This is something has been around for quite a while but, still, no right answer. I CANNOT seem to find a way in this green Earth to access images in Lightroom Classic (the latest version) in order to edit them!
I can see them in Adobe Bridge, I can see them in if I access them through Photoshop, I can see them in This PC but CANNOT get them on Lightroom!!!!!
If I do a "Synchronize Folder" then they show but, they all are grayed out. Not the option at the top of the page, but the images themselves. (there's no pic tool that shows up, btw). I have tried everything suggested since this question was posted 4 years ago. I've updated the monitor profile - nothing- Re installed LR- nothing- Imported, copied, added - nothing!
I've watched videos, read forums and talked to other LR users. They either do not understand the question or go on a historical rant of every single tool every created by Adobe. GRRRR.
Every time I Synchronize that folder, the images show- grayed out while on "All" images at the top of the page. If I click on "new" nothing really happens. BTW. the images in question are on the same drive as the main folder of catalog whatever.
I have wanted to like LR. I have been able to work some images and "organized" some folders, but what it should be an easy thing is turning out to be an unwinnable quest.
I have no idea how many wasted hours I have spent on this program just trying to access images that supposedly are THERE!
All I want/need to know is.... Is there a way to access those images that are grayed out and how do I do it?!?!
Grayed out in the Import screen implies they were previously imported.
Greyed-out in the Import dialog - does mean: Already Imported.
Only one instance of a file can exist in the Catalog library. (unless you allow duplicates!)
Importing from the Hard-drive using the 'Copy' option creates a second copy of the files that the Catalog now references. So the images you "see" in Bridge or Photoshop may not be the same files that are indexed in the Catalog.
This is a mistake often reported when greyed-out images cannot be Imported.
Do a search in the Lightroom-Classic Library for the Filename of one of the files you see in Bridge. There is every chance that LrC is referencing the same file elsewhere, possibly on another of your several drives, or in a different Folder.
You don't want to import photos that have previously been imported. Do not launch the Import dialog box. Do not try to synchronize folders. Go straight to the Library module.
Perform a search in Lightroom Classic's Library Module for one of these photos, following all 4 steps in order:
1. In the Lightroom Library Module, on the left, under Catalog, click on All Photographs
2. Turn off all filters (Ctrl-L once or twice)
3. Turn off all stacking (Photo->Stacking->Expand All Stacks)
4. Search for at least one of these photos by file name using the Lightroom Filter Bar
The grayed-out image means that the file has already been imported into Lightroom Classic. In the Library Module, do a search for the file name, and once found, right-click on the image and choose Show in Folder and/or Show in Finder to locate the file.
To edit images that are grayed out in the import dialog, all that is necessary is to locate them in the library module (NOT the import dialog) by searching for them by file name or other means and locating them in the catalog. Once you have located the image and highlighted it, all that is necessary is to edit it.