• 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.

New eBook question (transferring to new MacBook)

Joined
Mar 25, 2017
Messages
6
Lightroom Experience
Beginner
Lightroom Version
Lightroom Version
Classic CC 8.1
Operating System
  1. macOS 10.13 High Sierra
Thanks for the new free eBook. But I have question. I note you recommend transferring the various files before installing Light Classic CC. However, I think some folders or folder paths won’t exit until after you install Lightroom. For example the Lightroom folder in this case:

Mac Default—Macintosh HD / Users / [your username] / Pictures / Lightroom / Lightroom Catalog.lrcat

Or the Adobe/Lightroom/ folder in this case:

Mac—Macintosh HD / Users / [your username] / Library / Application Support / Adobe / Lightroom /

Perhaps I’m missing something?
Thanks.
 
Joined
Mar 25, 2017
Messages
6
Lightroom Experience
Beginner
Lightroom Version
When Lightroom is installed it will want to create certain folders (and files). However, if the folders already exist, LR will not create new ones but use the existing folders and files.

Thanks. So, do you think it is better to install Lightroom first, before migrating, so that the file structure is already in place?
 
Joined
Jun 20, 2009
Messages
18,438
Location
Houston, TX USA
Lightroom Experience
Power User
Lightroom Version
Cloud Service
Thanks. So, do you think it is better to install Lightroom first, before migrating, so that the file structure is already in place?
I'd follow Victoria's instructions. Installing LR for a clean install, also creates a new empty catalog file. You already have a catalog file (probably with the same default name). This "new empty catalog file" confuses some people.
 
Joined
Sep 29, 2007
Messages
23,154
Location
Isle of Wight, UK
Lightroom Experience
Power User
Lightroom Version
Cloud Service
I debated this both ways, and Clee is spot on, it's the new empty catalog and default preset folders that made me decide to put the file transfer first. As long as you're aware, it doesn't make a vast amount of difference either way.
 
Top