Help with Syncing Lightroom Classic CC with Lightroom CC

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by kgphotos, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. kgphotos macrumors regular

    Dec 6, 2017
    So I am doing the photography plan for $10. What I would like to do is when I am out shooting with my phone or DSLR upload the full resolution photos to Lightroom CC then have them download to Lightroom Classic CC. How do I do this? I just signed up for this so I need step by step instructions.

    I’ve read on the web that it is NOT recommended that I have both Lightroom CC and the Classic CC on my iMac if I want to download full res photos. Is this true? I don’t want to use the smart previews.

    Also, if I decided to upload some photos from Classic to Lightroom CC would that upload smart previews or full res photos? If it’s smart previews, can I do full res photos?

    Thanks for your help. Trying to figure out a syncing workflow that works for me.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Classic and CC are meant to be an either or decision. I would settle on what works best for you and stick with that.
  3. mollyc macrumors 68000

    Aug 18, 2016
    You can set up a collection in LR Classic that will accept downloads. I do this if I shoot through LR mobile on my phone. I don't have a DSLR that is capable of wifi transfer.

    I would recommend that once they get to your LR Classic collection that you move them out of the download folder created and into a specific folder on your hard drive so that you can keep your cloud storage relatively free.
  4. kgphotos thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 6, 2017
    Hi @mollyc . Thank you so much for your help. So let’s see if I understand this...

    I take pics with my phone or DSLR. Then I use Lightroom CC on my phone to download them to the Classic version on my Mac. So when I go on my Mac they are there waiting for me. And any edits I make using CC on my phone will also sync back to the Classic version on my Mac. Is this correct?

    Also, if I am mostly going to be using the desktop version of Lightroom do I need the CC version as well on my Mac? I’ve read that it’s not a good idea to have both on the same computer.

    Another question- what iOS apps do I need? I know Lightroom, but what about the Creative Cloud app?

    One last question- does Photoshop CC on the Mac work the same way sync wise? So if I edit a photo in Photoshop CC on the Mac can I upload the full res to the cloud and then download that same photo in full res to Classic on desktop. For example if I want to apply a filter from another app on my phone, I upload after I’m done using Photoshop on my Mac then add filter on phone then download that photo in full res to Classic on Mac.

    Thanks again @mollyc . I appreciate it.
  5. mollyc macrumors 68000

    Aug 18, 2016
    To be honest the only thing I use the cloud for is to sync maybe one photo a month that I take through the LR app on my phone. I really don't like editing stuff on my phone. I'm old school and just like everything done on the desktop. Maybe if I had a large sized iPad I'd feel different. I don't use cloud storage for any actual storage.

    I do have the LR CC mobile version installed on my iMac, but only because it's the only way you can transfer presets from the computer to your mobile apps. It's a dumb convoluted process, but I have some custom presets that I use on nearly every photo, so I had to figure out the process of getting them onto my phone. There really isn't any conflict that I know of since I'm not using them together. But yes, edits do sync in a synced collection.

    I don't know anything about using syncing Photoshop among devices. I don't have any PS programs installed on my phone. I am not a huge mobile photographer, and when we travel I just wait till I get home to DL all my files directly to my iMac and edit them all there. I personally can't imagine trying to edit a D800 file on my phone with my clumsy fingers.
  6. kgphotos thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 6, 2017
    Thanks @mollyc for the link. I should have mentioned I have a 2017 iPad with pencil that I use to do light editing on when I am not at my desk. So my plan is to be to upload photos when I am away from my desk to CC and view them on my iPad and maybe do some light editing. Then when I get back at my desk, they can be d’loaded to the desktop version of Lightroom. It looks like the link you posted would work for me.
  7. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    If you take a picture on your iPhone using the Lr CC app it will download to Classic, as well as propagate to other CC instances, like on an iPad, your laptop, etc. Or an imported photo. Edit and those edits also go across to Classic and the other CC instances.

    I have Classic set up so my CC images download into my Pictures folder, and then into subfolders by date just like with my Classic imports. Edits fly both directions. One thing I seem to remember is that some metadata, like hierarchical keywords, won't necessary go in all directions.

    I use CC and Classic on the same computers, both an iMac and MBP with no issue. But a few caveats: be careful about deletions. They can result in everything on all devices being deleted. If you want to say leave an image in Classic, but delete it from all the CC devices, go to the image in the "All Synced Photographs" special collection under Catalog and do a delete there; you'll get a message about deleting it from CC but not your local Classic catalog.

    CC has some functionality, especially with web storage and sending to Portfolio, that makes it my choice even on the same computer where I have Classic. They don't conflict with one another. But note your storage needs. You might wanna look at CC's storage so that it isn't storing local copies that would essentially be duplicative of what you might have downloaded into Classic.

    You don't need any other Adobe app on your iPhone.

    And no, at this point Ps doesn't sync. But an iPad version is on the way, so who knows?

    I couldn't follow your example re Ps; sounded like uploading from the Mac and then back to the Mac. Here's what I do: in Classic I put the original raw and the Photoshopped variant of that raw (a PSD file; which upon saving in Ps gets added to Lr Classic) into a collection I call, with no originality, "Photoshopped." I then set that to sync with CC, and poof! it shows up in CC and I can edit it there (obviously not with the range of edits available in Ps, or layers, etc). And while you can then go back into Ps with it, those edits won't show, and you'd overwrite it if you do more in Ps. In short, it's sort of a one-way trip out of Ps to Lr Classic and then CC., although CC and Classic can pass changes back and forth to each other (but not Ps).

    For example, I did this: took a DNG in Classic and opened in Ps. Edited, and saved. That saved PSD showed up in Classic, and I put both the original DNG and PSD into a collection and synched with CC.

    So now both DNG and PSD were in CC. I edited the PSD some in CC on my desktop (even though it was sitting there in Classic; proof of concept). That synched to my iPhone CC.

    So now I had the PSD on my iPhone with edits done in Lr Classic on my desktop, then in Ps on the desktop, then in CC on the Desktop, and now, for good measure, I did some in CC on my iPhone. Showed up everywhere.

    But, as they say, there's more. I selected it in CC on the iPhone and opened it in Snapseed on the iPhone. More edits. Then from Snapseed I exported and opened that up in CC on the iPhone, yet another variant, now a JPEG. Because it's now in CC that got downloaded into Classic and now sits in the folder there on my desktop with the others. Whew.
  8. kgphotos thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 6, 2017
    Thanks @robgendreau for your great explanation. Basically what I was getting at was if I were to take a photo on my phone would it sync to the desktop version of Lightroom and if I did any edits on my iPad would those sync as well. When I am out of my studio, such as on vacation, I take my iPad with me. Any photos I take with my DSLR, I sync to my iPad to have a backup in case anything happens to the card. I would like to be able to sync these photos on my iPad to Lightroom so when I get back home they are in the desktop version of Lightroom.

    Also, thanks for suggesting The Lightroom Queen as a learning resource. What a great source of help that is!:)

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