Lightroom: Virtual Crop - Keep multiple crops of the same photo as linked virtual copies

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I often need multiple crops of the same image. For example, I might want an ideal crop for my website, a 16x9 for a digital photo frame or TV, a 4x6 for prints, an 8x10 for a portfolio, etc. Now I just create virtual copies for each variation and crop away. But if I want to go back and re-edit a photo I have to track down all the different crops and make the same changes to each virtual copy. I'd like a way to create a "virtual crop" of an image which would act just like a virtual copy except that changes made to the original would affect all the virtual crops. The only thing you'd be able to change in a virtual crop would be the crop itself.

Others have suggested linked virtual copies where a change to one would affect all, or have virtual copies' settings be overrides/offsets to the original. I like these ideas too, but when I think about how I'd use them, 99% of the time it'd be just to store multiple crops.

Just like virtual copies, virtual crops would be able to be put in separate collections, etc. There should be an easy way to get to the master image by right-clicking on any virtual crop.
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Posted 7 years ago

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Photo of Dorin Nicolaescu-Musteață

Dorin Nicolaescu-Musteață, Champion

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What about adapting the context in which your photo is used, rather than making multiple copies to fit a certain context?

For example:
Create and save
- a print job
- a slideshow template
- a web page
... all, with a given cell aspect ratio and fit/fill parameters.

This way, you don't have to create and maintain any "crop copies" at all.

This functionality has been since LR2 (or LR2?) as "output collections". Unfortunately, they were not very robust. Hope, their LR4 equivalents will be more usable in real world.
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Snapshots and auto synch might help.
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Oliver Wendel

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Linked virtual copies is a great idea!!