Photographers who use Lightroom will be happy to learn that it's an easy process to export finished files directly into any folder in their cloud storage. Going directly from Lightroom to Dropbox is the focus of this movie, which is geared for photographers using this robust cloud sharing and backup platform. Hosted by photographer and writer Derrick Story.
- [Instructor] I want to export from Lightroom directly into my Dropbox. And, with finder integration, this is a relatively easy process. So, I'm gonna walk you through it right now. The first thing that I did was, I set up a folder in my Dropbox, just called Lightroom Dropbox, right here. I'm inside my Dropbox environment. And if I were to open this up, I'd have Lightroom 2016 and then I can do 2017, 18, and so forth. And I want to put that image, that I'm working on in Lightroom right now, right in here.
So, there will be two images. I have one in here already, but you can add another. Alright, so let's go back here. Let's go into Lightroom itself and set this up. So, here I am in Lightroom, and I have the shot and I want to add it to my Dropbox. So, I'm gonna go to export. And I have these user presets. I think I want to put full-size JPEGs in there. So, I'm gonna add a preset. I'm gonna create a preset.
And I'm gonna call it Lightroom Dropbox, and it'll be stored in my user presets. Okay, there we go. So, I want to put it in a specific folder, right? So, what I'm gonna do is, I'm gonna go down here to choose. And, let's go to Dropbox. And then all we have to do is find Lightroom Dropbox. There it is. And then Lightroom 2016, that's what I want, okay? So we have that set up.
We're not gonna put it in a sub-folder, because I picked the folder that I want it to go into. However, if you wanted to create a sub-folder on the fly, you could do that. And, existing file, okay, that all looks good. We're just going to, you know what, let's rename this to file name plus custom, and we'll call this Dropbox, like that. Alrighty. File settings.
JPEG, sRGB, we'll do 85 on quality. Not gonna resize, because I just want full. Sharpen for, oh you want to do screen, we'll do low. Choose our metadata, and I'm not gonna remove the location, because I'm not publishing it, I'm really kind of putting it in my cloud there. No watermark. After export, let's just do nothing.
Alright, so there we go, we set up our Lightroom Dropbox. I'm just gonna go ahead and export. And Lightroom is doing its thing. And now let's take a look, we'll see if it worked. So here we are back in our Dropbox. Here's our Lightroom Dropbox, 2016, and there we go. And you can tell that it's syncing right now, just like that. And it should be done any second now.
There it goes, ta-da, green check. Alright, and just to really nail this home, let's go to the web version of Dropbox. And we'll just go to our files view. Scroll down here. There's Lightroom Dropbox. Lightroom 2016, and there we go. That's very nice, don't you think? Now, there are some plug-ins for Dropbox, where you can use the publishing services to publish, but I have to tell you, I don't think it's necessary with finder integration being what it is, just set up your export preset, and you can have a couple of them.
You can have one for full-resolution JPEGs, you can have one for TIFFs, if you want. And you can send them to separate sub-folders within your Dropbox environment, and really just make it very easy to go from Lightroom to Dropbox. Maybe you're doing client review. So, maybe you're setting up a client review. So, you could set up a client review export folder in Lightroom and go that route. They tie together very nicely. It's very easy to do.
I hope this helps you, especially if you're a big time Lightroom user.
- Understanding free vs. paid Dropbox plans
- Installing Dropbox
- Setting up shared folders
- Syncing and selective syncing
- Setting up the Dropbox mobile app on iOS and Android
- Sharing photos and albums
- Copying and moving files
- Uploading photos from a memory card or computer
- Using Dropbox with Lightroom, Photos for OS X, and Capture One Pro