Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Exporting photos for the web, part of Lightroom 5: Sharing Photos Online.
Exporting is one way to get a photo out of Lightroom, that's ready to share online. When you export a photo, you get a copy of the original with whatever adjustments and metadata you've added in Lightroom and without The properties you choose during export, like Image Size or File Type, which we'll go over in the next couple movies. Once that copy's exported from Lightroom, you can share it online any way you'd like outside of Lightroom. Maybe upload it to a web site with an FTP program, or post it directly to a photo sharing site in your web browser. Publish services, which we'll look at later in the course, offer another alternative.
With publish services, you can share directly. From Lightroom to Facebook, to Flickr, and to other online destinations, while keeping track of and synchronizing your posts. But when you simply want to prepare photos to share online outside of Lightroom, exporting is the simplest way to go. So let's walk through using export to prepare photos to share online. I'll start by selecting a couple of photos that I've processed in Lightroom. Here I've got a RAW file, and here I've got a JPEG. I want to export these two photos from Lightroom, so that they're both ready to FTP to my website.
Now, of course, I'm going to have to convert the RAW file to JPEG, and I want to re-size these files. Maybe I'll change their names as well. So, I'll start by selecting both files, and, then I'll go down and click the Export button, or, I could go up to the File menu, and choose Export from there. That opens the big Export dialog box. Here I'll just start at the top and work my way down through all these options for exporting files. First up is the Export To menu. What I choose here, determines which sections I'll see here on the right side of the Export window.
Now I'm not exporting these photos to send my email, or to burn to a CD or DVD so I'll leave this set to hard drive. And then I'll come down to the first section where I'll choose the location to which I'm going to export these files. I'd like to export to a folder on my desktop, so I'll leave the Export To menu set to a specific folder and I'll click the Choose button, I'll navigate to my desktop. And I could create a new folder on my desktop in this window, but I'm going to leave that for just a moment. I'm going to come over and click Choose to close this window.
Now, if you're on a PC, your buttons are labeled a bit differently, but they do the same thing. When I click Choose, that closes that window and brings me back here to the Export window, and you can see that I'm creating a path to my desktop Desktop. So now I can make a subfolder on my desktop here. By clicking Put in Subfolder, clicking in the subfolder field, and typing in name for a new subfolder. I'll type webready since this subfolder will contain my web ready photos. And by the way don't press Enter or Return after you type here or in any field.
In the Export window, or the window will close, and the export will happen on the spot. So, I'll just click on the next field, I'm going to check this box, Add to This Catalog. You don't have to do this, but I like to keep track of my web files as well as well as my originals in Lightroom. I can ignore the Existing Files menu, since I don't have any existing files in my export location, which is my web ready folder, but in any event, Ask What To Do is a Sensible choice here, because then you get to decide on a case-by-case basis what to do if there happens to be a file of the same name in the export location as the file that you're exporting.
Next comes the File Naming section. Here, I can choose to keep the names of my exported copies the same as the originals by leaving this Rename To box unchecked, and just moving on to other sections. Or, I could choose to rename My exported copies. I want to emphasize that I'm careful about renaming copies that I'm exporting for online use because changing a file name here can make it difficult to figure out later which original Lightroom photo generated which copy that I'm putting on my website. So, I'll often leave this Rename To box unchecked.
Having said that, there will be times when I want to rename exported files. Maybe to include information about the photo in the file name. Or to differentiate it from other copies that I'm planning to export with different adjustments or different Export settings. And by the way, you can export from virtual copies as well as from original masters. So it's likely that you could have more than one look to a photo that you're exporting for online use. So if I do want to set this up to rename my exported copies. I'm careful to use a file naming convention that includes the file number or the whole file name.
To show you that, I'm going to check, Rename To. And then I'm going to click on this menu of File naming template presets. From here, I'll choose one that includes the file number, or the file name. Maybe Custom Name, Plus Original File Number. Then I'll type some Custom Text in this box. Maybe I'll type Web photos and here in the example, you can see what my filenames are going to look like. Each copy that I export will start with the word webphotos followed by a unique number that matches the file number of the original file or I might build my own filename in template that contains the filename and maybe the Copy name and then I can use the copy field in the Metadata panel to enter unique information for each image.
You have all kinds of choices when you're building your own file naming templates. You can learn more about building those tablets in other lynda.com courses. But there are still lots more options to choose here in the Export window before we export these files. So please stay tuned for the next movie where we'll finish the job. If you need to close your Export window in the meantime, you can do that. Because these settings are persistent. They're sticky and they'll still be here the next time you open this window.
- Exporting photos for the web
- Choosing export settings
- Creating a Photoshop action to export Lightroom photos
- Setting up a Lightroom-to-Facebook publish service
- Exchanging Facebook comments via Lightroom
- Working with collections in a publish service
- Publishing photos to Flickr, Google+, and Behance
- Exporting to a hard drive
- Emailing photos