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When I move a picture in Lightroom, what gets moved?

Apr 13, 2012 6:48 PM

Tags: #lightroom_3 #moving_pictures #moving_files



When I select an image and move it to another folder, what gets moved?  Is it the RAW file?  What about the exported file?


For example, I go the the Library, and select a Virtual Image that has been Exported and select to move it to another folder.  What gets moved?


I'd like to move the RAW image to one folder, and the processed JPG to another.  They are in different folders now.  Not sure how this works.



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    Apr 13, 2012 7:05 PM   in reply to Spodeworld

    Only the images selected in the Grid (i.e. the Raw) gets moved, not an exported JPEG. Virtual copies cannot be moved individually.



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    Apr 14, 2012 12:18 AM   in reply to Spodeworld

    Is the processed jpg added to LR-catalog?

    If yes, you need to move it the same way as the ra, from inside LR, just to a different destination folder.

    If not, LR is not concerned about it and you can move it inside your winExporer / mac Finder anywhere you like.



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    Apr 14, 2012 7:09 AM   in reply to Spodeworld

    1) If you want to know what the image in the Grid is, you can:

    • Check the Metadata panel for information about the selected image:

    • Press Ctrl-J to set up what's shown on compact or expanded cells:

      and then use shortcut "J" to toggle between nothing, compact view and expanded view on your Grid thumbnails:

    If it shows it's a raw image, then the raw image will be moved.


    2) If you did not add the exported images to your catalog (neither by importing nor by having "Add to this Catalog" checked in the export dialog),

    then you can (must) move them manually using Finder/Explorer from outside of LR, without implications on LR.


    You can also find out whether they are part of your catalog or not by choosing "All Photographs" in Grid view and see if you have a JPEG shown next to your Raw, or if your Raw shows a stack sign (number in thumbnail).



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    Apr 14, 2012 9:37 AM   in reply to Spodeworld

    Virtual copies will travel along with your Raws.


    Btw, virtual copies are part of your catalog, they just have been created from within LR and not imported.



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