Since there have been some behaviour changes since I last wrote about setting up Lightroom’s folder panel to show your tidy tree structure, let’s do a quick re-run to replace the previous instructions…
Does your folder list look like this?
And would you actually prefer to see the folder hierarchy up to a higher level, like this?
Apart from the fact it looks nice and tidy, it makes it very easy to relink missing folders when you change hard drives, accidentally rename a parent folder outside of Lightroom, so forth. You only ever have to relink the highest level folder, and subfolders will update themselves.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to reimport your whole library. There’s a much easier way of showing Lightroom the parent folders.
1. Put a ‘temporary’ image into your new top level folder – in this case the ‘STUDIO’ folder.
2. Go to File > Import Photos from Disk and import that ‘temporary’ image.
3. Your folders panel should now be showing all of your folders in their correct hierarchy, reflecting the folder structure on disc.
4. You can now delete that ‘temporary’ image, and your new folder hierarchy should be left intact.