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Lightroom Not saving my edits in DNG only Jpeg

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Feb 24, 2021 Feb 24, 2021

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Hi there,

 

Hoping for some help, whenever I edit a picture and export as a jpeg the edits are saved, however when i save as a DNG and go to preview the image in finder it looks like the original unedited image? Any tips?

 

Thanks in advance,

 

David 

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Feb 24, 2021 Feb 24, 2021

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See here: Edits not saving when exporting DNG files - Adobe Support Community - 11239096

 

My System: Intel i7-8700K - 64GB RAM - NVidia Geforce RTX 3060 - Windows 10 Pro 22H2 -- LR-Classic 13.2 - Photoshop 25.6 - Nik Collection 6.9 - PureRAW 4 - Topaz Photo AI 2

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Feb 25, 2021 Feb 25, 2021

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When you export an image as DNG, you do get the unedited image. The edits are not applied to the image, but saved in metadata. And these metadata can only be read by Adobe software. So what you see is as expected.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Mar 12, 2023 Mar 12, 2023

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So this is just Adobe and Mac not playing nice together, does anyone have a solution? I'd like to export my DNG from lightroom and have my clients be able to see the way the photos should look, not the original raw file, without having to open up some Adobe program. Does anyone have a fix, it didn't used to be like this

 

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Mar 12, 2023 Mar 12, 2023

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So this is just Adobe and Mac not playing nice together, does anyone have a solution? I'd like to export my DNG from lightroom and have my clients be able to see the way the photos should look, not the original raw file, without having to open up some Adobe program. Does anyone have a fix, it didn't used to be like this

 


By @Chris218117816j4a


Why do you want to export as DNG if the purpose is to let your clients look at the images? DNG is not a logical file format for that. It is much larger than necessary and quite a few clients won't have to possibility to open the DNG. Why don't you use JPG? I also do not understand your remark that "it didn't used to be like this". Yes, it did used to be like that! It has always been like that. That makes me wonder if you perhaps confuse DNG with another file format, such as PNG?

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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LEGEND ,
Mar 12, 2023 Mar 12, 2023

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The DNG can't be 'edited' until the edits, and the data in the DNG are rendered. Otherwise, you're viewing a JPEG preview. It can be updated in Lightroom Classic (Update DNG Metadata and Preview command), but in reality, the edit wasn't applied to the raw in the DNG. 

Author “Color Management for Photographers" & "Photoshop CC Color Management/pluralsight"

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Mar 12, 2023 Mar 12, 2023

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BTW, this free script will extract the previews if you want to share them:

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-classic/kb/extract-previews-for-lost-images-lightroom.html

Author “Color Management for Photographers" & "Photoshop CC Color Management/pluralsight"

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