Just a quick note - after two students having mini-heart attacks over their after PNG conversion supply import, I thought this might be helpful.
What happens when you import after PNG conversion and your TIFF folders don't end up in the right kit/designer folders?
For example, you import all the files LR can see and you have your main scrapbooking folder with designer folders all nicely nested underneath. Then you go through the conversion process for all your Flergs products and import those converted files into Lightroom. But... in this import the file folders end up on the same folder level as you main Scrapbooking folder -
The problem is that the destination folder you chose on the second import is above your main scrapbooking folder so instead of the designer going into scrapbooking it goes into the main catalog file folder.
So a good rule of thumb on imports - choose a destination folder that is one level above the folders you are importing - unless the level above your destination folder is your hard drive you will want to see about Plan B which I outline below.
For example, if I were importing my Downloads folder (which is on the same level of my designer folders) I would choose the file folder one level above or to the left as the destination folder - in my case that would be 0KJL_Scrapbooking Originals. ***Keep in mind I changed the name of my downloads folder so it would fit in one screenshot - when I do this I use my downloads folder as you will see in my next screenshot***
So the right side of the import dialogue looks like this:
The main folder selected is the file that holds all the designer folders. Notice also that By Original Folders is selected next to Organize. It is also important to note that we are importing from the Downloads folder on my main drive. Because Organize "By original folders" is selected, Lightroom automatically moves the downloads folder directly into the 0KJL_ScrapbookingOriginals folder like it is there so it moves directly into the folder we want it to.
You can see the 1test folder under downloads (which could be a kit folder) shows it will move into downloads:
The left side tells you where the files are coming from. The top tells you if they are being copied, Moved, or just Added from where they are at. The right side tells you where they will end up if they are being moved.
At the bottom of the dialog I highly recommend Saving an import preset once you have things down. You can do this by clicking on the right side and choose Save Settings as a New Preset.
Now if you are doing a MASSIVE import of all your supplies after PNG conversion, designer folders, etc. Your process will be a bit different. If you decide to do it all at once, you will want to choose the folder above. So for example, if I had a 0KJL_Scrapbooking_Originals and I keep everything the same way it is, I will end up with duplicate folders in the wrong place - my import dialog shows me this -
So the ONE RULE OF IMPORT: Import to the file folder ABOVE the folder you are importing or import directly across. So in this case, because I am importing a file folder with the same name as my Scrapbooking originals folder I need to go one level above which is actually the level of my hard drive. That doesn't actually work either - so I need to go a different route or Plan B.
Moving back the left side I choose all the designer folders I want to import by clicking on the first folder and shift clicking on the last. If all the designer folders you want to import aren't together, just CTRL/CMD click on each folder you want to import.
Now what happens if you have already imported everything into the wrong place? You have a few options.
1) you can click and drag folders in Lightroom to move them to the right place.
2) you can click and drag folders in Windows Explorer or Mac Finder to put them in the right place.
If you choose the 2nd option, once you are finished, you will need to right click on your main scrapbooking folder in Lightroom (in Library mode on the left side) and choose Synchronize Folder.
Hopefully that is helpful to you all in your importing adventures!