Lightroom: Flag attribute in Collections not showing up in Folders

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I recently returned from Africa where I took 20K images. In Lightroom I created a Collection for each of the animals as it was random what we would see each day. Using the Collection I compared animal shots taken on different days, and I set the reject flag on 80-90% of the photos. (I also set stars and colors). I went to delete my rejected photos and Lightroom wouldn't let me. I learned from NAPP that flags (unlike ratings) don't carry over from Collections to Folders. I think they should or at least provide an option to do so. Lightroom is great and this is the first time it has not accommodated my workflow, and I think it should. Now I need to figure out how to remove these photos from the Collections and/or delete them from the hard disk without having to review again.
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Dennis Oakley

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According to our Help documentation, this is done on purpose: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Lightroom...
"Flag states are local. The same photo can have different flag states in different collections."

The idea is that images may be part of more than one collection, but have different Flag states (they can be rejected in one collection, but picked in another). This carries over to the Folder views as well.

Although the "Delete Photo" option is replaced with the "Remove from Collection" option in the right-click menu while in a Collection, under the Photo menu you still have the options of "Remove Photos from Catalog" or "Delete Rejected Photos", either of which should server your purposes.
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Thank you for the prompt reply. I appreciate a photo may be in more than one collection, but if I didn't want it in a particular collection, I'd delete it or go through the process you suggested in your reply. But if I want to delete rejected photos from the disk or remove them from the Catalog, Lightroom won't do it when the Flag is applied in the Collection or at least my version won't do it -- even if I use the menu.

Why not give users the option to accomplish what they want to accomplish? I'd like to delete 18-19K rejected photos from my hard disk and can't do it because I set my flags in Collections rather than Folders or the Import Dialog. I needed to compare photos taken over several days and Collections was the best way to do it.

Anyway I appreciate the reply.
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What version of Lightroom are you working with? I don't know off the top of my head, but perhaps this was a limitation of previous versions.

With Lightroom 3, if you have applied your flags while working in a Collection, you still have the option to delete the rejected images, not just remove them from the collection. The point of my first reply is that you can "delete rejected photos from the disk or remove them from the Catalog".
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I received the 2nd email, but I don't see it here. Anyway, my Lightroom version is 3.4.1.

I did try your suggestion and went to the Photo, and I had 3 options: "Remove from Collection", "Remove from Catalog", and "Delete Rejected Photos. . . " I chose Delete and a dialog box appeared and said Remove the photo. I clicked ok. All it did was remove it from the Collection. When I went to Folders it was still there.

The Remove from Catalog did remove from the catalog, but when I went to Finder it was still on the hard disk. Removing from the Catalog will get me halfway there, but I'd like to free up 300 gb of hard disk by deleting from the disk.
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Hi Dennis

The way to get around this Bug Feature is as follows:

1. Create a folder and call it "delete from HD"

2. Go to the collection with the rejected images, and filter out the rejects.

3. Select them all and drag and drop them into the newly created delete folder.
This will move the images over to that folder, it can take some time with 300GB
of rejected images, make coffee or take a nice long walk to the ice cream shop.

4. Once the images are all moved over, you will have the option to delete them.
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Thank you. This is a little more elegant than my workaround was going to be. Hopefully Adobe will enhance the "feature" to let users decide what they want to delete.
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As of Lightroom 4 beta, flags are now global. You can read more about the beta at http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjourn...
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Official Response
Per Victoria, As of Lightroom 4 beta, flags are now global. You can read more about the beta:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...