Once you have your photo library backed up, organized, and consolidated onto a single hard drive, you can then move your library from Adobe Lightroom Classic to Adobe Lightroom CC. Before you do that, you will need to understand how syncing works. Instructor Richard Harrington discusses how syncing your library to Lightroom CC works.
- All right, it's time to make the move. I'm going to show you how to migrate a small catalog and remember, you can select individual images inside of Lightroom Classic or Lightroom 6 and export those as a catalog, a subset of your big catalog. Let's walk through how to go head and export, and then import so you can really make this migration. If you've migrated a library, you can choose to import that into Lightroom. Now while you can move any library into Lightroom CC, it's a good idea to follow the migration steps you learned in the previous chapter.
Let's go ahead and choose file, migrate Lightroom catalog. Now, it's going to tell ya the option here to pull in things into Lightroom, and it's going to start to move those into the Cloud. Make sure you have adequate storage space to accommodate these images. I'll click continue. There is a couple things in this dialogue box that I suggest you actually read before you click continue. First, you can only migrate a catalog one time, so this isn't the sort of thing where you're working in your main library, then you go ahead and go back to the old version of Lightroom and then migrate your changes over again, this is a one time affair per library.
As such, remember, when you're inside of an older version of Lightroom, you can select a collection or a folder and choose to export that out as a separate library. Remember, you can actually choose file export as a catalog here, and that will pull that into a single catalog that can then be imported into the new Lightroom CC. So use that export as catalog function to split off a part of your photo library. All right, additionally, you should turn sync off in older versions of Lightroom.
So you won't want to keep syncing things in Lightroom Classic, or Lightroom 6. So, make sure you're ready to give up sync in the old versions of Lightroom to move into the new versions of Lightroom. If you're ready with both of those conditions, then you can click continue. You'll see different libraries or catalogs that it's found on your system, but I suggest that you click the browse computer button and navigate directly to the drive where you've put the files that you migrated.
Let's go here into the folder, there is my catalog to move, and I can select it directly. This is going to make it much easier because I've been specific. When you're ready, click the migrate button, and then choose start scan. This will analyze the file. Now, what's going to happen is it might detect that there are some missing files. That's what happened here. If I open the log file, you're going to see it tells you which images are missing.
There's those same TIFFs that we had earlier. Remember, you can either choose to solve this problem or ignore it. So in this case, we're going to ignore those. I do see that there are no meta data conflicts meaning that the files are okay and all the meta data is in sync. So I'll choose start migration. It's going to scan the images and attempt to add all the photos and video to your new library. Now, this process may take a while, particularly with a larger library or catalog.
In this case, we're using a pretty small one, so it should come in a bit quicker. And you'll start to see things happening in the background. While this migration is happening, you are going to be locked out of the system, don't stop it, don't run out of battery power, don't quit, don't force quit, just do this migration and let it run on a stable system that you leave the heck alone while it's migrating. This is one of those things where you should really just let it run uninterrupted if possible.
If you do lose power, or something gets corrupted, you can try to migrate that library again, but don't go back and work with this library. Now, one of the key benefits here, and one of the reasons why I migrated it to a new library by exporting it from Lightroom is that the original library I'm using in Lightroom remains untouched by Lightroom CC. This way, I can still maintain that catalog, or work with it as needed. And this will allow you to either export your entire library or part of your library to a new catalog, and then import that into the new Lightroom CC.
All right, let's go ahead and let this finish up, and then we'll move on to our next steps. Once the migration is complete, you'll get a dialogue that explains what happened. In this case, it was able to move all 135 assets in from that other catalog, and it tells you the amount of data that came in as well. You'll also see if some things did not successfully come across. These five assets that weren't migrated are the same ones as before, so this is the final report, and you'll see it tells you what came across, if stacks were migrated, all of the assets that came across et cetera, if there was any key words that were able to move across, et cetera.
So this report is useful, the real important thing here is what files didn't move, and you can see information about the file name or the data if you have to track those down. Let's go back to Lightroom CC here, and when satisfied, I can click done. And what I want you to pay close attention to is you see that the migrated catalog to move has come in. Now, we can choose to rename this folder so it's a little bit more descriptive, but this is going to be all of those assets treated as albums, and those albums are automatically tucked into a folder here.
So, ill just rename this migrated round one. And all of these are then inside. You'll notice that things did come across, in fact some of the stacks were also there as well, so there are three photos in this stack, give that a moment to load, there we go. And if we take a look here at some of the different assets, let's see, there's some of the panoramics that we're creating, so here we have the source pieces and the merged pano made over in Lightroom.
Now, this is a 14 image panorama that was stitched inside of the old version of Lightroom. While the results were able to come in, I was not able to actually do merging here in the new Lightroom CC. So if you do need panoramic merging or HDR merging, you will need to rely upon the older version of Lightroom, or do that merging with a tool like Photoshop. Now, you see everything else did come across, and stacks have been preserved, and any HDRDNG files that were made in the old Lightroom are also available.
So, those have come across, and if we take a look here at the edit controls, you'll see that any settings that I did in the previous version of Lightroom including stuff like the black and white conversions here, all of that has made the jump across successfully. Now, lets take a quick overview of the editing possibilities of the new Lightroom CC.
- Migration costs
- Migration paths
- Preserving organization and metadata
- Preparing to move
- Backing up your catalog
- Importing a catalog
- Using alternatives to Lightroom