Video Tip – Moving Existing Folders

Last week I posted a video about importing and the folder structure that I use. Lots of other ideas spawned off of it and this video is one of them (but there’s more to come). So let’s say you have a folder structure and import system that really works for you now. But you’ve also got lots of photos from the past when you didn’t use the folder structure you do now. What do you do with them? Do you have to delete and reimport? Nope. There’s a much easier way and we’ll take a look at it in this video.

Click here to watch the video. (12Mb)

Author: Matt K

Matt is a full time Education Director for the NAPP and Kelby Training. He's a best-selling author of various books on Photoshop and Photography co-hosts the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid" and is co-host of "Photoshop User TV". In his spare time he practices as a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys spending time with his family in Tampa, FL.

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  1. Hello Matt:

    Great blog that I read everyday.
    Just finished your layers book, it was EXCELLENT.

    Question: Suppose you have a folder with 300 pictures. You have 30 favorites that you may want to print or develop further. I would like to leave the 30 files on the computer AND just the previews of the other 270 images. How can I do this? If I move the entire folder off line then I keep previews of all, but can’t print 30? If I deleted the 270 pictures from LR, then no previews? Only way I was able to do it, was to manually delete 270 pictures from Finder? Problem was very time consuming and hard to tell which are the 30 picks. There should be an option when you delete and remove a photo from the computer from LR as to whether you want to keep the preview or not. Then it would take 5 seconds after you have rated your photos. Please advise if you can think of an easy way to accomplish this. I was thinking of moving the picks to another folder, but then when I want to locate from backup in the future it will mess things up. Thanks. My goal is to free up hard drive space on my MBP. My understanding is that the previews take very little space? Is that correct? Eric

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  2. Hello Matt:

    Great blog that I read everyday.
    Just finished your layers book, it was EXCELLENT.

    Question: Suppose you have a folder with 300 pictures. You have 30 favorites that you may want to print or develop further. I would like to leave the 30 files on the computer AND just the previews of the other 270 images. How can I do this? If I move the entire folder off line then I keep previews of all, but can’t print 30? If I deleted the 270 pictures from LR, then no previews? Only way I was able to do it, was to manually delete 270 pictures from Finder? Problem was very time consuming and hard to tell which are the 30 picks. There should be an option when you delete and remove a photo from the computer from LR as to whether you want to keep the preview or not. Then it would take 5 seconds after you have rated your photos. Please advise if you can think of an easy way to accomplish this. I was thinking of moving the picks to another folder, but then when I want to locate from backup in the future it will mess things up. Thanks. My goal is to free up hard drive space on my MBP. My understanding is that the previews take very little space? Is that correct? Eric

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  3. Matt,

    Thanks so much for the video on folder movement. This has been my bane for some time and now it’s not. Your videos are GREATLY appreciated as are your other training aids, including the new LAYERS book.

    I am very appreciative of all you do for the Lightroom/Photoshop community.

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  4. Hello Matt,

    I just saw your latest video on folders in LR, and I couldn’t help but notice that you had one or two folders there called “Brugge” / “Bruges”… Guess what… I live there… :)
    If ever you happen to visit this place again, do let me know in advance. I happen to know some very interesting spots for photo-shooting.

    Best wishes from Flanders!
    Patrick DS

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  5. Hi,

    I’ve discovered that the DNG files that come natively off my Pentax K10D are uncompressed. How can I compress my existing DNG files that already have Lightroom processing information, without losing anything in Lightroom?

    Thanks,
    Allister.

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  6. Matt,

    Is there a way to move folders within lightroom from two different catelogs? I accidently downloaded and developed pics in the 2007 catelog and really want them in 2008. I can’t seem to open 2 copies of lightroom to drag across from 2007 to 2008.

    Dave

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  7. Hi Matt,
    I really appreciate all the tools and tips you provide for Lightroom; I check in regularly. I know your really busy but if you have a moment would you send me a note please?

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  8. Hi Matt, You can disregard my note above, I figured out the issue.

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  9. Matt, can you tell your techies that the Photoshop Killer Tips videos are not making it to iTunes again!!!! Last episode was 3/5/2008.

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  10. Matt:

    How about some iPhoto integration tips… I’m not about to do any editing or actual organizing in iPhoto, but the slideshows are easier in iPhoto, in my opinion. Is there a quick and easy way to get my edited photos out of Lightroom and into iPhoto without exporting them to a new folder as JPEGs, and keeping my edits? Just referencing the RAW file into iPhoto doesn’t carry any of my edits over.

