Lightroom Tips

Converting To DNG After Importing To Lightroom

First off I just wanted to give a HUGE thanks to everyone that came out to my seminars this week in Indianapolis and Columbus, OH. I had two awesome crowds and, while I’m really happy to be on my way home, I had a blast getting to meet everyone who came out.

Anyway, I’m on the plane back, and had some time to think about common questions I get. One of those questions is about converting to DNG and whether or not it’s possible to convert to it after you do your Lightroom import. See, the Import dialog has a Copy as DNG option in it. But what if you’re just adding photos that already exist on your computer and you choose the Add option? No DNG right? No sweat!

Just select your photos in the Library module. Then go to the Library menu at the top and choose Convert Photos to DNG. You’ll get the usual DNG conversion dialog where you choose your options and you’re good to go.

Once again, thanks to everyone for coming out to the seminars this week. I’m at Photoshop World next week teaching lots of Lightroom, but as soon as I get my newest seminar schedule I’ll be sure to post it here (btw… you can see all of my upcoming workshops on the right sidebar on any page on this blog).

See ya!
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