Lightroom: Ability to selectively add multiple collections from source image when creating derivatives

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Collections offer a powerful way to logically organize your image library. But there is a problem when creating derivative files if the source file is a member of more that one collection. 

If when creating a derivative your library source is a static collection, Lightroom automatically assign that collection to the derivative. However, it is possible that the source image belongs to multiple collections and frequently I want the derivative be in the same set of collections as the source image.

Here is a simple scenario.

Project Collection - all
Sub Collection 1 (images are also in the "Project Collection - all")
Project Collection Selects ( Smart collection "collection contains "Project Collection - all), 3Star

  • I use "Sub Collection 1" for the source in my Library.
  • I decide to Edit In Photoshop a 3 star image to improve the detail.
  • When I save the derivative file it in "Sub Collection 1" with the 3 star rating but it is not in "Project Collection - all" so it is now missing in the selects Smart Collection.
  • So I have to remember to manually update the new image file with the correct collections.

My suggestion is that if source image belongs to more than one static collection,  give the user a check list of static collections so that they can select any or all of them to be applied to the derivative file. 

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Louis Sherwin

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