Lightroom Quick Tips – Episode 18: Exporting Images

hey guys this is Anthony Morgan T from anthem org auntie calm this is episode 18 of Lightroom quick tips in this episode I'm going to offer you some suggestions on how to export your images you know I get a lot of questions from folks they're a little confused about the export dialog in Lightroom mainly because there's so many options well today I'm going to export this image in Agra falls I think I took this this past Saturday and I'm going to show you why I choose the settings I choose and hopefully this will help you when you export your images now I'm sure most of you know that the export dialog is in the file menu and it's right here and you also can get to it by hitting shift command E if you have a Mac or shift control e if you have a PC and it will bring you to the export dialog now the first thing we deal with right at the top here is the export location I always export my images to the desktop the reason for that is that I'm usually exporting for one of two reasons I'm either going to create a file then I'm going to send to Facebook 500px Flickr Twitter or something like that or I'm creating an image that I'm going to send to a lab to be printed once I do any of that when I'm done with that I just delete that jpg that I exported to my desktop I don't keep it a lot of folks will ask me should I keep it in a different folder should I read into Lightroom or what should I do I wouldn't do any of that you're just wasting disk space you already have the image in Lightroom and it doesn't matter if you shoot JPEG or raw the images in Lightroom if you two years from now ten years from now if you need a JPEG of that image again you could just export it again and why waste the disk space I do recommend that you backup your Lightroom library at least twice I have mine on a on the on two different external drives and in the cloud so if I have a drive problem I don't lose my library the library contains my digital negatives and those are the most important thing and I don't care about that JPEG I exported I'll delete that when I'm done with it and if I need another one I'll just export it again down the line so that's why I do it that way I choose a new name for the exported file and I give it something that relates to the file in this case it's Niagara Falls custom settings renamed to custom settings and Agra Falls and we're going to do a start number one if I was exporting more than one it would incremental e number the exports so in this case we're just exporting one image alright now this part is where it starts getting important file settings now we're going to export to a JPEG because that's what Facebook I mean Facebook you could export a TIFF or a DNG to Facebook if you want but export JPEG that's smaller size and it has great image quality you're going to export to Flickr and stuff like that to always export JPEG colorspace srgb I always use srgb because the labs every lab that I know of wants the color space to be srgb it's just kind of standard in the industry so export to srgb I think my camera is set to Adobe RGB or prophoto RGB it doesn't matter what your camera is set to export it to srgb and and you'll be fine with the print labs and it will work everything will work out great quality 100 I always have quality at 100 I never limit the file size the only time you might have to limit file size is if you're uploading to a site and the image cannot be bigger than let's say 2 megabytes something like that then you would have to limit the file size but otherwise don't quality 100 do not limit file size now this is the tricky part that trips a lot of people up the only time I click resize to fit is if I'm going to send an image in email because you send a lot of big ink pictures an email a lot of email clients won't handle it web sites won't handle it or email servers won't handle so what I'll do for email only is I'll click resize to fit long edge 900 pixels resolution 72 pixels per inch that's for email only otherwise I unclick that box I send the whole humongous image to Facebook to Flickr to Twitter the reason is they're going to resize it anyway so no matter what you resize it – they're going to resize it to fit their website their format so don't click resize to fit that's my recommendation unless you're sending it an email then an email use long edge at 900 pixels otherwise I don't click this now resolution I do – one of two different things if I'm uploading to Flickr Facebook Twitter which is the three places I normally will upload I will put a resolution to 72 pixels per inch that is more than good enough for a CRT or LCD screen resolution for someone to look at it on their computer 72 pixels per inch looks beautiful anything more than that won't make any difference so 72 pixels per inch now if I'm going to upload it to a lab to be printed I use 300 pixels per inch I also will use 300 pixels per inch for 500 px and for there's another of any I can't remember and drawn a blank there's a something America website where they will sell your images and someone buy them as a print in that case I'll use 300 pixels per inch fine art America that's the name of the other one sorry about that so 500 px and fine art America and up a lab I will use 300 pixels per inch because that is a great resolution for printing it will look beautiful so in most cases though for most websites 72 pixels per inch is more than good I always sharpened for screen standard I never choose anything else you could if you're printing it yourself you might want to use matte paper or glossy paper depending on what you're printing material is but always even if I'm sending it to a lab I'm going to sharpen for screen standard they'll take care of the rest and trust me it looks great when you do it that way so sharpened for screen standard I'm going to include all metadata and I usually click remove location info because it will have my house address embedded in the metadata and typically you don't want that if someone will you know people find out where you live and there's a lot of creeps out there so I will remove my location info the metadata still contains all the camera info it will still contain my copyright and my name and stuff like that but I just remove the coordinates of where I took the image and it removes my address if I had it in there I never watermark my image I should say I rarely ever watermark my images if you do that's a personal choice just click that box and after export I do nothing so really the main thing that I want to communicate today are these two boxes the file settings and image sizing i always export to jpeg i use the sRGB color space i use a hundred on quality i never limit the file size i rarely ever resized to fit only for email and I use 72 pixels per inch for any websites where it's just going to display my image I use 300 pixels per inch for a print lab or for a website where they're selling my work and it will be printed when they sell it so that's it and then I click export now again it will export and it's going to deem roll out it's going to export it to my desktop and when it's on my desktop I will then upload it to wherever I need to upload it and then I'll delete it when I'm done all right if you have any questions leave the questions below and I'll do my best to answer them I like to thank everyone that watches all my videos thank you very much and if you guys have time and you haven't done so already please subscribe to my youtube channel alright that's it I'll talk to you guys soon

