Lightroom CC removes your filters when Photo Merge tools complete processing

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A workflow annoyance in the new Lightroom CC -

If you apply a filter in the Library module and then use the new Photo Merge tools to create a panorama or HDR image, as soon as the image gets created, LR removes the filter you had set.

For example, I have a folder with 100 images in it, 10 of which I've given a 5 star rating. I only want to work on the 5 star images, so I apply an attribute filter. Now, I'm only seeing the 10 5 star images, whether I'm in the Library module or if I switch to Develop. Next, I use either of the Photo Merge tools on the images. While the final image is being generated in the background, my original filter is still applied, but as soon as the image is created, Lightroom removes my filter without warning.

Now, I have to go back to the Library module, reapply the filter, and then resume the rest of my work. It sounds pretty minor, but if you're using filters all the time like I am, it gets really annoying, really fast.
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It does for me too. I will have to ask the team if that is intended behavior.
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I can't replicate this in Lr CC running on Windows 7. The filter remains active after the pano is created and the new image inherits the rating and label of the most selected source image.
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I've tried this on both a Win7 and Win 8.1 machine and the behavior was the same for me. The filter I apply gets removed as soon as the new image is created.

The criteria I use the most is Flag Status in the Attribute section. I've also used the Star ratings in my testing and both are behaving the same way. I'll have to do more testing with some of the other filter options to see if they behave differently.

What criteria are you using for your filter?
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Initially I filtered only star ratings; the pano image appeared in the filtered list (since it inherits ratings from the most selected source image). The filter was not removed. Next I filtered on both 5 star ratings and flagged images. After the pano completed the filter remained but the pano image was not shown since it did not inherit the pick flag and therefore did not meet the filtering criteria.
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Thanks for responding Wolfgang. The fact that it was seemingly working for you made me dig deeper. I'll post the solution in another reply to the thread, so it's not just buried in these comments.
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Whether this behaviour is annoying depends on what the filter is targeting. Imagine if I had filtered on raw files and then ran a merge. The merge would complete - but my brand new DNG wouldn't be visible. That would seriously confuse users.
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While I certainly agree that what folks consider to be annoying depends greatly on their individual workflow, the purpose of a filter is still to show images that match a certain criteria.

If you set filter criteria, it shouldn't be confusing that, regardless of anything else going on in the background, the results you see match the criteria of that filter. What's confusing is that Lr is changing that criteria by itself.

This is one of those things I'm sure can be argued a million different ways and I certainly don't have any interest in that. If there's value having it both ways, perhaps the solution is to make the behavior a settable option in Preferences, something like "Reset filter after background processing completes".

In my workflow, that checkbox would never be on, but maybe it would in yours.
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Official Response
The solution to this issue is to lock the filter by clicking on the padlock icon in the upper right corner of the Filter bar.

If the filter is unlocked, it will be reset when the merged result is added to the current view. If the filter is locked, it should retain its "filter by" criteria.
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Found that out on my own and must have been typing up the answer in a reply the same time you were.

Thanks for the info though! It's already saving me from a bunch of frustration!
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Mystery solved & annoyance avoided, I think!

The key appears to be the lock icon in the upper right corner of the filter bar. The helper text when hovering over that lock reads "If locked, the filter will not disable when changing sources.", which sounded promising...

With the lock disabled, I get the behavior I described in my original post - When the image gets created, the filter is removed.

With the lock enabled, I get the behavior I had hoped for/expected - When the image gets created, the filter remains intact. If the new image meets the filter criteria, it's displayed. If it doesn't, it's not displayed.

Perfect!
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Well good - I'm glad that worked out.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled LIGHTROOM 6.1 - After merging panorama, active filter is reset.

BUG: Lightroom CC 6.1 update introduced a regression: After merging a panorama, the active folder filter (e.g. "show only status = flagged") is reset.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom CC 2015: HDR merge, turns filters off.

In Lightroom CC 2015.2.1 while filtering on a color, merging HDR will after it's combined have you go back to view with "Filters Off". Might be by creation, or a bug. Seems to be a strange thing to do.
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See the official response above for how to avoid this.
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Can someone point at me the "filter lock" ? I find the "Turn on/off filter" switch  but where is the "lock" ? That switch is "on" (top position) but the "star" filters get reset anyway.
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Great thanks !!!!!!!! Will try (actually it was on LOCK, so will experiment!
Thank you !