How to move Lightroom CC catalog to another Adobe Account?

Community Beginner ,
Nov 30, 2017 Nov 30, 2017

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I have a work CC account I've used for Lightroom CC, but I'd like to move to a personal account. What is the best way to migrate my entire Lightroom catalog (folder, albums, and all) to another account?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 30, 2017 Nov 30, 2017

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Can you clarify which version of Lightroom you're referring to: the desktop-based version (LR CC2015 or it's updated version LR Classic), or the new cloud-based version LRCC? One's easy to switch, the other's not so easy....

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I'm referring to LRCC, the new cloud-based version.

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Nov 30, 2017 Nov 30, 2017

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But the new cloud-based Lightroom CC does not utilize a catalog.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 30, 2017 Nov 30, 2017

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Okay, that's good to know. I don't know what the term is for my entire collection of photos, then, but that is what I need to move to another account.

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Nov 30, 2017 Nov 30, 2017

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Sorry, I'll have to defer on that one. I don't know.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 30, 2017 Nov 30, 2017

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JimHess  wrote

But the new cloud-based Lightroom CC does not utilize a catalog.

Actually it does, Jim, just not in the format that you know from the desktop version. It's cloud-based, but there's also a locally held version.

The problem in this instance is that whereas the desktop-based Lightroom catalog isn't connected to any specific Adobe ID, the LRCC cloud-based assets are. So I don't know of any easy procedural way to "migrate" the cloud-based assets from one Adobe ID to another. It might be possible to cobble something together by downloading all existing cloud assets into an empty LR Classic catalog, then switching to the new Adobe ID, starting LRCC and adding all the downloaded assets to it (or using the catalog migration tool in LRCC). Of course, it means uploading all assets again, but at least that way all the edit work done on the first ID would be saved (but not any keywords).

To be honest, I think the first port of call should be Adobe Customer Care, they might have thought of this possibility and have an internal method for switching existing cloud assets from one account to another, without any loss of work. Won't hurt to ask.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 28, 2018 Jul 28, 2018

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FWIW - I talked to Adobe support and they had no solution for me.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 12, 2018 Apr 12, 2018

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I am in the very same boat. Does anyone have an answer on this? I have a work based account I have been using but I want to know if I can migrate my entire cloud based photo library/collection/whatever its called to a different adobe ID account if needed.

Thanks!

Lawrence

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New Here ,
Jul 19, 2018 Jul 19, 2018

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Has anyone found a solution? I'm dealing with the same problem. I've been using my dad's Creative Cloud account for almost 3 years now but I've finally created my own. I simply want to move all my project files from his account onto mine.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 28, 2018 Jul 28, 2018

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Hey everyone. I never found a good solution—I just had to manually upload all my files from one account to the other. It was a pain but it got done in a few hours and it's all consolidated now.

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New Here ,
Sep 13, 2018 Sep 13, 2018

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How do you download and upload the files with as projects? (with adjustments etc) I have a lot of photos on my old expired Adobe ID that I want to move to my new Adobe student ID.

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New Here ,
Sep 13, 2018 Sep 13, 2018

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Hey! I had the same problem. Basically you have to export the folder as a catalog (which saves all the adjustments) - you can then save this on your laptop/computer. Then log into your new adobe student account and import the catalog.

Hope this helps!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 13, 2018 Sep 13, 2018

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Adobe provide a free Lightroom Downloader to retrieve everything that is in the cloud. You can then upload it all again. But while the download folder contains xmp files with the adjustments, titles and captions, ratings and keywords, it doesn't contain the album or LRCC's so-called "folder" structure.

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New Here ,
Oct 21, 2018 Oct 21, 2018

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I've found a solution but it's time consuming if you have a lot of photos (350gb for me). It's a much better solution than lightroom downloader because you get to keep everything ! That's right, you'll have everything copied over to your new account and that includes your albums and edits.

What you need:

-a laptop or a desk computer (not possible on ipad or mobile)

-Lightroom Classic and lightroom cc installed.

-a fast internet connection with good upload speed (optical fiber or 4g+ with your mobile)

-a backup of all your photos on an external hard drive, NOT ON YOUR LAPTOP (you don't actually need it but you'll be happy to have done it if something goes wrong).

-access to both of your adobe accounts (the old one and the new one). Do not worry If you do not have lightroom classic included in your plan, there is a free 7 days trial that you can use.

-Free space on your computer: 2x times the size of your catalogue. For example, I had 350gb of photos so I needed 700gb of free space on my laptop.

Here is the solution steps by steps (close all apps before starting):

1) open the creative cloud app and login with your old account (make sure both versions of lightroom are the latest available).

