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Reducing file size and resolution after editing

Discussion in 'Photoshop & Editing Chat Forum' started by zkyevolved, Oct 22, 2016.

  1. zkyevolved

    zkyevolved Active Member

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    Hi everyone! I have a question in Lightroom 6: Is it possible for me to import my images, edit them at maximum file size, and then when I'm done editing them, reduce them?

    Basically, what I do is: I import the images I take onto my PC, I edit them, and make a backup copy on a few hard drives of the originals and original quality. But I'd like to keep a small version of the images on the computer for the future without having to connect the hard drive (basically, when I am on my laptop for example, to always have a smaller version of that folder available). But if I export them as a smaller version, and then delete the originals, all the modifications would be gone. I would like Lightroom to keep the edits and modifications just in case in the future I have to go back and adjust something later on.

    Can I get a suggestion on how to get this workflow working?

    I edit across multiple PCs (a laptop and a more powerful desktop) with Dropbox (for the catalog) and mounting a folder so they both see the same folder locally - the folders are synced via Resilio Sync through my house server, so any changes or edits on one PC are reflected on the other as well as having a backup on the server.
    Lightroom 6

    Thanks!
     
  2. steve b

    steve b Always on Premium Member

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    I've probably read your post wrong, but can't you just reduce the original when you've worked on it, then 'save as', put an additional letter (a for instance) after the file number and both will be saved.
     
  3. tenchy

    tenchy Rain maker Administrator

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    Lightroom is perfect for this. You need to select your edits in the gallery and choose export.
    That takes you to a powerful bunch of settings, allowing you to choose a folder and all the size settings, add a watermark if desired, and I think it can even export via ftp.
    The export process leaves your originals untouched and unmoved.
     
  4. zkyevolved

    zkyevolved Active Member

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    Yes, but what I'd like to do is retire the original files (24 megapixel photos) to a hard drive, and just keep the exported smaller versions. But those exported smaller versions don't keep the edit history, it's just a finished image. If I'd like to go back one day and edit them again or retouch something, then I wouldn't have those edits. I'd have to start again with the original image.

    Basically this is my workflow:
    All images are copied to internal hard drive for work.
    Edit images.
    Export images in the quality I'd like and I do what I want with them.
    I make a copy of every image to external hard drives.
    I want to delete them from the internal hard drive and replace them with much smaller versions to be able to always keep them for reference without having to reconnect the hard drive just to see them.

    But I don't want to lose the history of edits or the layers and maskings in lightroom when I delete the originals.

    Since my laptop has much more limited space, I usually like to resize the images to a much smaller size (like 50%) just to be able to keep them with me, and 50% of 24mpx is much more than enough for social media or emailing. But I keep all the originals on the external hard drive.

    But what can I do to keep the edits? From within Lightroom connect the external hard drive and just move the files there, and then create a smaller copy for the internal hard drive? Will that preserve all the edits for future reference?
     
  5. tenchy

    tenchy Rain maker Administrator

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    Hmm. Not sure if you can in lightroom.
    You could for sure in photoshop, just resize and save as and you'd keep all the layers.
    The edit info in lightroom is saved in an xml side file. It might be possible to work with that if the raw file can be saved as a smaller pixel size copy
     
  6. paulmag

    paulmag Always on Honorary Life Member

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    You can in lightroom save xml with file
     
  7. zkyevolved

    zkyevolved Active Member

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    Actually I just tried it, and it worked!

    capture20161022124207956.png

    I mounted the external hard drive as a letter I'll use on both computers.

    capture20161022124736376.png

    And magically all the changes are still there. So now I'll just export them as a smaller version to keep on my local hard drive.

    If the external hard drive is not connected, I get this:
    capture20161022124930033.png

    But, all the previews and history edits are still there!


    Yay!

    I'll update the original post with these findings. Maybe it could even be a guide. I'll maybe start to write one and post it!

    Thanks guys!
     
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  8. tenchy

    tenchy Rain maker Administrator

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    Cool, nice one
     

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