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Throughout this course we've been working with a raw file, a DNG format file. And we've been adding global and local adjustments to that raw file. Now that we're done, you may be wondering, well, how do I get a copy of that raw file in a format that I can use, maybe you want to send a copy out for printing and you need a TIFF format file or maybe you want to put a copy online, and so you needed JPEG format file, and maybe you need those files to be a certain size or have a certain name. For any or all of those purposes, you'll need a copy of the suggested master raw file to be exported from Lightroom, and here's how you can do that.
Here in need Develop module, I'll go up to the File menu and I'll choose Export. That opens the large Export dialog box, and here I will just work my way down through the options starting with the Export To option. I'd like to export a copy of this file to my hard drive, so I will choose Hard Drive here. Here, I'll choose a more specific destination, setting export to Specific Folder clicking Choose, and maybe I'll choose to export to my Desktop. I can have Lightroom create a subfolder on my desktop to contain this file, maybe I'll call this processed.
And I can have Lightroom automatically add the exported copy of the file to my catalog. This menu is asking what to do if there already is a file with the same name in the same location, that's probably not going to be a problem. Here I can choose to Rename the file; if I check Rename, and then look at this menu there're all kinds of renaming algorithms that I can choose from or I could go to Edit and create my own algorithm. If I leave this unchecked then Lightroom will take the prefix of the name from the raw file and just add the appropriate suffix for this copy of the file.
I'll scroll down and in the File Settings area I'll go to the Image Format menu and I'll choose the format that I need from among these choices: JPEG; PSD, which is the Photoshop format; TIFF, which is a format that you may need if you're sending a photo out for commercial printing; or the DNG format; or the Original format. I'll go with the JPEG format, and over here I can set the Quality. Maybe I'll put it at about 70, the higher the quality of the larger the file will be.
Here I'll choose the Color Space. Because I'm creating a copy of this file for use online, I'll the Color Space set to sRGB. If I would going to be printing this file, I would change it to a wider color space probably ProPhoto RGB, which is the widest possible Color Space, but I'll leave this set to sRGB for now. Here, I can set the Size of the image. So if I'm going to be putting this file online then I'll need it to be smaller than the original raw file. I'll check Resize to Fit and if I leave this menu set to Width & Height, I can specify the dimensions of a box that describes the largest dimensions of the image.
So for example, if I sent this to 600 pixels wide and 400 pixels tall, then neither the width nor the height would exceed these dimensions. But I wouldn't necessarily get a 600 x 400 pixel file, that depends on the proportions of the original. When I'm creating a copy for the web it really doesn't matter what the resolution is, because resolution means the number of pixels per inch or really per printed inch, so I'll leave that at its defaults. And there's no danger of enlarging the file in this process so I won't bother checking Don't Enlarge.
Down here I can set my final Output Sharpening by clicking Sharpen For and choosing from this menu Screen because I'm preparing a copy for online viewing and I'll leave the Amount set the Standard. Now you remember that we've already sharpened the file originally in the Detail panel here in Lightroom, that was our initial capture sharpening. Then we did some creative sharpening with the Adjustment Brush tool. Now we're going to do our final sharpening. All of the sharpening events are cumulative. In the Metadata section, I can choose how much and what metadata I want to have included in the exported copy of the file.
I'll go with copyright only, and then I'll scroll down. I'm not going to add Watermark, a Watermark is text or a graphic that appears on the face of the image. And down here I can choose what I want Lightroom to do after it finishes exporting this file. I'll ask it to show me the exported file in the Finder. If I want to save these settings for use on another image I'll go over here and click Add. I'll these my online jpeg settings, and I'll click Create.
That gives me preset consisting of all the options that I chose here, so next time I want to use these options I just have to open this dialog box and choose this user preset. Finally I'll click Export, and here at the top of Lightroom, I get a progress bar that's telling me how the export is going. When it's done Lightroom opens the folder that it created and into which it saved this JPEG copy of the file. Now let's go back into the Lightroom Library and see what's there. Here in my Lightroom Library you can see in the Folders panel that in addition to the exercise files, which contain the raw file we've been working on in the start folder, there is also a processed folder. That new processed folder has been automatically included in my Lightroom catalog, and it contains this image.
If I hover over this image, you can see that this is the JPEG copy of the file that was just exported from Lightroom and automatically included in my Lightroom catalog because I checked Add to Catalog in the Export dialog box. This JPEG copy includes all of the global and local adjustments that we added to the original raw file, the master file from which this exported copy was created. That raw file is still here in my catalog and I can always go back to it and tweak my settings or add more. Or I could export other copies from that edited raw file, perhaps in other formats with other names or at other sizes for other purposes.