Lightroom can be a confusing program for some. Here’s a tutorial to help you with exporting in Adobe Lightroom.
What’s The Deal With Exporting in Adobe Lightroom?
So, here’s the skinny. When you export a photo from your Lightroom catalog you’re given a a window with a bunch of settings that may seem confusing to the uninitiated. In this post, I’m going to break them down and show you what you need to know to have a properly exported file.
Where Do We Start?
Well, we’re going to start this tutorial the way every tutorial should start, with nature’s greatest vegetable, bacon. Here, I have some photos for a tutorial I did on How To Make Perfectly Cooked Bacon In The Oven. MMM Bacon. As you can see, I’ve already rated, edited. and retouched the images and they’re ready to be put out into the world. The next thing you’re going to do is export the photos.
To export your photos go to File>Export in the Lightroom Menu (Mac shortcut cmd + shift + e).
This will bring up the Export Dialogue.
Whoa! What Does All That Stuff Mean?
Well, I’m going to break it down section by section. I have this particular export preset set up to create a photo that will eventually be uploaded to Facebook. All the settings are what the FB compression algorithm is looking for and uploading at these settings will prevent any strange pixelation or posterization from Facebook.
The first option is Export To. More often than not, you will be exporting your files to a hard drive. In some cases, however, you might need to burn a disc or email the files to a client.
Next is Export Location. This is where you set up where your photo that you’re exporting is actually going. You can have it set to a specific folder on your hard drive, the same folder as the original, or set it so that you can choose a folder later. There are also a set of default folders and in this case, since one of them is the Desktop, we’ll be using that for this tutorial since these photos are kind of disposable, they are only going to Facebook after all,
You can also set it to create a subfolder within the folder, in this case the Desktop, and it’s a good idea to give it a clear name that will make sense to you later. Every so often I delete my Facebook export folder to clear up space and Lightroom will just create a new one for me.
In this case we are not going to add it to the catalog, but you could do that as an option. Your exported photo will simply be added to the catalog.
The last drop down will give you the choice of what you want Lightroom to do if there is a file in that folder with same same filename. You can either have it: