Lightroom: Idea for replacing images in collections....

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I would love to be able to direct light-room to replace one image with one of my choosing in all the collections. I work as a retoucher and manager for a commercial photographer and we often have different versions of the same image. It would be nice to be able to replace the old image in collections without over writing the original file.  Sometime we need both but one is what we work from and the older version is in many many any collections. Just a thought.....
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Azur McHugh

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You might look into a Virtual Copy Workflow. 

Keep your Old Image as the original and put it in which ever collections you choose. When you need to edit from the original, make a virtual copy of the original and edit the copy. 
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Thanks Rikk Flohr.
 It problem I am trying to solve is slightly different than this. Here is an example. Say I have 5 collections made for the website, the print book, social media, and a client treatment. In those 5 collections I have 1 image that I want to switch out with either a slightly different shot or a slightly different edit but I don't want to go into each collection and replace the image (or I have the image in collections that I don't remember and still needs to be changed!) It would be nice to be able to tell light-room to replace image A with image B, being able to specify that change with a "replace all of Image A with Image B" option.
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Depending on the nature of the edits (and assuming you didn't go out to another image editor), the edits could be synced from the newly edited Virtual Copy back to the in-collection(s) version.  That would update the old image to the new edits. (and still have the ability to revert back) If I am understanding you correctly.
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Everything is edited in photoshop. We do lightoom/camera raw adjustment as well but most of the work has some level of compositing. 95% are tiff or PSD files. 
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Yes, going to an outside editor would break the ability to sync the changes back.  Hopefully some others can see the value in your feature request and hit the [Me Too] button.