May 4, 2011
To create a backup of your catalog, select Catalog Settings > General. In the Backup area, select how often Lightroom should create a backup of your catalog. Remember, this is only creating a backup of the Lightroom catalog (NOT your images). The backup might use a little disk space, but it’s well worth the investment just in case something happens to the primary catalog.
It is also wise to change the location of the backup catalog. When prompted to backup (depending on the schedule set above) select a secondary drive (if possible) so that if the primary drive fails, you will still have your backups on the secondary drive.
May 3, 2011
As some of you may have noticed, there is no way to rename a Lightroom catalog from within the program. Instead, locate your catalog (see yesterday’s post) and then quit Lightroom. There are TWO files that you need to rename. They are:
(your catalog name).lrcat
(your catalog name) Previews.lrdata
Make sure that you leave the space between the catalog name and the word Previews on the .lrdata file.
May 2, 2011
The default Lightroom catalog is stored:
Mac (user) /Pictures / Lightroom
Win (user) / My Pictures / Lightroom
If, however, you have made another catalog and have lost track of it, easiest way to find it is to select Lightroom > Catalog Settings (Mac) / Edit > Catalog Settings (Win) and click General. In the Information area, it displays the path to the currently open catalog. Click the “Show” button to reveal the catalog in the Finder (Mac) / Explorer (Win).
On the Mac, the title of the catalog is also displayed at the top of the Lightroom window but this is area is hidden when in either of the Full Screen Modes. If it is visible, Control (Mac) or Right Mouse -clicking on the title will display the path to it’s location (this feature is a function of the Snow Leopard OS – thanks to Kelly Castro for that info!).
April 13, 2011
I have created a video explaining the pros and cons of using single versus multiple catalogs that you can watch here. With that in mind, I know that there will be some photographers who’s workflow require using multiple catalogs. However, there are a few items that need to be set up every time you select File > New Catalog (such as Identity Plates and Collections). To avoid this repetitive step, I would suggest that you create a “template” catalog. In the template you could set up your Identity plate and Collections. Then simply duplicate the catalog for your new client and go right to work.
Note: To create a new catalog select File > New Catalog, choose where to save it and give it a name. Set up your identity plate (for a video about Creating Your Own Identity plate click here). You will need to import one photo into the catalog (any photo) to set up your Collection Sets and Collections.
November 11, 2010
In this episode of The Complete Picture, I will answer the commonly asked question: “Should you use a single catalog for all of your photographs or should you use multiple catalogs?”. As a general rule, I recommends that you use as few as possible, but we will also discusses when using multiple could be beneficial.
March 9, 2010
In this episode of The complete Picture (How To: Move & Archive Images and Export A Catalog), Julieanne Kost talks about common questions she gets while on the road. These includes lost links in Adobe Lightroom and taking files with you offline.
January 7, 2009
In this video tutorial (Working with Multiple Catalogs in Lightroom), Julieanne will uncover the most efficient way to work with multiple catalogs in Lightroom as well as discuss how to combine catalogs by merging a”location” catalog with one in the studio.