Lightroom: Multiple copies of a single Photo Package

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When creating photo packages, it would be great if you could select the number of prints per photo. Currently you have to make a duplicate of a photo to have multiple packages of the same photo. Having a "number of copies" option per photo would be great.
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Hi Heinrich, can you just clarify how this would be different from changing the number of copies in the Print dialog?

Or if you're thinking of something different, perhaps clarify whether you're using the Single Print/Contact Sheet, Picture Package or Custom Package option?

I can't quite visualise what you're aiming for, and the quietness of this thread suggests other people might be having the same problem.
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Victoria... I thought this might be a bit of a confusing topic :-)

I do a lot of school photos, so I create a picture package which I print to file because I still run some Photoshop actions on this afterwards to add a specific school template and logo etc. Some of the kids want 2 sets, but not everyone. I get a contact sheet with the orders on and then I go through the photos selecting the ones that needs to be printed and add them to a quick collection.

So for now I make a duplicate of every photo that needs an extra package, but if I need to print a contact sheet again later, I need to unselect all the duplicate photos.

It would be handy if photos could be "tagged" for multiple prints. I know this is maybe not a big feature request, but it is a suggestion.

Changing the number of prints in the Print dialog sets it for all photos, I only want select photos to have multiple copies. If you work with 200 kids at a time, per day, then every bit of automation helps.

Hope this makes more sense now?
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Don't you use virtual copies?
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Yep, I understand what you mean now. VC's is probably your best workaround for now - I'd be surprised if that makes the cut for some years, since it's slightly limited in the number of users who'd need it. Never know though!
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Yip - I figured this would be a low priority and virtual copies is the way I use it currently. It just adds a extra photo which needs to be unselected when contact sheets are printed.
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Create a filter preset?
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John, thanks for the interest and the help. Currently I am using filters and collections to get this "working" and I get the job done.

I was just mentioning this idea to see if I was the only one using picture packages in this way... seems to me I am :-)

I think my way of thinking and workflow is a bit different than the norm. If there was maybe just an option in the Photo Package creator for different presets to different filters - it would help. So I could flag photos with different colors and have an option to say all yellow flags must have 2 copies, red must have 5 etc.

But it is not something that crucial to getting the job done, it is just a time saver.
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That kind of custom automation isn't available, and in any case isn't much faster than VCs?

Each collection quietly remembers the last Print settings applied to it. So might you be able to use a set of smart collections to model your workflow? For an idea of what you can do, look up my "workflow smart collection" idea.
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I know it is not available, and I know this is a unique scenario. I will look up your idea now, but here is my typical scenario :

1) I create a contact sheet with all the photos on which is sent to the school from where they can order

2) I receive the sheet back, marked with number of copies per photo

3) I go through all the photos, flagging all photos that needs to be printed and making VC of all the photos requiring multiple copies.

4) Create the Photo Packages

This is all fine and it works, but after a month or so the school asks for a contact sheet again to use for different purposes like report cards etc.

So I create a new collection, filtering out all the VC so that they don't show up as duplicates on the contact sheet (this contact sheet is usually different to the first because it only uses the photos they chose on the first contact sheet)

So my basic point is it will just save time if you could flag a photo with a "number of copies" in step 3 rather than adding additional filters afterwards.

It was just an idea... I know the functionality isn't there