Edited Photos in Lightroom – How to view, find and export them!

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Lightroom is a powerful tool for editing photos and managing your photo library, but it can be overwhelming to track down the edited images you’re looking for. Today, I’m going to show you how to view the edited photos in Lightroom so that they’re easy to find.

Explain how to export them so that you can share them with friends or clients. And finally, we’ll show you how to save these edits so that they’re backed up forever!

How to view and export only edited photos in Lightroom

The “Library” module is where you can view the photos that are currently in your Lightroom catalog. To go there, click on “Library” on the top right of the main window.

In order to view and export the edited photos here’s an easy way to do:

  • First, go to the Library module.
library module
  • Click Attribute on the Library filter options at the top.
  • Click Filter based on edit status, find edits (the icons with sliders), and click an icon. Now, only edited images are displayed.
Edits filter
  • Optional: You can also set flags, ratings, and color labels to tag your photos.
  • To export your edited photos, you can select them one by one or select all of them. Then right-click, find export, and choose an option to save them.
Exporting in lightroom
Pro tip: If you have just imported some new photos into Lightroom and they aren’t showing up in this window yet, don’t worry! They’ll show up once they’ve been processed by Lightroom’s import plugin (which happens automatically).

How to find edited photos in Lightroom

To find your edited photos in Lightroom, you’ll need to use the Library module.

If you didn’t set flags, ratings, and color labels to tag your photos, you can filter based on edit status. Follow these 3 easy steps to find them:

  1. Go to the Library module.
  2. Click Attribute on the Library filter options at the top.
  3. Click Filter based on edit status, find edits (the icons with sliders) if both options are disabled, click the icon on the left as shown in the photo.

I find these steps so much easier even when I’m editing a large number of photos. But for more focused and careful editing, I use the flags and labels. They help me focus on the task of editing a photo without worrying about losing track of it.

Comparing original and edited photos

Comparing original and edited photos in Lightroom is super easy. Just follow these steps:

  1. Simply click on the image and then click Develop to open the Develop module.
  2. Click the Y|Y icon (cycles between before and after views) just below your photo to see how your edits affected the photo.
comparing photos in lightroom

Saving your edited photos

So now that you’re done creating a masterpiece, it’s time to save your edits. Here’s how to do it:

  • You can just simply select and right-click the photo.
  • Select export from the pop-up menu and select any export options that you like.
Exporting in lightroom
  • You can also click File on the top menu of Lightroom and select Export.

How do I revert back to the original photo?

Oops, it looks like you made a mistake and instead of a masterpiece, you made something that looks like a complete mess. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. Here’s how to revert back to your original photo:

  • Go to Develop module
  • On the lower right corner, click Reset. The image will revert back to its original state.
reset button in adobe lightroom

And that’s it! Be better this time, okay?

Check out more Lightroom tutorials:

How to remove background in lightroom

How to sign out of Lightroom on Mac


Can you save edited photos in Lightroom?

Yes, you can do this by selecting your photos then choosing File > Export and choosing an option you want.

Why did my Lightroom edits disappear?

The most common cause for this is because selected a new or different catalog. Also make sure that you didn’t accidentally delete your photos.