Lightroom: After export photo does not reflect exposure, sharpening or cropping changes shown in history.

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I noticed that an exported copy of a photo did not reflect the adjustments that I made to the photo in Develop.

In Lightroom, with most recent History selected, the photo looks the same as the photo looked at import. If I select the last Develop change from the History (Preset: Sharpen - Faces), the photo looks like I want it to look.

Metadata is up to date.

I've tried restarting Lightroom.

I've tried rebooting my PC.

I've checked the catalog integrity.

I haven't found any other photos with the same problem but I'm not assuming that there aren't any.

I was still on LR 5.0 so I updated to 5.2. I'm still having the problem.

This is annoying because I can't assume that an exported photo looks the way it should look. I'm sure that this photo looked good just before I exported it. The changes I made are very obvious.

I've attached screen shots that show the problem. The first screen shot how it looks at Import. The second shows how it looks after last Develop change. The third screen shot shows how it looks with the latest History item (Export) selected. At this point the photo does not reflect the Develop changes.

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You are choosing to export as "Original" in the Export dialog. This will always yield an exact copy of the Original (hence the name). instead, export it as a new JPEG using JPEG, or Tiff, or PSD if you want to 'bake' the settings into the exported file.
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I'm not choosing Export as original.

If you read my explanation or looked at the attachments you'll see that it's not only the exported version that's wrong. The photo displayed in LR DOES NOT REFLECT what it says is in history.

I have never exported this photo as original. I've only exported as JPG. I very seldom export as original.

I also said that I haven't found another photo with this same problem and I exported more than 50 at the same time as this photo. No others in the same batch had this problem.
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I read your explanation and no where does it say what you chose in your export dialog. The result you are describing is exactly what my diagnosis will look like.

Let's see a screen capture of your Export Dialog then.
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I didn't include a screen shot of the Export dialog because that's not the problem.

It's not only the exported version that's wrong. Do I need to say that again?

I tried exporting as original and what you say is correct but that doesn't mean that I don't have a problem other than how I exported.

It's like if your car doesn't start. If your car is out of gas it won't start but that doesn't mean that's the only reason a car won't start.

It doesn't prove anything but I've attached what you asked for.

Accept that it could be a bug.

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Thank you for providing a more complete version of the events leading up to your failure. We don't ask for this stuff for fun, I hope you know. We are trying to get a picture of your workflow and what was provided was incomplete.

I am going to make two recommendations:

1. Reset your preferences file and try again. http://www.lightroomforums.net/showth... Does the export still exhibit the anomalous behavior?

2. If so, are you using an Export Preset for this? (I see a Juliette Small Files Preset in the dialog I requested). If you recreate this preset from scratch, does it exhibit the anomalous behavior?
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I think the problem is that the "Export" history steps always reflect the image as defined by the particular History step that was selected at the time of Export. So in your example if you select the Import history step, then do an Export, the latest (top) step in the History becomes that particular Export, and clicking on it will revert the image back to the state it was in when the Export was performed.

What that implies is that you are looking at an export that was undertaken while you had the Import history step selected. Select the "Sharpen Faces" history step, then Export, and the top history step should be the Export of those settings.
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At least with this photo I think the history step does reflect the version exported.

That means that an export overrides Develop changes and even though I see a list of changes to the photo I won't see them unless I select the last Develop change. That's not how I would like LR to behave and it's certainly not intuitive.

I don't think I would have had a reason to export the imported version. I already had the imported version on my hard drive and it's certainly not what I wanted to use in the other application but at this point it's impossible to prove everything that's happened to this one photo.

I think what I have learned is to be more conscious of which history is selected when a photo is exported and probably to export with history set to the last Develop change and not necessarily to the most recent History item. In general export history is not something that I care much about.

Blowing away preferences didn't help.

I haven't used export presets since before I updated LR to version 5 in August.
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Just installed Lightroom 5.7.1 64-bit trial and was experiencing a similar problem; the Exported JPG (not Original) did not reflect the Develop changes I'd made. I tried several different options, restarts etc - nothing seemed to help. Another forum indicated that changing the Image Sizing in the Export dialogue seemed to unstick it for some reason. I didn't do this, but the Export suddenly started working correctly i.e. the exported photos reflected my edits made in Develop. I may have made some other change in the Export settings which caused it to work; I can't honestly remember - you know what it's like when you're trying to get something working, you sometimes end up changing things at random.
Anyway, all I can think is some possible bug with fresh installations where the Image format defaults to Original internally but displays as JPG, until you change something in the Export dialogue, at which point the displayed settings are written to the internal store overwriting Original with JPG.  Many other posts suggest that selecting Original causes the observed symptoms.Pure speculation of course.