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7 - Export

You export your photographs to make JPEGs for sending in e-mails and for printing.


When you export a photograph, the processing instructions that have been stored in the Lightroom database, are executed.

The exported photograph is rendered.

The editing instructions are performed on the exported file.

Your original file remains untouched.

Create a Folder

Create a folder on your Desktop called Lightroom Exports.

Select the Previews

In the Library module, select the photographs that you want to export.

Click Export

Click Export in the lower-left corner of your screen.

The Export window opens.

Export Window

At the top of the Export window, select Export to: Hard Drive.


Check the settings in each of the nine sections.

Once you've done so, you probably won't have to check again.

1- Export Location

In the Export To menu, select Specific Folder.

Then, click Choose.

Navigate to the Lightroom Exports folder you made above.

Try the paths below.


C: > Users > You > Desktop


Go to Finder and click Desktop.

2 - File Naming

Deselect Rename To.

3 - Video

You can ignore this section.

4 - File Settings

Enter the values below, and Deselect Limit File Size To.

Image Format


Color Space




5 - Image Sizing

Deselect Resize to Fit.


Use 72 ppi for web sites.

Use 300 ppi for printing.

6 - Output Sharpening

Digital photographs don't look sharp because they're made from square pixels.

A curve can't look sharp when there are little corners of pixels sticking out.

Sharpening creates an optical illusion (an increase in contrast) along the edges of curves.

Sharpen For

Make the appropriate selection in the menu.


Use Standard for landscapes and Low for portraits.

7 - Metadata

Select All.

8 - Watermarking

Deselect Watermarking.

9 - Post-Processing

In the After Export menu, select Do Nothing.

Click Export

Click Export in the Export window.

You're photographs will appear in the Lightroom Exports folder.

Two Notes

Note #1

Your photographs were exported from Lightroom.

They're not in Lightroom.

If you need to have them in Lightroom, you have to import them.

Note #2

Most photographers will eventually delete the exported photographs.

They'll send their exported photographs to a lab—or will e-mail them.

The exported photographs are not needed anymore—so they're deleted.

If you want to keep the photographs, create a subfolder for them in your Lightroom Exports folder.

When setting up your export, select Put in Subfolder and enter a name.


Select Put in Subfolder

E-mailing the Photographs

If you're e-mailing the photographs, do the following.

1) In the Library module, select the photographs that you want to export.

2) Click Export in the lower-left corner.

The Export window opens.

3) On the left side of the Export window, look for the Lightroom Presets menu

4) Select For Email.

5) Click Export in the lower-right corner of the Export window.

The Email window will open.

Usually, Lightroom automatically selects your default e-mail client (program).

6) Enter the recipient's address and the subject.

7) Click Send.

Your e-mail client will open.

8) Add a message.

9) Click Send in your e-mail-client window.