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.
Automatically import photos from Photoshop Elements to Lightroom
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- If you don't already have Lightroom, download and install it on your computer
- In the Library module, choose File > Upgrade Photoshop Elements Catalog.
- 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.
- Click Upgrade to import the Elements catalog into a new Lightroom catalog. Lightroom displays a progress bar indicating the status of the operation.
- In the new Lightroom catalog, you'll see photos and information from your Elements catalogs. 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.
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.
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.