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Lightroom CC: Essential Training

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Syncing Images with Lightroom Classic

Mark Wallace

Lightroom CC: Essential Training

Mark Wallace

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27. Syncing Images with Lightroom Classic
Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic can automatically stay in sync so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Mark explains how to set up Lightroom Classic for syncing images and explains the differences between syncing catalogs and migrating catalogs.

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Syncing Images with Lightroom Classic

let's talk about some strategies for sinking images between Lightroom Classic and Lightroom. Now, if you want to know more about this, then you probably should take my lightroom Classic Essential Training. I talk a lot about sinking what that is and how that works from the Lightroom Classic side. So we're just going to touch on this for those of you that have Lightroom Classic and you want to know which way the sink works and how to get the full benefits of backing up all of your photos and all that kind of things. There are just some ways that we can do this a little bit better. So I've prepared a couple of bullet points and so the most important thing is where you add or import your photos matters. It matters a lot if you import your photos into Lightroom Classic and then sink them with Lightroom, that's how I showed you how to do it in my Lightroom Classic class. The sink is going to sink. Smart previews with Lightroom and smart previews are what will be uploaded to the cloud and th...

at's what will be backed up. You will not have the original files backed up. And so the other way of doing this once you have Lightroom Classic and Lightroom sinking is if you add photos to Lightroom first, those will then sink to Lightroom Classic. And you'll get the benefit of a full backup of original files. So let me explain that one more time. If you bring your files into lightroom Classic and sink them to light room. The only thing that's sinking over here in Lightroom are the smart previews, that's what's going to the cloud. You're not getting the benefit of backing up your full resolution original files. If you import them into Lightroom CC first, that's gonna sink your original images and smart previews and all that stuff and then sink them over here to lightroom Classic. The best way to make sure everything is sinking 100% and backed up to the cloud 100% is to bring your stuff into lightroom first. Lightroom CC First and allow that to sink over into lightroom classic. So how do you sync things? Well, it's always initiated on the Lightroom classic side. So let's hop over. I have Lightroom Classic. This looks a little bit dated now that we've been in Lightroom all day, but up on the right hand side, there's a little cloud and then if you haven't started sinking, you'll see something here that says start sinking. That's all you have to click, start sinking and that will sync with Lightroom And I have sinking paused right now because I'm in the midst of sinking about five or 6000 files. And so for this class, um, I needed to stop it. So it would normally say start sinking, mindsets resume sinking because I've already started the process of doing all this stuff. So if you're in Lightroom Classic and you want to go from Lightroom Classic to Lightroom, you would go to a collection and then next to the collection right over here, you have this little symbol, you would click on that and then that would start the sink from Lightroom Classic to Lightroom to get from lightroom to lightroom Classic. It's just automatic. You don't have to do anything. What will happen is you will see uh collection in Lightroom Classic that says from Lightroom mobile or from lightroom or from Lightroom CC depending on what version you started with. It'll just automatically show up there and you can see that I have a bunch of collections here, Langa township and Glacier and the wedding and Novosibirsk in New Delhi, all of those things. If we go over here to my light room, you can see that I have all of those things. And so if I go to India, you have both the wedding and we have all of these different things. So I paused this sinking right now. So that's why I don't have cars address and Jessica. I didn't want this to be sinking as I was teaching the class because that could have really slowed us down. But once I resumed sinking all of these different albums and all of these different images, they are going to start automatically sinking over into Lightroom Classic. So the key is start sinking from Lightroom Classic, add your images to light room, it will automatically sync things to the cloud back, everything up. Full Originals. And then as you're making albums, those albums will automatically sync over into Lightroom Classic. And then you get the best of both worlds with the benefit of full backups. And so that's all there is to it. Okay. Now that we know all of that stuff, we are fully equipped to use Lightroom and do some wonderful things, I have a few more thoughts about Lightroom and we're gonna talk about that next.

Class Description


  • Use Lightroom to its fullest potential using the Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • Edit photos quickly and creatively.
  • Share your images in custom websites and on social media.
  • Grow your editing skills for years to come.
  • Share editing techniques with thousands of others.
  • Create prints and albums using Lightroom Connections.


This class is a step-by-step walkthrough of Lightroom CC. This class will give you an overview of Lightroom and how it fits within the Adobe Creative Cloud universe. You’ll learn how to maximize Lightroom’s potential by learning now to organize and edit your images. You’ll also learn how to share your work with the world using online galleries, portfolios, and more.

Topics Covered in this class:

  • Adding photos to Lightroom, backing them up and keeping them organized.
  • Editing your images quickly using Presets and Enhance.
  • Using the advanced photo editing features in Lightroom; the global and local adjustments.
  • Adding titles and captions to your images.
  • The many ways to share images from Lightroom; exporting, building online galleries, using Adobe Portfolio and Behance, and more.
  • How to share your images quickly on social media by exporting by using Adobe Spark.
  • Expanding your editing skills with the Discover and Share Edit features in Lightroom.
  • Lightroom and Lightroom Classic syncing.
  • Lightroom and Photoshop integration.


  • Beginner and Intermediate Photographers
  • Professional Photographers looking to streamline their workflow
  • Lightroom Classic users wanting to make the transition to Lightroom CC
  • Social Media Influencers who need to post frequent updates
  • Professional Photographers looking for ways to reach more clients
  • Photographers looking to learn new ways of editing their photos


Adobe Lightroom 2021
Adobe Photoshop 2021
Adobe Lightroom Classic 2021
Adobe Portfolio (web)
Adobe Behance (web)
Adobe Spark (iOS, web)


Mark Wallace is a photographer based in the United States. Best known for his web-based video series Digital Photography One on One and Exploring Photography sponsored by Adorama.

Millions of people have watched Mark’s videos on YouTube, and the numbers continue to grow. Mark has a strong social media following on Facebook and Twitter, where he spends time interacting with viewers and workshop attendees.

In 2014, Mark left the United States to embark on a 2-year worldwide adventure. He visited 28 countries and captured thousands of unique photographs across the globe.

In 2016 Mark decided to give up planes, trains, and automobiles and is now exploring the world on his motorcycle.

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Susan H

What a great class! I've started & stopped a few Lightroom classes up until now, but generally gotten bored, confused or felt I needed to step away to learn something else like Adobe Bridge first. Mark is a great instructor, engaging, specific & very clear with his explanations. I finally feel confident to play in Lightroom instead of feeling constantly overwhelmed by what I don't know!! Awesome! Thank you, Mark, you've also inspired me to dream about travelling again now the world is opening back up :)

Glenn Pierce

Excellent fundamentals course on Lightroom! I really enjoyed Mark's teaching style which is easy to follow and very relaxed :-)