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Exporting Images through Lightroom, A Short Tutorial  

LR21Editing or enhancing your photo through Lightroom is an enriching experience. With a variety of tools you can choose from, your photos will never be the same again. For the better, of course. Aside from its enhancing capacity, moreover, you can also export your images through Lightroom Export Preset. If in case you want to use these images for a slideshow, then this is the preset for you.

This short tutorial will show you how to export these images for printing as well as creating Print-Sized Image Export Preset (for Lightroom 4).

Preparing to Export

As a start, you need to get to the export dialogue then locate the Grid View (press “G”). Afterwards, select an image or a group of it that you would like to export, right-click on the photo you selected and choose “Export” from its drop-down menu.  Select again “Export” as shown below.

The Export Dialogue Box will then appear after clicking “Export”.  Locate “Hard Drive” from the “Export to” drop-down menu at the top of the Export Dialogue Box. It is advisable though that you export it to your hard drive as default for your export presets. Otherwise, you can choose a different location for your images, depending on your workflow.

Export Location

For your export location, you need to dial in the settings for your Print-Sized Image Export Preset where your images will be exported.

For “Export To”, you need to select “Specific Folder” (from the drop down menu), click on the “Choose” button for your folder, then check the box next to “Put in Subfolder”. Type in “01_PrintSized” and select “Ask what to do” for your “Existing Files”.

File Naming 

If you have already renamed your photos in the How to Rename and Create Filename Presets Article, you don’t have to do some renaming again. With Lightroom, File Naming is already relegated to its default settings for Print-Sized Image Export Preset.

File Settings

For File Settings, select “JPEG” for “Image Format” and that “Quality” should be set to 100. For “Color Space,” go for “sRGB”. ProPhoto RGB, however, is the default Lightroom “Color Space”, this is a suitable choice if you are printing from a lab with ProPhoto RGB specifications. These images will convert back to sRGB if your lab doesn’t print ProPhoto RGB.

Image Sizing

You can also do chances with its size. It would be best if you know the resolution of the printer since they vary when it comes to resolution. For example, if you set the resolution of your image to 150 pixels per inch on a printer with high resolution, you will have a pixelated image in return. Always remember that printers are designed for gallery display with the printing capacity of up to 450px.

Other features of Lightroom Export Preset include:

Output Sharpening – The sharpening of such image is done within the develop process, where a small amount of sharpening is required based on the print medium.

Metadata – Metadata information is limited to Copyright & Contact Info Only. Providing images to your clients is one way of gaining trust and increases credibility.

Post-Processing and Saving the Print-Sized Image Export Preset – To complete the process Lightroom has introduced post-processing measure and the saving of such documents, making sure that the work is well accounted for and place it in a Lightroom folder.

This short tutorial is Lightroom’s way of saving you time for you image exporting concerns.


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