If you have Lightroom Classic, likely as part of the Creative Cloud Photography plan, you can quickly transfer all your photos from Elements to Lightroom Classic with just a click. In Lightroom Classic , select File > Import a Photoshop Elements Catalog... Information from your Elements catalog; including photo ratings, people tags, and other data; is preserved in Lightroom Classic.
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- If you don't already have Lightroom Classic, download and install it on your computer.
- In the Library module, choose File > Import a Photoshop Elements Catalog...
- In the Import a Photoshop Elements Catalog dialog box that appears, click Browse to choose a catalog to import. Click Import to import the selected Photoshop Elements Catalog.
- Click Import to import the Elements catalog into a new Lightroom Classic catalog. Lightroom Classic displays a progress bar indicating the status of the operation.
- Any albums you may have created in Elements are now represented as Collections in Lightroom Classic.
- Information added using the Events feature in Elements Organizer will not
appear in Lightroom Classic. You can create tags for the events you've identified in Elements Organizer and the tag information will be imported into Lightroom Classic.
- Lightroom Classic imports photos and data from Photoshop Elements 6 through Elements 13 on Windows and from Photoshop Elements 9 through 13 on Mac OS.
When you import photos from a different Lightroom Classic catalog into the current catalog, you can specify options to handle new photos and photos that already appear in the current catalog.
Catalogs from earlier versions of Lightroom Classic, including public beta releases, must be opened and updated before they can be imported into another catalog. See Upgrade a catalog from an earlier version of Lightroom Classic.
Copy New Photos To A New Location And Import
Imports photos to a new location. Click Choose and specify the folder.
Replace metadata, Develop settings, and negative files to override all the settings in the current catalog. If you choose this option, you can select the Preserve Old Settings As A Virtual Copy option to keep a backup. You can also select the Replace Non-Raw Files Only option to avoid replacing raw negatives. If changes to raw negative files affect only metadata, selecting this option helps save time.
Replace metadata and Develop settings only to leave the negative files (the source photos) unchanged. If you choose this option, you can select the Preserve Old Settings As A Virtual Copy option to keep a backup.
Replace nothing to import only new photos.
If photos in the current catalog are missing and can be found in the imported catalog, indicate whether you want to update the metadata and Develop settings for these files. Select the Preserve Old Settings As A Virtual Copy option to keep a backup. If the photos missing in the current catalog appear in the imported catalog, specify whether the missing files are copied and where they copied to.