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With the release of Lightroom 3, a lot of people are asking, including myself, "how do I work with my catalogs that are Lightroom 2 catalogs?" Well, the process is actually quite easy. I'll show you how it works here in this movie. Well, right now, you can currently see that I'm in Lightroom 2 and I have a catalog which is called FRS. I'll just go ahead and scroll through some of these photos. These photographs were captured recently. These are all raw files, unprocessed images. There are a couple of Major League baseball players and one pro volleyball player here, and it was for this energy drink FRS.
What I want to do is I want to upgrade this catalog that includes these photographs in Lightroom 3. So let's say I've done perhaps just a little bit in Lightroom 2. I've added some stars or some labels. You can see this image has a one star rating. Well, then I decide you know what, okay, I'm ready to upgrade. I'll close or quit Lightroom 2. So I'm going to go ahead and do that. Now I'm in Lightroom 3. Now in Lightroom 3, what I want to do is I don't want to just import the images. I want to take advantage of the catalog with the keywords and the labels and the stars and all that other information.
So I'm going to navigate to my File pulldown menu and choose Open Catalog. Next, what I need to do is navigate to where that catalog actually lives. Here you can see I've labeled it into a folder LR2_FRS_catalog. So I'm going to go ahead and click on that Lightroom catalog file and then click Open. Now what this is going to do is say you have to relaunch Lightroom in order to use this catalog. That is always the case whenever you're opening up a new catalog. So I'll go ahead and do that. Now, it gives us a new message here.
It says, "hey, you know what, you have to upgrade this catalog for use with Lightroom 3." In order to do that, what Lightroom is going to do is going to create a new catalog files. So it's not going to overwrite the old. So you can always go back to that old catalog, but it's going to give you a new one. It's going to tell you where it's going to actually save that. So yes, I definitely want to do this. I'll go ahead and click Upgrade. It' going to go through this upgrade process and to make sure everything is good to go and here we are inside of Lightroom 3 with the same files. You can see I have all the same information that I had previously, with this particular set of images, from this particular catalog.
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