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Lightroom CC to Classic Desktop

mbartle

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Hi, Fairly new here and I owe this group for maintaining progress with LR.

Newb Question is: I initially uploaded all my photos to CC 45k photos. I installed classic on desktop. If I turn on syncing is classic going to download copies of all those photos onto my hard drive? I don't want to eat up hard drive space for no reason. Or are they virtual copies or thumbnails or something?

Thanks!
Mike
 
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Hi, Fairly new here and I owe this group for maintaining progress with LR.

Newb Question is: I initially uploaded all my photos to CC 45k photos. I installed classic on desktop. If I turn on syncing is classic going to download copies of all those photos onto my hard drive? I don't want to eat up hard drive space for no reason. Or are they virtual copies or thumbnails or something?

Thanks!
Mike

Lightroom Classic is designed to download full size copies of the Lightroom Cloud images when syncing is turned on in Classic.

However images that originate in Classic only get proxy files synced to the cloud.
The key is knowing where the images is originating.

There is probably a good reason to have a local copy of the image files though as the images in the cloud are not recoverable if deleted and mitre than a month passes. IOW Adobe Cloud images are not a secure backup.

If you run Lightroom (cloudy) on a computer, you get an option to store a local copy of the images imported to the cloud. If you have both Lightroom Classic and Lightroom (cloudy) storing image copies locally on the same computer, you probably need to decide which set of images to keep. And which to toss.


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mbartle

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Lightroom Classic is designed to download full size copies of the Lightroom Cloud images when syncing is turned on in Classic.

However images that originate in Classic only get proxy files synced to the cloud.
The key is knowing where the images is originating.

There is probably a good reason to have a local copy of the image files though as the images in the cloud are not recoverable if deleted and mitre than a month passes. IOW Adobe Cloud images are not a secure backup.

If you run Lightroom (cloudy) on a computer, you get an option to store a local copy of the images imported to the cloud. If you have both Lightroom Classic and Lightroom (cloudy) storing image copies locally on the same computer, you probably need to decide which set of images to keep. And which to toss.


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Thank you, just to confirm "cloudy" is Lightroom Cloud?

After that initial download:

subsequent edits on the desktop sync to the cloud?

and

subsequent edits made in the cloud sync to the desktop after initial sync or no?
 
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Thank you, just to confirm "cloudy" is Lightroom Cloud?

After that initial download:

subsequent edits on the desktop sync to the cloud?

and

subsequent edits made in the cloud sync to the desktop after initial sync or no?
Yes to All of the above.

Here, we use the phrase "Lightroom (cloudy)" to distinguish the product from older legacy desktop standalone versions which are still being used by a few.

Changes made to an image on one platform will propagate to the other platform.

One thing I should have mentioned before about Classic is that it only functions if the image file is still cataloged to a local drive and is present. IOW, if you want to use the Classic version and the Cloud version, a copy of the original image must be stored in both places. The copy in the cloud can be a proxy image file IF the original remains in Lightroom Classic.
 
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