17 Replies Latest reply on Aug 15, 2017 4:45 AM by 99jon

    Importing from Photos on mac

    Milkmaid70 Level 1

      After using Photoshop YEARS ago, I am now reintroducing myself to it through CC.  I have also chosen the Lightroom option as well.  I have just purchased subscription and have downloaded the Lr program.  But, I am having problems locating my pictures in Photos on my mac.  I can see a sub folder of Pictures - but this does not contain all my photos.

       

      Where or how do I get to Photos?  Or do I have to move them out of Photos and into a folder under users? 

       

      Sorry for likely inane questions....I'm hoping to keep these basic ones to a minimum.  I just couldn't find the answers anywhere online or here in the forums.

        • 1. Re: Importing from Photos on mac
          Milkmaid70 Level 1

          I should add that Photos sits under my "Applications" on my mac.  But in Lr, it is just not there. 

          • 2. Re: Importing from Photos on mac
            99jon Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            It is best to use one or the other but not both apps, in order to avoid file duplication. Apple hides your original photos; so you can revert at any time. So you need to go inside the package.

             

            -Launch Finder and go to Pictures

            -Right-click (control-click) on Photos Library and choose Show Package Contents

            -Drag the Masters folder and drop it on to Pictures – that will make Masters into a regular folder in Pictures

            -Launch Lightroom and choose Import and at the top of the import dialog choose “Add” (not copy) then navigate to Pictures >> Masters and select all, then start the import.

             

            After successful import into Lightroom you could trash the Photos Library but that will depend on whether or not you are using iCloud. Alternatively drag the photos Library to an external hard drive.

             

            Use copy rather than drag and drop (step 3 above) if you intend to move the Photos Library.

            • 3. Re: Importing from Photos on mac
              Milkmaid70 Level 1

              Thanks for the speedy reply.  Much appreciated.

               

              I followed your steps above, but after clicking on Show Package Contents, I have no Masters folder.  The first folder is Contents.  Sub folders of this also do not contain a folder Masters.  Is what you are talking about called Contents on my computer?

               

              Am I in the wrong area?  I can take a screen shot if you need.

               

              Yes, I do use iCloud, so I'm guessing that trashing Photos is not the best move.  But copying to an external hard drive is.

               

              Ugh......my photos are such a mess.  They are everywhere.  Hence me getting Lr so I can clean up files, and add tags.

              • 4. Re: Importing from Photos on mac
                99jon Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                Are you control-clicking on the correct file?

                See image below:

                 

                Screen Shot 2017-08-13 at 11.48.34 copy.png

                • 5. Re: Importing from Photos on mac
                  99jon Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  The other method is to launch Photos and select all (Cmd+A) and then go to the menu:

                  File >> Export >> Export Unmodified Originals

                  Then choose your external hard drive folder where you want to place the copies.

                  • 6. Re: Importing from Photos on mac
                    Milkmaid70 Level 1

                    Thanks for this.

                     

                    I can't see photos or pictures at all in my favourites in Finder (like you have in your pic above).  The way my photos launch is by clicking on the coloured circle under applications (it is also located in my dock).  Then the program where ALL my photos are (in date order pretty much) opens.  I think this is where I am stymied. 

                    Screen Shot 2017-08-13 at 9.28.06 PM.png

                    • 7. Re: Importing from Photos on mac
                      Milkmaid70 Level 1

                      Huzzah.  Ok.  Done it.  imported photos via Masters.  Linking that everything is in years on here. 

                       

                      Question...why would some pictures be missing?  I have empty folders but I know that there are photos in there.

                      • 8. Re: Importing from Photos on mac
                        99jon Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                        In the Lightrom folders panel try right-click (control-click) on a named folder and choose synchronize. You may be able to import missing files if they are supported in LR.

                        • 9. Re: Importing from Photos on mac
                          Milkmaid70 Level 1

                          If all photos are .jpg, why would some but not others not come through?

                           

                          When I right click, this is what I get.  I have checked that there are indeed photos in the folders (there are). 

                           

                          Screen Shot 2017-08-14 at 12.53.11 PM.png

                          No ability to synchronise.

                           

                          Sorry to use up your time. 

                          • 10. Re: Importing from Photos on mac
                            99jon Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                            In the Lightroom folders panel is your external hard drive shown as connected e.g. with a green light indicator?

                            • 11. Re: Importing from Photos on mac
                              Milkmaid70 Level 1

                              External as in a seperate HDD or as in the photos that are sitting on my mac?  Either way, there is no green lights.

                               

                              As you can tell....I really have no damn idea what I am doing!!!

                               

                              This is the screen shot after I click import:

                               

                              Screen Shot 2017-08-14 at 8.41.51 PM.png

                              • 12. Re: Importing from Photos on mac
                                bhargaveede Adobe Employee

                                Does Lightroom show any pictures in that window after selecting a source?

                                 

                                Try to copy some jpgs to Desktop folder and Select Desktop in the left panel of the screenshot.

                                Images should appear in the workspace. Lightroom won't look into all folders by default. We have to select a specific folder in the panel.

                                 

                                --

                                Thanks,

                                Bhargav

                                • 13. Re: Importing from Photos on mac
                                  99jon Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                  I thought you had exported unmodified originals from the Photos app to your external drive?

                                  • 14. Re: Importing from Photos on mac
                                    Milkmaid70 Level 1

                                    Bhargav,

                                    Yes there are some pictures that show up, just not all of them.  Even though they are all jpg files and unmodified.

                                     

                                    99jon,

                                    No I hadn't exported unto an external drive as yet.  I do have some on a external drive, but not all.  It is taking forever to transfer them....everything is such a mess.  It is one of the jobs that is just so overwhelming, that I don't even want to start it. 

                                     

                                    I am starting to understand that Lr cannot import from Photos (on mac) and that the photos need to be in a folder to be copied across.  However, why did some come across when I created the Masters folder and others did not? 

                                     

                                    So, I need to pretty much get cracking on transferring all photos to external drive before I can import?  If so, bum.  If not, and I create another folder to copy photos to, then can I trash that second folder after importing?  But it is going to take up a crap load of space on my mac to do that isn't it?  Maybe I should just copy across years at a time??????

                                    • 15. Re: Importing from Photos on mac
                                      99jon Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                      You don’t have to do everything in one go. You can select a single event or folder in Photos and then export to the external drive. Then keep the external drive connected and import into LR using “Add” (not copy). Using duplicates on an external drive will prevent the same images being referenced in both applications and will avoid corruption of the Photos Library. You will always need to keep the external drive connected when using Lightroom and it will display a green indicator when available.

                                      • 16. Re: Importing from Photos on mac
                                        Milkmaid70 Level 1

                                        Ahhh, thank you very much.  I will do that.

                                         

                                        Final question (for now!!!).  Will I trash the Masters folder I created?

                                        • 17. Re: Importing from Photos on mac
                                          99jon Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                          Yes, if you exported duplicates into a new masters folder that can be trashed as your originals will still be in the Photos app Photos Library.