Lightroom: Is there a way to save the Before and After Images in a single export?

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Just as the title sounds. I'm attempting to create an online portfolio for jobs and other postings. I would really like to showcase my Before and After edits in a single file, and I was hoping there is a way to do so in Lightroom. If not, could someone give me ideas or teach me the proper way to do so? Thanks
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Alan Harper

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Make a virtual copy, reset the development settings, and make sure that you include the copy name (you might name the virtual copy "before" and the final "after") in the file name for export.
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How would I go about exporting both of them to a single file? To show the before and after comparison?
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Andrew Rodney

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Alan’s idea is exactly what I was thinking: in History, go to the first item and create a VC; that’s your before. Move back to the after History state, that of course is the after
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I think the best way to put them in a single file will be to use Photoshop. If you export them all to the same size, it will be easy to create a template file and place them quickly in Photoshop. Then you can add borders if you wish to the template.
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As others have said, a virtual copy is the key to this. Then, to get them both into a single file you could create a side-by-side print layout of before and after and "print" it to a JPEG file. That way you can do it all from Lightroom.
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Following on Steve's suggestion, save the print layout as a preset for future use. A

After exporting the "side by side" jpeg, import it into Lr and stack it with the original and virtual copy as you can also export it via Lr plugins etc.
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Would print to JPEG work?

See "Printing multiple images to a single JPEG image" on this page:
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This is the easiest way to create Before and After images in a single file  using only LR. In the below example I used two virtual copies with the AFTER image simply a reset of the Develop settings. The BEFORE and AFTER text was added in the Caption fields and inserted in the Print module using 'Photo Info' selection in the Page panel. This way the original image file's settings and metadata remain untouched. The 'Single Image/Contact Sheet' Layout Style was used with 'Print to: JPEG file' in the Print Job panel. Plenty of options available to change the layout, etc.

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You could also consider a "before and after" slider plugin or web-app of some sorts. I find it very cool if people can interactively switch between the two images. A side-by-side comparison strains my eyes somehow. It feels like a "find the difference" game.

I personally use this WordPress plugin here:
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If you are asking about exporting a comparison image with half before-half after, you would need to do it in photoshop. If you want one before and one after, virtual copy is a good option.

@alex's web-app idea is the most interesting and compelling if you are using it on your own website (as opposed to posting on forums, etc). I wrote something quick and dirty years ago that just fades between the two... check it out as an example: