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Library module How to sync collections between categories?

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Jul 15, 2009
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  1. Windows 10
LR 11.5 on windows 10, let say I have 3 seperate catalgories, if I create a smart collection in the first catalog, how do I copy this collection to the other rest of the catalog? I believe smart collections are sync when you import photos from one catalog to another, but what if I do not need/want to do that? Is there a way to sync just collections?
1) Right click on collection name
2) select "Export Smart Collection Settings"

3) Open one of the other catalogs
4) Create a new smart collection (best to use same name). Doesn't matter what's in it
5) right click on new smart colection name
6) Select "Import Smart Collection Settings"
Califdan's solution is the easiest if you have just a few smart collections. If you have many smart collections, you can transfer them all at once to another catalog with these steps:

1. In the catalog with the smart collections, select one photo that isn't in any regular collections.

2. Do File > Export As Catalog with these options:

3. Open the catalog to which you'd like to import the smart collections.

4. Do File > Import From Another Catalog, select the catalog you created in step 2, and use the option Add New Photos To Catalog Without Moving.

5. Remove the single photo that was imported in step 2 from the destination catalog.
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