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E-mail: Preset Method

If you have difficulty setting up Lightroom to attach files to your e-mails, you can do so with a preset.

The method below bypasses the automated e-mail function in Lightroom that isn't working for you.

Do the Following

Once you do the steps below, you'll just have to click a preset to attach files to e-mails.

1) In the Library module, click on a thumbnail.

2) Click Export in the lower-left corner.

3) Scroll down in the Export window to the Post Processing section.

4) Open the After Export menu and select Go to Export Actions Folder Now.

5) The Export Actions folder will open.

If the window fills the entire screen, make it smaller.

Go to Your E-mail Client

Windows

6) Go to Computer or My Computer > C: > Program Files.

If the window fills the entire screen, make it smaller.

7) Look for the folder for your e-mail client.

Let's say it's Mozilla Thunderbird.

8) Open the Mozilla Thunderbird folder and look for thunderbird.exe.

9) Make a shortcut to it—and place the alias in the Export Actions folder—by doing the following.

a) Click and hold on thunderbird.exe in the Mozilla Thunderbird window.

b) Drag it to the Export Actions folder.

Again, you have thunderbird.exe in the Mozilla Thunderbird window.

You're going to drag it to the Export Actions folder.

10) thunderbird.exe is now listed in the After Export menu.

11) thunderbird.exe or is now listed in the After Export menu.

12) Select thunderbird.exe in the After Export menu.

Next

Mac

6) Click Finder (The two-faced icon on the left end of the dock.)

If the window fills the entire screen, make it smaller.

7) Look for Applications, and double click it.

8) Look for the folder or icon for your e-mail client.

Let's say it's Mozilla Thunderbird.

9) Click on Mozilla Thunderbird (once) to select it.

10) Make an alias (shortcut) to it—and place the alias in the Export Actions folder—by doing the following.

a) Press and hold the Cmd and Opt keys . . .

b) . . . while dragging Mozilla Thunderbird to the Export Actions folder.

Again:

• You have Mozilla Thunderbird in the Applications window.

• You're going to drag it to the Export Actions folder while holding down the Cmd and Opt keys.

11) Mozilla Thunderbird is now listed in the After Export menu.

12) Select Mozilla Thunderbird in the After Export menu.

Export Location Section

13) You have to tell tell Lightroom where to send the exported file in the Export Location window.

Do the following.

a) Make a folder called E-mail on your Desktop.

b) Select Specific folder in the Export To menu.

c) Click Choose and navigate to the E-mail folder.

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Export Location Section

File Settings & Image Sizing Sections

14) In the File Settings and Image Sizing sections, reduce the size of the file.

Adapt the settings below to your needs.

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File Settings & Image Sizing Sections

Check the Other Sections

15) Look at the other sections in the Export window, and change the settings as needed.

Make a Preset

16) Save all of the above settings as a preset by doing the following.

a) Click the Add button on the lower left corner of the Export window.

b) Enter a name, such as Thunderbird.

c) Click OK.

The preset appears in the User Presets menu.

How to Use the Preset

17) In the Library module, click on a thumbnail.

18) Click Export in the lower-left corner.

19) Click on the Thunderbird preset in the User Presets menu.

20) Click Export.

The file is:

• Exported to the E-mail folder on your Desktop.

• Attached to a new e-mail message.