Are pics downloaded to lightroom there permanently? I do a lot of editing, but i use my images in places other than on the software. with windows, can i access and open my photos in places besides lightroom, and more importantly can i copy/cut images on lightroom and put them other places? Also, i would assume that this is not the case, but if i do move an image off of lightroom will all editing be lost? That happened with the software that came with my canon rebel t1i.
so, basically what i'm asking is "are photos used in lightroom usable in windows, and can they be transferred back to, for example, an external hard drive after editing?"
phil, Adobe Lightroom has two main components: it's editing software that can perform some basic, non-destructive edits (which means it's really saving not the edited image but a list of edits you made that are imposed upon your original image file each time you see it in Lightroom), and it's also database software which keeps track of your images: where they are on your hard drive to quickly help you find them later, any keywords or ratings you've attached to them, and so on. You could open Lightroom and say: "Show me all the photos I keyworded 'Angela' plus 'Fred' plus 'beach,' to help you track down one elusive image you're hunting for.
The database component of Lightroom is very much like Apple iTunes, if you're familiar with that. iTunes keeps track of where to find your music files on your hard drive. And just as with music files you have imported into iTunes, when it comes to image files that you have imported into Lightroom, it's very important to move them using the Lightroom application, rather than moving them with Windows Explorer or the Mac OS, whatever you have. Database software stores pointers to tell it where to find a file. If you move a file with your OS instead of within the database program, the database "pointer is broken" because the file isn't where it's supposed to be. You are given an opportunity to tell the database program where the file is, but if you can't do that, you can no longer play your music file in iTunes or see your photo file in Lightroom. These programs do have command sequences for Moving an image file or folder to a new catalog location on your hard drive, if you want, and that's always the best way to do it, if you haven't thought far enough ahead to plan out your system for storing image files before you import them.
In Lightroom, you can also edit a file in another photo-editing application such as Photoshop. Lightroom will look and see if you have Photoshop installed when Lightroom is installed. With applications it doesn't see, you just right-click the file icon in Lightroom and select Edit In > [browse to the application's .exe file location on your hard drive], and it opens a virtual copy of the image file in that application. When you're done editing there, you save and close the file, and you're returned to Lightroom where you can make additional changes to your virtual copy in Lightroom. I've taken images I first imported into Lightroom and done additional edits in Photoshop CS and with Paint Shop Pro, doing things Lightroom can't do, and it works quite well that way.
I have PSCS5 and inspite of having this highly professional software I am going to purchase the Lightroom3-For thorough knowledge you browse Adobe forums under-photoshop, lightroom,Bridge.As some one said it takes a steep learning curve in beginning.But once u come to grips u enjoy a lot. U can verify for other information in help resources of photoshop.Just type 1)offline editing ,2)Virtual copy and see out resulting information(u can not copy/cut images.Regarding --if i do move an image off of lightroom will all editing be lost? --never-the editing is non destructive.U can move files from within lightroom also and it is advisable to move within LR only.Also U will have to rename if necessary within LR only otherwise u loose the link. U import photos from external drive in to catalog do some editing- remove external drive-Still u will be in position to see your work of each photo in LR that is greatness of offline--