Here's how you can quickly migrate your photos from the Photos app or Aperture on macOS to Lightroom Classic.
Your libraries are automatically detected.
You have the option to select a different library, if applicable. Your images will be copied to a new location. A default location is listed, however you can also choose a different folder.
Click Options to see how Lightroom Classic works with available previews, keywords, color labels, and stacks.
- Star Ratings
- GPS Data
- Faces: Face naming tags are mapped to keywords
- Rejects: Files designated as Rejects in Aperture are imported into Collections > From Aperture > Photos Rejected in Aperture
- Info Panel metadata that can be entered in the Info panel (i.e. IPTC)
- Hidden Files: Files designated as Hidden in Photos are imported into Collections > From iPhoto > Photos Hidden in iPhoto
- Aperture Color Labels: Color Labels are mapped to keywords: Red, Orange, and so on, including support for custom label names
- Aperture Stacking: Stacks information is mapped to keywords: Aperture Stack 1, Aperture Stack 2, and so on
- Aperture project/folder/album hierarchies are mapped as closely as possible into Lightroom Classic collection sets and collections
- Photos events/folders/albums are mapped as closely as possible into Lightroom Classic collection sets and collections
- Aperture Versions translate into Virtual Copies in Lightroom Classic (without adjustments)
- You can choose to import full-size JPEG previews of your edited images from Aperture/Photos, if they are up-to-date. This option is off by default. Lightroom Classic can automatically stack the preview with the original photo.
- Full-size JPEG previews generated from files with settings don't include metadata that has been applied to the master (keywords, star ratings, flags, GPS data).
- Full-size JPEG previews are duplicated if imported first by the same Photos library and then later from a library upgraded from Photos to Aperture (due to a difference in filename).
The plug-in supports migrating both managed and referenced Aperture and Photos libraries.
- If your files are managed by Aperture (Aperture's default) Lightroom Classic leaves them where they are and duplicates them in your chosen location.
- If your files are referenced by Aperture Lightroom Classic gives you the option of leaving them in their current location, or duplicating them in a new location.
Some Photos/Aperture features are not compatible with Lightroom Classic. This includes:
- Image adjustments: Aperture and Lightroom use different image processing engines, so Lightroom cannot read adjustments made in Aperture. You can do one of the following:
- Re-edit your file using Lightroom Classic.
- Use Aperture to export full resolution edited photos and store them with the originals.
- Smart Albums
- Face Tag Region of Interest: Face naming tags are mapped to keywords
- Color Labels: Optionally as keywords
- Stacks: Optionally as keywords. Aperture shares stacks between albums, Lightroom does not
- Any kind of creation (books, web galleries, and so on) other than the collections that correspond to them
- PSD files can be imported into Lightroom only if they’re saved with ‘maximize compatibility’ enabled.