Wed, Jul 21, 2021 9:53 PM
My edits from my photos in a particular folder have just vanished. Is there any way to get them back?
3 d ago
7 d ago
You don't provide enough info for anyone to help. Device & OS? Are you backing up your catalog daily? Are you SURE you're opening THAT catalog that had those edits? Do you know where your catalog is?
I guess the other question I have is when you delete a folder, is the editing history for those photos destroyed in the process?
As I understand it the editing history is saved in the catalogue and within the image itself. The folder is where the file is stored. This article gives a useful explanation: https://focusphotoschool.com/adobe-photoshop-lightroom-classic/adobe-photoshop-lightroom-setup/how-to-save-your-work-lightroom/
6 d ago
The edits and the edit history are saved in the catalog, and not in the images. If you remove an image from the catalog, then Lightroom will remove the edits and the edit history from the catalog too. You can save edits with the files too, if you check the option to save metadata to XMP, but the edit history is not saved to XMP. It is only saved to in catalog. That explains what happened.
To add to Johan's response. Removing a folder from Lightroom also removes the images contained in the folder, and thus removes the edit history. Even if you saved the XMP data to the image files that would only allow you to see the final state of the image, not the steps that got to that final state.
So, you didn't backup LrC using the backup prompt when exiting the program, but do you run any other system backups that may have captured the LR catalog? If not, and if you're on a Mac, perhaps Time Machine is turned on and captured old catalog versions while you weren't paying attention? BTW, Windows has that as well, called File History, but few know about it and even fewer have bothered to turn it on. In the Mac world Time Machine is more widely used.
If none of those brings any joy, I'm sorry to say, but your edits are gone.
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