Moving from iPhoto to Lightroom is now so easy. Learn some tips for using Adobe Lightroom’s built in tool for moving your photos over and then watch the video to see how.
Adobe made this great built in tool called a plug-in to get your Aperture or iPhoto photos into Lightroom. They know people are moving over as iPhoto and Aperture will no longer be supported or sold by Apple.
What will happen with my photos?
Case 1: For most folks, your photos are inside your iPhoto library.
If you’re like most folks who use iPhoto then your photos have been “managed” by iPhoto itself. That means this whole time your files have been put inside the iPhoto library file itself.
Here’s how you can tell your photos are inside the iPhoto library:
1. Your iPhoto library has gotten really big.
2. Select one photo. Go to “File” and then “Reveal in Finder” and select “original”. This takes you to a folder inside the iPhoto library.
3. You can see under your iPhoto advanced preferences “copy to items to iPhoto Library” is selected.
If this is the case then moving to LR will take a bunch of space. There doesn’t seem to be anyway around that. When you start the plug-in LR will copy every original and every edited file to a new LR managed folder on your computer. This new folder structure will be roughly as big as your original iPhoto library was. For some folks this means when you make the LR catalog you’ll need to connect an external hard drive to have enough space.
Case 2: For a few, your photos are outside your iPhoto library.
You you are one of the rare folks who did not have that “copy to iPhoto” box selected. Your photos in iPhoto are being “referenced” and not held within iPhoto. This gives you an extra option. When you bring the photos that were referenced by the iPhoto library to a LR catalog you have an option to leave those photos in place. You’ll see this option in the video below.
Note: there is no way I know of after photos are brought in to make them referenced by using iPhoto itself. You would have to buy Aperture to do this.
How to move your photos into Lightroom…
Make sure you’ve read what’s above and skim through this video once and you should be taken care of.
I got the basic steps from this Adobe website and then tried it out myself with a sample library.
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