How To Make A Photo Catalogue

By | 23/10/2022

Create a catalog

When you lot create a catalog, you create a folder for information technology, too. The proper name of the binder is the aforementioned as the name of the catalog, without the catalog suffix. For instance, if yous name the binder “Wedding Photos,” the catalog file will be “Wedding Photos.lrcat”. When yous add photos to the catalog, Lightroom Archetype creates a preview enshroud file (such as “Nuptials Photos Previews.lrdata”) and puts it in the folder with the catalog.

  1. Choose
    File >
    New Catalog.

  2. Specify the proper name and location of the new catalog folder, and and so click
    (Windows) or
    (Mac Os).

Lightroom Classic resets and displays an empty Library module, set up for yous to import photos.

Open up a itemize

When y’all open a different catalog, Lightroom Classic closes the electric current catalog and relaunches.

  1. Choose
    File >
    Open Catalog.

  2. In the
    Open Itemize
    dialog box, specify the catalog file and then click

    You tin can also choose a catalog from the
    File >
    Open Recent
    bill of fare.

  3. If prompted, click
    to close the current catalog and relaunch Lightroom Archetype.

You tin also change general preferences to specify which itemize opens when Lightroom Archetype starts. See Change the default itemize.

Upgrade a catalog from an earlier version of Lightroom Classic

Yous can open, or import, a catalog from an earlier version of Lightroom Archetype, including a beta version, in a more than recent version of Lightroom Classic. When you exercise, Lightroom Archetypeupgrades
it. The new, updated itemize contains all of the metadata associated with the previous catalog and photos.

    • Kickoff Lightroom Archetype for the beginning time.

    • If you’ve opened Lightroom Classic previously, cull
      File >
      Open Catalog.

  1. Navigate to the sometime itemize .lrcat file, and and so click

    If you can’t remember where the sometime catalog is located, search for “lrcat” in the Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac Bone).

  2. If prompted, click
    to shut the current catalog and restart Lightroom Classic.

    Click Relaunch in the Open Catalog dialog box.

  3. (Optional) In the
    Lightroom Itemize Upgrade
    dialog box, change the name of the upgraded catalog. By default, the catalog volition be named as

  4. Click Upgrade to open and use the catalog.

  • The catalogs in Lightroom Classic are not astern compatible. Itemize from new Lightroom Classic version cannot be opened in the older versions. For more than information, see Are catalogs in Lightroom Archetype backward uniform.
    However, when you upgrade a catalog, Lightroom Classic leaves the old itemize untouched, makes a re-create of the old catalog, and renames its previews file. Then, after upgrade y’all will end up with the following files:

    • old-catalog.lrcat (old itemize)
    • onetime-catalog-v11.lrcat (upgraded catalog)
    • quondam-itemize-v11-Previews.lrdata (renamed from former-catalog Previews.lrdata)
    • old-catalog-v11 Sync.lrdata (renamed from old-itemize Sync.lrdata)

If you lot desire astern compatibility, keep the sometime files (files not containing
in their names).Y’all can delete the old files when you don’t need the backward compatibility.

  • After upgrading to Lightroom Classic 11, if you downgrade to a lower version, and once again upgrade to xi, Lightroom Classic may not recognize the already upgraded catalog automatically. In this scenario, manually select the already upgraded catalog or upgrade again, if required.

Re-create or move a itemize

Before copying or moving a catalog and preview files, dorsum them up.

  1. Locate the binder that contains the catalog and preview files. In Lightroom Archetype, cull
    Edit >
    Catalog Settings
    (Windows) or
    Lightroom Archetype
    Catalog Settings
    (Mac OS).

  2. In the Information area of the Full general panel, click
    Bear witness
    to go to the itemize in the Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac OS).

  3. In the Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac Bone), re-create or move the itemize.lrcat, catalog.lrcat-data, Previews.lrdata, and (if present) Smart Previews.lrdata files to the new location.

  4. Double-click the .lrcat file in the new location to open information technology in Lightroom Classic.

  5. (Optional) If Lightroom Classic tin’t find folders or photos in the copied or moved catalog, a Question Mark icon appears by folder names in the Folders console and an Assertion Betoken icon appears in photo thumbnails in the Grid view. To restore binder links, correct-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac Bone) a folder with a Question Mark icon and choose
    Observe Missing Binder. To relink individual photos, see Locate missing photos.

Consign a catalog

You tin can create a catalog that contains a subset of a larger catalog by selecting the photos and
them as a new itemize. This is useful when, for instance, you import photos into a catalog on a laptop and and then later add them to a master catalog on a desktop computer.

  1. Select the photos you want to add together to the new catalog.

  2. Cull
    File >
    Consign As Catalog.

  3. Specify the proper name and location of the catalog.

  4. Indicate whether you lot desire to export the negative files and previews, and then click
    (Windows) or
    Export Itemize
    (Mac Bone).

    “Negative files” refers to the original files that were imported into Lightroom Archetype.

    The new catalog contains links to the selected photos and their data. You lot must open the new catalog to view it.

Delete a catalog

Deleting a catalog erases all the piece of work you lot’ve done in Lightroom Classic that isn’t saved in the photograph files. While the previews are deleted, the original photos existence linked to are not deleted.

