There are two ways to add a folder to your Luminar Neo Catalog. Both methods accomplish the same goal.
- Adding Folders from the Catalog panel via the Add Photos button
- Adding Folders from the Main Menu
Adding Folders from the Catalog Panel
- Clicking the Add Photos button at the top of the catalog Catalog panel opens a browser window in File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (macOS).
- In this browser window, navigate to the folder on your hard drive that you would like to add and select it.
When you select a folder, it will be added to your Folders list as a top-level folder. All subfolders within the added folder will also be added to your Catalog.
The folder you have added will now appear under the Folders list in the Catalog panel. Each folder you add to your Catalog is considered a master folder. Any folders contained within a master folder are added as subfolders.
- Any folder with a small triangle to the left of its name is a master folder that contains subfolders.
- Clicking on this triangle will reveal the subfolders within the master folder.
- You can create additional subfolders to any master folder by right-clicking on the master folder and choosing the New Subfolder command.
Adding Folders from the Main Menu
You can also add a folder from the main menu by choosing File > Add Folder with Images … Once selected, the folder will be added the same way as with the first two methods.
Folders added from an External Hard Drive
You can add folders located on an external hard drive to your Catalog. The process is the same as for adding folders from an internal hard drive. However, be aware that if an external hard drive is disconnected from your system, the media contained on it will go offline. If this happens, the names of folders located on your external hard drive will be greyed out in the Catalog and a warning triangle will appear next to the folder names.
- When an offline folder is opened, thumbnails of the original photos will be available.
- You can select or reject offline images, but you won’t be able to edit them until the external hard drive is reconnected.
- Offline images will have a warning triangle in the upper left corner of the thumbnail.
- You can organize offline images into Albums, but you cannot move offline images into Folders.
When an external hard drive containing a folder in your Catalog is reconnected and mounted, the folder and all the images inside it will come back online. The folder will no longer be greyed out, and the warning triangle next to the folder’s name and on each of the images will disappear. Any selection or rejection of images done while the folder was offline will be preserved. Also, if any images had been edited before the external drive was removed, the edits will be remembered when the drive is reconnected.
If your system cannot locate a drive, you can right-click on a folder located on that drive and choose Locate Drive to select it manually.
Folders added from Synced Cloud Storage
Luminar Neo lets you add folders from cloud storage locations that are synced to your computer. In this case, synced means that a physical copy of the photo resides on either your internal or external hard drive. If only a reference copy of the photo is located in cloud storage, Luminar Neo will not be able to create a thumbnail or edit the image.
Adding folders from synced cloud storage is very useful in situations where a client or family member adds images remotely to a cloud service. Once these images are synced locally to your computer, Luminar Neo will automatically add them to your Catalog.