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when i re-import to LR accidentally removed (NOT deleted) raws, the XMP side car files not included

New Here ,
Apr 20, 2022 Apr 20, 2022

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Hi all - can anyone help with the following please?

I'm using Lightroom Classic Version 11.3.

I imported some RAWs from a folder on my macbook pro and developed/exported themas per my usual workflow.

My changes were automatically writen into accompanying XMP files which can now be seen in the folder with the RAWs.

I mistakingly removed all images from catalogue - but did NOT delete them from disk.

Easy solution, or so i thought - re-imported the folder of RAWS (and assumed accompanying XMP's?) but now in Lightroom the develop settings i used have gone - sliders all back to default. So accompanying XMP's not 're-imported'?

So my question is - how can i restore my develop adjustments to the re-imported images - how do i get the XMP info back into Lightroom and applied? Is this not possible and do i have to start again?!

FYI XMP's still showing in the folder on laptop...

Thanks in advance

Kev

 

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Apr 20, 2022 Apr 20, 2022

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It should have done it automatically but try to select the photo and do "Read Metadata from File"

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Apr 20, 2022 Apr 20, 2022

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Ok so you removed the image files from the LrC Catalog and the edit data was immediately removed from the Catalog and quite likely from the xmp files since automatically write to xmp is active.
Just my thought, however I do not write info to xmp in my workflow.

 

P.S. I did a test and the edits should have been applied at reimporting.

 

 

Regards, Denis: iMac mid-2015, 5K 27”, GPU 2GB, Ram 24GB, HDD 3TB, macOS 11.7.1 BigSur,; LrC 12.0.1, Lr 6.0, Ps 24.0, ACR 15.0,; Camera OM-D E-M1

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Apr 21, 2022 Apr 21, 2022

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Just to let you know - sorted.

It indeed appear that my xmps were wiped clean when i accidentally removed pis from cat - i added one as a custom preset but it didnt apply anything to the image...

 

SO, easy solution - i just opened up my previous backup cat and hey presto all is well. Lucky i backup every time i exit..

 

Many thanks though fro prompting me in right direction!

 

Kev

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Apr 21, 2022 Apr 21, 2022

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Good to hear you got it sorted out. Restoring from a recent Catalog is always the better option since all the info is not written to the files.

 

Regards, Denis: iMac mid-2015, 5K 27”, GPU 2GB, Ram 24GB, HDD 3TB, macOS 11.7.1 BigSur,; LrC 12.0.1, Lr 6.0, Ps 24.0, ACR 15.0,; Camera OM-D E-M1

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