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Remove photos from Cloud but keep local copies in Lightroom Classic

New Here ,
Apr 05, 2023 Apr 05, 2023

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  1. I can find discussions on the opposite directionto this: delete local copies but keep in the Cloud...

    I'd like to:
    Shoot photos with my DSLR while on the road
  2. upload RAW files to LR on my iPad and do edits; synced into the cloud
  3. once I'm home, open LRC and find my synced, edited photos
  4. transfer the copies into local LRC copies
  5. delete the synced images from the cloud without losing my imported local copies and edits

 

It sounds simple. I find it not to be. Point 4 and 5 eludes me. I have the images, I can drop them into collections (yeah, I know that doesn't physically move or copy the files). Deleting them from the Cloud also deletes them in my LRC ('cause they're just the cloud set of files, surely).

 

But how do I create local, kept copies from the Cloud ones so I can let the cloud files go (and reclaim the space)?

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Apr 05, 2023 Apr 05, 2023

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It is very simple. Enable sync in your Lightroom Classic catalog. Lightroom Classic will download all photos that are in the cloud, you don't have to do anything. Once the photos have been synced down to Lightroom Classic, remove them from 'All Synced Photographs' in Lightroom Classic. That will remove them from the cloud while keeping them in Lightroom Classic.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Apr 05, 2023 Apr 05, 2023

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Thanks. I swear I did this once as it really was the only option I could find - and had the photos disappear (at the very least) from the Collection I moved them to. 

Just tested with a couple of quick snaps and they indeed do as expected and as you provided.

 

Odd. But thanks.

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Thanks. I swear I did this once as it really was the only option I could find - and had the photos disappear (at the very least) from the Collection I moved them to. 


By @olem40983905

 

That's normal. If you remove photos from 'All Synced Photographs', then that obviously means they will also be removed from any synced collection. Collections are just lists however, like playlists in a music player. It does not mean the images are removed from the Lightroom Classic catalog or from your hard disk.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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