xmp files folder, how to save xmp files in lightroom

You have XMP files for your image files and want to import them into Lightroom to continue working with your edited images? In this article, you’ll learn how to quickly and easily import XMP files into Lightroom.

No matter how professional you work as a landscape photographer or outdoor photographer as a hobby photographer, sooner or later it will happen that your raw data no longer matches the XMP files, your Lightroom catalog is crashed again, the XMP data is lost, or you need old raw data from a backup, etc. Been there, done that.

To avoid doing all the editing again, hopefully you’ve saved your edits in Lightroom in external XMP files – if you don’t know what XMP files are and why you need them, read our article “XMP files: The most important basic setting in Lightroom“.

There are three ways to import your XMP files into Lightroom. We will introduce you to these here – don’t worry, it’s much easier than you think.

xmp files folder, how to save xmp files in lightroom
Your folder structure should look like thi (Win PC)s: All XMP files in the same folder as the raw data. From here, importing XMP files to Lightroom is a breeze.

We also use them regularly, especially when we need to show fast results, back up data externally and want to save time in this process – especially with different backups and only one location where you are actively editing, copying from pure XMP files can save you a lot of data copy time.

Import XMP files into Lightroom – in 2 (really easy) steps

  1. Step “Folder Structure”: All solutions start by putting the XMP files into the same folder as the matching raw images.
    Important: Not in subfolders but simply in the storage folder, where you also have the raw data for the XMP files.
  2. Step “Import XMP files”: Three variants are available here:

Variant A: Import the raw files into Lightroom the way you always do. Lightroom now automatically recognizes the XMP files and assigns them directly to the corresponding images. If this doesn’t work immediately, try restarting Lightroom and/or recall the Import dialog, just as you would otherwise.

Variant B: If the raw data is already cataloged, go to library mode, select “all” and then select “Metadata” -> “Read metadata from files”.

Variant C: If the raw files are already cataloged, go to library mode, right-click the folder in the folder area of Lightroom’s left pane. Select “Synchronize folders”. Enable “Check for metadata updates”.

Eh, voila. You have successfully imported your XMP files into Lightroom.

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