• Welcome to the Lightroom Queen Forums! We're a friendly bunch, so please feel free to register and join in the conversation. If you're not familiar with forums, you'll find step by step instructions on how to post your first thread under Help at the bottom of the page. You're also welcome to download our free Lightroom Quick Start eBooks and explore our other FAQ resources.
  • Stop struggling with Lightroom! There's no need to spend hours hunting for the answers to your Lightroom Classic questions. All the information you need is in Adobe Lightroom Classic - The Missing FAQ!

    To help you get started, there's a series of easy tutorials to guide you through a simple workflow. As you grow in confidence, the book switches to a conversational FAQ format, so you can quickly find answers to advanced questions. And better still, the eBooks are updated for every release, so it's always up to date.

Export as catalog

sh1209

Member
Joined
Jul 12, 2021
Messages
47
Lightroom Version
10.4
Operating System
  1. macOS 11 Big Sur
If I export images as a catalog from LRC, would this give me the ability to edit on another machine? I don't want to move my catalog or images from my iMac but would like the ability at times to use my laptop if going out of town. It seems this is really the only way to do it short of moving the images and catalog to an external drive. What is the proper steps for exporting as catalog and re importing to my iMac?
 
Joined
Jun 20, 2009
Messages
18,202
Location
Houston, TX USA
Lightroom Experience
Power User
Lightroom Version
Cloud Service
You have the right tool “Export as a Catalog”. Will create a catalog of the selected images to all of the images in the master catalog. If you include “digital Negatives” you will get a copy of the master images. Selecting Previews will create a copy of the previews too. All of this gets included in a package folder that contains the “travel” catalog, previews folder and folders containing the master images copies. Copy or move this Package folder and its contents to the laptop. Open that catalog in that folder on the laptop and process the images that you want to work on or import new images to this “travel” catalog.

When you want to update the master catalog, copy this Package folder and contents back to the main computer and use the “Import from another Catalog” to merge the travel catalog into the master catalog.
 

sh1209

Member
Joined
Jul 12, 2021
Messages
47
So when returning home I would export as catalog from the laptop, then import as catalog on the iMac correct? Also when initially exporting as catalog from the iMac does it include the photos as well or would I be editing smart previews?
 
Joined
Jun 20, 2009
Messages
18,202
Location
Houston, TX USA
Lightroom Experience
Power User
Lightroom Version
Cloud Service
So when returning home I would export as catalog from the laptop, then import as catalog on the iMac correct?
If you maintain the integrity of the Package folder, all you need to do with the Travel computer is copy the package back to the master computer and use the "Import form another catalog to merge the contents of both catalogs into one master catalog.
Also when initially exporting as catalog from the iMac does it include the photos as well or would I be editing smart previews?
"If you include “digital Negatives” you will get a copy of the master images" If you only include the Smart previews you will be working with only the smart previews. If you are not going to be importing any new images, then all of the edits would be inside the travel catalog.

If you want to only work with Smart Previews, then you can avoid the "Export as a Catalog" and simply copy the master catalog and the Smart Previews folder into a Lightroom folder on the travel computer.
 

sh1209

Member
Joined
Jul 12, 2021
Messages
47
If you maintain the integrity of the Package folder, all you need to do with the Travel computer is copy the package back to the master computer and use the "Import form another catalog to merge the contents of both catalogs into one master catalog.

"If you include “digital Negatives” you will get a copy of the master images" If you only include the Smart previews you will be working with only the smart previews. If you are not going to be importing any new images, then all of the edits would be inside the travel catalog.

If you want to only work with Smart Previews, then you can avoid the "Export as a Catalog" and simply copy the master catalog and the Smart Previews folder into a Lightroom folder on the travel computer.
So if I copy the catalog and smart previews on an external hard drive and connect it to my laptop then all I would need to do once getting back home is connect that hard drive to the main computer and import as a catalog correct? this question is referring to working only with smart previews.
 
Joined
Jun 20, 2009
Messages
18,202
Location
Houston, TX USA
Lightroom Experience
Power User
Lightroom Version
Cloud Service
So if I copy the catalog and smart previews on an external hard drive and connect it to my laptop then all I would need to do once getting back home is connect that hard drive to the main computer and import as a catalog correct? this question is referring to working only with smart previews.

That would work. However, if you are not importing any new images into the Travel catalog and the travel catalog contains all of the images and edits in the master catalog plus any new edit is done only in the travel catalog, then the travel catalog represents the new master catalog can can simply replace the master catalog on the master computer.


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
 
Top