I have 2000+ images on an IMAC/Elements 12. I am thinking about buying LR. As I install LR will it automatically recognise my existing folders and libraries? Or is there a link that explains this?

  • This question may belong in Super User. – Mick Oct 22 '16 at 9:55

Lightroom can import/convert an Elements catalog into a Lightroom catalog (both are just SQLite databases). The import process will retain your edits, star ratings, keyword tags, etc. Adobe has a webpage explaining the process. The basic steps are:

  1. Install Lightroom.
  2. Open Lightroom.
  3. Select the menu command File > Import a Photoshop Elements Catalog.
  4. Navigate to the Elements catalog file you want to use.
  5. Click Import.
  • Thank You, hope it works ok, I've seen some people have had issues and have had to repair the database but thanks again I'm going to buy LR – K4ROJ Oct 23 '16 at 16:03
  • @K4ROJ. You're welcome. Because this is SE, and not a messageboard, consider accepting, or (when you get the rep) upvoting an answer instead of a thanks comment. Please, take the tour if you plan to stick around. – inkista Oct 23 '16 at 18:13

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