In the Rename Photos dialog box, choose an option from the File Naming menu. Choose Edit to specify a custom name using the Filename Template Editor. See Naming options and The Filename Template Editor and Text Template Editor.
To quickly rename a single photo in the Library module, select it and type the new name in the File Name field of the Metadata panel.
Move photos to a different folder
Learn more. Watch this video for tips on moving photos to another folder: “Moving folders around after the fact”
Open a photo in its folder in the Library module
Open a file in Explorer or Finder
Photos imported into the catalog are automatically rotated if the Exchangeable Image Format (EXIF) data includes orientation metadata. Otherwise, you can manually rotate photos.
In Grid view, select one or more photos, move the pointer over a thumbnail, and click one of the rotate icons in the lower corner of any cell. Or, choose choose Photo > Rotate Left or Photo > Rotate Right. All selected photos are rotated.
In Loupe or Survey view, click a rotate icon in the toolbar to rotate the active photo.
note: If the toolbar doesn’t show the Rotate icons, choose Rotate from the toolbar pop-up menu.
In Loupe, Compare, or Survey view, choose Photo > Rotate Left or Rotate Right to rotate the active photo.
Choose View > Enable Mirror Image Mode to flip all photos in the catalog horizontally along the vertical axis.
Rotate or flip photos using the Painter tool
Remove photos from catalogs
When viewing a collection, pressing the Backspace key (Windows) or Delete key (Mac OS) removes the selected photo(s) from the collection, not from the catalog, and no Confirm dialog box appears. To remove a photo from a collection as well as from the catalog, select the photo and press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Delete (Windows) or Command+Option+Shift+Delete (Mac OS). See Remove photos from a collection.
Removes photos from the catalog but doesn’t send them to the Recycle Bin (Windows) or Trash (Mac OS).
Delete From Disk
Removes photos from the catalog and sends them to the Recycle Bin (Windows) or Trash (Mac OS).
If more than one photo is selected in the Filmstrip in Loupe, Compare, or Survey view, only the active photo is deleted.
Selecting photos and pressing the Delete key (Windows) or Forward Delete key (Mac OS, full-size keyboards only) also removes photos from the catalog but doesn’t send them to the Recycle Bin (Windows) or Trash (Mac OS).
Update photos changed by another application
In the Grid view, Lightroom displays alerts in image cells when the photos in your catalog have been changed by another application. For example, if a photo has a one-star rating in Lightroom, and the photo has been updated to a two-star rating in another application, you need to decide which rating to respect. Both cannot co-exist together. Lightroom lets you resolve conflicting photo metadata by either overwriting its data in the catalog with metadata from the photo or its sidecar XMP file, or overwriting the metadata in the photo file or sidecar XMP file with its stored data in the catalog.
For more information, see Synchronize Lightroom metadata with Camera Raw and Adobe Bridge.
Convert photos to DNG
Lightroom lets you convert camera raw files to DNG for archiving and taking advantage of DNG features. When photos are converted to DNG, the DNG files replace the originals in the catalog. You have the option of deleting or preserving the originals on disk after the conversion.
- Select one or more photos in the Grid view, or select a single photo in the Filmstrip in Loupe, Compare, or Survey view. Then, choose Library > Convert Photo(s) To DNG.
If more than one photo is selected in the Filmstrip in Loupe, Compare, or Survey view, only the active photo is converted to DNG.
Only Convert RAW Files
Ignores photos that are not camera raw files. Deselecting this option converts all selected photos, including JPEGs, TIFFs, and PSDs.
Delete Originals After Successful Conversion
Deletes the original photo file after the conversion process ends. Deselecting this option preserves the original file on disk.
Specifies the versions of Camera Raw and Lightroom that can read the file. Use the tool tips to help you choose.
Determines whether the exported JPEG preview is full sized, medium sized, or not created.
Embed Fast Load Data
Allows images to load faster in the Develop module but increases file size slightly.
For more on DNG, see Supported file formats.
Create virtual copies
You can have multiple versions of photos by applying different adjustment settings to virtual copies of the original (master) photos. Virtual copies don’t exist as actual photos or duplicates of photos. Virtual copies are metadata in the catalog that stores the different sets of adjustments.
You create a virtual copy of a photo and then apply adjustment settings to it. If you want another version of the master photo, you create another virtual copy and apply the new settings to it. You can create as many virtual copies of a master photo as you wish. You can even make one of the virtual copies a master, making the previous master a virtual copy.
Once created, virtual copies are automatically stacked with the master photo. In the Grid view or the Filmstrip, the master photo displays the number of images in the upper-left corner of the thumbnail. The virtual copies display page-turn icons on the left side of their thumbnails.
Virtual copies become actual photos when they are exported as a copy of the master photo or edited as a copy in an external editor.
When you create a virtual copy of a photo, “Copy 1” (or “Copy 2,” “Copy 3,” and so on) is added automatically to the Copy Name field in the Metadata panel.
- In the Grid view in the Library or in the Filmstrip in any module, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) a photo and choose Create Virtual Copy from the context menu.
- In the Grid view in the Library or in the Filmstrip in
any module, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS)
to select multiple photos and choose Create Virtual Copies from
the context menu.
Tip: If the copy does not appear in the Grid view, the photos may be part of a collapsed stack. Try choosing Photo > Stacking > Expand All Stacks. If that doesn’t work, the photos may be filtered. Try using a different display method, such as choosing All Photographs in the Catalog panel.
- In the Library module, select a virtual copy of a photo in the Grid view or the Filmstrip and choose Photo > Set Copy As Master.
- To delete or remove a virtual copy, expand the virtual
copy stack in its folder in the Library module (press S). Then right-click
(Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the virtual copy in
the Grid view or the Filmstrip and choose Delete Photo.
note: You cannot edit stacks when working with collections. You must view stacks in their folders to expand, collapse, and manage them.