In Lightroom, Photography, Videos by Diana KJuly 26, 201710 Comments
Moving your Lightroom catalog from one computer to another doesn’t have to be a challenge. Here’s a video that shows you how.
This is a good start Matt! But your way is easy because you keep your entire catalog on one external drive. What about those of us that mostly use a desktop and only use the laptop when we travel? I don’t want to travel with my entire catalog. I want to just copy over the catalog changes and new pictures to my desktop when I get back home. I can do this, but it does take a little more effort. You should come up with a teachable moment to share with the many people that are in this situation.
Hi Jay. Sadly the teachable moment is to keep it simple. There is the File Import/Export catalog feature and it’s convoluted and difficult, which is why not many use it with success. My recommendation (and teachable moment) would be to copy the catalog back and forth 🙂
Same Question as Jay Gosdin. Use desktop as main computer with large external hd, but take laptop with external hd when I travel. Pictures are often initally edited on laptop. Finished on desktop. Is there an easy way to combine.?
Hi Jim. Yes, you’d have to use File > Export Catalog and then bring it over to the other computer and use File > Import Catalog. It’s incredibly difficult and convoluted to do which is why I recommend using the same catalog between the computers.
Hello Matt your described process of moving lightroom catalog from one computer to another is looking pretty easy to follow! I was just wondering have you thought of making any video like this for moving Photoshop elements catalog as well?
Hi Anila – I don’t have Elements anymore to even try it. But I found a video that hopefully helps: https://youtu.be/cfdQ7HkQzso
Any way to move the Lightroom catalog from a Windows PC to a MAC?
Yep, the same process will work. Catalogs are not OS dependent.
How do you copy presets from one computer to another if you don’t use airdrop. Would dropbox or icloud work?
Any way you can copy files from one place to another. Hard Drives, usb drives, dropbox, iCloud…