13 Replies Latest reply on Oct 4, 2018 8:44 AM by jcocci

    Lightroom is creating a new folder when merging and HDR or Panorama

    jcocci

      Hello,

       

      I cannot figure out this issue for the life of me. If I try to create an HDR or Panorama in Lightroom it creates a new folder in the folders and puts that new image in that folder rather than the existing folder which is where I would like ti to go. It does this if I use Photoshop to create hem as well. When I save from Photoshop Lightroom creates a new folder for the image. It only seems to do this in the folder list in Lightroom. If I go to the folders in finder the image is in the proper place. It didn't used to do this it just started at some point. I have done quite of bit of research on this and the only things I have found are making sure my export settings are correct, which they are and also about updating folder location, which doesn't work and just messes up my folder structure. Anyone run into this issue? Thanks.

        • 1. Re: Lightroom is creating a new folder when merging and HDR or Panorama
          Just Shoot Me Adobe Community Professional

          In the Export dialog window make sure the field "Export To:" is set to "Same Folder as original photo". To make that Stick you have to actually export an image, any image.

          • 2. Re: Lightroom is creating a new folder when merging and HDR or Panorama
            WobertC Adobe Community Professional

            jcocci  wrote

             

            Hello,

             

            I cannot figure out this issue for the life of me. If I try to create an HDR or Panorama in Lightroom it creates a new folder in the folders and puts that new image in that folder rather than the existing folder which is where I would like ti to go. It does this if I use Photoshop to create hem as well. When I save from Photoshop Lightroom creates a new folder for the image. It only seems to do this in the folder list in Lightroom. If I go to the folders in finder the image is in the proper place.

            It didn't used to do this it just started at some point. I have done quite of bit of research on this and the only things I have found are making sure my export settings are correct, which they are and also about updating folder location, which doesn't work and just messes up my folder structure. Anyone run into this issue? Thanks.

            The "new folder" that appears in Lightroom- Does it have the same name as the folder containing the original image files? ie. If you right-click on each of these folders and "open in Finder" are you taken to the exact same folder?

             

            Seeing two folders in Lightroom (the 'new' and the 'source') possibly indicates some corruption with your catalog.

            These symptoms are characteristic of the "Duplicate Folder" bug.  See- Lightroom: Creates duplicate folder after Photoshop edit or Import from disk | Photoshop Family Customer Community

            This 'bug' also cannot be corrected by updating folder location- there needs to be a specific order of steps to fix. (and Jim Wilde always seems to have the answers for this "Duplicate" bug.)

             

            FYI- The edit functions in Lightroom [Merge to HDR, Merge to Panorama]- Do not involve any Export functions, so I am not understanding why you would need to "make sure export settings are correct". (Edit-in Photoshop is different)

            • 3. Re: Lightroom is creating a new folder when merging and HDR or Panorama
              Jim Wilde Adobe Community Professional

              WobertC is almost certainly correct, this sounds very much like the "capitalisation issue". Suggest you post a screenshot of the Folders Panel which shows the "new" folders as well as the folders that you expected Lightroom to use, then we'll be able to suggest a way to resolve the issue.

              • 4. Re: Lightroom is creating a new folder when merging and HDR or Panorama
                jcocci Level 1

                Hello,

                 

                Thanks for the replies. I will take  a look at that link when I have some time later tonight, on my way out the door for the day. Here is a screen shot of my folder structure. The highlighted HDR folder is the original. At the bottom you see a new HDR folder where the photo is placed. When I look in finder in OSX the image is in the correct folder (exact same folder as original files), meaning there is not a duplicate folder created on my drive. In this case this was using the merge to HDR function within Lightroom. Doing the HDR process through Photoshop does the same thing. I had this fixed at one point but cannot remember how I did it but the problem has returned.

                 

                • 5. Re: Lightroom is creating a new folder when merging and HDR or Panorama
                  Jim Wilde Adobe Community Professional

                  If you hover the cursor over each of the two "HDR" folders in turn, a tool-tip will appear which shows the full file-system path to the folder. Can you let me know what the two paths are.....if it's the problem that we think it is, the path should be almost identical except that one character at least will have a different case, i.e. one will be capitalised, the other won't be.

                  • 6. Re: Lightroom is creating a new folder when merging and HDR or Panorama
                    jcocci Level 1

                    Hey Jim,

                     

                    Thanks for the help. Since my last post I have deleted that new HDR file and folder so can't check what you mentioned above. I also was looking at the file names in my Lightroom folder. I noticed that some of the Lightroom Catalog files were lower case "l" and "c" and some were upper case "L" and "C". This may have not been the proper way to fix that but I changed the files names to all be the same and got ride of some duplicate looking files. Making copies of all of them before doing this of course.  Since doing this the problem seems to have been fixed. I've tried merging some different photos in different folders and they are ending up where they should be.

                    • 7. Re: Lightroom is creating a new folder when merging and HDR or Panorama
                      jcocci Level 1

                      Well maybe I spoke too soon. Problem seems to have returned. I checked what you asked Jim and the pathes were exactly the same. I am running Lightroom on two computers both using the same folder containing my images and also the same catalog files. Using Dropbox to keep everything in sync. Everything does work doing this. This folder issue is all.

                       

                      I just tested your solution above to one folder an tested merging into a pano and it put the image in the proper place. I will test this further with other folders and see what happens.

                      • 8. Re: Lightroom is creating a new folder when merging and HDR or Panorama
                        JohanEl54 Adobe Community Professional

                        I have seen this happening with people who use Dropbox like you. Their username on one computer was with a capital, while the (same) username on the other one was all lower caps. So for example ‘John’ and ‘john’.

                        • 9. Re: Lightroom is creating a new folder when merging and HDR or Panorama
                          jcocci Level 1

                          Hmm, I will check that but pretty sure the login is case sensitive so wouldn't  log me in anyway.

                          • 10. Re: Lightroom is creating a new folder when merging and HDR or Panorama
                            JohanEl54 Adobe Community Professional

                            jcocci  wrote

                             

                            Hmm, I will check that but pretty sure the login is case sensitive so wouldn't  log me in anyway.

                            MacOS X and Windows aren't case-sensitive, but Lightroom is. That is exactly the reason why you can have this 'capitalisation problem'.

                            • 11. Re: Lightroom is creating a new folder when merging and HDR or Panorama
                              jcocci Level 1

                              Not sure I understand. Lightroom isn't signing into Dropbox my OS is so how would make a difference?

                              • 12. Re: Lightroom is creating a new folder when merging and HDR or Panorama
                                JohanEl54 Adobe Community Professional

                                jcocci  wrote

                                 

                                Not sure I understand. Lightroom isn't signing into Dropbox my OS is so how would make a difference?

                                If Dropbox syncs between two accounts with the same name but different capitalisation, then that apparently can lead to duplicate paths that are not recognised by your (case-insensitive) OS, but are recognised by (case-sensitive) Lightroom. It has always been a mystery as to why and how it occurs, but the 'capitalisation problem' itself is clear.

                                 

                                Mind you: I'm not saying that Dropbox is causing this. Nobody seems to know exactly what causes it. I'm just saying that the problem itself is known and clear, and that I have seen it occur with people who used Dropbox with two accounts that only differ in capitalisation. Could be a coincidence, though, because the problem also occurs with people who do not use Dropbox at all.

                                • 13. Re: Lightroom is creating a new folder when merging and HDR or Panorama
                                  jcocci Level 1

                                  I thought Dropbox was case sensitive but apparently it is not. I will double check that when I get home.