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Merging LR catalogus from laptop to Desktop

 
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May 20, 2014 10:15 |  #1

Hi everyone,

When I'm on vacation, I bring my laptop to process photos on Lightroom, but I still use my desktop to process 95% of my photos.

Basically, I want to be able to process photos on my laptop, and then when I load the photos to my desktop, I want to keep my edits I did on my laptop, to be automatically done on my desktop.

Does anybody know if this is possible and how it's done?

(btw, I use LR4)

Thanks in advance!


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May 20, 2014 10:20 |  #2

You can create a catalog from existing photos in Lightroom by selecting the photos and exporting them as a new catalog. Then, if desired, you can merge the new catalog with another catalog. This is useful when, for example, you initially import photos into a catalog on a laptop computer and then you want to add the photos to a master catalog on a desktop computer.

Select the photos you want to add to the new catalog.
Choose File > Export As Catalog.
Specify the name and location of the catalog.
Indicate whether you want to export the negative files and previews, and then click Save (Windows) or Export Catalog (Mac OS).
“Negative files” refers to the original files that were imported into Lightroom.
The new catalog contains the selected photos and their information. You must open the new catalog to view it.
(Optional) To combine catalogs, import the new catalog into another. See Import photos from a different Lightroom catalog.

http://help.adobe.com …14-4351-ADD9-0849ED8B2195 (external link)


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May 20, 2014 10:27 |  #3

Looks like some handy info, thanks


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May 20, 2014 10:39 |  #4

DGStinner wrote in post #16917149 (external link)
You can create a catalog from existing photos in Lightroom by selecting the photos and exporting them as a new catalog. Then, if desired, you can merge the new catalog with another catalog. This is useful when, for example, you initially import photos into a catalog on a laptop computer and then you want to add the photos to a master catalog on a desktop computer.

Select the photos you want to add to the new catalog.
Choose File > Export As Catalog.
Specify the name and location of the catalog.
Indicate whether you want to export the negative files and previews, and then click Save (Windows) or Export Catalog (Mac OS).
“Negative files” refers to the original files that were imported into Lightroom.
The new catalog contains the selected photos and their information. You must open the new catalog to view it.
(Optional) To combine catalogs, import the new catalog into another. See Import photos from a different Lightroom catalog.

http://help.adobe.com …14-4351-ADD9-0849ED8B2195 (external link)

This is amazing.

Thanks for the thourough response! Totally going to do this tonight.

I always hate processing photos on my laptop because I wasn't able to save the edits when I load them to my desktop. This will be great!

Thanks again!


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May 20, 2014 10:41 |  #5

You're welcome. I knew it was possible but haven't been using Lightroom that long. Took me 2 seconds to google 'merge catalogs lightroom 4'. The link above was the second or third result.


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May 20, 2014 14:24 |  #6

Yeah, this is pretty common for those of us who have done "portable"stuff and who use Lightroom or another Raw processor. You need a way of copying/moving your work to your workstation. In Photoshop Bridge/Adobe Camera Raw, the default is to copy your work into an xmp "sidecar" which you copy with the Raw files. With Lightroom the default is to store your work in the Catalog, which you can use the above method to Export and then copy the catalog file(s) with the images to your workstation. You can in Lightroom alternatively choose to use the xmp sidecar method, some actually have LR set to do that by default, but others are quite happy to stick with the "catalog" approach. Just make sure that with the catalog that your image folders are "integrated" with the catalog, so that as you copy/move the catalog and images you don't "lose" the references/locality of the images, otherwise you'll need to work with LR to "find the missing images/folders" (doable but less efficient)!


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