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Built-in Tool From Moving From Apple Photos to Lightroom CC

There’s a feature that got kinda lost in all the new stuff released at the recent Adobe MAX Conference, and one was the fact that Lightroom CC (the cloud-storage-based version of Lightroom) has a new built-in migration tool to help you move from using Apple’s “Photos” app over to Lightroom CC.

Before you do the Migration, Adobe recommends a few things to make sure the process works smoothly, and that you get your originals from Apple’s Cloud over into Adobe Cloud.

STEP ONE: First, Open Apple Photos on your Mac Desktop, and press Command-, to bring up Photos Preferences window (seen above). Click the General icon up top. The “Use as System Photo Library” should be grayed out, but if it’s not, go ahead and click it now.

STEP TWO: Next, click on the iCloud icon up top; make sure ‘iCloud Photo Library” is checked at the top, and then click on “Download Originals to this Mac” (it will pull down the originals stored in Apple’s Cloud so you can migrate them to Adobe’s cloud in Lightroom CC>

STEP THREE: In Lightroom CC, go under the File menu and choose ‘Migrate Apple Photos Library” as shown here.

STEP FOUR: You’ll see a warning that migrating this library is a one-time thing and that the only thing it’s going to migrate is those original images you just asked to be pulled down from Apple’s cloud.

That’s pretty much it — hit continue and ‘The Migrator” will do it’s thing, moving your originals to Lightroom CC’s Adobe Cloud storage.

Hope you found that helpful. 🙂

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