IF you want to see your changes in other programs, you need to save the meta data updates to the files. Its not hard, and there are 2 ways of doing it.
- - not recommended as its slow - Go to the catalog settings and enable the Write Data to files
2. when you have fininshed working on a set of images go to the Library mode, select all the images and press CONTROL S or CMD S. This simply saves all the meta data to the files.
Either way, all the metadata, keywords, copyright information that you've added into the database of Lightroom will be saved in the photos in the same way that Elements saves it.
Editing the images.
That is the problem, Lightroom does not edit the photographs, it refers to them, almost like an footnote refers to an appendix or similar.
To see the edits that you've done in Elements / outside of Lightroom, you need to synchronise the folder where the images are - effectively importing the newly edited photos.
- find the folder where the images that you've edited out of LR are
- and then synchronise the image / images
This should solve the problem
Tried that too, but that seems to be the opposite of what I was talking about. When I clicked on that to syncronize it, said something about how it will syncronize the stuff ive done in other programs so it shows up in lightroom, but thats not what I want, I want the opposite. I tried it anyways, and once again after changing stuff to the photo in lightroom, then saving it, did the sync thing, opened up Elements, and the photo was still unchanged.
Also, I'm not quite sure what you are talking about Lightroom not editing photos, how do you mean? I'm changing the colors and stuff of photos in LR, how is that not editing?