Lightroom 4: Adobe Broke the Collections
In the good old day of Feb-2012, aka Lightroom 1, Lightroom 2 or Lightroom 3, you could flag or rate a photo without worrying. With LR4, a photo can only belong to one collection! In LR1, LR2 or LR3, a photo can belong to many â€œregularâ€ collections, with just drag and drop. Then you could decide on ratings or flags. For example, one photo can go in a customer collection and be rated as a 5 star, the best for that customer. I like that photo and want to add it also to my portfolio collection. In my portfolio collection, it should be only a 3 stars. I have much better photos than that, but that photo should be in the portfolio collection and if I find a better idea of what to do with it, it could even go up to 4 or 5 stars. Can't do that now anymore in Lightroom 4.
In Lightroom 1, Lightroom 2 or Lightroom 3, all the flags, pickâ€¦, and the ratings were local to the collection. Now in Lightroom 4, all the flags and the ratings are global to the whole catalog.
So what to do now? Since I have not found a way of changing the collection options, I must delete all of my collections. What about all the work already done over the years?
- Create a collection with the same name, just add a
-zzafter the name: Just make sure that the
Make new virtual copiesis enabled. Do it for every collection that you have, except for the smart collections.
- After creating the collection, now drag and drop the photo from the old collection to the new collection.
- After adding all the photos to the new collections as virtual copies, now delete all the old collections.
Right-Clickon the collection >
Renameand remove the
Since Lightroom 1 started shipping in January 2007, flags and ratings have always been local. Why did Adobe make such a major design change? Who knows? But also it's buried in the release note. Adobe should have been announced as a major change and here are the steps and consequences. Many people will get â€œscrewed.â€
What's wrong with using virtual copies?
- In the â€œgood old daysâ€ of LR1, LR2 or LR3, a virtual copy was used to create a different processing, a variation of a photo. A virtual copy for a web sizing, another virtual copy for printing, another one for the same photo in back and white and another one for a fake HDR version of that photo.
- Now, in LR4, if I have to create all the collections with virtual copies, the changes done to a photo from the
All Photographscollection will not show up in any of the collections. I make a change to the crop, I will have to do the same crop change in all the other collections. What if I forget to propagate the change to another collection? What a nightmare!
So for now, in Lightroom 4, photos can only belong to one single collection. The management part of the DAM (Digital Asset Management) has disappeared.