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How do I import existing images from iPhoto into LR4?

Sep 21, 2012 1:07 PM

The Adobe TV Tutorial says to import existing images into LR4 using the "Pictures" folder, but iPhoto does not use this location.  Import options from iPhoto are "greyed-out".  How is this accomplished without moving iPhoto pictures to a Document file?  Wouldn't that be difficult, take forever, and come over outside current iPhoto "Events" and other folder organization?  Do you have to move previously organized iPhoto images separately, which sounds like a real pain?  Does this indicate that LR4 doesn't have full functionality for Mac?  I know having used iPhoto sounds silly, but I've been able to get away with it when starting with good shots out of the camera.  Further, as a long-time photographer of many different subjects, I have 4,700 pictures in iPhoto, including 2,400 from several trips to Paris.  This number does NOT represent a problem with failing to delete poor images:  I run Continuous/Burst on candid people shots, wildlife and sports which yields a few to a number of good and different images per outing.  As with many, I also let clients choose from a large number, in addition to keeping the ones I consider the best.  I also keep a large number to provide retailers a good selection of what they want to carry.  What do I do to transfer from iPhoto to LR, and how difficult and time-consuming would if be?

 
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    Sep 21, 2012 1:31 PM   in reply to ralphjsecoy

    I'm not a Mac user, so I have never used iPhoto. Assuming that iPhoto puts your images in a folder somewhere on your hard drive (which only seems logical to me), from Lightroom activate the import dialog and browse to that folder and import the images from where they are located. You need to understand that Lightroom isn't going to move them. The import process simply puts information about those files in your catalog so that it can store information about the images and track the changes that you make. So, if you know where iPhoto is storing your images, browse to that location and import them. Unless, of course, there's something about iPhoto that I don't know (which is highly possible).

     
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    Sep 21, 2012 2:02 PM   in reply to ralphjsecoy

    This is kind of oldish but should still be fairly accurate: http://lightroomsecrets.com/2009/03/moving-your-images-from-iphoto-to- lightroom/

     
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    Sep 21, 2012 2:25 PM   in reply to ralphjsecoy

    No need to complicate things: I just drag thumbnails from iPhoto straight onto LR's icon in the Dock. That opens the usual import dialog window. Click "Import" and you're done. This will import images with all the adjustments you made in iPhoto.

     
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    Sep 22, 2012 2:56 PM   in reply to ralphjsecoy

    You might have misunderstood my suggestion.

     

    What I meant was to open iPhoto and looking at the library in thumbnail view to select any number of thumbnails and drag them onto the LR icon residing in your Dock

     

    This is assuming that you have added LR to your Dock.

     

    (I wasn't suggesting to drag the application or the iPhoto Library onto LR.)

     
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    Sep 27, 2012 2:17 PM   in reply to ralphjsecoy

    Hi Ralph,

     

    I can assure you: Lightroom works as well for Mac than for PC.

    There is no innate difference.

    On my Mac I have never used iPhoto as I hate the Apple attitude of better knowing than myself how things should be organized.

    So there may be some glitches in specially migrating from iPhoto to LR, but that would be due to iPhoto.

     

    You could always think about starting afresh from a backup of your images, where they are openly stored straight in finder. Thus you would loose any develop settings or metadata created inside iPhoto. No idea if that would be an unacceptable loss for you?

     

    Your posts sound as if you would be looking for a software best supporting migration from iPhoto. That was not the main intention of LR.

     

    4700 images are fairly few in my opinion. If you have good LR performance it will stay so at least for 800000 images within one catalog.

     

    Regarding organizing principles: LR offers many possibilities.

    Do not hook on folders, just treat them as storage buckets, hardly ever to be moved. Do everything else by collections, smart (i.e. Criteria-based) or dumb (i.e. Fixed membership) and you can cover various different organisation angles without storage overhead.

     

    Especially as a digitial-asset-managemant-tool LR is fairly good, apart from being an excellent raw-interpeter.

    On Mac as well as on PC.

     

    Cornelia

     
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    Jan 14, 2013 5:43 PM   in reply to ralphjsecoy

    I too need to migrate from iPhoto to Lightroom, 1.4 TB (90,000+ images) on a 2 TB external hard drive (EHD), which is where I would like to keep my pics. I do love working in Lightroom, though I have learned to use less contrast now.

