On one of the rare occasions I've used Lightroom Collections, I found myself wanting to transfer the Pick/Reject info from the Collection back to the main Folder the photos are in. Picks are Collection-local, and there doesn't seem to be a built-in way of doing it. The best I could come up with is using a tag or coloured flag (which are global) as a temporary marker, allowing me to edit the Picks in the Folder. Is there a better way?

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    \$\begingroup\$ I believe that in Lightroom 4, the flags / picks appear on the image wherever you view them - be it in a collection or in their original folder. (I.e. they're now global) \$\endgroup\$
    – AJ Finch
    Jan 19, 2012 at 15:11

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Temporarily tagging them is probably the best move. I've hit this same frustration before and that's how I moved on.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Agree. Tags, colors, or stars are the workaround. \$\endgroup\$
    – ahockley
    Jul 16, 2010 at 14:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ OK, that'll have to do! Cheers. \$\endgroup\$
    – frumious
    Jul 18, 2010 at 9:47

For me, this issue is a real bugbear. I actually see it as a defect of the software and it is one of the more compelling reasons to upgrade to Lightroom 4, where flag status is global, rather than local to a Collection.


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