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Virtual copies enable you to edit multiple variations of a single photo without filling up disk space with duplicate image files. You can create as many virtual copies as you want, so you can creatively experiment with a variety of creative looks. Learn how easy it is to work with virtual copies in this video.

Photo: Art Face Portrait


What are Virtual Copies?

Virtual copies are duplicates of an image that do not take up any extra disk space. They enable you to create multiple separate versions of a single image. This is perfect for trying out different creative treatments. The virtual copy does not duplicate the file on your hard drive. Instead, Exposure stores the copy information in the master photo’s sidecar file.

Creating Virtual Copies

Creating a virtual copy is a simple process. Right-click on an image and select Create Virtual Copy. Virtual copies retain any edits that you’ve made to the master image up until that point. Once created, Exposure treats the images as individual photos. Any edits made to the master image or the virtual copy will not apply to the other photo.

Notice in the filmstrip and in the image grid the turned-up corner in the lower left. This indicates the image is a virtual copy. Another place to identify if the image is a virtual copy is in the image header and the Metadata panel. You can edit the name of the virtual copy here. Using Exposure’s side-by-side layout enables viewing the original and the virtual copy next to each other.

Using Virtual Copies

Once a virtual copy is created adjustments and presets can be applied. Virtual copies will contain the same edit settings as the image copied. Either refine the adjustments applied to it, or reset and try a completely new look. A frequently used scenario is creating a monochrome effect and a color look on the same image.

You can make as many virtual copies as you want. Get back to the master image from any virtual copy, simply right-click and choose Jump to Master.

Exposure’s catalog-free workflow makes organization simple. Virtual copies data is recorded in the same folder as the original images.

And that completes the lesson on virtual copies. Use them the next time you want to flexibly experiment with creative directions while you edit photos.