    An additional complication is that I do not have iPhoto on my clean installed iMac (640 GB), and I cannot buy iphoto '09 or any other iphoto for Snow Leopard. I really, really do not want to upgrade to Lion/Mountain Lion at this time. Right now I can only see my photos if I boot up on my bootable backup from my previous computer setup, though I can always plug it in to access the files.

    Obviously I cannot drag anything anywhere if it is moving 1.4 TB of photos, unless I sacrifice my backup iPhoto EHD. I am afraid to do anything yet because I must keep my metadata, and hopefuly my previous editing. I understand somewhat that Lightroom does not need to move your photos, it just needs to know where they are.

    I am an old manual camera, B&W darkroom photog trying to age gracefully into digital after a 20 yr break, now that my kids are grown. If anyone knows what I can do, I would be very grateful for your response!

    Maybe this link will be helpful for you ralphjsecoy:

    http://forums.adobe.com/message/4048517#4048517

    sorry, can't fix the way the link looks, but it should work! [Moderator note: fixed the way the text looks]

     

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    Nov 20, 2012 2:21 PM   in reply to ralphjsecoy

    Hi Ralph,

    What you do in fact is exporting from iPhoto, thus exporting all your work from iPhoto as well.

    Then LR has them available to read during import.

     

    But for LR alone it would be impossible to extract that, which might still hamper annakscottaps if she/he would not manage to get a running iPhoto-version to trigger the export.

     

    Cornelia

     
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    Nov 21, 2012 12:36 AM   in reply to ralphjsecoy

    Thankyou for your helpful and timely responses.

    Alas, all my photos are in iPhoto, and I need all of them because I combine photos in Photoshop.

    So, if I put them into a folder, does that make a copy of all the pictures or just reference where they are? (I do not have the space to copy 1.3 TB of pictures to anywhere.)

    And will they be the originals, AND the edited versions, with ALL the meta data? (I cannot imagine re-editing over 10,000 photos, nor doing w/o metadata.)

    (I know I cannot import in Lightroom from the EHD because it says no photos found when I click on either iPhoto Library or Metadata Backup, the only choices available.

    Click on the black screen shot.)

     

    2012-11-21 12.50.01 am.png

     

    When I open the EHD, I imagine I would move the two iPhoto Libraries (packages), Europe 2011 n new and iPhoto Library n new into seperate folders, and then drag each folder to the Lightroom window.

    (Click on the finder window screen shot.)

    2012-11-21 12.32.09 am.png
    I sure appreciate your help! -Annakim
     
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    Nov 21, 2012 11:17 AM   in reply to ralphjsecoy

    I am not sure if you understand LR's concept about handling files: as long as they are not encapsulated by some other software it can reference them from anywhere.

    So no need to move images anywhere further on once they are free (out of this encapsulation).

     

    LR can, but does not need to move or copy images: choose the option "ADD" in the import dialog and LR will reference directly in their current location.

    A LR import just creates one record per image, pointing to it and collecting all sorts of information (your metadata, your develop settings, your history with them, collection membership, a second interpretation as a virtual copy, ....).

    This is why LR is non-destructive.

     

    Now if for some reason you want to move files (e.g. making space on laptop's internal HD after main work on them, to move into more archival network storage), LR needs to know about the new location. The easiest way to ensure this is to drag the folders within LR to their new destination. Then LR will execute this command also on your operating system and physically move files.

    If you did outside LR, e.g. in Finder, LR will have lost the pointing destinations and show "?" for missing photo. Then you can re-link, best done on a common parent folder that has also the "?", as all subfolders and images inside will automatically be relinked.

    Some advise for this method because they think it is faster than having LR do the move. But it is more dangerous, as you can make mistakes.

     

    So Annakim needs some free disk space anywhere to extract from iPhoto and free the files from that encapsulation.

    Should that be a permanently suited storage space (because e.g. on a new 2TB ext. HD - use one root folder "images or pictures" and put everything else e.g. as subfolders underneath), she can use ADD in LR's import dialog and need not move the images further around.

     

    Export from LR is a different thing:

    Once you trigger this you are actually instructing LR to write entirely new files, based on the original file and what the record in the catalog says about that file. Thus e.g. you get a *developed JPG from your raw*.

