How many catalogs can you have in Lightroom?

Although you can have multiple Lightroom Classic catalogs, try to work with just one. There’s no upper limit to the number of photos you can have in a catalog, and Lightroom Classic offers myriad ways to sort, filter, and otherwise organize and find photos within a catalog.

Do I need to keep all Lightroom catalogs?

The size of the catalog has no impact on performance. You filling your drive up with images does. But since it can read from several drives, there’s no need for you to do this. Adobe have stated themselves that Lightroom is designed to work with a single catalog – see here.

How do I make different catalogs in Lightroom?

To create a new catalog in Lightroom Classic CC, select “File| New Catalog…” from the Menu Bar. The “Create Folder with New Catalog” dialog box then opens. In this dialog box, enter the name and location of the new catalog folder. Then click the “Create” button to create the catalog and close the dialog box.

How often should you make a new Lightroom catalog?

To keep your Lightroom Catalog running smoothly, every once in a while you may want to optimize it. It is easy to do. Just go to File>Optimize Catalog. I typically only remember to do this every 6 months or so and Lightroom still runs fine for me.

Can I have 2 Lightroom catalogs?

For typical Lightroom use, you should NOT be using multiple catalogs. Using multiple catalogs can slow down your workflow, hinder your ability to organize your photos, increase the chances for file corruption, and gives you no actual benefits.

How do I open old Lightroom catalogs?

When you open a different catalog, Lightroom Classic closes the current catalog and relaunches.

  1. Choose File > Open Catalog.
  2. In the Open Catalog dialog box, specify the catalog file and then click Open.
  3. If prompted, click Relaunch to close the current catalog and relaunch Lightroom Classic.

Should Lightroom catalog be on external drive?

Your photos must be stored on the external drive. Once the catalog is opened from either computer, changes to the photo are saved to the catalog and can be seen from both devices.

How do I move photos from one Lightroom catalog to another?

How do I merge two catalogs or import folders from another catalog?

  1. Choose File > Open Catalog and select the catalog that you want as the master (or primary) catalog.
  2. Choose File > Import From Another Catalog and navigate to the catalog that contains the photos you want to add from.

Where are my Lightroom catalogs?

Locate the folder that contains the catalog and preview files. In Lightroom Classic, choose Edit > Catalog Settings (Windows) or Lightroom Classic > Catalog Settings (Mac OS). In the Information area of the General panel, click Show to go to the catalog in the Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac OS).

How do I save my Lightroom catalog to an external hard drive?

How to Move Lightroom Catalogs to a Hard Drive

  1. Open Lightroom and the catalog you want saved.
  2. Choose Edit->Catalog Settings (Windows) or Lightroom Settings->Catalog Settings (Mac).
  3. In the Backup dialog box at the bottom, choose “When Lightroom Next Exits.” Then Double click “Okay.”

Should I use multiple catalogs in Lightroom?

How do I move my Lightroom folder to an external drive?

From the Folders panel, click on a folder that you want to put on the external drive and drag it from your internal drive to the new folder you just created. Click the Move button and Lightroom transfers everything over to the external drive, with no extra effort required on your part.

Is it good to have multiple catalogs in Lightroom?

The whole point of a DAM (Digital Asset Management) system like Lightroom is being able to easily search through and find specific photos, but you can’t search across multiple catalogs (e.g., to find the best photos from multiple shoots) without opening each catalog in turn.

Can you delete old catalogs in Lightroom Classic?

You can delete the old files when you don’t need the backward compatibility. After upgrading to Lightroom Classic 10.0, if you downgrade to a lower version, and again upgrade to 10.0, Lightroom Classic may not recognize the already upgraded catalog automatically.

Can you use Lightroom on more than one computer?

Lightroom can be activated on two computers at a time, but accessing your catalog from both machines isn’t quite so simple as Lightroom isn’t designed for multi-user or network use. I’ve broken it down into six main options, each with their own variations.

Where does the metadata go in Lightroom catalog?

When you edit your photos and add metadata or keywords to them in Lightroom, all of these changes are stored in the catalog. The photo files themselves are not touched. There is fierce debate about on how to best approach catalogs in Lightroom.