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Moving from CC to Classic - duplicates

New Here ,
May 13, 2021 May 13, 2021

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Hi, 

 

I've decided to switch from CC to Classic. I had been storing my images on my computer HDD, in addition to the CC cloud storage. However my edits are only stored in CC/the cloud. 

I've attempted to sync Classic with CC, which has resulted in a number of duplicates - mostly in stacks. What's the best way to tidy this up, without deleting the edited versions? I'd like to delete much of my data from the cloud to get back under the 20GB limit, but would rather not lose a load of edits. Also, do I now have two copies of RAW files, or are these just virtual copies?

Sorry, a bit confused!

 

Thanks.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 13, 2021 May 13, 2021

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When you sync a Lightroom Classic catalog to the cloud, it will download all (not some) images from the cloud. There is no way to make it selectively sync only some images. That is the way it is, so that is what you should bear in mind when doing the switch.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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New Here ,
May 13, 2021 May 13, 2021

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Thanks. Yep, I understand this, I'm just a bit confused as to whether I have downloaded the RAW images to my HDD (I can't see them anywhere obvious), or whether I just have some sort of preview/virtual copy plus the edit files. I don't want two physical copies of everything obviously, but not sure how to check?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 13, 2021 May 13, 2021

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You can check to see if you are looking at an original photo or a Smart Preview by looking at the Histogram Panel with a photo selected:

 

2021-05-13_17-54-56.jpg

 

You can check to see where the photo is actually located by right clicking on the thumbnail, and choosing "Show in Explorer" (or "Show in Finder" on a Mac):

 

2021-05-13_17-55-38.jpg

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 14, 2021 May 14, 2021

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I don't think that will work. If Lightroom Classic downloaded smart previews from the cloud, then it will have done so because there was no corresponding raw file locally. That means that these smart previews will have been downloaded as new 'originals', except that these are originals with a smaller size than you are used to. And that means that they will show as 'original' underneath the histogram, not as smart preview. They will also not be located in 'smart previews.lrdata' but in the folder you assigned for cloud downloads.

 

I have never tried this because I do not have this problem, but you may be able to use the 'File Type' in the filter menu. With a little luck these 'smart preview originals' will show as different file type than a normal (raw) DNG.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Thanks both for your suggestions, I'll have a play around and see what I can find. 🙂

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