    This is something to be used for your immediate purpose, but not worth while to store long-term beyond, as you can easily recreate it any time, as long as you still have the original photo in the folder LR knows about, and your LR catalog which has all the instructions.

    So your treasure is

    • the original files in the folder structure LR knows about
    • your LR catalog

     

    Cornelia

     
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    Nov 21, 2012 11:19 AM   in reply to Cornelia-I

    ***For the sake of completeness and precision I should perhaps mention that a camera storage card is not considered a permanent storage location for LR, hence "ADD" is not available.

     
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    Nov 22, 2012 2:51 AM   in reply to ralphjsecoy

    Thank you Ralph for your new reply,

    I cannot copy 1.3 TB on my photo library 2 TB EHD to my 640 GB iMac which does have Lightroom.

     

    I am scared stiff since I tried to copy my iTunes playlist only, not the music/podcasts, but somehow moved everything while I was asleep, which filled up my iMac to the very last GB. I could have lost everything had I booted up normally instead of safe boot after that. Shortly before, I managed to disable my printer permanently by deleting stuff trying to fix it, and kill my Time Machine by accidentally unplugging it, all within 5 minutes.

     

    Anyways, one possibility would be copying to my backup photo library 2 TB HD, which I would have to erase since it is the same as my photo library. That's what I meant by sacrifice.

     

    Normally I would have a third backup of my photo library offsite, but right now it is used to backup my old computer stuff since I have not yet completed my migration after an erase and clean install. I must access my photos ASAP.

     

    I understand there are 2 kinds of photographers, those whose have lost photos, and those who have not yet lost photos. All hard drives fail at some point. That is why I am hesitant to sacrifice my backup.

     

    It looks like I will need to use erase and use my backup photo library EHD since my pics are currently encapsulated by iPhoto. I will start with my smaller 138 GB photo library before I attempt the 1.2 TB library folder, as you suggested.     -annakim

     
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    Nov 22, 2012 2:50 AM   in reply to Cornelia-I

    Thank you Cornelia,

    You have added much to my understanding of encapsulation and referenced. I see the ADD vs COPY vs MOVE as shown on the black screen shot of Lightroom in my post.

     

    I think I understand that:

    ADD = reference (point to) where they are.

    COPY = put them on the drive where the Lightroom program is AND keep them in the original location.

    MOVE = put them on the drive where Lightroom is AND delete them from the original location.

     

    It seems I will need to 'sacrifice' my backup photo library, that is erase, and move all the iPhoto 'package' to a ?new folder? on this EHD?

    Is this a correct understanding? Or do I even need to put the package into a folder?

     

    I am so glad I have firewire 800 connections instead of USB2 on my EHD's, this could take a while!     -annakim

     
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    Nov 22, 2012 3:36 PM   in reply to ralphjsecoy

    Feel free to consider every contributor on this forum as incompetent.

    Adobe does not do any quality control about them.

     

    My statements are correct: iPhoto needs to release the images from its encapsulation. After that it is only a LR question, and independant from iPhoto. You may call this a standard need from iPhoto to burn a CD or share for the web. I termed it "export from iPhoto".

    As I do not use iPhoto I would not know if its develop settings travel with it, which is why I assumed that you might loose them if they don't.

     

    So I took it from your statement that this in an invalid concern, because they travel out of iPhoto's encapsulation.

    It is not LR which does this, but iPhoto.

    LR can do nothing with an iPhoto-encapsulated library.

     

    The only thing I have never done is taking images out of iPhoto-encapsulation.

     

    Handling free image files to bring them into LR's admin and moving them between storage locations and computers is something I am as much expert about as any proficient LR user.

     
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    Nov 22, 2012 3:50 PM   in reply to annakscottaps

    Hi Annakim,

     

    I would never advise you to sacrifice your safety backup.

    Please get another 3rd external HD for this operation, as a storage target for releasing your images from iPhoto-encapsulation.

     

    Use one common parent folder on this new disk for all your subfolders, which you may create in accordance with your iPhoto-events if that suited you.

    But you could also choose to put all images directly in, without subfolders, as you will have many organisation options in LR via collections. Or into one subfolder per year. A matter of your taste.

     

    You could loan one external hard disk, because after this release and successful import into LR catalog you could do a backup of the released images + your LR catalog on your 2nd drive and give back the 3rd one.

