Your images are not stored in the catalog. They are stored in folders on your computer. If you imported images that were already on your computer using the "Add" Option they are still in that same folder. If you imported images from your camera then they are in the folders that you specified when you imported. The catalog points to those images wherever they are located, and records all of the adjustments that you make to the image. When you send an image to Photoshop for further editing and save that image in Photoshop, it is normally saved back in the same folder as the original image.
Images are not "saved" in Lightroom. The basic default workflow in Lightroom is to store all of the adjustments in the catalog, leaving the original image completely unmodified. The catalog becomes the central controlling mechanism. It is a database that contains pointers to where the images are located and a record of all adjustments made to those images using Lightroom. Properly managed, you only have those original master files and secondary files for the ones that you have sent to Photoshop for further adjustment. When you want to provide a copy for someone else, you use the export dialogue for that purpose. I often export JPEG images to share with others or to post on the web. After I have usedthe JPEG for its intended purpose I delete it.
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Is the Catalog stored in the Creative Cloud? Is that something I need to backup? If so, how?
Are these questions answered somewhere on the web? Where?
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The catalog is stored on the hard drive of your computer by default. In a Windows computer it is stored in Pictures\Lightroom. But it can be stored on any hard drive that is connected to your computer. You cannot store the catalog on a network drive .Nothing about the regular Lightroom program is stored in the cloud. It is downloaded and installed on your computer even if you have subscribed to the creative cloud. You can open your catalog preferences and determine how often you want Lightroom to back up the catalog. There are several options you can choose from. I have chosen to have Lightroom backup the catalog on a weekly basis. You might find the following series of videos helpful: