If you create Keyword Sets they get carried over to a newly created catalog.
If you import an image that has a keyword and you have the option in the Catalog settings to Auto write changes to XMP checked then the keyword for that image is placed in the new catalog.
Sorry but this doesn't answer my question.
No because the keywords are stored in the catalog and or in the XMP file for proprietary RAW images or inside a DNG, JPG, TIFF or PSD file in a special place.
Yes it would be nice for Adobe to include a system to export and import keywords even if it was just to or from a text document.
Not sure what you mean by Ratings. Stars and color labels are image specific.
Thanks for sticking with this. I see where I am not being clear...I want to transfer the specific individual flags colors stars and keywords from one catalog's photos to another catalog that already has the same photos because I synchronized two external drives outside of lightroom. U guess I could start all over again and create a blank catalog on the second drive and copy all photos and the flags staes etc I assgned.
I would suggest the following:
You take 2 or three pictures, and reproduce the situtation you have: 2 catalogs with the same pictures.
Then you import one catalog into the other and look how LR behaves. Does LR copy the pictures, as it thinks that they are different files, or does iot recognize that the files are the same.
When I reimport a catalog that got imported before, LR does only apply the modified parameters. I have even the choice to create virtual copies. But it does not physically duplicate the files. It overwrites however my edits if I choose not to use the VC option.
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In LR CC Is it possible to important only the keywords and ratings from one catalog to another?
Do File > Import From Another Catalog, and under Changed Existing Photos, select Replace Metadata And Develop Settings Only. This will import the keywords, ratings, and develop settings from the other catalog, as well as any other metadata fields you may have set.
See the second section on this help page: How to import photos from Photoshop Elements, other Lightroom catalogs, or apps such as iPhoto in Lightroom