Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Upgrading an Elements catalog to a Lightroom catalog, part of Using Lightroom and Photoshop Elements Together.
- Here in Elements organizer I'm in the media tab and I'm viewing details so that you can see the photos in this catalog with the stars that I've added. And over here in the Tags panel with the trees keyword that I created and added to some of these photos and over here in the Albums panel the nature book album that I created with some of these photos in it. Now, let's say that I'm ready to upgrade from this Elements' organizer catalog to a Lightroom catalog because they're more sophisticated digital asset management features over there in Lightroom and that way I'll be able to use the Lightroom library directly with the other modules in Lightroom.
I don't want to lose my keywording and star ratings and my albums so how can I convert this Elements organizer catalog into a Lightroom catalog without losing all the work that I've put into it? I'll switch over to Lightroom to show you. Here in Lightroom I'm already working in my main catalog. To convert that Elements organizer catalog into a Lightroom catalog I'll go up to the File menu and I'll choose Upgrade Photoshop Elements Catalog. Now, depending on the versions of Lightroom and Elements that you're working with you may not see this option.
But if you do have this option then choose File, Upgrade Photoshop Elements Catlog and in the window that opens you should see the Elements organizer catalog that's open at the moment and here you can see the name and path to the Lightroom catalog that will be created when we upgrade that Elements catalog to Lightroom. So, I'll click Upgrade. And Lightroom goes about converting the Elements organizer catalog into a Lightroom catalog. When it's done it opens the new catalog here in Lightroom's library module and you can see thumbnails of all the photographs in this new Lightroom catalog.
What's really great is that all the organizing work that we did to these photos in Elements has translated into this Lightroom catalog. Let's take a look. First of all, if you go to the Folders panel and you click the arrow on the hard drive you'll see the same folders that we had back in Elements and I can click on these and you'll see the contents of each folder. If I go up to the catalog panel and I click on All Photographs that shows me all photographs in this Lightroom catalog. You remember that we added a keyword, the keyword trees, in Elements.
If I go over to the Keyword List Panel and open it, you'll find that same keyword here in Lightroom's catalog and it's still applied to the same photos. I'm going to go over to the Keyword List Panel on the right. If yours isn't open, then click its header to open it. Now, this is a little bit different than Elements' keywords. In Elements, there are keyword categories. You may remember there was a color category and nature category, and other category, and so forth. When I created the Trees keyword I put it inside of the nature category of keywords in Elements.
Now, all that is here in Lightroom's catalog is just arranged differently because Lightroom doesn't offer keyword categories. Instead, it uses keyword hierarchies. So, what was a category in Elements is now a keyword in Lightroom. Notice the arrow to the left of the nature keyword. If I click that arrow, you'll see the trees keyword that I created back in Elements organizer arranged in this keyword hierarchy here in Lightroom's catalog. Over to the right, there's a number four, and that means that the trees keyword is applied to four photos.
The same four photos to which I'd applied this keyword back in Elements organizer. To see those photos, I'll click the number four here. If I wanna go back and see all the photos I'll go to the catalog panel. I'm just gonna click on Previous Import and then back on all photographs to kick it into gear to show us all the photographs in the catalog again. You remember that I'd added some stars to some of the photographs back in Elements organizer and the stars appear here in Lightroom's catalog too. Under this photo and this photo, and this one, and this one.
By the way, if you don't see the stars, press J on your keyboard a couple of times to change the view of the thumbnails here in Lightroom's library. You also remember that back in Elements organizer I made an album for a book that I'd like to make and in that album I put some photos from various folders. Well, I still have access to that album here in Lightroom's catalog but it's not called an album, it's called a collection here. I'll go to the Collections panel and click the arrow to the left of it to open that panel and there you'll see the nature book collection.
Which is the same as the nature book album that I made in Elements. And if I click on that collection here in Lightroom's library module you'll see the photos that I'd included in this album back in the organizer in Elements. So, that's how you can convert an Elements organizer catalog into a Lightroom library catalog without losing the hard work that you've put into organizing your photos back in Elements.
In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili shows how to combine both programs. She begins with details on how to set up Lightroom and Photoshop Elements for maximum compatibility. The course then covers strategies for working with photos in a variety of formats (including raw), and practical scenarios for using Lightroom and Photoshop Elements together. Learn how to composite multiple photos with layers and selections, retouch portraits, and add creative effects and text to photos. Want to move to Lightroom permanently? Jan also shows how to upgrade a catalog from Elements to Lightroom.
- Why should you use Lightroom and Elements together?
- Setting up Elements as Lightroom's editor
- Editing raw photos and TIFFs, PSDs, and JPEGs
- Blending bracketed exposures
- Stitching panoramas
- Adding creative effects, text, and graphics
- Upgrading a catalog from Lightroom to Elements