When receiving your Lightroom Catalog file back form us, unzip and replace your existing catalog file with this new file, keeping the filename the same as the original. You may want to double check to make sure your original Raw files sync back up within Lightroom to insure maximum resolution when exporting the images.

You’ll find our edited set of images, including any of your own provided edits, in the Pxlvue Edit collection and flagged as Picks. Images that have been rejected you’ll find in the Pxlvue Rejected collection and are flagged as Rejected.


You can create a catalog that contains a subset of a larger catalog by selecting the photos and exporting them as a new catalog. This is useful when, for example, you import photos into a catalog on a laptop and then later add them to a master catalog on a desktop computer.

• Select the Collection you want to add to the new catalog and control/rIght click on Collection.

• Choose File > Export this Collection as a Catalog.

• Specify the name and location of the catalog.

• Uncheck Export negative files (we don’t need those) and Check On Build / Include Smart Previews, and then click Save (Windows) or Export Catalog (Mac OS). “Negative files” refers to the original Raw files that were imported into Lightroom Classic CC.

• Open the new catalog to make sure your photos are displayed with the smart previews.

• Make or include any edits you’d like to use as reference for us. We recommend flagging those with a color or star rating

Once you’ve completed making any edits and updates to your Lightroom Catalog you can quit Lightroom and open the folder where your Catalog and you should see the following files:

• Lightroom Catalog file (.lrcat)

• Smart Previews file (.lrdata)

• (optional) Previews file (.lrdata)

When sending Lightroom files, we ask that you send a single ZIP file. Please make sure you’re only sending the listed files, exclude any folders that contain your Raw or other files. Once you have your new zip file, you can drop it in your dropbox folder and then copy & paste the share link or choose the file upload option when submitting your order form.


Import updated images (metadata & settings) from a catalog to your master catalog

• Choose File > Import From Another Catalog.

• Navigate to the catalog you want to import and click Open (Windows) or Choose (Mac OS).

• Specify the photos to import:

• Under Catalog Contents, make sure the folders containing the photos to import are selected.

• To select or deselect individual photos, click Show Preview, and click the box in the upper-left corner of any preview image. You can also choose Check All or Uncheck All. In this case for our workflow you’ll want to Check All by default.

• In the New Photos area, you can ignore these settings since we’re updating photos that already exist in your master catalog.

• Choose Replace metadata and Develop settings only to leave the negative files (the source photos) unchanged. If you choose this option, you can select the Preserve Old Settings As A Virtual Copy option to keep a backup. If you choose this, you’ll then need to filter out the virtual copies as they’ll be duplicates in your Collection/Catalog. We recommend unchecking the Preserve Settings for our workflow.

• Click Import.

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