Is rotating an image in Lightroom a destructive process?

Started Apr 12, 2013 | Questions thread
Tino27 Regular Member • Posts: 142
Re: There's only one destructive process in Lightroom

Speaking of Lightroom key shortcuts, using the backslash key (the key above the Enter key) will toggle between a "before" and "after" in the Develop module.

Also, if I understand it correctly, Lightroom does not alter the original image. Like, at all. It only stores a series of edits you've made to the original photo (whether RAW, JPG, or whatever). That's one of the reasons for the LR catalog file. Instead of creating a sidecar file (XMP), the list of edits made to a photo are stored inside the catalog file. The only time the edits are truly applied to the image is if you were to export the original image (RAW, for instance) to a JPG and applied the edits you've made.

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