Thanks for the Detailed Thread.
I am wondering now if there is a better approach from me to now deal with my Elements library on my PC so as to retain all of my metadata and edits going into Lightroom, or could I effectively do that from the file structured I copied over to the mac?
If you have your Picture in Elements catalog.I would recommend upgrading it in Lightroom.Refer How to import photos from Photoshop Elements, other Lightroom catalogs, or apps such as iPhoto
There is no dedicated Lightroom Plugin to import from Photos App.
Since there is no iPhoto app on Mac OS anymore. You.You need to Manually import master Photos.
Now there are two ways of doing this:-
Please refer this Duplicate Thread can photos stored in the new Apple Photos be quickly transferred to Lightroom? I am not at all happy with this new apple "fix".
Here is article that also describes the Process How do you import the new OS X Photos app to Adobe Lightroom? - Photography Stack Exchange
Refer How to use an external editor with Photos for OS X | iMore and export from Photos app to a Folder then import them in Lightroom.
Let us know if that helps.
Thank you. This is great. Only one thing that I'm not sure about. My Elements Catalog is on my PC, which does not have any hard drive capacity to download additional programs (i think). So what I need help with is how to get my Elements Catalog from my PC imported into Lightroom on my Mac.
thanks for the article. So I did everything...backed up my elements catalog to external drive. Downloaded Elements on Mac same as PC. Connected drive to mac and discovered two things. The trial download of Elements does not have the organizer options to allow me to restore catalog. So then I tried to directly import backup catalog from external drive in Lightroom, but lightroom does not automatically identify the catalog... the backup to external shows all the files, but I'm not sure which file I should select in for the import process.
Thanks. I did a full backup as you suggest. When I go to import elements catalog from within Lightroom, it shows all the files that the backup made... did not create a folder, just saved all the files ... *.xmp, *.jpg, *.avi, and two unique files... Backup.tly and catalog.buc. However, all the files in the window are gray and do not allow me to select any of them for import.
Please follow How to import photos from Photoshop Elements, other Lightroom catalogs, or apps such as iPhoto on older computer then transfer the upgraded catalog from Older to new Computer
New to forums and this problem, so updating my situation here for better explanation and hopefully a solution...
- I have Elements 14 on PC, where my catalog exists.
- I want to move my catalog to Lightroom on my MacBook Pro.
- My goal is to retain as much of my metadata and version history as possible.
Plan A: Make move to Mac using Elements...
- I did a full back up of my catalog and its contents to an external drive that my PC and Mac can read.
- I downloaded a trial copy of Elements 14 on my Mac to reinstall my catalog from my external drive before taking the next step to Lightroom. Unfortunately that capability in the trial version does not exist (gray) compared to possibly earlier trails as referenced in Move Elements Organizer catalog using backup and restore
Plan B: Make move to Mac directly to Elements...
- I tried to import directly into Lightroom by upgrading as directed in How to import photos from Photoshop Elements, other Lightroom catalogs, or apps such as iPhoto,but that command does not exist in Lightroom 14.
- I tried to use the only option available, which was to "Import a Photoshop Elements Catalog" which I assume is an updated import utility akin to "Upgrade". However, when I point to the external drive where I backed up my catalog from PC, all the files are gray. I thought maybe I did something wrong as it is a new drive I bought specifically for this task to work on PC and Mac, but when I look at it in Finder, I can view the files and preview the thumbnails.
- Did I miss something in either plan above or is there an equivalent alternative?
- If no solution there, I guess my only alternative is importing the files directly into Lightroom and losing my Elements Catalog data.
Appreciate any input/ideas with this. Thanks!
As far as I know, Lightroom only imports from Elements 13. Perhaps it now works with Elements 14 and I missed the announcement. If it does work with PSE 14, then you want to upgrade the Photoshop Elements catalog.
If you have added metadata in Elements, you can have Elements write the metadata to the files, and then when you import the the photos into Lightroom, the metadata should be recognized by Lightroom so you won't lose it. Note: your Albums in PSE will not transfer this way. Also there is a "Notes" field in Elements that will not transfer to Lightroom this way.
It looks like I am left with importing files directly. I will wait a little to see if there are any other ideas out there. I don't want to spend more money to simply reinstall catalog by buying Elements 14 on mac. I was hoping to find a workaround. I actually started with Elements 9 on PC and did the upgrade on trial to 14 on PC as I needed to use the available version of elements on Mac. I now wonder if I backed up my original elements 9 catalog and tried to import directly into Lightroom from external drive if it might have worked.
I don't want to spend more money to simply reinstall catalog by buying Elements 14 on mac.
In the context of this discussion, there's no need to buy Elements 14 for your MAC. You could always download the 30-day free trial and use that.
I now wonder if I backed up my original elements 9 catalog and tried to import directly into Lightroom from external drive if it might have worked.
Might I suggest a different approach for the future? ALWAYS (that's ALWAYS) make regular and automated backups of your catalog file to a different physical disk, whether that is Lightroom or Elements. You should never have to "wonder" if you have a backup.
thanks for the advice on back-ups. Definitely part of the plan.
The problem with the Elements 14 trial is that it does not allow for certain functionality in the organizer... the most important one being the restore function. That command from drop-down is grayed out. I failed to mention in the most recent thread that fact, which is why I mentioned despair for having to buy the license to effectively just restore the catalog.
You just made me think of something regarding back-ups/restore. I did the back-up to external drive following the instruction to restore in mac in Elements first. Since I can't do that and I failed to directly Upgrade/Import elements catalog in Lightroom, I wonder if it's because Lightroom cannot do it from a back-up of Elements catalog?
Probably, a backup of an Elements catalog is not an actual catalog file in the sense that the software won't open it via the Open Catalog command, it can only be restored via the Restore Catalog command.
I was not aware that Elements 14 trial had functionality disabled. Previous versions of Elements had trial versions that had 100% of the features available. Are you sure that's the reason the command is greyed out?
Just realized that once i click on the "Events" tab, I see the "restore" function active. Will give it a try and let you know what happens.