Lightroom 5: What happened to my saved Blurb book?

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I recently completed my first Blurb photo book and successfully sent it off for print. Even though it was a saved book, my files, including all the relevant imported files as well as the saved collection which was the main contributor to the book, are all gone. Even the blurb book itself is missing from Lightroom 5. I did save it as a PDF file before sending it off to Blurb, as suggested in the tutorials.

I have a situation, though, where others from our football club want copies of my book. Adjustments would need to be made, as the book was specifically set up as an individual gift for someone. I've tried search engine on my computer, but can only find the PDF file copy. What happened to my saved book in Lightroom 5? Can someone please help me? Feeling distraught..
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Kylie Wells

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Steve Sprengel, Champion

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Where is the LR catalog file that contains the photos that were in the book?
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I had a saved target collection under a similar name to the book. That has also disappeared. At a loss as to what's happened. Even all the photo files I imported originally to contribute to the target collection don't show up any more. It's as if everything was wiped clean. All I did was send off the book to Blurb. Then, once done, shut down my computer as per normal. Then, when I re-opened it the next day, everything was gone.
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It sounds like you've opened a catalog from before the book photos were even imported.

Do the master photo files exist on disk, anywhere, even if LR doesn't appear to be referencing them?

Do you work with multiple catalogs, ever?

What does LR show for catalogs if you do File / Open Recent?

Do you have any LR catalog backups from between the time you imported the photos and when things disappeared?
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Unsure if that's the case. It appears so, but don't recall starting up LR any differently to what I was whilst working on the book.

The master files still exist on other hard drives.

I usually work on one catalogue at a time. Just import what files I want to draw photos from for the project.

I did try "Open Recent" prior to posing the question, but frustratingly only lists catalogues I was working on prior to and after Blurb book.

Unsure as to whether there is a backup from that time. Still checking. I usually back up file when prompted.

Is there a way to import the PDF file back into LR5 so I can make changes, or is this not possible? Tried to import to Elements 12 but only imported 1st page.
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Creating a Blurb book shouldn't be deleting catalogs or master photos, so that must have happened some other way.

Do you have more than one login on the computer where the book was using a different username and so the recent catalog list is different for it.

Have you searched your hard-drive for .lrcat files (the extension of the LR catalog database file) in case the catalog you're looking for is somewhere other than you expect.
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Definitely on one login on this computer.

Never heard of an .Ircat file. Will check that out. I've been doing a general search using the catalogue name or blurb book name.

Do I just add .Ircat to the file name in search?
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The first letter is a lower-case L: "dot ell are cat". It stands for LightRoom CATalog.

It is the extension of the Lightroom Catalog file so using it in a filename search should find all such LR catalog files on your computer, assuming you can search in any hidden folders.
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The default location for saving catalogs is: users\*your username*\Pictures\Lightroom
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I did manage to find the files for the cover and content. I've since saved the links on my desktop for easy access. For some reason, it attached itself to a previous catalogue I was working on last month. Problem now is, when I open the file in Lightroom, there is no content showing. It will only open as a PDF file.

I did save it as a PDF file, as suggested in the tutorials, but it won't allow me to make any adjustments to it in preparation for others to purchase. I was under the impression that the Create Saved Book aspect would still be there, and the PDF was a backup or for review only.

I somehow need to figure this out asap, because I have others from my Football Club who want a copy before Christmas. Can Adobe assist? It's just a spelling error that was overlooked in several reviews.

Thank you..
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Hi Kylie,

The PDF is meant to be the final product, and not necessarily readily editable.

Do you know if when you created the book, if you clicked "Create Saved Book"? This would create a collection of your book settings and images in your catalog.

If you had used another catalog, try starting LR while holding the Option/Alt key which will bring up a catalog dialog where you could select other potential catalogs you may have used recently.

Does this help?
I'll also setup a callback from our support team to assist you.

Regards,
Pete
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Hi Pete

Thank you so much. I now understand a lot more about LR5 and how Catalogues are established etc. Really hadn't comprehended that fully. Alt key suggestion was extremely helpful. Have now found the target collection I set up for the book. Unfortunately, I still can't find the saved book yet. I definitely clicked "Create Saved Book" when I set it up originally (as per tutorial), but once I sent it to Blurb, it seemingly disappeared. Have checked all catalogues and files.

In a reply from Support, it was states that there should be a "Book Module" under Collections. Unless I'm suffering severe domestic blindness, I don't see anything to do with Book Module. I wish there were more options in the file menu regarding this, as well as saving files etc. There doesn't seem to be much option there.

Will be trying to do my edits by downloading the PDF file to Acrobat, which I believe is the only means of editing a PDF. Becoming too frustrated trying to find the original saved book file. I take it I can then re-submit the PDF file to Blurb for print (for those others who want copies of my book).

Kind regards,
Kylie
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Thank you Steve, Jeffrey and Pete for all your helpful advice. I've learnt quite a lot I didn't know about Lightroom 5. Despite viewing several tutorials, I didn't fully understand how the catalogue system worked. It's all falling into place now.

Kind regards,
Kylie