Lightroom: drag and drop between folders

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I have had lightroom since the beginning and have just started to try to incorporate it into my workflow. I have a couple of complaints. First, why can't we just drop and drag from one folder to another. When I'm editing, I want to move all the one star images into a different folder, not just remove them from my selection. Second, why doesn't what I do to images transfer to other Adobe products like Photoshop?
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Jim Pachter

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1.) Use collections. Break the habit of thinking about images being /files/ on /folders/ on the filesystem. Slicing through a heap of data using metadata is much easier than trying to navigate and maintain some folder relationship.

If you are using stars and other metadata to filter and organize your view, then smart collections will be invaluable.

Anyway, You can drag and drop from any folder if you are in the library and have the Folder view open (i.e., you are not in a collection, including the All Photographs collection.)

2.) If you have the right version of Photoshop, that is one that understands the same version of Adobe Camera Raw, changes you make to raw images should translate. Consult the docs for what versions work with what.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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You should create another topic to cover your question about develop settings not appearing when you edit in Photoshop.
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You can drag and drop from folder to folder, you just can't drag and drop from collection to folder - I assume the latter is what you were trying to do(?)

I use folders as my primary unit of organization. Still, gathering one-star images does seem like something more appropriate as a collection. In other words, an organizational scheme that does not entail physically moving photos when metadata changes may be best.

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Consider using folders to contain photos by date/time/event/trip..., and then "never" change the folders afterward, and consider using collections to "contain" photos based on metadata like ratings and keywords...

PS - You may need to save xmp for your Lightroom changes to be seen in Photoshop (e.g. accessing via Bridge).