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Moving just a few photos from one catalog to another.

Patricia Mitchell

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I set up my catalogs by year. (Perhaps a foolish thing to do? If someone wants to tell me I shouldn't do that please feel free. I DID have everything in one catalog but someone suggested that it was running slowly because of that.) I inadvertently put just a few photos into the wrong year and when I try to move them it's not working so I'm sure I'm doing something stupid. Can someone help please? (I'm still using 9.2.1 until Adobe fixes that bleeding issue with edges when using the spot remover tool ... sigh.)
 
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Hi Patricia

Welcome!

Quite apart from the philosophical arguments against multiple catalogs I am not sure that I understand your statement "and when I try to move them it's not working ".... Without an explanation of what you are actually doing in the process it is impossible to say!

FWIW there is NO direct way to move images between catalogs however there are several indirect ways of achieving this....

As for the practical reasons for using multiple catalogs I sincerely doubt that your catalogs were ever too big to really slow Lightroom down. Many people run catalogs containing several million images without issue! I would very rarely advise people to use multiple catalogs although there are some reasonable edge cases where it can work well.

There are also several simple interventions that can be done to speed Lightroom up if it is sluggish which can be addressed later on.

In the meantime until we know exactly what you are doing (or not doing) in your attempts to "move" these images no real advice can be given... Looking forward to hearing from you!
 
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There are different levels in the result-
1) Simply Import (Add) the photos to the Catalog-B. No editing, no history, no keywords, etc.
2) In Catalog-A Save the metadata to the files [Ctrl+S] . Import (Add) to Catalog-B. Editing & keywords copy, no Dev history.
3) Select photos, [Export as a Catalog] from Catalog-A to a 'Transfer' catalog, then in Catalog-B [Import from another Catalog] merging the 'Transfer' catalog . Most info about photos 'copies' over.
4) Go back to one catalog- Merge all Catalogs by Import from another Catalog.
 

Patricia Mitchell

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I'm so sorry I'm unclear. (I'm an oboe player, not a writer. Sigh.)

I am just attempting to take three photos out of one catalog and put them into another. They were in 2020 and belonged in a different year.

As to setting up all these catalogs (which I now can't even figure out how I did ... I'm THAT stupid!), a photographer had suggested that was my issue when things were running so very slowly. I'm sure, now, that I should have investigated further rather than taking his word for it.

In any case, thank you for commenting and sorry for the trouble!

pm

Hi Patricia

Welcome!

Quite apart from the philosophical arguments against multiple catalogs I am not sure that I understand your statement "and when I try to move them it's not working ".... Without an explanation of what you are actually doing in the process it is impossible to say!

FWIW there is NO direct way to move images between catalogs however there are several indirect ways of achieving this....

As for the practical reasons for using multiple catalogs I sincerely doubt that your catalogs were ever too big to really slow Lightroom down. Many people run catalogs containing several million images without issue! I would very rarely advise people to use multiple catalogs although there are some reasonable edge cases where it can work well.

There are also several simple interventions that can be done to speed Lightroom up if it is sluggish which can be addressed later on.

In the meantime until we know exactly what you are doing (or not doing) in your attempts to "move" these images no real advice can be given... Looking forward to hearing from you!
 

Patricia Mitchell

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Thanks so much for this information. I'll see if I can figure it all out. I can't believe how my brain can't wrap around things these days. I'm not sure I can blame Covid-19, but I probably will anyway: it's as good an excuse as any at the moment! :)

There are different levels in the result-
1) Simply Import (Add) the photos to the Catalog-B. No editing, no history, no keywords, etc.
2) In Catalog-A Save the metadata to the files [Ctrl+S] . Import (Add) to Catalog-B. Editing & keywords copy, no Dev history.
3) Select photos, [Export as a Catalog] from Catalog-A to a 'Transfer' catalog, then in Catalog-B [Import from another Catalog] merging the 'Transfer' catalog . Most info about photos 'copies' over.
4) Go back to one catalog- Merge all Catalogs by Import from another Catalog.
 
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