How to Export RAW Files in Lightroom

How to Export RAW Files in Lightroom

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Are you confused about how to export RAW files in Lightroom?

Many users complain that exporting files, and specifically RAW files, is an arduous process in Lightroom. The truth, however, is that once you are well-versed with the process, it is quite straightforward. Exporting Lightroom files to Photoshop is also fairly straightforward, assuming you know what you are doing.

How to Export RAW Files in Lightroom

This article will contain everything you need to know about how to export photos in Lightroom.

Related: Lightroom Workflow, Step-by-Step Guide

How to Export RAW files in Lightroom

One of the more common parts of your workflow will involve exporting RAW files.

  • First up, choose the images that you want to export from the Catalog Library in Lightroom.
  • Navigate to File in the menu bar, and choose Export. Alternatively, you can also right-click on the selected images and navigate to Export. In the drop-down menu that appears, choose ‘Export…’.
  • A new dialog box will open with all the options for your export. Here, check the top to see if the right number of images are being exported. Then check the filename. Note that the files that you are exporting should have the same exact name for adjustments to merge. This means that you must also maintain the same extensions, with the same case.
  • In order to ensure that you export the files as RAW, keep the image format as ‘Original’.

How to Export and Send the Files From Lightroom to Photoshop

Once you have made some adjustments to your RAW picture, you may need to send it to Photoshop to make other edits. Just follow these steps to export a Lightroom file to Photoshop.

Tip: Note that whenever you send a file from Lightroom to Photoshop, all the adjustments made in Lightroom will become permanent in the PSD file. Save the various edits made, until you return back to Lightroom.

  • Choose the specific image. Then select ‘Edit In’, and choose ‘Edit in Adobe Photoshop’. You can also use the shortcut key, Ctrl + E.
  • Photoshop will open and the RAW file appears here.
  • Use Ctrl + J to duplicate the image layer. Rename this new layer as you desire. By duplicating the layer, you can protect the original layer and also see whatever changes you made on the new one.
  • Ctrl click the thumbnail of the duplicate layer to load it as a selection. Marching ants will now appear on the edges of the image.
  • Use Shift + Ctrl + I (on PC) and Shift + Command + I (on Mac), or just simply click Select and Inverse. This will invert the selection.
  • Go to Select, then Modify, and finally Expand to expand the selection. A dialog box will open up. Type in 3 and click on OK.
  • Make the appropriate modifications on Photoshop.
  • Once you have finished editing the image on Photoshop, just save and close the image. Ensure that Lightroom is open while you do this. The modified PSD file will appear in your catalog on Lightroom, just next to the original image.

Before You Go

Now that you know how to export RAW files easily, your post-processing and editing endeavors are bound to become much easier!

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