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Mon, Oct 12, 2020 12:00 AM

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Lightroom Classic: Let us add more than one folder at a time

In the Library Module under the Navigator it's possible to add folders. Please let us select more than one folder if we want to add multiple folders.  In all versions of Lightroom.  Thanks!

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a month ago

This would be helpful for me (a casual photographer) when I haven't imported after a few events (maybe a party, a weekend hike, and a few shots of baked goods). Sometimes I'll import them all into a "Re-organize these later" folder or apply a keyword for the same purpose. Sometimes I import subsets of what is on my SD card so that I can select a folder for each separate import. 

It would be ideal if I could sort of "queue up" multiple imports at once in which I specify different settings (destination folder) for each import.

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a month ago

I may be missing something here, but in the Import dialog, you should be able to Ctrl/Cmd click or Shift click to select multiple folders.

Victoria Bampton a.k.a. The Lightroom Queen

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Author of Adobe Lightroom Classic - The Missing FAQ and Adobe Lightroom - Edit Like a Pro books.

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@Victoria_Bampton_Lightroom_Queen

For my purposes I want to send some of the photos I'm importing to folder A and other photos to folder B without needing to perform multiple imports. 

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a month ago

How would you envisage telling Lightroom which photos you want to go into each folder? Or are you matching folder names that already contain the photos, just in a new location?

Victoria Bampton a.k.a. The Lightroom Queen

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Author of Adobe Lightroom Classic - The Missing FAQ and Adobe Lightroom - Edit Like a Pro books.

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Example: I have three folders and I want them ALL to be in lightroom.  Some people download folders to their drive, then import them to LR. This would make that process faster.

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Hi @michele_stapleton apologies for the delay in getting back to this thread. I may be misunderstanding what you're saying... are these three folders on a memory card or a hard drive? And are you importing set to Add or Copy?

If you're importing from a hard drive with them set to add to Lightroom at their current location, you can already select all three and let them import at once, so I'm guessing I must be missing something.

Victoria Bampton a.k.a. The Lightroom Queen

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Author of Adobe Lightroom Classic - The Missing FAQ and Adobe Lightroom - Edit Like a Pro books.

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11 days ago

The way this is most likely to happen to me is 

1. I have an existing Lightroom catalog. When i originally imported my images from the card everything went into one "Keepers" file. After I finished the cull, I moved all of a rejects to a new "Rejects" folder, which I added using the + sign.

2. Now I decide I want to remake the original folder structure, I want to create new folders to add to the catalog and then move existing images from Keepers into those new folders.

3. For ease of illustration, let's pretend I've shot a wedding and i want to separate the images into various portions for the day and create new folders for each part of the day.

4. I go onto my hard drive and make the new folders.

5. I open LR in the library module, go to the Navigator, and use the + sign on the Folders pane to add the new folder. 

6. I can add only one folder at a time.

7. I know this is a really small problem, but it sure would be nice to be able to all add the folders I just created to LR in one step instead of having to add each one, one step at a time. 

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Aaaaaaah I'm with you. It's a reasonable request, but realistically I doubt it'll be a priority for some time, so a possible shortcut in the meantime...

Rather than making the folders in Finder and then adding them to Lightroom, what if you simply made them in Lightroom? Just right-click on a folder (e.g. keepers) and choose Create Folder Inside... from the right-click menu? If you want them to be parallel with keepers folder, right-click on keepers and Show Parents Folder to show the wedding folder, then do the create folder inside...

Victoria Bampton a.k.a. The Lightroom Queen

www.lightroomqueen.com

Author of Adobe Lightroom Classic - The Missing FAQ and Adobe Lightroom - Edit Like a Pro books.