     

    Your iPhoto-drive could still fail before you are done, and then you would desperately need your backup-HD.

     

    Cornelia

     
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    Nov 22, 2012 10:15 PM   in reply to Cornelia-I

    Hi Annakim,

     

    To get a full understanding about the iPhoto-encapsulation I was now reading the content of Gene McCullagh (the link provided by Rikk flohr):

     

    According to him there is a way to get the images out from an iPhoto-encapsulation without having an iPhoto-installation running:

    By creating an alias to the iPhoto-library in Finder LR can actually grab the images, but then you need the copy-function during LR-import.

     

    So you "only" need another external HD as intermediate storage space, to get your desired operation done. And you need not worry about additionally getting an iPhoto-implemetation running.

     

    The flat-out refusal of this alias-method by the opening poster is a statement he makes about himself, not about the usefulness of the content.

    Gene is a certified Adobe LR expert, so choose whom you trust.

     

    BTW according Gene you need to import an image twice in order to also get your iPhoto-adjustments: the original and the modified image. Could be that this is due to raw files rather than jpgs.

     

    Good luck,

    Cornelia

     
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    Nov 24, 2012 12:45 AM   in reply to Cornelia-I

    Thankyou both for your help. I will take several days to free up enough room on one or more of my EHD's plus defrag my Mac (only because I accidentally filled it to the tip, it's only half full now). It gets complicated. -Annakim

     
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    Nov 26, 2012 8:35 AM   in reply to annakscottaps

    There'a a lot of info. contained in the other posts in this thread, but it all seems to point to the requirement of having another hard drive to which you will copy all of the iPhoto imprisoned images so that LR could see them.  I ran into the same issue yesterday and here's how I handled it.

     

    I simply opened a terminal and created a symlink from the iPhoto library to a link named "iphoto".  LR has no problem seeing into the newly created "iphoto" dir.

     

    Here are the commands I used.  Your paths will obviously not match mine, so keep that in mind if you attempt to run this on your machine.

     

    First I'll give you the syntax:

    cd <the_location_containing_your_iphoto_library>

    ln -s <the_library_name> iphoto

     

     

    Then here's the actual commands I ran:

    cd /Volumes/FreeAgent\ Portable

    ln -s iPhoto\ Library iphoto

     

    Having done that I was able to point LR to import from the following dir.:

    /Volumes/FreeAgent\ Portable/iphoto/Masters

     

    32,000+ images imported overnight.  No copying, no extra storage space.  It just works.

     

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    Nov 29, 2012 2:02 PM   in reply to bfitzsimmons

    You're all making this way too complicated: just drag&drop your images from iPhoto onto LR – works every time here and on other peoples' Macs.

     
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    Nov 29, 2012 8:06 PM   in reply to martin-s

    Will that "Add" them or "Copy" them?

     
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    Nov 29, 2012 11:25 PM   in reply to bfitzsimmons

    bfitzsimmons wrote:

     

    Will that "Add" them or "Copy" them?

    That's entirely up to you. You get the usual import dialogue box with the options to add, move or copy. I wouldn't recommend the 'move' option as you might still want them in iPhoto.

     
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    Dec 1, 2012 1:01 PM   in reply to martin-s

    My goal is to 'point LR' to selected photos in my iPhoto Library, which resides on an external HD, to import them so I can work on them. Not the whole Library. Since my labeling of 'Events' in iPhoto has been irregular, I'm not able to locate the 'Event' for the photos I'm trying to import. I'm using OSX 10.8.2  [Unfortunately, these ar jpegs but that shouldn't have bearing here.

     

    I found this thread after reading Gene McCullogh's 2009 instructions (linked above) to see if later OSX versions still allowed this process.

     

    I started with Martin's drag-and-drop into-a-closed-LR option. Indeed they showed up in LR, but as you'll see in this screenshot, only SOME of the photos were checkmarked as available for import. The ones not checked are darkened--not like when LR has already imported them.

     

    LR drag and drop.png

    Next I went back to McCullogh's instructions from 2009. When I Control+clicked the 'Originals' folder from iPhoto, the option to create an alias was not there and it was grayed out on the Edit dropdown menu:

     

    LR can't choose Alias.png

     

    So that's where I am. Questions:

     

    1. Why weren't all the dragged & dropped photos (from same photo session, in same location on iPhoto--'Photos') able to be available for import?