2) download and install lightroom classic if you do not already have it.

3) open lightroom cc classic and access the sync preferences (this is where you can choose where lightroom classic is going to store your photos), choose Edit (Win)/Lightroom Classic CC (Mac) menu > Preferences > Sync tab.

By default, Lightroom Classic CC desktop syncs your Lightroom CC ecosystem images at:

  • (Win) C:\Users\[user name]\Pictures
  • (Mac) /Users/[user name]/Pictures

If you already have enough space on your C drive then don't change anything else you can use the following options to choose a preferred location (external hard drive or another drive)

4) Now you can sync lightroom cc classic with lightroom cc cloud. You just have to login in the top left corner and start syncing (steps 2 to 4 of this tutorial :How to sync Lightroom Classic CC desktop with Lightroom CC ).

5) Wait for the download to finish (it can take a while)

6) Once its done you can close lightroom classic.

7) Open the creative cloud app and logout of your old account.

8) Now log back in with your new adobe account.

9) Open lightroom cc (cloud)

10) Now you need to choose where lightroom cc is going to store your images during the migration process: The migration process creates a copy of your images. If you're running low on space on an internal drive on your computer, you might want to connect an external hard-drive and specify a location on it as the custom location.

See Local storage preferences.

Ensure that there's enough disk space in that location to accommodate the original, full-sized images in the Lightroom Classic CC catalog.

11) Migrate the catalog into lightroom cc. Steps 1 to 8 of this tutorial : Migrate photos and videos from Lightroom Classic CC to Lightroom CC

12) That's it you are done! Now you have everything from your old adobe account that has been copied onto your new account.

13) You can now delete everything from lightroom classic and even uninstall it if you want to. (do not worry everything has been copied to the cloud so you won't lose anything).

14) Do not forget to unsubscribe from your old plan from the adobe website.

Rzaza out.

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New Here ,
May 02, 2019 May 02, 2019

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It took over an hour on the phone with Adobe to find the simple solution:

Log into Lightroom CC with the "old" account:

  1. Select all files in your library (using CTRL+A)
  2. File > Save To...
  3. For "File Type" select "Original + Settings"
  4. For "Location" choose a convenient location
  5. Save

This will download all your files in their original format (for me: .CR3) along with a matching .xmp file which contains all of your edits/adjustments for that file.

To add the photos to your individual account, login to Lightroom CC with your "new" account:

  1. File > Add Photos...
  2. Navigate to the folder specified in Step 4 above
  3. Select all files (CTRL+A)
  4. Review for Import
  5. Tick the "Select All" check box
  6. Click the Add Photos button

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 03, 2019 May 03, 2019

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The problem with that method is that all album information is lost, so all the existing album/folder organisation would have to be done again. For people such as myself with tens of thousands of images all organised into albums, that's a non-trivial task and one I wouldn't be prepared to undertake. For such users the method posted by rzaza-gxcQUu ​would be better.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 08, 2019 Jul 08, 2019

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HUGE HELP! I searched everywhere in forums and was banging my head against the computer.

So simple haha

This is the easiest method to sync my multiple catalogues including EDITS between both LR CC & LR Classic.

Thanks!

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Nov 18, 2019 Nov 18, 2019

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Worked for me! (I only have the one album on lightroom cloud) Thanks.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 02, 2020 Feb 02, 2020

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I ran into this exact problem this week and Adobe's customer service has been so bad that I am seriously considering trying to find a Lightroom alternative.

 

The worst thing is that most of their staff do not even seem to be aware of the problem. I had a webchat with someone who insisted that my library should be visible within Creative Cloud and I could just migrate it. They then passed me from person to person until eventually I reached somebody who admitted that there curently is not a solution. It is evident from this thread that it has been an issue for some time, so I wouldn't hold your breath for a fix soon.

 

I thought about just putting up with having the seperate accounts, but even this is not really possible as you can only log in to one at a time for all Adobe applications, so you are not able to have Photoshop open on one account and Lightroom on the other, for example.

 

I am now trying the workaround posted by rzaza (thanks by the way), but I wouldn't recommend it as the sync to Lightroom Classic has been going for 2 days and is nowhere near finished. I have a fairly fast connection, so this is obviously due to the transefer rate from Adobe's servers. No ETA or transfer speed information is provided though.

 

My main concern is what happens if my situation changes again (ie. I move to a different workplace or cancel my CC subscription). Most people seem to be under the impression that selecting the option to store your originals locally means you have a backup, but clearly this is only in the most basic sense that you have all your photos dumped in folders, ordered by date only. Having to reorganize all of these files from scratch could literally take some people hundreds of hours of tedious and unnesessary work

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