Lightroom Features I Love: Non-Destructive Editing

I’ve already shared a few of the Lightroom Features I Love, and the list just goes on and on. After years of editing photos in Photoshop Elements, harnessing the power of Lightroom was a dream come true. I am far from a Lightroom expert, but after a few years, I have learned my way around and feel pretty comfortable )(at least for the photo editing part…I haven’t ventured into the scrapping in Lightroom part, but I can’t wait!) Here are the posts I have shared so far:

Before and After

Easy Exporting

White Balance

Copy & Paste

Today I want to share with you one of the most powerful features of Lightroom:

Non-Destructive Editing

In many photo editors, Photoshop included, editing is considered destructive because as you make changes, the changes are saved over the original file, and you can’t go back. The actual pixels are changed. Using layer masks, you can use non-destructive editing techniques in Photoshop, but without the know-how, the default is destructive editing.

In non-destructive editing, the original file is left untouched. In Lightroom, a completely non-destructive editor, the changes you make to a photo don’t actually change the pixel data of the photo. Instead, the changes are saved in separate file that acts like an instruction sheet for Lightroom. At any point you can go back to the original file because it has not been modified. This allows you the opportunity to try any and all changes without worry that you are damaging your file. When you make the “changes,” Lightroom shows you a preview of what your photo will look like if you applied the changes. My kids absolutely love to play around with my photos!

When you finally export your photos, you will end up with two photo files: your original file and your editing file.

Just one of the many things I love about Lightroom!