Lightroom Classic: Unusual syncing virtual copies from CC as local originals

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Hi,

I've just come across a really strange issue with syncing virtual copies from Lightroom Classic to Lightroom CC.

Initially I've recently migrated my Lightroom Classic catalogue into Lightroom CC, and synced it all, so that there is a matching set of Folders and Albums in CC to the Collections Sets and Collections in Classic. Works a charm.

No, it's a bit of a round-a-bout workflow here, thus:

  • I've imported all the original Nikon Raws into Lightroom CC, allowed them to sync to the cloud, and then synced them into Lightroom Classic.
  • I then moved them into Folders in Classic, and created my usual archive Collection set/Collections for working on the images, and syncing the edits back to Lightroom CC (this has been working perfectly so far.
  • Once the Originals are synced, I create collections for various versions, Raws, JPEGs, External Edits and B&W conversions (usually virtual copies), and sync those back to CC where I file them into Folders.

Up until the most recent import, all the virtual copies had been converted to full copies by Lightroom CC, so that they're all local and cloud stored originals.

The most recent import were only the original Raws imported to CC, then the B&W versions were created in Classic as Virtual copies, and then synced to CC.

Now, comes the issue. I expected the virtual copies to sync to CC as smart previews, which they did, mostly. Except one image in each of the Collections I synced ended up as a fully backed up copy in the cloud and locally (as I have local storage activated).

Here's a screen shot of the Classic Collection, showing them all as virtual copies:



And here is a screen shot of the CC Album, showing the first image as backed up and synced (Status also says it's backed up and saved locally):


Now, I don't mind if it does this, but I didn't think this was even possible?

Any suggestions.
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Andy Hewitt

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ragrawal, Employee

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Hi Andy,

Did you only synced the virtual copies or virtual copies along with the original one ?

-ragrawal
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Hi ragrawal

I imported the originals into Lightroom CC. I then allowed them to sync into Lightroom Classic, where I moved them into my folder system, and then created the virtual copies, and then allowed those to sync back in the CC ecosystem.

Only the first image in each collection/album has appeared as a locally stored original in CC, the rest are 'synced from Lightroom Classic' 'Smart Preview only'. The originals are all synced before I created the virtual copies.


Regards
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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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Sounds like you somehow did not move those first images, so they are still the originals.
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Not sure I understand you there Johan.

All the originals started off in Lightroom CC where they were imported from my camera's media card, got uploaded to the Cloud, and then synced to Lightroom Classic, where the originals were located into a folder system.

I then created a Collection, inside a Collection set, which is my method of workflow. I create a starting collection of 'Colour - Raw' for the initial set of imported images into Lightroom Classic.

If I want to create some B&W versions, I select all the images I want to work with, and create a new collection 'B&W- Raw', using the 'make new virtual copies' option.

I then sync this collection back to the CC system, which should all appear as smart previews, and put the resulting new album into a folder in Lightroom CC.

Up until now, nothing in Lightroom CC, or on the cloud system has been changed since the initial import of new images. I'm doing all the editing and creating of virtual copies in Classic.

I'm only using Lightroom CC at this point to manage and organise the Cloud storage system of folders and albums.

There is no 'original' image for the B&W version, and as far as I'm aware Lightroom Classic is not able to upload any originals to the cloud at all. Yet one has appeared in two separate albums in Lightroom CC.

Cheers.
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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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No, Lightroom Classic is not able to upload originals. The originals that appear in Lightroom CC must be somehow (copies of) the originals that started off in Lightroom CC.
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Well, yeah, that much does seem obvious. It looks like bug to me.