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How to create a new catalog in lightroom

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Create a catalog

When you create a catalog, you create a folder for it, too. The name of the folder is the same as the name of the catalog, without the catalog suffix. For example, if you name the folder “Wedding Photos,” the catalog file will be “Wedding Photos.lrcat”. When you add photos to the catalog, Lightroom Classic creates a preview cache file (such as “Wedding Photos Previews.lrdata”) and puts it in the folder with the catalog.

Choose File > New Catalog .

Specify the name and location of the new catalog folder, and then click Save (Windows) or Create (Mac OS).

Lightroom Classic resets and displays an empty Library module, ready for you to import photos.

Open a catalog

When you open a different catalog, Lightroom Classic closes the current catalog and relaunches.

Choose File > Open Catalog .

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

You can also choose a catalog from the File > Open Recent menu.

If prompted, click Relaunch to close the current catalog and relaunch Lightroom Classic.

You can also change general preferences to specify which catalog opens when Lightroom Classic starts. See Change the default catalog.

Upgrade a catalog from an earlier version of Lightroom Classic

You can open, or import, a catalog from an earlier version of Lightroom Classic, including a beta version, in a more recent version of Lightroom Classic. When you do, Lightroom Classic upgrades it. The new, updated catalog contains all of the metadata associated with the previous catalog and photos.

Start Lightroom Classic for the first time.

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

Navigate to the old catalog .lrcat file, and then click Open .

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

If prompted, click Relaunch to close the current catalog and restart Lightroom Classic.

How to create a new catalog in lightroom

(Optional) In the Lightroom Catalog Upgrade dialog box, change the name of the upgraded catalog. By default, the catalog will be named as -v10.

The option to provide a name for an upgraded catalog is available in Lightroom Classic 10.0.

How to create a new catalog in lightroom

Note:

  • The catalogs in Lightroom Classic are not backward compatible. Catalog from new Lightroom Classic version cannot be opened in the older versions. For more information, see Are catalogs in Lightroom Classic backward compatible.
    However, when you upgrade a catalog, Lightroom Classic leaves the old catalog untouched, makes a copy of the old catalog, and renames its previews file. So, after upgrade you will end up with the following files:
    • old-catalog.lrcat (old catalog)
    • old-catalog-v10.lrcat (upgraded catalog)
    • old-catalog-v10-Previews.lrdata (renamed from old-catalog Previews.lrdata)
    • old-catalog-v10 Sync.lrdata (renamed from old-catalog Sync.lrdata)

If you want backward compatibility, keep the old files (files not containing in their names). You can delete the old files when you don’t need the backward compatibility.

  • After upgrading to Lightroom Classic 10.0, if you downgrade to a lower version, and again upgrade to 10.0, Lightroom Classic may not recognize the already upgraded catalog automatically. In this scenario, manually select the already upgraded catalog or upgrade again, if required.

Copy or move a catalog

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

How to create a new catalog in lightroom

Create a New Catalog in Lightroom Classic CC: Overview

This lesson shows you how to create a new catalog in Lightroom Classic CC, if needed. When you create a catalog in Lightroom Classic CC, you also create a folder for the catalog at the same time. The name of the folder is the same as the name of the catalog. However, it does not include the catalog suffix. Catalog files use the “.lrcat” file extension.

To create a new catalog in Lightroom Classic CC, select “File| New Catalog…” from the Menu Bar. The “Create Folder with New Catalog” dialog box then appears. In this dialog box, enter the name and location of the new catalog folder. Then click the “Create” button to create the catalog and close the dialog box.

After you create the catalog, Lightroom Classic CC resets to display an empty Library module. You may then import photos into the new catalog.

How to create a new catalog in lightroom

Create a New Catalog in Lightroom Classic CC- Instructions: A picture of a user creating a new catalog in Lightroom Classic CC.

Create a New Catalog in Lightroom Classic CC: Instructions

  1. To create a new catalog in Lightroom Classic CC, select “File| New Catalog…” from the Menu Bar.
  2. The “Create Folder with New Catalog” dialog box then opens.
  3. In this dialog box, enter the name and location of the new catalog folder.
  4. Then click the “Create” button to create the catalog and close the dialog box.
  5. Lightroom Classic CC then resets to display an empty Library module.
  6. Then import photos into the new catalog.

Create a New Catalog in Lightroom Classic CC: Video Lesson

The following video lesson, titled “ Creating New Catalogs ,” shows you how to create a new catalog in Lightroom Classic CC. This video lesson about creating new catalogs in Lightroom Classic CC is from our complete Lightroom Classic CC tutorial , titled “ Mastering Lightroom Classic Made Easy v.CC .”