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With the advent of the release of Lightroom 3, one of my big questions was, what about all of my Lightroom 2 catalogs? Will I be able to use those inside of Lightroom 3? And the good news is that, yes, you'll definitely be able to use those. You simply have to go through a process of upgrading the catalogs and fortunately, the process is really easy. So here you can see I'm in Lightroom 2 and I have this catalog, which contains two photographs. That's two photographs of world champion surfer Shaun Tomson. He's someone I admire really deeply. And let's say that I've decided, you know what, I'm done with Lightroom 2.
I'm making the switch. I'm going to Lightroom 3. What I'd want to do would be to close Lightroom 2 and I'll do that by pressing Command+Q on a Mac, and that's a shortcut for quitting an application. Well, let's go ahead and take a look at this catalog. On my desktop you can see that I have a folder called LR2 catalog. Here's the catalog I was just working on with two images inside of it. Well, the photos are located in this folder here and typically you have your catalog and your images saved in different locations. So here are two photos of Shaun Tomson. Now we can see the preview there. All right.
Well let's go ahead and make our way back to Lightroom. All right, back in Lightroom now, what we actually want to do is we want to navigate to our File pulldown menu and choose Open Catalog, or we can use this shortcut. On a Mac, Shift+Command+O, on a PC, Shift+Ctrl+O to open up that catalog. We'll select the catalog from the Desktop. Remember we're selecting the Lightroom 2 catalog. Click Open and it gives us this great message. It says, you know what, it's going to create a new catalog file. In other words, it's not going to overwrite your old catalog.
That one will still be there, so you can still access it if needed. But it is going to generate some new previews, put them in a new location and convert everything for Lightroom 3. So typically what you want to do is choose a new destination for this. So I'm going to go ahead and change this and what I'll do in my case is I'm on Desktop and I'm just going to name this LR3 up top and then I'll click Create. And once I've done that, I'll click on the Upgrade button. This will go through the process of upgrading this particular catalog and then reopen Lightroom with this catalog accessible.
Now here you can see I have these photographs and I have all of the metadata information, develop settings, collections, etcetera, everything I've done before I can now continue to do in Lightroom 3. Now there's one thing that I want to point out here in regards to this process, and that has to do with where it stores the photos. Now you're going to notice here in this new folder that we have our new catalog file. Well it didn't touch the location of the photos. And that's great news, because what it's doing here is it is assuming that you already have your photos in a great location.
We're not going to touch those. Rather, what we are going to do is just be able to recognize those and access those and create a catalog that has continuity with the past, but also helps us move forward into the future.
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