     

    2. What do do if current OSX software for some reason does not include 'Make Alias' option.

     

    Thanks.

    Karen

     
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    Dec 9, 2012 9:05 AM   in reply to ralphjsecoy

    First of all thanks for your excellent posts regarding importing from iPhoto to LR. I have a rather unique situation so please allow me to explain it first and then maybe you can help me to figure out the best way to handle things in the future.

     

    1. I have 185 gigs of photos in iPhoto on a iMac running the Snow Lion and the latest version of iPhoto. It came with a 256 gig SSD drive and a 2TB standard HD. I found out right away that it did not make sense to store my iPhoto library on my SSD drive so I move the Pictures folder with the iPhoto Library file inside to my HD. Now when I open iPhoto it finds the new location automatically and I've freed up a lot of space on my SSD.

    2. I purchased the latest version of Lightroom 4.2 for Mac yesterday and began the process of learning how to import my iPhoto photos. I found a post on this site that sent me to another website where directions were given about making an alias of the Originals folder, draging it to the desktop and then importing from that. I found that what used to be called Originals is now called Masters in iPhoto 11. v 9.4.2. Of course you have to tell the iPhoto Libary to Show Package Contents in order to see all of the subfolders in the package, including the Masters folder. Within that folder photos are broken down by year. So I tried first to make an alias of the 2012 subfolder. That worked fine.

    3. I then went into LR and selected Import. There I navigated to the alias of the 2012 subfolder and selected Copy. From there I selected the Pictures folder on my SSD. I think you can see the mistake I made. By selecting to put the subfolder 2012 on my SSD I basically defeated the purpose of freeing up space on my SSD drive to begin with. What I think I should have done is create a folder called Light Room Photos on my HDD drive so that the copy of those photos would be placed there.

    4. What still bothers me is that I am doubling the amount of space I am using if I pull all 185 gigs of photos dating back to 1998 from iPhoto to LR.

    5. So my question is simpy is there a way to not have to create a whole new batch of thousands of photos so that LR can work with them? In reading more of the posts I see that someone said to make an alias of your iPhoto Library and then instead off selecting Copy select Add instead. That way you are not using up a lot of extra space and are only referencing the photos already in the iPhoto libary, which in my case has been moved to the larger HDD drive and off the SDD drive which is my startup drive. I haven't tried this yet because I'm afraid that my Light Room 4 Catalogue file will get big and I'm back where I started. Is there a way to move my LR Catalogue file to my HDD drive instead of keeping it in my Pitctures folder within my User folder on my SSD drive? I see no way to select a new destination for my Lightroom folder or a place to just put the LR Catalogue folder. And my second question is what happens to the Metadata? I appears that when I imported the photos into LR using my initial method they show a creation date of today, not when they were taken. Because I am so new to LR I may not be looking in the right placce but help with this issue would also be appreciated.

     
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    Dec 9, 2012 9:31 AM   in reply to Tim McBrayer

    I would think the easiest thing to do is to move the photos from your SSD to your HD. You do this INSIDE Lightroom, in the Folder Panel, select the Pictures folder and then drag and drop this folder to the HD. Problem solved. Do NOT do this in your operating system. Now your photos are on the HD, and Lightroom thinks the photos are on the HD, and everyone is happy.

     

    In the future, with new photos, put them on the HD and import into LR by clicking on Add; OR import into LR from the camera card, instructing LR to put the photos on the HD (not the SSD).

     
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    Dec 9, 2012 3:06 PM   in reply to Tim McBrayer

    Hi Tim,

    4. What still bothers me is that I am doubling the amount of space I am using if I pull all 185 gigs of photos dating back to 1998 from iPhoto to LR.

    5. So my question is simpy is there a way to not have to create a whole new batch of thousands of photos so that LR can work with them? In reading more of the posts I see that someone said to make an alias of your iPhoto Library and then instead off selecting Copy select Add instead. That way you are not using up a lot of extra space and are only referencing the photos already in the iPhoto libary, which in my case has been moved to the larger HDD drive and off the SDD drive which is my startup drive. I haven't tried this yet because I'm afraid that my Light Room 4 Catalogue file will get big and I'm back where I started. Is there a way to move my LR Catalogue file to my HDD drive instead of keeping it in my Pitctures folder within my User folder on my SSD drive?

