Mosaic Merging Multiple Lightroom Catalogs Presented By Mosaic


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We discuss why photographers create multiple Lightroom catalogs, the benefits of creating a master Lightroom catalog and how to merge Lightroom catalogs to create a master catalog.

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Mosaic Merging Multiple Lightroom Catalogs Presented By Mosaic

  1. 1. Merging Lightroom Catalogs To Create Master Image Catalog<br />Presented By<br />
  2. 2. What is the Lightroom Catalog?<br />The Lightroom catalog doesn’t contain any images. Lightroom indexes images referencing where they are on your hard drive.<br />When you do any work in Lightroom the changes are automatically saved in the catalog. <br />The catalog has two components:<br />CatalogName.lrcat has all the information about the images including development settings, collections, ratings, flags, etc. <br />CatalogNamePreviews.lrdata holds all of the JPEG image previews that are displayed within Lightroom. <br />
  3. 3. Why Have Photographers Created Multiple Lightroom Catalogs?<br />Lightroom allows you to create multiple catalogs. <br />Photographers create multiple Lightroom catalogs for several reasons:<br />Travel:Traveling photographers want to work on their images from their laptop away from their main computer. <br />Protection From LightroomCrash: Photographers are fearful of their Lightroom catalog becoming corrupted and losing all of the development and metadata settings. <br />See this blog post on how to protect your self against Lightroom catalog crashes.<br />Speed: The processing speed is faster in a smaller catalog.<br />Multiple Users: Adifferent photographer does the post-production work and want to separate out images from the master catalog.<br />
  4. 4. Benefits Of A Master Catalog<br /> Efficient - You can quickly find the photos you arelooking for without having to remember which external hard drive, DVD and folder the images are saved.Productive - You will spend less time organizing your files. Let Lightroom do the heavy lifting of indexing your images.Profitable - You find example photos more quickly to show clients without having to make endless slide shows.Better - One way to become a better photographer is by noticing the trends and themes in your work that only become apparent when looking globally at your collection of images. <br />
  5. 5. Merging Lightroom Catalogs<br />Open (or create) master Lightroom catalog<br />Go to File > Import From Catalog<br />Find where previous catalog is saved<br />Click OK<br />In “Imports from Catalog” dialog box comes up, select “Add new photos to catalog without moving.”<br />Select Import<br />All catalog settings (ratings, development settings, keywords, etc.) have also been copied to new catalog.<br />
  6. 6. Moving Files Within Lightroom<br />Because we have selected to keep the images in the same location, you may need to move the images to their permanent location.<br />Select the photos that are saved in the old location that were recently imported from within the Library > Folders section on the left side navigation. <br />Drag the files to their permanent location within Lightroom. <br />The Lightroom dialog will appear saying “Moving a folder on disk.” Select “Move.”<br />You have successfully merged your catalogs! <br />
  7. 7. Delete Old Catalog<br />Because you have merged your old catalog into the master catalog, your old catalog is no longer needed.<br />It can be very confusing to keep the same images in multiple Lightroom catalogs. For this reason it isrecommend that you delete your older smaller catalog. <br />After your catalog has been merged into your master catalog, find the older catalog on your hard drive. Delete the catalog.<br />You are done! <br />
  8. 8. For More Helpful Tips For Serious Photographers <br />Check out the Mosaic Blog <br /><br />