Lightroom: How do I delete a photo in CC and NOT delete them in Classic

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I've been using LR for years. And love it.
Now LR CC is evolving towards cloud/Sync editing... and well, it's not always the most welcome change.
I sure;y enjoy the Mobile version but would like to keep my Desktop work safe and sound.
I've been importing raw's on a iPad and worked a few of them. To start, to see what would be possible. Now back in my studio, I wanna go on working on the Desktop, and this in LR Classic, as LR CC (why by the way did Adobe named the Mobile/new/synced/liught verison after the one we knew and were used to./... to make us all confused..?? I can\t think of any other reason, sorry)
Anyway, my quesiotn is simple: I wanna import the raws I started working on iPad/LRCCon my Desktop LR cClassic but this in a specific Cataloog, not in all of them,...
Then, I'd like to delete the raws on the iPad and NOT have them deleted at the same time on LR Classic on my Desktop, which it atually says it will....

Man.. Adobe... May I suggest you could have called the mobile version just LR mobile and give us more controls over the way things get synced, instead of assuming we all want to have ALL our photos on the cloud, and on ALL our devices........ Maybe it's me who miss things.. but please explain then.

By the way, in former LR CC now LR Classic, we did have the possibility to sync.. so why to change a system that works for the best...? Please guys, don't soon drop the Desktop version and keep a light one that will goes everywhere, syncing everything on every devices.. Lightroom is not itumes or iPhotos... ! Please, consider.

Many thanks.
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Anyway, my quesiotn is simple: I wanna import the raws I started working on iPad/LRCCon my Desktop LR cClassic but this in a specific Cataloog, not in all of them,...
That's what happens - the raws arrive in the LrClassic catalogue which you have selected as your sync catalogue.
Then, I'd like to delete the raws on the iPad and NOT have them deleted at the same time on LR Classic on my Desktop, which it atually says it will....
You need to re-read the message (though it is very densely worded!). When you use Lr iOS to delete an original stored in the cloud, the message says it will be deleted from all cloud-dependent apps (LrAndroid, the new LRCC) but not from Classic. But before you delete them, make sure the raws are in Classic - if you delete files before they have synced down into Classic, it's goodbye.

Alternatively, in Classic go to All Synced Photos (Catalog panel) and remove the photos from there. - ie unsyncing them. Unsyncing the photos will remove the originals, just as if you did the deletion on the iPad. And it's probably safer too.
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Thanks for the fast answer.
I indeed just got the concept of 'Only One Catalog" synced. OK... but on iPad, I can't choos e which collections I wanna sync, so now, I get ALL the photos present in LRCC on iPad synced into my Desktop Catalog... It's VERY very dumb, sorry to say. It's like Adobe thinks we work on one series of images at the times.....? Or is there another way...?

And by the way, the mnessage says it will be deleted on:
 "- Your Lightroom Photos" (ok, Adobe, since you were so good at naming the new app, what Lightroom does this mean? Both?
"ALL synced devices.." (not only on LRCC versions/devices thus..?)
"ALL albums and shared galleries".. (That doesn't sound good to me all these "ALL"..)

Well, Adobe if you read this, please come soon back to your senses. The Mobile/Syncing idea CAN be great but it's now a quite downer! Creating complexity instead of ability... :-(
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I think that if you first create/choose a collection on the iPad, then import, that the raws will arrive in that collection. In Classic, there is an important preference for where it imports - ie into which folder.

So that message needs to be read between the lines. Classic isn't mentioned, so deletion doesn't affect it.
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oh, I did replied to this above, but it seems it didn't go through...
I'll do anew:

Yes, I know about the iPad collections and how to get my photos in which.
And also I've seen this super essential pref in the sync settings of Classic.

I've been experimenting the lasdt 30min and found out this:
- If an original exists in the Catalog that gets synced in Classic, the photo worked out on iPad becomes a V.Copy. I'd say that's a good point, as it prevents duplicates and allows to work on iPad on the go, and get it back on Classic Desktop. YET, and i've just checked out, if you re-work that image on iPad, the changes will reflect again on the Classic Vcopy. So, linked once, linked for ever. I think it goes even backwars, so changes that are made on that Vcopy in Classic reflect everywhere.
So, a solution would be to be able to make Vcopioes on LRCC. But again, that'd mean we can have control on what we sync. Otherwise, it's all foam that is aimed at attracting amateurs...

- A for the deletion, it's iondeed not deleting on Classic/Desktop after import.It's gone from the "All Synced Photo" coll, but that's ok... This makes sense.

- Now I'll be telling the worse..: that I just found out. It seems all this LR CC is completely useless, as in that Vcopy that landed in Classic, it has just taken the "Adobe Standart" as color profile, without asking anything. ON the ipad (and on Desktop LRCC) it does look nicely soft, ad a raw is. So my adjustments are giving a far too forced effect after landing on Classic, as it assume the standard profile.  And since I sue a custom made import profile to match what I see on my Nikon camera screen, it'll never be correct. Re-importing or changin prfile afterwarss will never give you the results you see on iPad versions.. especially since on the iPad, you don't even know which profile LRCC assumes.
So, ok, thanks Adobe, ncie try, but basically I see LRCC as a jpeg editor for fast editing and sending on social media... I REALLY hope you also think of photographers that work not only to post things on FBook.

Finger crossed...
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And even worse, deleting in Classic also deletes the photo on iPad (or any other synced devices/versions of LRCC) which also means LRCC on Desktop.
It's clear Adobe has adopted the Apple way of handling files, kinda forcing people to have ALL their zillions of selfies/photos/songs/videos... on ALL their devices... meaning they have to buy loads of Coud space, new income source for the big guys...

Syncing is not made for us, it's made for them...

Guys, I'm really sad to see the way creativity app are going. Adobe, I was a FCPro editor (for major TVchannels) and you got me into PPro. Still like it... but that move made me also appreciate your different approoach to pro apps, let down by Apple. Well, now, seeing what you guys do with LRCC andClassic, I'm fearing the worse. Please don't disppoint pro. Do things for amateurs, new-o-the field people, sure!! Sure!! But not at the cost of pro apps! Thx!

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please feel very free to contact me if you are open to a few suggestions. Not arrogance here, just years of intense use and work, which can bring some ideas.
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You could just drag the files you want to keep out of the LR Mobile collection and in to a local storage collection. This will either copy or move the raw file to somewhere that is now independent of the synced collection. Then delete it from the Cloud collections.
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Hi, thx Dave. Yes I know. Of course.
Yet, it's not really what I meant. I saw the setting in the sync pref about the location for storing the originals...  though that'd mean we have to change it everytime we change catalogs... it's a mess. But i'll get it working.
The MAIN problem now for me is that we can't choose on the iPad which collections is to be synced. As it's per default a device that syncs. (yes I know we can pause the syncing), but of course, the point is to be able to retrieve the sketch-work/adjustments we do on iPad to go on working with them on Desktop. And for this you need to sync them all. Then Import them all into Classic on Desktop, to what, enjoy a few that you worked out a bit on iPad... What a waste of internet band...! Not mentioning you'd need to move the originals belonging to another series/catalog manually after that and re-import manually into the correct catalog... pfiuuu...

I really hope Adobe gets this sorted it COULD be great. It's not yet.
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I doubt these aspects are going to change, you're not going to get to choose which collections to sync, and it's another advantage for working with a single catalogue. You'll need to adapt ;)