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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques, photographer Chris Orwig shows how to master the subtleties of Lightroom 3 and maximize its efficiency. The course begins with an in-depth exploration of Lightroom catalogs to keep track of photos, collections, keywords, stacks, and more. Along the way, Chris shows how to integrate Bridge and Photoshop in the Lightroom workflow and shares advanced techniques, including image editing with the adjustment brush, automating actions, using plug-ins and extensions, exporting to email or an FTP server, and more. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here I want to talk about what you can do if your Lightroom main catalog becomes corrupt and unusable, or if you accidentally delete it. How can we restore Lightroom from one of our backup catalogs? Well, let's say, for example, that this of this file has become corrupt, or let's say that we have inadvertently deleted it and we've emptied the trash, and that file is completely 100% gone. Well, what do we do? Well, what you can do is go to your most recent backup, whether it's in the same location here or if you've copied it to an external drive--either way.
Find the most recent Lightroom catalog backup, and all that you need to do is copy that file and then put it in the right location. So here I am going to go ahead and choose Edit, and I'll copy that. And then I am going to go to my LR3-Demo folder. I am going to go inside of this folder, just so I'm certain that that's where I'm located. I am right inside of here now. We can see the Previews file there. And I'll choose Edit, and I'll paste the item into that location. Well, now that I have that in the exact location, all that I need to do to relaunch Lightroom from this catalog to restore it is to double-click the lrcat file.
So, here I'll go ahead and do that, and Lightroom will open up, and it will remember everything that I've done in regards to my keywording, my post-production, et cetera, et cetera. Now everything will be successfully back to normal.
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