Export Issue on Mac w/ LR Classic

Community Beginner ,
Jan 06, 2022 Jan 06, 2022

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I'm wondering if there's some hack/setting I've screwed up with my version of LR on my iMac.

 

I'll go into my Photos app (after uploading my RAW files), export the images I want to edit out of Photos onto my Desktop. I'll then import the desktop images into LR Classic and edit them, but if I don't have the photos (as in the ones that I exported onto my desktop from Photos) still on my desktop at the time of LR export and have since deleted that copy (even though it's still in the Photos app), LR won't let me export that image that's been edited.

 

This didn't used to happen when I used LR 5 (or all the previous versions I've owned) however, I've been stuck using LR Classic for the last few months after my subscription with Adobe updated.

 

Is there a setting I'm missing or am I literally stuck with extra steps continually? I honestly hope not since I've accidentally lost originals out of Photos and can no longer export the edited image from LR.

 

HELP!

 

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 07, 2022 Jan 07, 2022

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Hi there,

Sorry to hear that. Which version of Lightroom and the operating system you're working with?

Could you try resetting the preferences of Lightroom and let us know if it helps? 

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-classic/help/setting-preferences-lightroom.html


Regards,
Sahil

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Jan 07, 2022 Jan 07, 2022

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Thanks, I'll check out resetting the preferences. 

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Jan 07, 2022 Jan 07, 2022

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When you import into Classic, make sure to select "Move" or "Copy" instead of "Add". WHat is happening with Add is that the Lightroom Catalog simply creates a reference to the file on your desktop in its catalog. You can only work on this image if the file remains on your desktop. However, when you use move or copy, it either moves (or copies) the file fropm your desktop into it's own folder, so it no longer relies on the image file on your desktop but has its own copy, so if you delete the image on the desktop, it no longer loses track of the image.

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Jan 07, 2022 Jan 07, 2022

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Thanks, the next time I fire up Lightroom I'll pay attention to how I'm "adding" them into the program to edit.

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