3 Replies Latest reply on May 4, 2016 5:32 PM by JimHess

    Saving and moving files from Lightroom CC


      This may be a very amateur question for this but I decided to try out the trial for the Lightroom before purchasing. I cant figure out how to "Save" a photo that has been edited.


      Also, does anyone know if after saving an edited photo how to move it to your computer so it can be accessed without the Lightroom?

      Thank you.

        • 1. Re: Saving and moving files from Lightroom CC
          Chetna Srivastava Adobe Employee

          Hi adaw,


          Once you edit an image in Lightroom, the edits are automatically saved within Lightroom however, the original image remains as is.

          In order to save the image outside Lightroom, you need to export the edited versions.

          Refer these tutorial for export:

          Export and save your photos as JPEGs in Photoshop Lightroom | Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC tutorials

          How to export photos from Photoshop Lightroom 




          • 2. Re: Saving and moving files from Lightroom CC
            Theresa J Adobe Community Professional

            Lightroom is a database. Image edits are stored within the database, not the image. The images are stored on your computer hard drive, not within Lightroom. You can access them without Lightroom if you know how to find them. The images won't show the edits though. If you want an image with edits that you access outside of Lightroom, you use the Export feature.

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            • 3. Re: Saving and moving files from Lightroom CC
              JimHess Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              All changes that you make to a photo using Lightroom are stored in the catalog. They are not applied directly to the image. Consequently, the original image always remains in the same condition it was in when it was downloaded from the camera. If you want to share an edited image with someone, or have an edited copy on your computer then you have to use the export process in Lightroom. The exported copy will contain all of the adjustments and any other changes that you made to the image.


              Your images are never "in" Lightroom. Your images are simply in folders on your computer. The catalog keeps track of where the images are located and presents them to you for purposes of editing. So there isn't a process of getting images out of Lightroom other than to export a copy. I believe this is one of the most commonly misunderstood features about Lightroom. The Lightroom catalog is the key file that Lightroom opens. Using the catalog, which is a database, Lightroom is able to locate and present images for editing and printing as well as other processes.

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