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How to Use Lightroom's Catalog Export and Import Features

Article Description

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).

Export and Import Summary

You use the File > Open Catalog command to load individual catalogs. Lightroom can run only one catalog at a time. The main thing to remember is that a catalog export is always a one-way process. You can’t get a catalog export to add to an existing catalog—you can only create new catalogs.

The File > Import from Catalog command is the mechanism used to import catalog information from a catalog or add new catalog information to an existing catalog. You also can use this command to update the metadata information in the current catalog.