  1. Using the Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac OS), locate the folder that contains your catalog and drag it to the Recycling Bin (Windows) or Trash (Mac OS).

    Of import:

    Make sure that the folder you delete contains only the itemize files you intend to erase, and not additional files.

    To enhance performance, Lightroom Classic builds a Previews folder next to the .lrcat file in the Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac Bone). It is safe to delete this folder as long as its proper name matches the .lrcat file name. If y’all delete a Previews folder that’south still needed by a catalog, Lightroom Classic will regenerate it when y’all work in that catalog, but it will run more slowly until the previews are rebuilt.

Change the default catalog

By default, Lightroom Classic opens the most current catalog at startup. This beliefs can exist changed to opening a unlike catalog or to e’er prompting you to cull a catalog.

  1. Choose
    (Windows) or
    Lightroom Classic
    (Mac OS).

  2. In the General tab, choose one of the following from the When Starting Upward Utilise This Itemize bill of fare:

    Load Almost Contempo Catalog

    Opens the most contempo catalog you’ve been working with.

    Prompt Me When Starting Lightroom

    Opens the Select Catalog dialog box at startup so you lot can cull.

    A catalog in the default location

    Lightroom Classic lists all of the catalogs in \Pictures\Lightroom (Windows) or /Pictures/Lightroom (Mac Os) for y’all to cull.


    Allows you to navigate to a specific catalog file (.lrcat) and select it equally the default catalog to open at startup.

Customize catalog settings

You can specify many preferred behaviors for Lightroom Classic catalogs in the Catalog Settings dialog box.

  1. Choose
    Itemize Settings
    (Windows) or
    Lightroom Classic
    Catalog Settings
    (Mac Os).

  2. In the Full general tab, specify any of the following:


    Provides data such every bit the location, filename, and creation appointment of the catalog. Click Bear witness to view the catalog file in Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac Bone).


    Lets you specify the frequency with which the electric current catalog is backed upward. Meet Dorsum up a itemize.

  3. In the File Handling tab, specify whatever of the following:

    Preview Cache

    Determines how Lightroom Classic renders three types of prototype previews. All previews are stored in the preview enshroud file in the folder where your itemize is located.

    Standard Preview Size

    Specifies the maximum length, in pixels, of the long side of full-size rendered previews. Choose a size that is equal to or larger than your screen resolution. For instance, if your screen resolution is 1920 10 1200 pixels, cull Standard Preview Size > 2048 Pixels. If your screen resolution exceeds 2048 pixels, Lightroom Classic generates a 1:1 preview instead.

    Preview Quality

    Specifies the advent of the thumbnail previews. Low, Medium, and High are similar to the quality scale for JPEG images.

    Automatically Discard 1:one Previews

    This setting specifies when i:1 previews are discarded based on the most recent access to the preview. one:1 previews accept the same pixel dimensions as the original photos, and show sharpening and dissonance reduction. They are rendered as needed and tin can make the catalog preview file large, so it’s good to discard them periodically.

    Smart Previews

    Indicates how much disk space is existence used by Smart Previews. For information on using Smart Previews, see Smart Previews.

    Import Sequence Numbers

    Specifies starting sequence numbers for photos as you import into the catalog. Import Number is the first number in a series that identifies how many import operations are performed. Photos Imported is the offset number in a serial that identifies how many photos have been imported into the catalog. Come across The Filename Template Editor and Text Template Editor.

  4. In the Metadata tab, select any of the following:

    Offer Suggestions From Recently Entered Values

    When you start typing a metadata entry that resembles a previous entry, one or more suggestions announced equally y’all type. Deselect this option to plow it off. Click Clear All Suggestion Lists to clear previous entries.

    Include Develop Settings In Metadata Inside JPEG, TIFF, PNG, And PSD Files

    Deselect this option to prevent Lightroom Archetype from including Develop module settings in the XMP metadata of JPEG, TIFF, PNG, and PSD files.

    Automatically Write Changes Into XMP

    Select this option to salvage metadata changes directly to the XMP sidecar files, making the changes visible in other applications. Deselect this option to save metadata settings but in the catalog. For information on saving XMP changes manually, encounter About metadata and XMP.

    Enable Contrary Geocoding of GPS Coordinates To Provide Address Suggestions

    Allows Lightroom Classic to ship your photograph’southward GPS coordinates, if available, to Google so that Lightroom Classic can determine the city, state, and land of the photograph and add that information into the IPTC Location metadata.

    Export Reverse Geocoding Suggestions Whenever Address Fields Are Empty

    If selected, Lightroom Archetype includes Google-suggested IPTC Location metadata in photos when yous consign them.

    Write Appointment Or Time Changes Into Proprietary Raw Files

    This option controls whether Lightroom Classic writes a new engagement and fourth dimension to proprietary raw files when y’all use the Metadata > Edit Capture Time command to change a photo’south capture time metadata. By default, this option is not selected.

Optimize the catalog

After y’all have imported, edited, and possibly removed a number of files, Lightroom Archetype may run slower. When that happens, optimize your catalog to meliorate operation.

  1. Choose
    File >
    Optimize Catalog.