doug_berger's profile

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Wed, Mar 4, 2020 5:57 PM

Lightroom Classic: Duplicate EVERYTHING on a different computer

I'm currently setting up a brand new computer and I want to duplicate everything about my existing Lightroom Classic setup on the new computer, including customized panels (options turned off and things re-ordered), presets, watermarks, exports, EVERYTHING.

With the brilliance of Adobe and all the planners, I'm sure you must have some genius way to easily accomplish this, especially with all the development of cloud and sync and everything, there just must be an easy way to precisely and completely.

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26K Points

1 y ago

First, be sure to use the Save Presets with Catalog option so all that stuff gets saved in that location instead of deep in the system. Then basically clone the drive with the catalog, images, presets now there, previews from older to newer drive. 

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3K Points

1 y ago

Start with the official help advice regarding LR Classic catalogs, and ensure you also click on the links there for similar advice for preferences & other files: https://helpx.adobe.com/uk/lightroom-classic/kb/catalog-faq-lightroom.html

If you wish, you can also Google artilces written by others on the same topic - just check the dates of the articles in case they may be too old to include info for the latest versions of LR Classic.

If you need a better understanding of the files that support LR Classic (e.g. what's stored in the catalog, methods for exporting/importing those items out/in, versus what's stored outside of it), then I advise buying a good recently-published book or training course on the matter (e.g. creativeLIVE is currently providing updated training courses on the different LR applications plus Photoshop by experts such as Ben Willmore or Jared Platt)...

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15.9K Points

1 y ago

Adobe really needs to provide a way to backup/restore all the files associated with a Lightroom/Photoshop/ACR install.  

When I upgrade to a new version of macOS I usually do a clean install by reformat/reinstall.  For Lightroom I copy the user/library/application support/adobe/lightroom and camera raw folders and restore these folders after I have reinstalled Lightroom.  I also copy and restore the user/library/preferences/com.adobe.lightroomclassiccc7.plist file.  

This gets almost everything I think.  

If you are a Windows user you will have to figure out which directories you need.

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1 y ago

I guess here is a part 2 question...

Say you have a normal LR Classic setup and then you click on storing presets with the catalog, does it move the information to the catalog or does it copy the into to the catalog so there is a copy in both places?

When using store presets in catalog, what things are still not stored there.

Of course, these questions illustrate why we don't need more "help" pages, we need the darn software to have obvious, easy-to-use options to do this sort of thing without needing to search and search and trial and error.

This is basic stuff... it should be easy to have the program work and look exactly the same on every device we use.

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142.1K Points

1 y ago

Doug,

Referencing:
"In terms of size.. I was advised by Adobe Lightroom team members to stick with smaller catalogs, so I really don't give a damn what your little links say."

Can you provide me with documentation of this so I can review this statement with the team members mentioned and the Lightroom support channels? This is not an Adobe position.

Image Count has very little impact on the performance of the catalog. I routinely work with customers whose catalog image count is in the millions. I have worked with customer catalogs of >7 & >10 Million in the past year who do not experience any adverse effects. You can still choose to use 'little' catalogs if that suits your workflow but that is not a recommendation nor a requirement. 

Lastly, I would also ask that you hit the link at the bottom of the forum "Terms" and review section 4. This thread could have been a little more civil.

Thank you.