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How do I sync a smart collection to Lightroom Mobile

Participant ,
Apr 12, 2014 Apr 12, 2014

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The little synchronize symbol does not appear next to smart collections. I guess it is possible to make a normal collection, synch that, then copy the entire smart collection every once in a whlle and paste the smart collection into the normal collection. I think that won't delete deleted photos though.

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LEGEND , May 18, 2016 May 18, 2016

1) Create your Smart Collection

2) Create a Collection Set that includes the Smart Collection

3) Create a normal Collection that includes the Collection Set  you created in step #2. Enable sync on this Collection.

Unfortunately, this will just sync a one-time snapshot of the smart collection.   But if the smart collection results change, those changes won't get synced to LR Mobile.   Most people who want to sync smart collections to LR Mobile want LR Mobile to be updated whenever the smart-collecti

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Community Expert ,
Apr 13, 2014 Apr 13, 2014

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Correct. Smart Collections are not supported for syncing with LR mobile. Hopefully that will change, why not add your vote in this thread from the feedback site:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/lightroom_should_be_able_to_sync_smart_collect...

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 09, 2020 Jun 09, 2020

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Voted!

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New Here ,
Jul 07, 2015 Jul 07, 2015

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how do you make  a normal collection ? im having the same issue. Also it seems like nothing is really updating on the phone from the desktop. Thank you in advance for any help.

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Community Expert ,
Jul 07, 2015 Jul 07, 2015

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In the Library module, in the Collections panel, click on the "+" in the Collections header, select "create collection".

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Explorer ,
Apr 14, 2016 Apr 14, 2016

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Two years later and we still can't sync smart collections? I use smart collections for all my professional work, so this destroys the value of Lightroom Mobile for me.

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Apr 15, 2016 Apr 15, 2016

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Given the nature of the way dynamic result sets in databases work, I doubt that Adobe will ever implement that feature request.

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New Here ,
May 18, 2016 May 18, 2016

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1) Create your Smart Collection

2) Create a Collection Set that includes the Smart Collection

3) Create a normal Collection that includes the Collection Set  you created in step #2. Enable sync on this Collection.

Boom.

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LEGEND ,
May 18, 2016 May 18, 2016

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1) Create your Smart Collection

2) Create a Collection Set that includes the Smart Collection

3) Create a normal Collection that includes the Collection Set  you created in step #2. Enable sync on this Collection.

Unfortunately, this will just sync a one-time snapshot of the smart collection.   But if the smart collection results change, those changes won't get synced to LR Mobile.   Most people who want to sync smart collections to LR Mobile want LR Mobile to be updated whenever the smart-collection results change: Lightroom: Ability to sync Smart Collections to Lightroom Mobile / lightroom.adobe.com | Photoshop F...

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New Here ,
May 18, 2016 May 18, 2016

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Oh... Apparently not 'Boom' then.

Thanks for the info!

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New Here ,
May 18, 2016 May 18, 2016

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No, that's great! Thank you very much! I will give it shot later today.

Thank you,

Brett

Sent from my Samsung device

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Explorer ,
Mar 12, 2017 Mar 12, 2017

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I would like to do this, but does it seem to everyone else that it's impossible to add a Collection Set to a Collection, as JayEskmentioned in step 3?

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LEGEND ,
Mar 12, 2017 Mar 12, 2017

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LR won't let you add add a collection set to a collection -- JayEsk's step won't accomplish the goal. However, I just released a new version of the Any Source plugin that will let you sync a smart collection with LR Mobile / Web: Lightroom: Ability to sync Smart Collections to Lightroom Mobile / lightroom.adobe.com | Photoshop F...

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Jul 30, 2016 Jul 30, 2016

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Darn.  The ability to sync smart collections would be a big plus....

Motny

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New Here ,
Sep 16, 2016 Sep 16, 2016

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I could use the smart collection sync. onto LRM.

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LEGEND ,
Sep 16, 2016 Sep 16, 2016

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Make sure you add your vote and opinion to this topic in the official Adobe feedback forum: Lightroom: Ability to sync Smart Collections to Lightroom Mobile / lightroom.adobe.com | Photoshop F...

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New Here ,
Sep 12, 2022 Sep 12, 2022

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That link no longer works. Where can I vote now?

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 26, 2017 Dec 26, 2017

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steps 1 and 2 - no problem

step 3 - i can't figure out how to move a collection set (which contains smart collections) inside a collection folder

LR won't let me do that; maddening...

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New Here ,
Jan 03, 2018 Jan 03, 2018

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Also don’t forget that even if you get the collection to sync w LRM it will not include your LR edits in the synced images.

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New Here ,
Apr 20, 2019 Apr 20, 2019

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Ok, So this is what I do to get the most of the Sync capabilities of Lightroom and it works pretty well. Hope you like it.

I usually use this to select my favorites on the go and not have to be on my working station for so long.

1. I download all my raw files in my main device (iMac) with Lightroom Classic.

2. Create a smart collection that matches: Flagged and from a specific folder (My import file folder)

3. Create a cc Sync collection with all my photos from the project I am working on

-- At this point, I have all my photos in my cc devises as my iPhone and iPad

4. While in my bed, waiting rooms or wherever I have to wait, I pull out my phone or iPad and start flagging my favorites.

5. In the mobile devices, I filter by flagged and I can see my picks.

6. When I get home, I have my smart folder ready with only my selected photos to start working on.

7. If I have done any editing, it will be there too.

8. Export...

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Contributor ,
Sep 29, 2022 Sep 29, 2022

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You can use Jeffrey Friedl's excellent little plug-in.
It'll automatically sync your smart folders to LR Mobile.
I've used it for years. It's donation ware.

Install and set-up is simple and he provides a video-link with step-by-step instructions.
(His explanation of how it works seems a little daunting, but that's more so you can understand what it's doing in the background)
http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies/smart-collection-sync

 

Like many pros, I have far too big a shot library have all my photos syncing to the cloud (nor would I want to).
So the whole "everything on the cloud" mantra is a non-starter.
But I still need an efficient way to make sure specific project shots as well as my 5-Stars are always synced to my iPad.
Jeffrey's plug-in delivers a much needed capability in a simple, elegant way.

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