How to Save Edits in Lightroom

If you want to save your editing adjustments as individual files, you can do so by going to Lightroom >, Catalog settings >, Automatically write changes to XMP . On Windows, this will be Edit >, Catalog settings >, Automatically write changes to XMP.

As a Lightroom user, have you ever wondered whether you need to save your edited images inside the program? Here’s the answer: you don’t have to save your adjustments inside Lightroom. All of the adjustments you make only exist within the program.

For example, if you open an image and make some changes to it, those changes won’t have any effect on the original file. If you check the original file outside of Lightroom, you’ll see that it’s still untouched. However, once you’re ready to use it for something else, like printing it or sending it to a friend, you’ll need to export it.

To export an image, go to the Library module and click the export button at the bottom left corner. Then, choose to export it as a full-size JPEG and specify where you want it to be saved. You can also rename the file to include a specific editing name. Once you’ve made these settings, click export.

After exporting, the edited file will be saved as a new file in the location you specified. The original file will remain untouched, so you’ll have the best of both worlds. You can keep the original file for future editing and have the edited version saved separately.

It’s important to note that Lightroom stores all of the adjustments you make in its catalog. If you don’t save your Lightroom catalog to a separate hard drive, you risk losing all of your adjustments if something happens to your main hard drive.

In conclusion, saving your edited images inside Lightroom isn’t necessary. You only need to export them when you’re ready to use them for something else. Make sure to save your Lightroom catalog to a separate hard drive to avoid losing all of your adjustments.


How do I save Lightroom classic edits?
Choose File >, Export, or click the Export button in the Library module. Then, choose Export To >, Hard Drive in the pop-up menu at the top of the Export dialog box. Choose the presets, in which you want to export your photos, by selecting the checkbox in front of the preset names.
Why is Lightroom not saving my edits?
You can mostly prevent this problem by telling Lightroom to automatically save (write) changes to your image as you make them. Choose Lightroom >, Catalog Settings (Mac) or Edit >, Catalog Settings (Windows). Click the Metadata tab and check the box that says Automatically write changes into XMP. Then click OK.