Are you wondering how to export photos in Lightroom?
After making the appropriate modifications to your photograph on Lightroom, you will need to export the file to use it. There are numerous ways to export files, and the steps that you must follow.
This article will tell you everything you need to know about how to export photos in Lightroom.
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How to Export Photos in Lightroom: Different Methods
There are 4 methods to export a photo in Lightroom.
Right, Click: This is the best way if you want to know how to export photos in Lightroom quickly. Locate the image in the Develop module or library. Then right-click on it to bring up a menu. Scroll down and choose Export.
File: This is perhaps the most popular way to export a file. Go the the top menu bar, and click on File. A drop down menu will appear, where you can choose Export.
Export Box: This method works in the Library module. Below the folders panel on the left side of the screen, there is a button named ‘Export’. Click on it to export the file.
Shortcut: Select the images you want to export. Use Ctrl + E to bring up the dialog box.
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Lightroom Export Settings and Export Presets
When you are learning how to export photos in Lightroom there are certain things to keep in mind regarding the Develop and Library modules. You cannot edit photos while in the Library module, and you cannot add any Metadata while you are in the Develop module. It is possible to use all the methods, except for the Export Box method in both modules.
When you click on any of these, a dialog box will open. You can manage and set numerous parameters here. For instance, you can set the folder to which the exported file will be sent. You can choose to add the exported images to a catalog if you want. Set the file format in which it must be stored, the naming scheme, the quality of the image, the file size limit, and so on.
Another option is to use some in-built presets for the export settings. You can use these presets to directly export to PNG, to send emails, and to have full-sized JPEGs.
The Export Dialog Box
Whenever you use one of the methods to export a photo, the Export Dialog box will appear on the screen. This is where you can set the various parameters of the exported image.
You can export to full-size DNGs and JPEGs with Lightroom. It is also possible to directly export to an email (assuming you have a linked email account on Outlook on your PC).
You can set the folder to which the exported files will go to. Setting it as the same folder where you had your original images is recommended, since it avoids a great deal of confusion.
When you have set all the parameters of your export image, click on ‘Export’. A progress bar will appear on the top left. When this goes to 100%, the exported file will appear in your export folder.
Now that you know how to export photos in Lightroom and the various methods, saving your files properly is bound to become second nature to you!
Stefano Caioni is a photographer from Sydney, Australia. Founder and editor of Pixinfocus, his passion for photography helps him explore new places and live new adventures. Thanks to photography he reconnected with the outdoors and was able to travel the world and take photos of some of the most beautiful places on Earth.