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  11. Matt,

    You should do a segment on using multiple catalogs.

    Thanks.

    Keep up the good work!

    - Adam T.

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  12. Matt,
    First of all wanted to say what a great site you have. Presets are brilliant and your videos clearly explain things. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and expertise. I have a question and you probably have an easy answer. my folders were a mess and in moving them to a smarter structure I find quite a few files with the same filename (e.g. pic00001.jpg) which means you can’t move to folder if a different photo with the same filename already exists- which of course makes sense.What is the smartest way to rename files in LR so that the integrity of the catalog is maintained?
    Keith

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  13. Matt,
    Thanks for taking the time to do your many different PS and Lightroom tutorials.
    Folders: unfortunately when I began using Lightroom I did not set up a Master Folder, but just subject folders. Now if I want to move a folder or especially add a folder it is impossible unless I do it under an existing folder. I hope they correct this problem in future updates.
    Jim H.

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  14. Hi Matt, So I am a little confused, my importing to my pictures/photos is working like a charm, I picked “Stock” as my folder for this part of my import however my link in lightroom now shows Stock at C:Documents and SettingsHP_OwnerMy DocumentsMy PicturesPhotos how do I make the change without messing everything up to just read Photos like in your demo. Thank you, Linda

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  15. Hi Matt

    I really enjoy your videos on Lightroom.
    Maybe I have missed it, but it seems that there is still missing a rather important feature when it comes to folders.
    You get a new computer.
    And the photos resides on another drive (say now it is G. and not F.)
    And maybe you change the folder structure for your pictures.

    How do you do that ?

    Frede Hansen

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  16. I have the same problem that Jim Hayes has, please, please fix it in the next release. :)

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  17. Matt- ignore my earlier question on file renaming. Of course it’s dead easy. Library- Rename Photos. Seek and ye shall find…

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  18. Hi Matt,

    Thanks for the video’s regarding the folder structure (and for all the other video’s – I really appreciate it!).

    After moving folder 2007-02-17 into your top level folder Photos, the next step would very likely be to rename that folder to Jim Photoshoot (or whatever the boy’s name is). How do you do that from Lightroom? That is something I am struggeling with and it would complete the folder structure story.

    Thanks!

    Edgar

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  19. Hi.
    I love these videos, but there is one problem I have that I have’nt found the solution for yet. I’m now running out of disc space and therefore want to move my entire picture collection to a new hard drive. How do I do this without having to import all the pictures again?

    Thanks!

    Øyvind

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  20. Hello Matt! Your presentation of moving folders in lightroom was so very helpful! In a couple of hours time I had FINALLY organized almost 4,000 photos into one place on my computer in one main folder with numerous subfolders. Now finding photos is simple and quick. Thank you!

    After everything was organized I realized that a few pictures were in the wrong folders, probably a result of previous attempts to click and drag and dropping them in the wrong place by accident. I can’t seem to figure out how to move individual photos from one folder to another within Lightroom. Is there a way to do this?

    Thanks!

    Evelyn

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  21. Hello Matt! Greetings from Nicaragua! Thanks so much for your hard work, I love your website, podcasts, books, everything

    I’ve looked around to find a solution to my problem, but haven’t found anything. Maybe I’m just not looking hard enough. I’m sure I’m not the only one with this question: What is the best or most efficient way to move and/or copy photos I’ve already developed between catalogs?

    Thanks!
    Gil

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  22. Matt, what if there are some folders that I have not added to Lightroom, but they are in my main Photos folder; will those ones be moved if I move the folder from within Lightroom? Also, if not, is there a way to quickly have Lightroom add folders from a main folder without importing duplicate folders?

    Thanks

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  23. Does anyone out there know if it is possible to see ONLY the palettes from LR on a separate monitor? I know it will “mirror” but that’s not what I’m looking for.. Thanks.

    pjkartworks@gmail.com

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  24. Thanks for the tutorial. Can you expand a little and discuss moving a catalog. I have my catalog on my C drive and my pictures on my D. Is this a good idea? If not, how do I move the file? Which file should I move? Should I make a new folder in my pictures file on D drive first?

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  25. luv your lr tips matt.keepthem coming.best regards.ron

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