2 Replies Latest reply on Nov 18, 2014 7:24 PM by Hanginginthere

    Importing Photos from iPhoto


      Good Evening,


      Firstly I must say that I am new to the Mac and this may be where my problem is rather than lightroom....


      I have just purchased lightroom 5 for my iMac.


      I can't seem to import my photos from iPhoto. I have followed the guide on the adobe website but I am falling at the first hurdle. The help states:



      Note: These instructions are for iPhoto '11 version 9.2.



      • In the Finder, navigate to your iPhoto package file. By default, it's located in /Users/[user name]/Pictures, and it's called iPhoto Library.



        Control-click the iPhoto Library file and choose Show Package Contents.


        A Finder window opens that shows the contents of the package file. The Masters folder contains all of the photos that are in iPhoto. However, Lightroom cannot access this folder.


        Control-click the folder named Masters and choose Duplicate.



        Drag the folder named "Masters copy" from the iPhoto Library Finder window to your Desktop.Lightroom can see this folder.



        Open Lightroom and drag the Masters copy folder into the Grid view of the Library module.The import window opens, with your iPhoto files selected in the preview area. By default, Lightroom wants to Add these photos to your catalog. Select Copy or Move, if preferred, and specify the destination folder and other options in the panels on the right side of the import window.


      When I go to the finder I can't find my users, picture etc. I can't see anything about users. Am I being dumb?


      Any help would be great!

        • 1. Re: Importing Photos from iPhoto
          dave_doeppel Level 2

          In the Finder you can just go to MacintoshHD..Users

          • 2. Re: Importing Photos from iPhoto

            I totally get your confusion!  I was similarly confused...when I opened my finder I didn't see user, yada yada yada...But there was a little house with my name on it.  I clicked on it.  I was the user.  See if you can find the house in the finder drop down menu.  That could be you, the user!  Whew!  But before that, I would print out the instructions above on a separate sheet to refer to because they are very exact and will work.  Trust me.  I am 69 years old and I managed to do it.  But only exactly as they outlined above in the Importing Photos from Lightroom instructions.


            OK. Back to work.  Once you find Yourself, look for Pictures, then I Photo Library as they instructed.  CONTROL click the IPhoto Library file and select Show Package Contents.  Look for a folder called Masters, CONTROL click it and choose Duplicate.


            Drag that folder to your Desktop and then Lightroom will be able to see it.


            Then open Lightroom and drag the Masters copy folder into the GRID view of its Library module.  The import window will open, with your iPhoto files selected.


            I did that and then freaked out because they all looked all grayed out!!  Aargh  Well, I only had about 4000 photos and it just took a while.  Luckily, I didn't throw my computer at the wall right about then,  I just noticed that if I chose the Loupe view I could see one of them....then more...


            And now one year of my photos are in Lightroom for me to work with between Lightroom and Photoshop.


            I highly recommend the Adobe Classroom in a Book Series for superbly detailed instructions on Lightroom, Photoshop, and one of my personal favorites, Lightroom and Photoshop for Photographers, which carefully teaches the workflow between Lightroom, Photoshop, and back again.


            Gee, I hope that helps!  The whole thing can make us feel really stupid until we get it!


            But it is there to "get".  Wishing you well.


            p.s. the "control" clicks are really important