Lightroom: How to save edits to raw files removed from your catalogue

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If I remove a raw image from my catalogue and then come back a few days latter and bring it back again, I find that all my edits have been lost. Other than exporting the file, is there a way to preserve my edits to raw files even when the file is removed from my catalogue? I have read that Aperture 3 allows you to do it. With LR5 being a more advanced application, I assume this can also be done but I don't know how. Thank you.
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john beardsworth

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All your work is recorded in the catalogue. If you wish, use Cmd S to save most of your work back to the pictures, but LR is designed to work best when you keep the pictures recorded in the catalogue. Why would you ever want to remove them?

You've been misinformed about Aperture. If you remove the pictures from it, you lose your work and there's no equivalent to the Cmd S.
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Thanks for your quick comment, John. Yes, it make sense to keep all good images in the catalogue. But when it gets to be too large, it also makes sense to remove some of the images, as long as you can bring them back with all the edits included in the metadata. Perhaps I have missunderstood the rational for the catalogue. But in any case, I do understand your response. Thank you.
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How do you define too large, Jorge? There are Lightroom users with hundreds of thousands of images in a single catalogue, and this serves as the hub to control all their pictures and workflow. Essentially, that's the rationale of the catalogue.
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Thanks again for your comment, John. From now on, I should stop worrying about the size of my catalogue. I guess I was worried that once it got to a "large" size it would slow my computer down. But it looks as though this was a misconception. Thank you.