Lightroom Proof copies should retain soft proof status

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When creating a proof copy, the idea is to tweak the soft proof to get as close to the master as possible.  However, I cannot use the Reference mode because Softproof is disabled.  Even if I could, I need the master to be shown without Soft Proof and the Proof copy WITH the soft proof.

Easiest way would be to remember the status of the proof copy bit per image and allow correct rendering for both images in the reference mode.

Really enjoying the reference mode, this would make it so much more useful!
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You can do this using the Before/After view mode. Create a virtual copy (CTRL + ') of the master image, which will become your Soft Proof copy. Check 'Soft Proofing,' start editing, click on 'Make This a Proof,' and then click on the Before/After icon next to the Reference view icon. The only downside is that future edits to the master file will not be seen in the Before/After Soft Proof virtual copy.

I agree it would be much easier using the Reference view mode. There are similar request at the below links. I suspect when (and if) CMYK soft proof capability is restored in LR it will also be supported in the Reference view. I hope the Zoom capability in Reference view mode is fixed as well. On my Windows 7 system the 'Lock' icon does nothing and the Reference image can only be toggled between Fit and 1:1.

https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/lightroom-soft-proofing-check-box-for-individ...

https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/new-reference-photo-pane-and-soft-proofing

https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/lightroom-soft-proofing-check-box-for-individ...
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Ok, I can see what you are saying.  However, when I zoom in and click the soft-proof on and off, the before is changing too, so Im not sure this is actually working.
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Make sure you are in the Before/After view mode and have 'Before' selected as shown below. Here's an image at 1:1 Zoom view using a virtual copy. Zoom size has no affect on the image soft proof (1:1, Fit, etc. all the same). If this still isn't working for you let me know. I'm on Windows 7 using LR 2015.10.1.
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Finally tried this.  It only works once.  When i clear the soft proof box it automatically changes the before view to current! I have to manually switch it back to before every time the soft proof is changed.
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I've been unable to find any "official" Adobe documentation concerning using Before/After view mode with Soft Proof. It appears a change was made in LR 6 to the Before/After behavior with Soft Proof selected. I'm using CC 2015.10.1 (i.e. 6.10.1). When I uncheck and recheck Soft Proof in Before/After view it reverts from the manually selected 'Before' setting to 'Master,' which is the same as 'Before' state of the virtual copy. In your case it reverts to 'Current.' This appears to be they way it behaves in LR 5. What LR version are you using?

http://blogs.adobe.com/jkost/2013/05/soft-proofing-preview-in-lightroom-5-beta.html

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3976416#forum-post-57409317
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Hi, I'm using 15.10.1 also. On OSX 10.11.6 on a MBP 13 retina early 2015
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I can't imagine that OS X Before/After behaves differently than Windows....but anything is possible! The default state and uncheck/recheck Soft Proof Before/After state on my system is 'Master' as shown below.



One possibility is a corrupted LR Preferences file. You can try resetting it as outlined below and see if the Before/After Soft Proof behavior changes.

https://www.lightroomqueen.com/articles-page/how-do-i-reset-lightrooms-preferences/