LIGHTROOM - Replace raw files with jpg files for a given date or selection.

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Sometimes I will go on a shoot and only shoot using raw picture files. These take up a lot of space and sometimes possibly after editing my photos all I really need are jpg versions of these photos. I would rather not export everything and re-import everything once again. It would be nice if i could right click on one or multiple raw files and replace them with a jpg version. It would be even nicer if the raw edits could be intact and preserve slider settings.
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You can already accomplish this with LR, albeit with one extra keystroke. Define an Export preset "Export To Catalog". Set the options Export To: Same Folder As Original Photo, Add To This Catalog. Uncheck the option Add To Stack.

Select the raws to be replaced. Right-click them and select Export > Export To Catalog. Now type Backspace / Delete to delete the still-selected raws.

This does not preserve the edit history, however.
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John thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I will try that today! I do think it might still be nice if Adobe was able to make this option a little more intuitive and possibly preserve edit options.

Still, thank you for the fast reply!
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Agreed, there doesn't seem to be an option that preserves the develop settings.
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What I don't understand is what use can those 'preserved' develop settings can be, if the raw files are deleted?
If being able to re-process the files as well as gaining substantial disk space, would not it be better to save as 'lossy' DNG ?
When I export a batch of raw files to jpeg in Elements, the slider settings are saved in the jpeg metadata section, but I don't know what to do with them when the original raw is deleted.
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I guess the example I would compare it to would be possibly if i had originally set my camera to raw+jpg. I don't always care to shoot in that mode especially with having twice as many photos. For me sometimes after I'm done editing my raw files for a job and I've already exported my processed photos as a jpg I'm stuck with a few hundred raw files that I don't necessarily want to delete but because of their size I wish they could be converted to jpgs systematically. It would be nice though that if the settings were preserved I could still go back and make some minor edits if necessary.

I would be sacrificing overall quality and versatility by losing the raw but if i've already done my processing I'm hoping I would have done a decent enough job before I converted to the jpgs.

Sometimes I just don't want 200 30mb photos of a baby shower after I've edited and exported and wanted the raw information for initial edits. But afterword would be totally comfortable converting them down to jpgs laters. I realize this isn't a huge problem but I thought if Adobe added it I would definitely use it!