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Ray Rippel
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Moving my Lightroom catalog from a PC to an iMac

Feb 23, 2013 8:38 AM

Tags: #lightroom #moving_files

Good day, everyone,

 

First, thanks for taking the time to read this. Thanks even more if you can help!

 

A few background points:

 

  • I have two Lightroom catalogs I want to move from my PC to my new, shiny iMac.
  • Both were kept (and will be kept) on the computer's internal hard drive.
  • I have successfully installed Lightroom on the iMac.
  • I have successfully moved all the files of the actual photos, the LR catalog, and the preview files to the iMac

 

I attempted to open one of the catalogs by just double-clicking on the file itself. That worked, sort of. I then right-clicked on the folder and used the "synchronize folder" command. That got me my photos, but the program started re-creating all the previews AND, more importantly, none of the develop history, the ratings, the color codes, etc., were imported.

 

So, obviously I did this wrong. I would really appreciate a step by step description of how to do it correctly.

 

Thanks again.

 

Ray Rippel

 
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  • kglad
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    Feb 23, 2013 8:47 AM   in reply to Ray Rippel
     
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    Feb 23, 2013 2:14 PM   in reply to Ray Rippel

    Moving this discussion to the Photoshop Lightroom forum.

     
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  • Victoria Bampton
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    Feb 24, 2013 9:47 AM   in reply to Ray Rippel

    You don't have to relabel anything - just change LR's color label names to match your existing names.  Do that under Metadata menu > Color Label Set > Edit.

     
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  • Victoria Bampton
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    Feb 25, 2013 12:32 PM   in reply to Ray Rippel

    Yep, that's exactly right Ray.  You can set which word label is represented by which colour.

     

    For example, here's 2 of the sets that are built in, and you can create your own sets by going to Metadata menu > Color Label Set > Edit.

     

    ScreenSnapz002.jpgScreenSnapz003.jpg

     

    If the label 'words' don't match a color label in the current set, you get a white custom label instead.

     

    Look back on the PC and see what colors match which words, and repeat the same on the iMac.

     
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