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There may be times when you'll find it advantageous to export a set of photographs as a catalog and here are the set of photographs. These were captured of a particular family down at the beach and what I want to do is I want to select all of these images and I want to export them out as a catalog, because let's say I'm going to send them to a colleague or a friend or a client who then wants to be able to open up that catalog and access all of the different things that I've done in Lightroom with those images. Well, all that we need to do is to select one image. Press Command+A on a Mac, Ctrl+A on a PC, in order to select all the photos.
Next step is going to be to navigate to this File pulldown menu and here we're going to go ahead and choose Export as Catalog. That will then open up this Export dialog. Now what I want to do is I want to save this to the Desktop here. I'm going to go ahead and name this family. I'm going to include the photos, also the previews, and then go ahead and click Export Catalog. It's a really simple process as you can see. Well, once it's gone through all of that, how would I then open that catalog or access that as a catalog? Well, we already know how to do that, right? You simply navigate to the File pulldown menu.
Here you choose Open Catalog. In this particular case we'll go to our Desktop. We'll go to that family catalog. We're looking for the lrcat file, and we'll click Open. This will then close our current catalog, open up Lightroom with this new catalog. It's going to bring in the overall folder structure that we created before. Here you can see the files and folder structure there. It's going to contain all of the Metadata that we've added, any collections that we've created, any Develop module settings. As you can see, inside of this new catalog, you have access to everything that you've done previously with all these photographs.
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