22 thoughts on “Lightroom Quick Tips – Episode 18: Exporting Images

  1. I always come back to this video to help other people! Also, you have a "radio voice" and I think it's awesome 🙂

  2. Fantastic clarity. And the info flows comfortably, so anyone can take notes, etc.. And you get to the point and stay there. Ancillary information great, but does not trigger unnecessary elaboration—a trait of so many instructional videos and site postings.

  3. Hey Anthony, great video. I wanted to know, is there any way to export the images so that while uploading on Instagram they don't loose much detail.

  4. I got the message, saying that some export operations are not performed, could not create a JPEG that met your limit of 200K bytes. Please increase the size limit. What is all this and How to increase the size limit.

  5. When I export an image from Lightroom it has already be cropped by me. Why does the lab continue to crop it down even more? This happens all the time even for a 4 x 6. Can you give me some advice / help me understand what I'm doing wrong. Thank you in advance for your help. Yvonne

  6. Thanks Anthony, very helpful. I am finding, that when I send to my printer, images are coming out darker. Monitor is calibrated, I even have the printer's profile. What would you recommend?

  7. Hi Anthony. I am a Morganti Patron and love being so. Lightroom Tip 18 Exporting. So if you are uploading a image for printing at a lab. Image Sizing (Resize to Fit) unchecked – 900 pixels – 300 resolution – Correct? In general only use the check box and change resolution to 72 if you are emailing an image. Thank you Anthony!

  8. One reason to export is to destructively is to REPLACE the original. That seems to be a dirty thing to do in Lightroom, but many times I do want to update the original file. How do you do that, and maintain the date taken, and other metadata? Maybe I have 5000 images that I want to put on a memory stick to plug into my LCD photo frame. Portrait mode isn't good on that frame.

  9. Hello sir!! I have learned a lot of from your LR5 video!!. But while im going to export images a error " not enough memory" popped up. Please give a suggestion How to resolve the problem.

  10. Hi Anthony,Great video easy to follow, however something I'm not sure about.When I export a picture to my desktop and open it, it opens in LR not just a stand alone jpeg.Is that what happens when you export a picture?Have I done something wrong?  Thanks Bob

  11. hello. I want to ask, why the color of my image different in my smartphone and in my laptop ? because display panel ?

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