Why won't Lightroom save my edits when I export them?

Community Beginner ,
Nov 24, 2012 Nov 24, 2012

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When I export my photos as JPEGs, the changes that I've made aren't saved. I open the exported photo but it looks just like the original with no changes made to it. I am using the trial version right now as I am waiting for the software in the mail. Could this be why? HELP! Below: the left picture is the exported photo and the right picture is what it should look like!Screen shot 2012-11-24 at 4.56.06 PM.png

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Community Beginner , Nov 24, 2012 Nov 24, 2012

Wow it works now that I changed the image sizing options. Weird.

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People's Champ ,
Nov 24, 2012 Nov 24, 2012

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If your originals are JPEGs and you aren't seeing edits, it is likely you are choosing Original in the export menu as the file type. This will revert your file to Original. Choose another format from this list.

11-24-2012 6-11-45 PM.jpg

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New Here ,
Sep 13, 2018 Sep 13, 2018

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Thank You so much , I was sitting like a d*mb *ss exporting thousand times same stuff over and over again.

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Sep 05, 2022 Sep 05, 2022

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I spent 4 hours exporting a photo just to find out I was just brainless. 

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People's Champ ,
Nov 24, 2012 Nov 24, 2012

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No, the trial version is a full version of Lr with all features enabled.

Did you select <Original> in the Export Dialog / File Settings section?

<Original> means that you export the file in its original state, before you did any editing.

If you want your edits included in the exported image you have to select one of the file formats other than <Original>.

See Screen shot:

Export File Format.JPG

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 24, 2012 Nov 24, 2012

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Yes I did save them as JPEGs. I tried every image format but nothing would work.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 24, 2012 Nov 24, 2012

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Wow it works now that I changed the image sizing options. Weird.

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People's Champ ,
Nov 24, 2012 Nov 24, 2012

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This is strange. Your edits should be included in the exported image.

One reason I can think of is this: When you export is there already an image with the same file name in the folder you are exporting to? Sometimes Lr does not overwrite the existing file with even when <Overwrtite> is checked.

Try to export the image into a new folder that contains no images - does this help?

If this doesn't help: Please describe your workflow from editing the original in the Develop Module to Export in detail.

And can you post a screen shot of your Export Dialog?

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Explorer ,
Jun 07, 2017 Jun 07, 2017

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Forward to 2017 and I'm having the same issue!

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LEGEND ,
Jun 07, 2017 Jun 07, 2017

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Please try the suggestions already discussed in this thread.

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Explorer ,
Jun 07, 2017 Jun 07, 2017

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I set Image Format to JPEG, I restarted LR, I rebooted, I tried to set image to DNG to see what happened, I tried to export a different photo, not sure what is the issue???

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LEGEND ,
Jun 07, 2017 Jun 07, 2017

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This is unclear ... are you saying that you exported the photo as DNG?

If so, you will NOT see any edits in the exported photo when you view it outside of Lightroom. This is normal behavior.

Are you saying you exported as JPG and don't see the edits? Please clarify.

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Explorer ,
Jun 07, 2017 Jun 07, 2017

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I exported as a JPG and I don't see the changes.

As to the DNG file, the original file is a DNG. I made edits to it. I exported these edits as DNG and I do not see the changes. And, as I mentioned above I tried to export as JPG and I do not see the changes either.

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Explorer ,
Jun 07, 2017 Jun 07, 2017

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Here is something I just tried: I saved a virtual copy of the photo. I cropped it drastically to see if I can see the exaggerated cropping.  I exported and I DO see the exaggerated cropping but the white balance is not what I changed it to. In other words it's not reflecting the white balance changes I made.   

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LEGEND ,
Jun 07, 2017 Jun 07, 2017

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Show us a screen capture of the image in LR with the edits. Show us another screen capture of the same photo exported as JPG where you are viewing it outside of LR and don't see the edits. Show us the settings in your Export dialog box.

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Explorer ,
Jun 07, 2017 Jun 07, 2017

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I have dual monitors, so in the process of doing what you asked for (showing you photo comparisons) I discovered that one of my monitors it not tuned properly therefore reflecting the wrong color tones!

Thanks for helping me find the issue 🙂 

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New Here ,
Jul 31, 2017 Jul 31, 2017

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Just installed Lightroom 5.7.1 64-bit trial and was experiencing a similar problem; the Exported JPG (not Original) did not reflect the Develop changes I'd made. I tried several different options, restarts etc - nothing seemed to help. Another forum indicated that changing the Image Sizing in the Export dialogue seemed to unstick it for some reason. I didn't do this, but the Export suddenly started working correctly i.e. the exported photos reflected my edits made in Develop. I may have made some other change in the Export settings which caused it to work; I can't honestly remember - you know what it's like when you're trying to get something working, you sometimes end up changing things at random.

Anyway, all I can think is some possible bug with fresh installations where the Image format defaults to Original internally but displays as JPG, until you change something in the Export dialogue, at which point the displayed settings are written to the internal store overwriting Original with JPG.  Many other posts suggest that selecting Original causes the observed symptoms. Pure speculation of course.

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New Here ,
Aug 04, 2017 Aug 04, 2017

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As an aside, I've given up on Lightroom having given it a fair trial,as it just feels too bloated, buggy and the cataloguing idea is completely screwed (if you try to import a copy of a photo from a different location it won't, presumably because it's clever enough to know that the photo already exists. I want it to be treated like a different photo. If a photo is on my hard drive in a particular location I want to see it!). Plus the execrable practice of subcription software. Plus Slideshow hung.

Having tried Lightzone (which is now open source i.e. free), it does everything I need and more. It exported correctly first time and it doesn't need a 1GB database to support it. The fact that Lightzone is a 50MB download vs. Lightroom's 950 MB gives a hint.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 19, 2018 Sep 19, 2018

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I had the same problem: cropping the image, export as jpg and size kept as the original. What was happening is what described by you: LR was not overwriting the image. I saved it into an empty folder as you suggested and it had the updated sizes. Thanks.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 22, 2017 Oct 22, 2017

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I am having the same issue. Been using it all day and it was just fine. Stopped went to see a movie, came home to continue and BAM not saving. Ive been fighting with it for over 3 hours now. Ready to pull out all my hair. OH and Im not using the trial..I paid for this

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New Here ,
Jan 01, 2018 Jan 01, 2018

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I found that when I exported to a specific sub folder as a jpg, lightroom would not enact my changes. But when I exported the photo without a specific folder, it did enact my changes.

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