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Lightroom .LRCAT file exports as a folder

New Here ,
May 17, 2021 May 17, 2021

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Hi I'm trying to export my catalog with the smart images but every time I export it my .LRCAT file turns into a folder with multiple folders inside instead of a singular file. I've followed all the instructions of exporting but I can't work out what I'm doing wrong. 

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May 17, 2021 May 17, 2021

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Smart Previews for Develop are held external to the Catalog file itself, in a separate subfolder (just as the preview images for Library module are). You might separately "package" a copy of this Catalog along with its Smart Previews folder, to be then sent as a single file - e.g. a .ZIP archive.

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May 17, 2021 May 17, 2021

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Thank you!
So the catalog file .LRCAT for sending, is inside one of those folders? Or in a whole

different area? 

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May 18, 2021 May 18, 2021

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On Mac it will look like a single file. Maybe that was shown in the instructions you found. On Windows it looks like a folder with subfolders.

 

In the attached screenshot, from Windows, the catalogue is the LRCAT file and there are other folders for previews and smart previews. They're all inside a folder "Exp" on my PC's desktop.

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