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Lightroom > Export >

1 - Export

Rendering

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

The exported photograph is rendered.

Your original file remains untouched.

The editing instructions are performed on the exported file.

Export

1) Press g to go to Grid view in the Library module.

2) Select one or more previews.

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

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

You can choose other locations on your computer later.

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Export to Hard Drive

5) On the left side of the Export window, you can use a preset to configure the values on the right side.

The For E-Mail preset is described below.

Here, no presets are used.

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Export Presets

6) Next, select the export destination in the Export Location section.

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Export Location Section

You've got several of choices.

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Export Location Menu

7) In the File Settings section, you can select the file format.

JPEG is the most commonly used file format.

Set Quality to 100%.

To reduce the file size, if needed, select a lower Quality percentage or select Limit File Size To.

sRGB is the most commonly used color space.

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JPEG - File Settings Section

TIFF files are also popular.

The advantage of a TIFF file is that it is lossless.

It can be edited and saved, without loss of quality.

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TIFF - File Settings Section

The Tag Image File Format (TIFF) file format has three compression options.

• No compression

• LZW (Lempel-Ziv-Welch) compression

• Zip compression

8) If you need to change the size of the files, go to Resizing.

9) There are four more sections with many settings.

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Other Export Setting Sections

9) If you want to save your settings, click Add in the lower-left corner of the Export window, enter a name, and click Create.

Your preset will appear in the User Presets section on the left side of the Export window.

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Add User Export Preset

10) Click Export.

Burn Full-Sized JPEGs Preset

If you're taking or sending photograph files to a lab, or elsewhere, you can use the Burn Full-Sized JPEGs export preset.

Do the following.

1) Press g to go to the Library module, and select one or more previews.

2) Click Export in the lower-left corner to open the Export window.

3) On the left side, click the black arrow to open Lightroom Presets.

4) Click Burn Full-Sized JPEGs.

5) At the top of the Export window, select CD/DVD or Hard Drive.

The default is CD/DVD.

6) If you selected Hard Drive, select a destination in the Export Location section.

7) Click Export in the lower-right corner.

The photograph will be exported to the designated folder.

You can also go to File > Export with Preset > Burn Full-Sized JPEGs.

However, this is only for burning to a CD or DVD.

For E-Mail Preset

Many e-mail programs will automatically make your photograph files smaller for faster transmission.

If your e-mail program doesn't, or if you want to choose the quality and size, use the For E-Mail export preset.

Do the following.

1) Press g to go to the Library module, and select one or more previews.

2) Click Export in the lower-left corner to open the Export window.

3) On the left side, click the black arrow to open Lightroom Presets.

4) Click For E-Mail.

5) At the top of the Export window, select CD/DVD or Hard Drive.

The default is Hard Drive.

6) If you selected Hard Drive, select a destination in the Export Location section.

7) Click Export in the lower-right corner.

The photographs will be exported to the designated folder.

You can also go to File > Export with Preset > For E-Mail.