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How to Use Lightroom's Catalog Export and Import Features

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Martin Evening shows step by step how to import/export Lightroom catalogs from one computer to another (for instance, from a desktop computer to a laptop and vice versa).

Step 5

After I had finished editing the catalog on the laptop, I wanted to export the edits that had been applied on the laptop. To create a new export catalog, I highlighted All Photographs in the Library panel (to select all the catalog contents again) and chose File > Export as Catalog (see Figure 7). Because I wanted to export only such information as ratings, color label, and keyword metadata edits, I didn’t need to check the Include Available Previews option in the dialog box. After all, because I was about to export back to the main library, there was no need to include the previews again.