure I am in the Library mode
6. I highlight the image I want to re-edit and it says "already imported"
7. I do command-apostrophe and it does nothing.
Where am I making the mistake?
Do NOT Choose Import Photos and Videos.
Virtual copies works on photos that have been previously imported into Lightroom. In the Library Module, when you do NOT choose Import PHotos and Videos, you select a photo that has been previously imported and then Cmd-Apostrophe works as I explained.
You need to stop thinking that virtual copies is an Import operation, it is not.
OK - the photos are in a directory on my hard drive.
How do I get them into Lightroom so I can edit them again? What do I tell Lightroom to do after I open it?
They are already imported into Lightroom, are they not? Isn't that why you have started this thread, so you can import a photo a 2nd time, import photos that you have already previously imported?
You go to the Lightroom Library module and find the photos there (without selecting Import Photos and Videos)
"They are already imported into Lightroom, are they not?"
Yes, they were once imported. But now they are not. They are not imported now.
I cannot find them in Library.
Thanks for your efforts. I feel like a kid who's capable of long division who's wandered into an an advanced calculus class. Somehow, I got through LR4 and 5 and now have turned stupid with 6.
I will have to search for a local Boston consultant, and pay him to help me. I don't know how, in my ignorance, to express my problem to people as knowledgeable as you guys here.
If anyone monitoring is the Boston area, please contact me
Thanks, but there's a basic issue I cannot communicate:
I am able to import a folder of images into Lightroom for the first time. Actually, in many cases, I just need one or two for a client, so I uncheck the "import all" and just bring in the one or two I want into "develop." But let's say I imported them all
Now, I want to go back in and edit some a week later.
They are not in my library. I find them only where they started - in the hard drive folder.
How - without reimporting them - do I find them? Where are the images I formerly imported?
Everything everyone offers could be right, if I could find the formerly imported images within Lightroom - but I can't find them.
I have exactly the same problem and I need help, too.
Hi guys ... Please watch these video first since you seem to miss the basics:
lots more here: Lightroom Tutorials by Julieanne Kost
I have exactly the same problem and I need help, too.
If you can't find your photos after you have imported them, there are many many ways to search for photos in Lightroom. For example:
You click on "All Photographs" on the left hand side of the Library Module, then use the filter bar to search for one of the photos by File Name. For example, if you are searching for a file named DSC_0301.jpg (or .TIF or RAW, it doesn't matter), open the filter bar, click on Text, type 0301.
Any attempt to re-import is completely the wrong thing to do. Please study the tutorials that other people have linked to.
If Lightroom says the pictures have been previously imported, then thy are. You only need to find them. Search and filter functions are quite powerful.
As stated before, there is no need to REIMPORT pictures when they have been imported previously. If you want a new (different) edit, create the virtual copy. This saves disk space and is a lot more effective then simply copying the picture file again and again... I wish having that in bridge.
Lightroom 5 did also not allow to double-import pictures as of my limited memory to LR5. That was one of the big features I really loved with that program.
It's a feature, not a bug!
To remove the edits to the virtual copy select the image while in develop mode and tap the Reset button at the bottom right of the panel next to Previous.
In reply to Paige's post#5- (Anyone know a quicker way to do this?)
Create VC [Ctrl+'],
If in the Develop module- Click [Reset] button.
If in Library Grid- Click [Reset All] in the Quick Develop panel.
There is no need to reset the 'master' first, leave it as-is.