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P: LR Sync downgrade/upgrade cloud image original/smart preview

Explorer ,
Feb 28, 2024 Feb 28, 2024

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I really need a feature where lightroom classic can do both: downgrade photos that are stored as originals in the cloud to smart previews, and the reverse. It should keep all current settings such as face recognition. It would also need filters for sync status/type in order to find images. 

 

Closer integration and control between LR classic and cloud eco system would mean I would pay more for cloud storage. As is stands, I don't use my cloud storage or import via LR CC because of the volume of my work (33tb) and the unavailability of controls to manage that storage.

 

Current workaround: As it stands, the only way to clear cloud storage is to unsync the collection in classic, then remove the images from all synced images, then resync the collection. However there's no indication in classic what images are stored as origionals so you have to use LR CC desktop to filter sync status images, and find what collections they are in as LR mobile doesn't have that option. This process also removes the albums position in CC folder structure and likely removes CC specific things like face tags. This is a huge pain, so I don't import photos using lightroom CC, making lightroom cloud less useful for me.

 

If this were to be improved, I would upgrade my cloud storage and find CC mobile and desktop far more useful. While it's yet to be fully detailed or announced, Capture One has said they are working on a more robust system for cloud syncing between devices and their mobile ecosystem beyond their current one way transfer system. I hope adobe strengthens their syncing in response.

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