Hi I’m new to this community and I was hoping someone could help me.

I have Lightroom on an old computer I’d love to export some of the pictures but I have no idea where the originals are. I’m fine with exporting them with the adjustments I’ve made in Lightroom.

When I try to export Lightroom pops up an error saying original files can not be found.

Please help. Thank you


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Unless you have the originals you will only be able to extract the preview images, which will be of lower quality. Adobe has a script which can do the extraction here. Adobe notes that

The extracted previews don't contain any metadata from the original image. (And) The extracted previews don't contain an ICC profile. So, if you import the extracted previews back into Lightroom, the images are imported with the sRGB profile.

  • \$\begingroup\$ It’s amazing. They took the time to write a script for the process instead of just baking it into the software. \$\endgroup\$
    – OnBreak.
    Commented Mar 16, 2019 at 22:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you. I only need the pics for online so it should be ok. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jessica R
    Commented Mar 17, 2019 at 23:36

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