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Mar 29, 2018 11:36 |  #1

I was going through my photos in Lightroom, adding keywords, and somehow the develop settings to all my images from 2012 and earlier changed; everything zeroed out except clarity, vibrance, and saturation... and those three are now the same for all of them. The more recent years have not been affected.

Is it possible to restore the previous settings with a catalog backup but only for part of my library? I've done a lot of work on more recent stuff the past couple of weeks that hasn't been backed up :oops:. So I'd hate to lose that by going back and restoring everything from my last backup.


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Mar 29, 2018 18:11 |  #2

LV Moose wrote in post #18596352 (external link)
I was going through my photos in Lightroom, adding keywords, and somehow the develop settings to all my images from 2012 and earlier changed; everything zeroed out except clarity, vibrance, and saturation... and those three are now the same for all of them. The more recent years have not been affected.

Is it possible to restore the previous settings with a catalog backup but only for part of my library? I've done a lot of work on more recent stuff the past couple of weeks that hasn't been backed up :oops:. So I'd hate to lose that by going back and restoring everything from my last backup.

I don't know about being able to do a partial backup, maybe one of the Lightroom gurus will chime in.

You could possibly export the 2013-2018 images as a catalog (settings only, no negatives or previews). Then do a full restore of the previous backup (correcting old images, but over-writing edits of newer photos). Then import the catalog of 2013-2018 images, which restores the edits to changed files.

Of course, before doing any of this, do a full backup of the presently corrupted files just in case the procedure above makes things worse.




  
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Mar 29, 2018 22:18 as a reply to  @ WiscTim's post |  #3

Gracias.

Right now I'm going through my older photos to see if I should reprocess them anyway (if I want them for prints or web); my preferred development settings have evolved somewhat over the past year or so. The only images that I might have regrets about are those on which I've used a lot of spot removal/healing, the adjustment brush, etc.


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Mar 30, 2018 01:01 |  #4

LV Moose wrote in post #18596352 (external link)
Is it possible to restore the previous settings with a catalog backup but only for part of my library?

Yes.

1. Make a copy of the current catalog just for safety - just do a Ctrl C copy of the file to a safe location.
2. Take a copy of one of your backups and paste it into the folder where your current LR catalog resides. Rename to something extra obvious like temp.lrcat.
3. Launch Lightroom and open temp.lrcat (File > Open Catalog)
4. Look through this catalog and confirm that it has all the adjustments you want. If not then select an earlier backup until you find one that does.
5. In the left panel of Library module select all the folders that contain the images you want.
6. Right click on the selected folders and choose Export this folder as a catalog. Name it something obvious like repair and make sure you untick export negative files - you just want the catalog entries not the actual image files or previews.
7. Reload your current working catalog (File > Open Catalog or File > Recent Catalog).
8. Select all the faulty folders/images, right click and then select Remove. This will remove the catalog entries for these images/folders but leave the actual image files on the HD.
9. Go to File > Import from another catalog and select the repair.lrcat file. All the entries and adjustments will be imported.


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Mar 30, 2018 08:27 as a reply to  @ Dan Marchant's post |  #5

Awesome! Thanks.


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