How do I overwrite previously exported files in Lightroom 4 and replace the previously exported files? I upgraded to Lightroom 4, and it does not allow the overwrite option as did LR2. It only gives me the chose to "Use Unique Names" or "Skip". I didn't realize I had to set up my watermark again, when I upgraded to LR4. I need to reexport the same files to the same location, with the watermark this time. I have tried exporting from the original files and by opening and exporting from their new location, neither will allow me to do so.
All of the options pop up like they normally would the first time you export something, but the Overwrite Option is faded down and will not do anything if you click on it. However, it will allow me to still create a unique name or skip it, and I don’t understand why.
Are you trying to overwrite files that are already imported in LR, attempting to replace your master photos with exported ones? You should be recreating the watermarked files from their imported masters, not trying to stamp a watermark on the exported output files.
Are you trying to use the export function to replace an image file with itself, i.e. with the same image file (in the same location) only that a watermark is added?
That doesn't work. The overwrite function works if you would go back to the originals (for instance a Raw image) and export it with the watermark added and replace the image that doesn't have the watermark. But the image file that you export has to be a different one than the one you want to overwrite.
I had to upgrade from LR2 to LR4 in able to convert the RAW files from my new Nikon D800 to DNG files, so I could work on them. This process is accomplished the first time I import them into LR4. In LR2 I would go back to these DNG file that I had already edited with Lightroom, and just export them again with the new changes, be it the watermark or just downsizing for web. I would just click on the overwrite option and it was done. When I try to do the same thing in LR4 with the DNG files, it won’t allow that option when exporting. I tried again by opening the new jpeg files that were created when I originally exported them from the DNG files, the same thing happens.
I can't remember how earlier versions worked but the logic seems to be that LR is preventing you from altering a file that has already been imported to LR. It wants you to save it as a separate file for editing outside LR or reimporting as a separate version with a different name. To overwrite I think you have to do it outside LR so fooling LR into updating its preview of the existing file with the new one, if you folllow me. If the file was not already in LR it would give you the Overwrite option.
It is a bit more time consuming for you to have to do that.
Oh, and my previous post should have said I agreed with webweaver, not with you, Sorry.
All I can say is that on my Lr 4.1 the option "Overwrite without warning" is available.
If you see it as greyed out, something is not right.
Maybe it's a case of a "bad" preference file and you need to replace it. Sometimes the preference file goes "funny" and then creates all sorts of strange behavior of Lr.
See here how to go about replacing the preference file: http://lightroomers.com/replacing-the-lightroom-preference-file/745/
It's not major surgery, and takes about 5 min.
Since it would not allow me to overwrite the originals DNG files again. I thought I would just “import” the new jpeg files that were created from the first exportation of the original DNG files. It would not allow be to overwrite these new jpegs either. I could overwrite the files during the time I worked on them, after first importing them into LR4. I sometimes would find a preset I liked better and would overwrite the first ones. The problem came about when I reopen the those files, after something else had been imported and worked on in between.
OK, I will check out your suggestions tomorrow. I’m working on a new project now and I want to finish it before changing, for fear something else will go wrong with it. LR4 doesn’t seem as user friendly as LR2 was. I guess I just need to take the time to learn all of it’s quirks, which isn’t easy when you have a lot of work you need to get out.
You cannot overwrite images that have been imported into LR, so you cannot overwrite your DNGs and, now, you cannot overwrite the JPGs you first created from the DNGs because you said you imported those, too.
Before you proceed any further, you should highlight-rightclick-Delete… (using Remove from Library not delete from Disk) any output JPGs you have imported into LR, then LR should let you overwrite them if you start with the original DNGs.
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