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Migrate back to Lightroom Classic

Community Beginner ,
Aug 25, 2018

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Hi, I have Lightroom CC but would like to go back to Lightroom Classic. What's the best way to migrate the catalog back over?

You could create a new empty catalog in LR Classic and then turn on sync under the identity plate (top left)

All originals & editing will download from the cloud into LR Classic

Before you activate sync set your preferences for download e.g. into a single folder, drive or external drive or into dated sub-folders based on date taken

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Migrate back to Lightroom Classic

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Aug 25, 2018

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Hi, I have Lightroom CC but would like to go back to Lightroom Classic. What's the best way to migrate the catalog back over?

You could create a new empty catalog in LR Classic and then turn on sync under the identity plate (top left)

All originals & editing will download from the cloud into LR Classic

Before you activate sync set your preferences for download e.g. into a single folder, drive or external drive or into dated sub-folders based on date taken

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LEGEND ,
Aug 26, 2018

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You could create a new empty catalog in LR Classic and then turn on sync under the identity plate (top left)

All originals & editing will download from the cloud into LR Classic

Before you activate sync set your preferences for download e.g. into a single folder, drive or external drive or into dated sub-folders based on date taken

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Aug 26, 2018

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when i try to do that i get a pop up telling me that i can only sync a single LR catalog and that i am currently syncing "xxxx.lrcat" it asks if i would like to sync (the classic.lrcat) instead? if you choose to sync this catalog, photos that you've already synced will be added to this catalog.....

then i have 2 buttons "yes, sync this catalog instead" or cancel...

somehow i feel hitting the sync button will wipe out my cloud....or at least there is that nagging thought....

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LEGEND ,
Aug 26, 2018

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Yes you can only sync one catalog. Are you already signed in for sync with your Adobe ID on another catalog? Nothing will get deleted from the cloud without your own action.

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Aug 26, 2018

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afaik no, i dont even have a classic catalog right now...i just created this new one to hit that sync button to download all files from cloud and have my existing CC library in a  classic catalog (and all my files local) again....i dont know why classic thinks i have a catalog synced, it might be an old instance before migration? i am just worried that hitting the "yes, sync this catalog instead" will, as it says: "photos that you have already synced will be added to this catalog"

since i have no clue which catalog LR is referring to, it might bbe my entire old classic catalog which i already migrated over to CC?

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LEGEND ,
Aug 26, 2018

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The sync'd catalog is linked to your Adobe ID.

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Aug 26, 2018

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i understand that, but right now (and as of the last year) i have only had one LR CC library, my files in the cloud....i dont have a LR classic catalog and only set one up right now to download everything from the cloud...i dont know where this other catalog is, why it is and most importantly what interference it might cause with this download (sync)....i checked my adobe account, i checked the LR CC web interface....i dont see any reference to a LR catalog.....

i am however worried that somehow my old migrated classic catalog (which is now my CC library) might be considered that existing catalog?

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this is the pop up....and this is the link for more information

How to sync another Lightroom desktop catalog with Lightroom for mobile

which is for older versions of LR?

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Aug 26, 2018

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in the LR classic prefs, there is an option oder Lightroom sync to "delete all synced data"...which of course sounds scary....would this affect the LR CC cloud?

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LEGEND ,
Aug 26, 2018

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The dialog shows you already syncing a catlog. If that is the case you need to turn off (pause sync) in LR Classic before starting a new catalog.

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Aug 26, 2018

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but i am not syncing another catalog

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LEGEND ,
Aug 26, 2018

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I assume you have sync paused. To sync down to LR Classic will not sync the metadata only the photos. So it is not a migration back.

The alternative is to use the downloader tool and then import the required photos from the dated folders manually.

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-cc/kb/download-lightroom-photos.html

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Aug 27, 2018

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afaik all adjustments and ratings are synced, everything else i am not worried about......saw the downloader tool, that looks like a safety net, all organization is lost......

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 27, 2018

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I am trying this out right now and will update with my results.

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Aug 27, 2018

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started the sync yesterday, looks like i might have some duplicates, bout not too bad, seems like a few collections i put online/synced 2 years ago popped up again....so far all adjustments and ratings are coming over, but the overall process is slow....download comes nowhere near my available download speed....either way it seems like a solid process....ability to pause and start up again is key....it looks like this will take 2-3 weeks non stop....

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Aug 28, 2018

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All my photos synced perfectly! There's also the option to delete everything in the cloud which won't affect what you already downloaded.

How to sync Lightroom Classic CC desktop with Lightroom CC

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Sep 13, 2018

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So i am reporting on this with about 1500 images to go.....the problem is that my catalog says there are about 26000 images.....which is just about reflected in the actual local storage.....funny thing is if i click "get info" on the folder, it first tells me the size is about 4TB (which would mean all files are downloaded) but then gives me the actual number of 700+gb (which is the 26000 images).....

it is still syncing....1500 images left....will it just download them all once the sync is complete?

there really isnt much happening at all....other then the number of files syncing getting smaller and the number of files in the catalog slowly growing but as of right now, there are still about 85000 images not in the catalog....or downloaded......

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Mar 07, 2020

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Not sure how this all turned out for you - but I would love to hear how it went.  I am in the middle of migrating back to Lightroom Classic - it is sad that Adobe still doesn't make this easier.  I have gone through the sync with Lightroom Classic, and now I am just nervould about pulling the trigger on deleting the originals from the cloud.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 07, 2020

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If everything has downloaded from the cloud into your nominated folders you can safely stop sync (hover top left in Classic on the identity plate) and delete everything from the cloud. Nothing ever gets deleted from Lightroom Classic.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 07, 2020

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If you log into the web app you can delete everything directly. The photos will be permanently deleted after 60 days.

https://lightroom.adobe.com/

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