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Why can you not just open a file, change it and overwrite to the same file

Community Beginner ,
Feb 27, 2022 Feb 27, 2022

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Why can you not just open a file, change it and overwrite to the same file? This is basic stuff, the way it is now you to have create a new file, go back, delete the one you opened, and rename the new file, whose bright idea was this?

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Feb 27, 2022 Feb 27, 2022

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What used to be "basic stuff"  is now 'old hat'- Times change.

The new mantra for Lightroom Apps is that your original file is NEVER changed.

You can edit, and re-edit, this 'original' file at any time in Lightroom, in many ways, and you only ever need to "create a new file" when you need one for another special purpose. (eg. Send to a print house.)

In Lightroom you would either 'Export' a derivative file to the hard-drive, or create a 'Version' of the original (as edited) that will also be seen in the Lightroom Catalog (and can also be Exported).

 

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 12.0.1 Photoshop 24.0.1, ACR 15.0, Lightroom 6.0, Lr-iOS 8.0.8, Bridge 13.0, Windows-11.

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Feb 27, 2022 Feb 27, 2022

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"What used to be "basic stuff"  is now 'old hat'- Times change." Sorry but that has got to be the most garbage answer I have ever heard, the "new mantra" makes no sense whatsoever, as a user I want to be able to open my image and save it to whatever file name I like, INCLUDING the original file name, with it as it is it unnecessarily causes additional time, I have just had to go through 100 files, save them and then go back and rename 100 files, how does that make any sense ? 

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Feb 28, 2022 Feb 28, 2022

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@Adam22075124ijju wrote:

"What used to be "basic stuff"  is now 'old hat'- Times change." Sorry but that has got to be the most garbage answer I have ever heard, the "new mantra" makes no sense whatsoever, as a user I want to be able to open my image and save it to whatever file name I like, INCLUDING the original file name, with it as it is it unnecessarily causes additional time, I have just had to go through 100 files, save them and then go back and rename 100 files, how does that make any sense ? 



Lightroom is a non-destructive editor, so it simply does not work this way. Of course you can say "I want it to work differently", but that is like buying a screwdriver and then complain that you cannot use it as a hammer. If you want to drive in a nail, get a hammer, not a screwdriver. In this analogy, Photoshop would be a hammer, Lightroom would be a screwdriver.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Feb 28, 2022 Feb 28, 2022

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This violates the principle on which Lightroom (and other raw editors) were founded: Non-destructive workflow. 

Rikk Flohr - Customer Advocacy: Adobe Photography Products

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