November 18, 2013
One of the benefits of capturing Raw files and processing them in Lightroom is that I can easily create derivatives of those files as needed. For example, if I need to send some files to a publication as PSD files or if I want to post some of the images to my blog as JPEG files, I can quickly batch export the images from Lightroom. As soon as those files have been received (or posted or whatever), I can then throw away the exported derivatives because I have the original raw files to return to and can therefore quickly export any additional copies of the files at any time. Of course this workflow might not work for everyone, but I find it convenient that I no longer need to keep track of as many derivative files. One word of caution, however: if you export a number of files and then do additional work (retouch the files in Photoshop, for example) I would keep those retouched files (as well as the original RAW files) – but I would still delete any derivatives created from the retouched files.
And while we’re on the subject, I would strongly encourage photographers to keep their original raw files – because you never know when you might need those high quality originals. Plus, I have found that I have been able to significantly improve the quality of my older images as the technology improves (which is exactly what happened to me with my window seat images – refining them with Lightroom’s improved processing is enabling me to pull out more detail with less noise than I was able to 10 years ago).
Of course there are photographers who are going to disagree with me, and for their workflow, they may be absolutely correct – they may never need to return to the images that they are making today, so there might not be a need to keep them. It depends on the type of work that you do.
October 30, 2013
When submitting my images to the copyright office, I wanted to quickly export each of my photographs as a JPEG and have those exported files retain their folder structure. I ran across this “Folder Publisher“ plug-in by Jeffrey Friedl and it worked like a charm.
August 8, 2013
In this video tutorial (Exporting Images in Lightroom 5), you’ll master the Export options in Lightroom to quickly automate the creation of multiple files for a variety of different output scenarios.
August 7, 2013
When exporting layered Photoshop documents from Lightroom (using the Export dialog), selecting PSD as the Image Format (in the File Settings section) will export a new, flattened PSD file. To export a layered PSD file from Lightroom and have Lightroom retain the layers, choose Original for the Image Format (in the File Settings area).
November 29, 2012
In this episode of The Complete Picture, (Exporting Images from Lightroom 4), Julieanne demonstrates the advantage of setting up presets in Lightroom to simultaneously export images to multiple file types, sizes, compression settings etc. You might find even find this method more powerful than Photoshop’s Image Processor!
January 27, 2012
• When exporting files, in the Metadata section, you can choose to Remove Location Information. Note: this option is only available when choosing either “All” or “All Except Camera and Camera Raw Information” as it doesn’t make sense with the other options.
• It is now possible to export images directly to Adobe Revel to be used on your mobile phone or tablet device. Use the “Export To” pull-down menu at the top of the Export dialog.
• Export to DVD is now available on 64-bit Windows machines.
October 20, 2011
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + R will Reload web gallery.
• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + P will Preview in browser.
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + J will Export the Web Gallery.
October 13, 2011
In Lightroom you can mark a keyword so that it doesn’t export by double clicking on the keyword in the Keyword panel and unchecking Include on Export. This may come in handy when using hierarchical keywords. For example, you might have France, Germany and Italy all under the parent keyword “Countries” to make them easy to find. However you don’t necessarily want the “Countries” keyword to be exported.
At this point some of you might be thinking of adding a “nickname” for your client – perhaps something that you wouldn’t want them to see. If you want my advice – don’t do it. Seriously, accidents happen.
October 5, 2011
In this episode of the Complete Picture (Opening Files from Lightroom into Photoshop), I hope to help you avoid unwanted or puzzling results by answering the three most frequently asked questions around opening and round-tripping files from Lightroom to Photoshop.
September 30, 2011
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + H show/hides guides.
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + J exports a PDF Slideshow.
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + J exports a sequence of JPEG files.
• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + J exports a Video Slideshow.
Note: Holding down the Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) also toggles the Export PDF button (in the lower left) to Export JPEG.
September 6, 2011
Every image stores various amounts of metadata. For example, there is EXIF metadata, which describes the camera and lens that captured the image, as well as f-stop, shutter speed and a plethora of additional information about how the image was captured. In addition, images can also contain custom metadata information (such as that defined by IPTC) including the copyright, contact information, rights usage and so on.
Typically photographers want this metadata to travel with their files, but every once in a while I am asked how to remove the extraneous metadata when exporting a file to be delivered to a client. To remove all metadata in an image (including camera settings, ratings, develop setting, etc.) except the Copyright Notice and Copyright Status upon export, check the box next to “Minimize Embedded Metadata” in the Export dialog.
Note: The develop settings will still be applied to the image on export so the image will look as you intended, but the settings will not be embedded in the file.
If you need to selectively strip metadata from exported images, check out Jeffrey Friedl’s Metadata Wrangler.
And, if you want to see even more metadata than lightroom displays, check out Jeffrey Friedl’s Metadata Viewer.
August 12, 2011
If you have a .tif or .psd file in Lightroom and want to export the image in order to resize the file (perhaps to give a low res, layered version to an art director) be aware that Lightroom will remove any clipping paths. This can be solved in a variety of ways including using Photoshop’s Image Processor script to resize instead or using actions and droplets as a Post processing step in Lightroom. For more information on using Photoshop Actions with Lightroom click here…
August 11, 2011
To Export files from Lightroom and automatically launch Photoshop in order to run Droplets (batch actions), place the droplet in the Export Actions folder:
• Mac (user)/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Export Actions
• Win (user)/Application Data/Adobe/Lightroom/Export Actions
Then, in the Export dialog box under the Post Processing section, choose Post Processing > After Export > (name of droplet). For more information on using Photoshop Actions with Lightroom click here…
August 10, 2011
Limit an image’s file size when exporting as JPEG by checking the “Limit File Size To” option in the File Settings section of the Export dialog box. When exporting other file formats, it is also possible to choose to limit the file size to “Megapixels” (under the Resize to Fit option in the Image Sizing section) to limit the file size. Plus, you can check the “Don’t Enlarge” button in order to prevent resizing an image larger.
August 9, 2011
Under the File Setting section of the Export dialog box, one typically chooses to export their files to .pdf or .tif when taking images into Photoshop, or to .jpg if emailing images or posting to the web. However, there are also times when it’s necessary to export files of different file types while retaining their original format. To do this, select “Original” from the Format drop down list – the raw files will remain raw, the tiffs will remain tiffs etc.