Spruce up Your Zoner Photo Studio by Removing Duplicate Photos

Zoner Photo Studio (ZPS) is your complete, all-in-one photo-editing, archiving, publishing, and sharing solution.

It has some incredibly powerful features: printing, slide show creation, and Web gallery tools. Other most striking features include a composition of HDR images by combining several photos in one and making 3D images using images taken from slightly different angles.  You’ll have full control. And even with large image libraries, ZPS is strikingly fast.


Can You Afford to Lose Your Images?

As your catalog of photos gets bigger you may end up with multiple copies of the same photo where only small changes are present in each individual photo. Ensuring that you remove duplicates of all your photos is one of the smartest work habits that expert photographers have. Ask yourself: What images can’t I afford to lose? Now you have an answer. Try any of these steps:


1. Try Built-In Duplicate Finder

ZPS‘s built-in Find Duplicate Files is handy in that it helps you scan all dupes and remove them. Here’s how:

  1. Launch ZPS.
  2. MenuOrganizeFind Duplicate Files.
  3. Select Local Hard Drives. Here ZPS allows you do it in your own way (in a customized way). For example, you can search in specific folders (like Pictures, Downloads, etc.) as well.
  4. ZPS also has Show only files with matching names option. This way you instruct ZPS to search only identically named photos.
  5. Anyways, tap All Files and hit Search.


2. Use Backups of Original option

ZPS also gives you backups of your original photos. Beware: These photos never reveal themselves and in time they grow up and eat up all your hard disk space. Here’s how you can delete them: Tap MenuOrganizeBackups of OriginalsDelete Back of Original.

If there’s no backup, ZPS disables this option. But you can delete backups from your app settings. Follow these steps:

  1. Tap MenuViewPreferencesBackups.
  2. It shows you the size of your backup folder. Tap Delete Backups of Originals and then Yes.


3. Try Photo Synchronization

This process tells you about the location where you’ve saved your photos. Locations vary. Remove them and reclaim your free space.

  1. Tap MenuOrganize.
  2. Hit Synchronize Folders. Now you’ve your destination folder (C:\backup\).
  3. Browse it (C:\backup\) and delete all synced files using File Explorer.


4. Still Not Getting Results? Try a Manual Search

It’s certainly a tedious workaround. Still if you want to do this open the image directory (where you have all your images), sort them out one-by-one and find duplicates. Here’s how:

  1. File ExplorerZPS catalog folderViewSort byNameAscending.
  2. Right-click any dup and hit Delete.
  3. Repeat this mind-numbing procedure to all your dupes.


5. Your Escape Hatch: Clone Files Checker

It happens sometimes when all else fails and can’t give you your desired results. If you’re floating in that boat, you need a more powerful, yet easy-to-use duplicate finder: Clone Files Checker. CFC offers an escape hatch, making duplicate photos removal almost simple. CFC is comparatively better in that it provides you backup of all your duplicates. ZPS isn’t. And unlike ZPS, CFC authorizes you to select any folder you want or not. That way you can scan specific files, sort them, and export your scan results. It makes your search easier. Heed these steps:

  1. Find out which file types ZPS supports. Here’s how: Tap Preferences Display. Note (copy) them all.
  2. Now identify Catalog folders: Preferences Catalog. Note down all catalogued folders.
  3. Scan them: Download/Install/Launch CFC → Tap Settings → Add all ZPS supported extensions (the same way I did) → OK → Now Select Drive/FolderAdd.
  4. Now select all ZPS catalog folders → AddScanFile Size FiltersStart Search.
  5. You’re all set. Now view the results.
  6. You’ve now two options:
    • Either Take an Immediate Action.(Fix WizardSelect Oldest or NewestDelete them Permanently or Move to Folder).
    • Analyze the Results (Review & Fix → Right-click any file and tap Open File LocationSelect DuplicatesSelect Action).
  7. View your Scan History and Restore. Here’s how: HistoryCompleted ScansView details of all completed scansRestore (if you want to) → It prompts you to select the photos and your destination.

Note: If there’s no backup, it shows you nothing (a greyed out button). Deleting backups saves you tons of space.