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Copying isn't working properly

Community Beginner ,
Sep 16, 2023 Sep 16, 2023

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Is there a reason why "move to" album results in the image being moved completely out of the album, but it will immediately then tell you, "you can also achieve this same thing by dragging and dropping," when drag and drop actually results in copying the image? It is hugely obnoxious because I've ended up accidentally deleting things that I didn't mean to, or creating duplicates of things in different places when I really don't want to do that. There seems to be a limited amount of internal logic for how this software works.

 

I am trying to organize a trillion photos and I am having a really hard time understanding why a $250 billion company can't figure out a way to manage duplicates or make this software a bit faster than, you know, molasses in January, or whatever.

 

I would call customer service but I've already spent hours on the phone with them about an account permissions issue ("you don't have an account" turned into "you have two accounts" turned into "your free trial has ended a week early") and they are no help.

 

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Sep 16, 2023 Sep 16, 2023

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Albums in Lightroom are NOT physical folders, or a location to store 'copies' of photos. They are only lists of selected images. You can add an image to an Album, but the image file remains in the 'All Photos' list always. So you cannot "move to" an album.

Likewise- in Lightroom, 'Folders' are not physical folders as in a PC or Mac, but are instead a way to Group Albums together in a 'Folder of albums'.

Albums in Lightroom are like Playlists in iTunes, etc.

Lightroom does not allow exact 'Duplicates' of an image file in the catalog, but it does allow you to create 'VERSIONS' of the one image file for differing edit results.

 

See the chapter- ' Create, view, and export Versions' (near the end) of this link-

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-cc/using/edit-photos.html

 

Regards. My System: Lightroom-Classic 13.2 Photoshop 25.5, ACR 16.2, Lightroom 7.2, Lr-iOS 9.0.1, Bridge 14.0.2, Windows-11.

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