Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Exporting a photograph, part of Lightroom Power Shortcuts.
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Here I want to highlight a shortcut for exporting our photographs from Lightroom. This is a picture that we worked on previously in the course, and what I want to do is I want to export this out of Lightroom as a JPEG. In order to do that, let's go and press the shortcut key combination for export. To do that, press Shift+Command+E on a Mac, or Shift+Control+E on Windows, and this will open up our Export dialog. Currently, I'm going to export this file to a hard drive, although we have other options as well; we could e-mail this, or we could export this to be burned to a CD or DVD as well.
Well next you can see that I have these different panels. You know, some of the panels there are opened; some are closed. You know, what I want to do, is I want to open up all of those panels, so I can dial this in exactly as I want it. To do that hold down the Command key on a Mac, or Control key on Windows, then click on one of the triangle icons. When you Command+click or Control+click on those icons, it allows you to expand or collapse all of those different panels. Next, I'm going to specify where to save this image.
I'm going to save this to a subfolder on my Desktop titled Portfolio. I need to rename this file, because right now it is titled crop_28. So here I'll go ahead and choose Custom Name, and I'll name this one Baja_Swing. Next, we'll scroll down; if we had a video file, we could choose Video Format and Quality settings here. I don't, so in this case, I'll close that panel. Then, for my Image Format, I'm going to choose JPEG. In regards to its overall quality, I can determine the Quality setting, the Color Space, and I can choose to resize this to fit within certain dimensions.
Next, in regards to my overall output sharpening, I'll select some sharpening specifications here. I'll sharpen this for screen, and typically for your Amount, Standard works best. I'll include my metadata information; no need to include a watermark. After I've exported this file, what I want to do is show this file in my Finder window. So here we'll go ahead and click Export. It will then export that file, and save it to that location, and here you can see it brought open my Finder or my Explorer window, showing me that it's exported this image.
And you know, after having exported this file, I've decided that I also want to export another image with those same exact settings. Well to do that I'll go back to Lightroom, and here I'll click on the photograph that I want to export. Now, previously we opened up that Export dialog by pressing Shift+Command+E on a Mac, or Shift+Control+E on Windows. Yet, if we modify that shortcut a little bit by pressing Shift+Option+Command+E on a Mac, or Shift+Alt+Control+E on Windows, we can export our file with the same exact settings.
The only problem here, of course, is that this file exists with this particular name. So what I need to do is to choose Use Unique Names. In doing that, it will then save this file out as a different name; here you can see it named it Baja_Swing-2. If that name isn't acceptable, I can just go ahead and click into this field, and I'll name this particular file Oak_Tree. But you can see that what you can do is you can take advantage of these export settings that you use, you can dial in all of those settings, and then you can reuse them by way of a shortcut.
And just to highlight those two shortcuts, to export you press Shift+Command+E or Shift+Control+E. To export with the previous settings, you press Shift+Option+Command+E on a Mac, or Shift+Alt+Contrl+E on Windows.
- Minimizing different areas of the interface
- Performing a tethered capture
- Finding, selecting, and labeling images
- Working with stacks, collections, and Quick Collections
- Adding keywords to images
- Working with a second monitor
- Exporting and emailing photos
- Correcting white balance
- Converting a photo to black and white
- Rotating and flipping images
- Creating virtual copies
- Making better split toning adjustments
- Retouching with the Spot Healing tool
- Making corrections with the Adjustment Brush
- Adding geolocation information
- Creating impromptu slideshows and web galleries