The export dialogue does not automatically create a JPEG image. You can choose JPEG, TIF, PSD, 8-bit, 16-bit, increase/decrease size, etc. And, it's possible to export raw files as original. Essentially that is just a copy routine. So you can export your images as 16-bit TIF files, and then let your droplet do whatever you need done on that TIF file. Then, the droplet could save the result in what ever format you need.
i totally get what you're saying...i guess i didn't think about it that way...
i was exporting a jpeg from lightroom first...i'm so used to the way the image processor works in PS.
if i was to export as a tiff and then run the droplet, it would save the tiff (straight from LR) and then as a jpg (from photoshop using my action set)...correct?
so, essentially, it would give me a similar result as if i exported originals from LR and then used the image processor in PS to create jpgs?
Yes, if you export a TIF file from Lightroom and then let the droplet pickup that TIF and do Photoshop processing then you can save whatever file format you need from Photoshop. And, of course the TIF will have higher quality than the JPEG image would, especially if you export it from Lightroom as a 16-bit file. You can then process this 16-bit file in Photoshop and convert it to 8-bit before you save it from Photoshop.