Learn how to migrate your Apple Photos Library to Lightroom CC, Adobe’s all-in-one service designed from the ground up for photo enthusiasts.

Prepare Apple Photos Library for migration

Ensure that the Apple Photos Library you want to migrate is set as the Systems Photos Library. To set your library as the Systems Photos Library, follow these steps:

  1. Open Apple Photos and select Preferences in the menu bar.

  2. Click the General tab and select Use as System Photo Library under Library Location.

    Migrate Apple Photos Library. Select Use as System Photo Library.
    Select Use as System Photo Library. If it is grayed out, then it is already set as the System Photos Library.

    Poznámka:

    • If Use as System Photos Library is grayed out, then the library is already set as System Photos Library.
    • If you want to migrate the assets synced to your iCloud Library, click the iCloud tab and select iCloud Photo Library.
    • Ensure that Download Originals to this Mac is selected, as the Photos migrator can migrate photos for which Originals are stored locally. Wait for all your originals to be downloaded before you begin migration.

    Migrate Original photos
    Select 'iCloud Photo Library' to migrate assets that are synced to iCloud Library. Select 'Download Originals to this Mac' to allow migration of originals.

Before you begin migration

A Photos Library can be migrated to Lightroom CC only once. You can, however, migrate additional libraries. Also consider the following before you begin migration to Lightroom CC:

Supported macOS versions

The migration of Apple Photos Library to Lightroom CC is supported in the following operating systems:

  • macOS 10.12 (Sierra)
  • macOS 10.13 (High Sierra)
  • macOS 10.14 (Mojave)

Poznámka:

In macOS 10.12 (Sierra), HEIC file formats are not supported.

What gets migrated to Lightroom CC?

  • Folders and Albums
    • The hierarchy of folders and albums in Apple Photos Library is migrated to Lightroom CC. Shared albums and corresponding assets can also be migrated to Lightroom CC. Ensure that you select iCloud Photo Sharing to receive Shared albums data in your Photos Library.
  • Bursts
    • Currently only the keyframe is migrated
    • If you want all the Burst photos to be migrated, unstack them in Apple Photos first and then migrate them. To unstack and select Burst photos for migration, see View photo bursts and select shots to work with in this Apple document. After you've done this, the desired Burst photos will appear in your Photos Library which you can then migrate.
  • Live Photos
    • The rendition of the still keyframe is migrated
    • The video is migrated 
  • Raw
    • Only the untouched original is migrated
  • Portrait/Depth Effect
    • The untouched original is migrated
  • People
    • Tagged people are migrated to Lightroom CC

Poznámka:

  • For Live Photos, since both the video and image components are migrated, the photo count in Lightroom CC is higher than what is shown in Apple Photos.

What is not migrated to Lightroom CC?

  • The following assets are not migrated to Lightroom CC:
    • Assets in Hidden Album
    • Assets in the Recently Deleted Folder
    • Assets in iCloud but not stored locally
  • Raw
    • The edits made to raw images are not migrated
  • Portrait/Depth Effect
    • The depth effect image is not migrated
  • People
    • Face data for images that are cropped or rotated are not migrated. However, the unmodified original is migrated.
  • Animated Live Photo Effects
    • Loop, Bounce, and Long Exposure effects are not migrated.

Expected migration behavior of various HEIC media types

If you are using macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and have HEIC assets in your library, the HEIC assets are not migrated to Lightroom CC.  

If your library has HEIC assets, Apple Photos runs a background task to process these photos for migration. After the processing is complete, all the HEIC assets are ready for migration.

  • In case the migration is executed before the processing of all assets is complete, few assets are not migrated to Lightroom CC.
  • If all assets are not ready for migration, you can view a dialog box that states that all the assets are not migration-ready.
HEIC media type Migration behavior

Live Photos

HEIC (unmodified original still image) and H.265 MOV (video) are migrated.

Animated Live Photos - Loop and Bounce

HEIC (unmodified original still image with no effect) is migrated. Animated effect (Loop and Bounce) is not migrated. 

Animated Live Photos - Long Exposure

HEIC (unmodified original still image with no effect) is migrated. Image rendition of Long Exposure effect is not migrated.

Edited Live Photos (where the keyframe is changed)

HEIC (unmodified original still image) and H.265 MOV (video) are migrated.

Portrait/Depth Effect

HEIC (unmodified original with no effect) is migrated. JPG rendition of the Portrait/Depth Effect is not migrated.
Edited Portrait/Depth Effect HEIC (unmodified original with no effect) is migrated. JPG rendition of the Portrait/Depth Effect is not migrated.

Bursts 

Only keyframe is migrated. The burst sequence of photos is not migrated.

Still (non-Live Photos)

Still images are migrated.
Panoramas

Panoramas are migrated.

Squares Square images are migrated.

Start migration

Poznámka:

  • In Lightroom CC, ensure that Local Storage > Originals Are Currently Stored In A Custom Location preference points to the desired location to store the migrated Apple Photos Library. To know more, see Local storage preferences.
  • An Apple Photos Library can be migrated only once. You can however migrate additional libraries.

  1. Open Lightroom CC and select File in the menu bar. In the File menu, select Migrate Apple Photos Library and click Continue.

    Migrate Apple Photos Library to Lightroom CC
    Click Continue to allow migration of Apple Photos Library to Lightroom CC.
  2. You can then view and read the Before You Begin dialog box. Keep the following considerations in mind and click Continue.

    • You can migrate an Apple Photos Library only once.
    • Photos with originals on iCloud and Hidden Photos are not migrated.
    • Ensure that the Apple Photos Library you want to migrate is set as System Photos Library.
    Migration behavior of Apple Photos Library to Lightroom CC
    Read the details before you begin migration of Apple Photos Library to Lightroom CC.
  3. Lightroom CC scans the catalog, launches the migrator, and displays a progress bar of the migration. This step can take a while to complete.

    (Occasional) Review any exceptions that the migrator reports. For example, the migrator can report an exception if it is unable to locate some photos included in your source catalog. In such a case, you can click Cancel and begin the process afresh after resolving the issues in Apple Photos Library. If you want to ignore the exceptions and continue migrating, click Start Migration.

    Review the information in the Catalog Ready for Migration dialog. If necessary, click Open Log File to inspect details. When ready, click Start Migration.

    Lightroom CC begins the migration process and displays a progress bar. Depending on the catalog size and the resources on your computer, this step can take a while to complete.

    Get catalog ready and begin migration
    Click Open Log File to view the log file. Click Start Migration to begin migration.
  4. When the migration is complete, a dialog box displays the status. If there are exceptions, click Open Log File to review the details.

    Migration complete
    Click Open Log File to view the errors in migration. Click Done to complete the migration.
  5. Click Done.

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