Okay, I'm seeing from a video that I probably should have used Snapshots for most of those editing try-outs, but... how do I get rid of my mess of virtual copies now still sitting in the Folders part of the catalog?
Thank you for responding!
That does help a lot but there are some virtual copies that I am keeping. I am having a hard time identifying the ones from my collection that I am keeping from the ones in the folder that were deleted from the collection.
Well, I went in and added a Copy Name to all of the virtual copies I still had in my collection so that I could easily recognize them in the Library module while in the originating Folder.
I went to the Folder, and started removing all the virtual copies that didn't have a name assigned in the Copy Name metadata field. Sounds great, right?
Well, when I came to the last virtual copy that I needed to delete, for some mysterious reason that I still have to figure out, it deleted almost all of my virtual copies but one!
So there was probably some tie-in to that last one I deleted, but man, that was a surprise.
Thankfully, I had all but one of the virtual copies I wanted to keep exported to a JPEG, so at least I am not dead in the water.
So, if I delete a virtual copy that was used to create other virtual copies, will it delete all virtual copies that were made from it if it itself is deleted? Man! How does one keep track of that?
Do snapshots do that as well?
No easy answer on fixing the mess other than individual inspection of the Virtual copies then looking at the Images/Edit history to determine which ones you no longer need.
But to help prevent the issue in the future: when working from a collection you need to use ALT + Backspace to remove a Photo or Virtual copy from the catalog. Using just the Delete or Backspace key will only remove the photo from the collection.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I will do that in the future.
Does Opt Delete do the same thing? I was looking for the Alt + Backspace on my Lr Shortcuts handout and that is how it had it listed.
Ah, I think I know the reason... I have a Mac, and there is no backspace key, so that must be for Windows.
I tried the Opt Delete and that worked exactly as you said.
Thank you so, so much! It's also got me thinking in terms of the catalog.