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Duplicating Photos

Common sense dictates that you duplicate a picture you wish to edit and then make the changes to the copy rather than the original. Most photo editing programs make that quite easy. Surprisingly, the native iPad/iPhone photo program is not one of them.

Yes, you can easily revert back to the original image if you don’t like the changes you made, but if you want the original and the edited version as separate images, you are stuck. I am not sure why this seemingly desirable option is not available, but I have discovered a work-around.

  • Select the picture in your iPad/iPhone Camera Roll that you wish to duplicate.
  • Tap the action button and select “Email” from the list of choices.
  • Address the email (with the attached photo) to yourself and tap “Send.”
  • Go to your Mail program inbox and open that email.
  • When the attached image appears, tap and hold on it until you see a menu of choices. Tap “Save Image” (or “Save to Camera Roll”).

When you return to your Camera Roll, you will see the original image and the new saved image. (The new saved image will be at the bottom of the Camera Roll). You can now edit one of the images and still have the original.

Note that there are other photo-duplicating options that involve third-party apps and/or using computer-based photo storing/editing programs, but to duplicate a photo using only the iPad/iPhone as is, this might be the easiest way.

Let me know if you know any others!