Automatically import photos from Photoshop Elements to Lightroom

Import photos from Photoshop Elements to Lightroom

If you have Lightroom, likely as part of the Creative Cloud Photography plan, you can quickly transfer all your photos from Elements to Lightroom with just a click. In Lightroom, select File > Upgrade Photoshop Elements Catalog. Information from your Elements catalog; including photo ratings, people tags, and other data; is preserved in Lightroom.

Note:

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Import a Photoshop Elements catalog

  1. If you don't already have Lightroom, download and install it on your computer.
  2. In the Library module, choose File > Upgrade Photoshop Elements Catalog.
Import a Photoshop Elements catalog in Lightroom
Transfer your photos from Elements to Lightroom

  1. The Upgrade Photoshop Elements Catalog dialog appears, displaying the name of the most-recently-opened Elements catalog. Do one or more of the following tasks in this dialog:
  • If necessary, choose a different catalog from the Photoshop Elements Catalog pop-up menu.
  • To change the destination of the new Lightroom catalog, click Change and navigate to a different folder.
Lightroom Update Photoshop Elements Catalog dialog
The Update Photoshop Elements Catalog dialog

  1. Click Upgrade to import the Elements catalog into a new Lightroom catalog. Lightroom displays a progress bar indicating the status of the operation.
Lightroom catalog creation
Progress bar: Lightroom catalog creation

Important considerations

  • Any albums you may have created in Elements are now represented as Collections in Lightroom.
  • Information added using the Events feature in Elements Organizer will not
    appear in Lightroom. You can create tags for the events you've identified in Elements Organizer and the tag information will be imported into Lightroom.
  • Lightroom imports photos and data from Photoshop Elements 6 through Elements 13 on Windows and from Photoshop Elements 9 through 13 on Mac OS.

Import photos from a different Lightroom catalog

When you import photos from a different Lightroom catalog into the current catalog, you can specify options to handle new photos and photos that already appear in the current catalog.

Note:

Catalogs from earlier versions of Lightroom, 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.

  1. Choose File > Import From Another Catalog.
  2. Navigate to the catalog you want to import and click Open (Windows) or Choose (Mac OS).
  3. Specify the photos to import:
    • Under Catalog Contents, make sure the folders containing the photos to import are selected.

    • To select or deselect individual photos, click Show Preview, and click the box in the upper-left corner of any preview image. You can also choose Check All or Uncheck All.

  4. In the New Photos area, choose an option from the File Handling menu:

    Add New Photos To Catalog Without Moving

    Imports photos at their current location.

    Copy New Photos To A New Location And Import

    Imports photos to a new location. Click Choose and specify the folder.

    Don’t Import New Photos

    Only photos that exist in the current catalog are imported. Lightroom determines a photo is a duplicate (already in the catalog) if it has the same, original filename; the same Exif capture date and time; and the same file size.

  5. In the Changed Existing Photos area, do any of the following:

    • 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.

  6. Click Import.

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