Lightroom: Ability to hide sensitive photos

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Lightroom: I am looking for an easy and safe way to hide sensitive / private images in the collection without depending on the existing filtering capability
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I've not used this plug-in and I would not trust something from a site whose ownership is not obvious, but see
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Put them in a separate catalogue. This is your best solution.
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I dunno who you are hiding them from, but I've found clearing "Show photos in navigator on mouse-over" helpful to keep photos from inadvertently displaying in the navigator.

Personally, I hope Adobe implements privacy in such a fashion that it has similar flexibility as smart collections, i.e. what is considered "private" at any point in time, depends on who's around...

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Another plugin option for hiding/unhiding.

Preview Exporter

Note: it's far from uncrackable - but will at least require some effort to "crack".

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled hide sensitive picture quickly.

It would be great if we could hide some photo (nude for example). To make them secret. A shortcut will make them appear or disappear. And we will not have to do another catalog. Thanks a lot !
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Privacy mode to hide/show some photos or albuns.

Some way to show or hide certain photos or albums because they can be adult rated PG or other reason to hide them.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled "Private" feature.

I have photos that I wouldn't necessarily want others to accidentally see in my catalog. Currently, the only way to keep photos private is to create a separate catalog, which gets rid of the ability to see photos in chronological order. Maybe have a "make private" button, which either hides them unless you actively search for them, or locks them with a code. 
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I would like to browse photos in Lightroom with clients without running the risk of sharing sensitive photos, boudoir for example, inadvertently. Could you please implement a "Hide" or "Private" feature to help us with confidentiality within Lightroom?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled PLEEEEASE ADD ****SHOW/HIDE FUNCTION*****.

Dear Adobe Executive Leadership:

I'm curious if Adobe's reasoning to not have this feature in Lightroom is not wanting to show an apparent support of unsuitable, improper, or otherwise illicit material by adding the ability to choose which photos and folders to not display in the library viewer. 

There's no hiding - pun intended - at least one obvious kind of photo customers / users would want to hide.

But for the millions of those who, for example, are in loving, committed, long-term relationships who possess a folder of private and personal material of the non-clothed variety, please add the ability to display/not display (via a click of some sort perhaps) such photos in the library viewer.

I've worked in management at large companies. If Adobe executive leadership doesn't want to acknowledge this benefit for said reasons, I encourage them to consider this feature with the following perspective:

BY NOT HAVING THIS FEATURE YOU EXPOSE ALL YOUR USERS TO A SECURITY AND PRIVACY RISK. HOW? a world of identity theft, security fraud, privacy issues, sex offenders, etc., I'm willing to bet that many users who bring his or her laptop to a client for work may prefer to not open Lightroom and have the library displaying personal photos of family, wives, husbands, children, etc. to complete strangers.

How about the LGBT community? Whether you support, agree, or condone the lifestyle or not, there are many LGBT couples that still live in a world where they feel keeping their sexual orientation private is important. As of now, users have to maintain a completely separate library for such photos with such a partner. Even if it's a completely appropriate photos or video - such as those displaying a kiss with someone of the same sex - it may be a photo they prefer to keep private from others.

I think many will agree from a professional standpoint and business perspective, having to find inconvenient ways to address this concern is tedious and not convenient for the customer whatsoever. 

In light of this new perspective, please allow the following comments from fellow creators to support or nullify this concern.

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I would agree a "hide" function as is in Premiere Elements would be helpful. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Hide private folders / photos.

When will Adobe include this very important function into Lightroom Classic CC? Picasa had this feature years ago already!