How to retrieve from iCloud originals of edited photos?

TGB77

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Apr 21, 2019
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Based on a recent conversation I had with Apple creative media, it became apparent to me that it is impossible to retrieve from iCloud the original of an edited photo. I'm hoping that they are wrong and that there is a way to do this. Does anyone have any insight on this?

This leads to a few suggestions:
1) When a user downloads an edited photo from iCloud, the edited version and original download.
2) All photos which have been edited get auto-tagged into a folder 'edited photos'
3) Enable the user to edit the photos in iCloud. E.g. revert to original or edit an unedited photo.
 

swandy

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Oct 27, 2012
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Not apparently from iCloud.com - though it would be a nice option. But most people are probably downloading using the Photos app and that does give the option of downloading (or actually exporting) the original file. Unfortunately this only applies to the original JPEG files as Apple Photo does not upload the RAW files to iCloud (if your camera shoots RAW+JPEG).
 

TGB77

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Apr 21, 2019
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Not apparently from iCloud.com - though it would be a nice option. But most people are probably downloading using the Photos app and that does give the option of downloading (or actually exporting) the original file. Unfortunately this only applies to the original JPEG files as Apple Photo does not upload the RAW files to iCloud (if your camera shoots RAW+JPEG).
Photos app? What photos app are you referring to?

Obviously my originals of the edits do exist in the cloud, as I am able to do 'revert' on such edited photos.
 

konqerror

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Dec 31, 2013
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Photos app? What photos app are you referring to?

Obviously my originals of the edits do exist in the cloud, as I am able to do 'revert' on such edited photos.
The Mac app. You simply go File, Export, Export Unmodified Original For n Photos... versus Export n Photos... for the edited version.

On the phone I guess the best way is to duplicate the photo and do a revert on one of them.
 

nicho

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Based on a recent conversation I had with Apple creative media, it became apparent to me that it is impossible to retrieve from iCloud the original of an edited photo. I'm hoping that they are wrong and that there is a way to do this. Does anyone have any insight on this?

This leads to a few suggestions:
1) When a user downloads an edited photo from iCloud, the edited version and original download.
2) All photos which have been edited get auto-tagged into a folder 'edited photos'
3) Enable the user to edit the photos in iCloud. E.g. revert to original or edit an unedited photo.