    It does not make sense to manage your images both in LR and in iPhoto.

    If you would really want to, then yes, it is advisable to double them so there will be no interference.

    Why not doubling them for the moment (on your HD, not SSD), and see later if you like LR sufficiently to ditch them from iPhoto?

     

    You can place your LR catalog = the *.lrcat-file anywhere you like. Double-Clicking it will open it in LR. Then you can select in preference settings to always open the last catalog, or specifically this catalog, when opening LR.

    The catalog file will not become too big. mine is ca. 1.5 GB for some 110'000 images.

    What takes much more space is the folder with the previews that LR will create. How much depends on your taste and speed needs.

    As I do not want to wait for "Loading..." in Library module I dedicate quite some space to the previews folder (actually ca. 100 GB!), because I set the preview size big in pixel dimensions for a big screen and high in quality. This is because I use a laptop, and want to be able to show images due to their preview when I travel, without having my originals available (they are on a NAS at home***).

     

    In terms of LR performance you benefit most if you put both your lrcat-file as well as the previews folder (...Previews.lrdata) on your SSD, as it is advantageous to use the quick reading speed.

    Your actual image-files may well be stored on the HD, as LR accesses them less often.

    If you are not so keen on LR agility, you can put everything on your HD.

    Separating the lrcat-file from its Previews.lrdata-folder is not foreseen by Adobe, but possible - Victoria Bampton gives a workaround for that in her "The missing FAQ for Lightroom). Then, of course, you would forego again the speed of your SSD accessing/writing previews and just grab the speed advantage for the lrcat-file.

     

    If you are very concerned about storage space on your SSD why not start with everything on your HD? Then if you get impatient with LR's response times, you know the first tweak would be to move catalog+previews to the SSD?

     

    Cornelia

     

    ***Note: Develop actions are not possible, if I have no access to the images, but Library actions like rating, keywording and other metadata adding, as well as browsing them.

     
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    Jan 2, 2013 6:48 PM   in reply to Tim McBrayer

    Tim, thanks so much for your post. Had to read through an amazing amount of BS to get to yours, but it was worth it. I'm now in the process of transferring all remaining iPhoto files to my LR catalog using your method. The "open package contents" tip was great because it revealed the Master folder which contained all the stuff I hadn't been able to access through LR's Import process.

     

    Again, kudos and thanks!

     
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    Jun 22, 2013 4:17 AM   in reply to ralphjsecoy

    As a long time iPhoto user purely for it's organisation as opposed to function, I was looking to make the transition to LR3 and possibly LR5 if I like the workflow. I didn't like the idea of doubling my 200+GB of photos from the last 10 years so was looking for an easy way of importing into LR.

    In the end I found the easiest way was to do the following which doesn't involve any copying of photos but imports the file locations from within iPhoto into LR so that they can be viewed edited etc.

    It's quite simple if you're a Mac user and familiar with aliases.

     

    • Make a folder in your pictures folder - I called mine iPhoto to LR

    • Find your iPhoto 'package' in your pictures folder and right click to select 'show package' (NOTE: DO NOT MODIFY OR MOVE ANY FOLDERS/FILES INSIDE THE PACKAGE. TO DO SO MIGHT LOSE YOUR IPHOTO IMAGES.

    • This opens the hidden contents and reveals the 'masters' folder, expand this to show the year folders.

    • Right click on your first folder '2001' or whatever and select make alias.

    • Drag the alias folder to your the new folder you made earlier in the pictures folder.

    • Repeat for all the folders you want to import into LR.

    • Close the iPhoto package window.

    • Open LR and go file/import photos and navigate to your pictures/ new folder with the aliases inside.

    • Once all the photo previews have finished loading, click 'ADD' so that you are just adding the photo locations as opposed to copying them directly, then click import bottom right.

    • Go make a cup of tea, phone a friend or even your Mom while the photos are added to your LR catalog...  ^^

     
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    Oct 1, 2013 8:25 AM   in reply to CGEaton

    Dear CGEaton (whoever you are),

    This solution of creating aliases from the iPhoto Library package folder is utterly brilliant and works perfectly! You are a genius, my friend! 

    Many thanks for making my transition from iPhoto (and Aperture) painless!!!!

     
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