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"Store Album Locally" doesn't save files into an album?

New Here ,
Jul 07, 2019 Jul 07, 2019

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I spent days uploading all of my images to Lightroom with Creative Cloud. So far so good. I'm a happy camper.

I now need to access all of my images from a specific album, so I'm happy that I have the option to right click and "Store Album Locally", but is it right that it will save the images only by date and not by the album they were part of? How does that make any sense or at least an option? I spent hours putting images into their respective album and now it will save them only by date so if I want all the images I need to get into every date sub directory and fetch the images from there? This cannot be the only way to do it... is it?

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 08, 2019 Jul 08, 2019

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Hi yuvalrooz,

We're sorry that finding some limitations in the Lightroom desktop local storage options.

It would really help if you can share this feedback here: Lightroom Desktop (Cloud-based) | Photoshop Family Customer Community

As this forum is monitored by our engineers, and they might look into this for future releases.

We need more helping hands like you, as we're building towards a better user experience.

Thanks,

Akash

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 08, 2019 Jul 08, 2019

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I believe you misunderstand how Lightroom works. Lightroom is a non-destructive editor, which means that the edits (and other things like added keywords) are stored separately from the image. If you need to use the image for something, you will have to export it with the edits applied to it. That is the ‘Save to’ menu.

‘Store Album Locally’ is not meant to give you access to the images for use in other applications, because if you open such an image from this local storage, you would not see the edits. It is only meant as a backup.

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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New Here ,
Jul 08, 2019 Jul 08, 2019

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Thanks for the reply. I totally understand that Lightroom is nondestructive and therefore when you save you get the option to JPEG or "Original + edits", but once you import images to "Creative Cloud" via Lightroom import, you don't have any access to the files, so you can "store them locally" or like you said "save them". I just don't see the value in "store them locally".

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LEGEND ,
Jul 08, 2019 Jul 08, 2019

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Storing an album locally gives you access to the original when off line. So if you are travelling and have no data connection you can still edit and zoom 1:1 to check focus and sharpness.

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New Here ,
Jul 08, 2019 Jul 08, 2019

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Great, but it gives it by date rather than by album which is what you (or at least I) spent so much time on organizing them and now, I cannot access them based on that time spent so still same point. I don't think the feature is useful

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 08, 2019 Jul 08, 2019

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The feature is very useful for those who have need of it, both for travelling and perhaps performance purposes.

What we probably don't understand is why exactly you need to have access to those locally stored files in some form of album-based folder. What would be the advantage to you, given that they would be just a local copy of the unedited original files?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 10, 2019 Jul 10, 2019

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Store Locally is not intended to make the images available to other applications. It is there so that you can continue to work on the images from within Lightroom even when you don’t have an internet connection.

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New Here ,
Mar 18, 2020 Mar 18, 2020

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I'm also finding this extremely frustrating. If I want to migrate my library from one account to another, or even just export individual folders, there's no way at all to do this? I can only export/migrate files by date, but if I reimport them I have to start all over again re-titling them, regrouping them into folders and reorganizing their placement within those folders? 
I basically have to lose hours and hours of work because you guys couldn't be bothered to include a simpler way to download/migrate individual folders? I've already spent hours trying to figure out a way to do this and still have not found a satisfactory result. I'm very aggravated and disappointed in the share/export/import functions of this software. 

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New Here ,
Dec 22, 2020 Dec 22, 2020

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I am also having this issue and am extremely frustrated by it. All I want to do is migrate my folders from one creative cloud account to another and retain the folder structure. Why on earth this is so hard to do is beyond me. Seems like something that could be done with a flip of a switch somewhere on an adobe server. Seriously reconsidering my subscription. 

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