Exporting images from Lightroom

In this lesson, we will talk about how to export images from Lightroom.

You can export one, or more images at the same time. Select those that you want to export and click on the export button in the left side panel in the Library mode.

Export - Location

You will get the export window, and the first setting you need to have is that you will be exporting images for the hard drive.

Then, in the first section, you can choose the destination where your images will be exported. This might be your external hard drive or a computer as well.

I save all my images into the hard drive – to a “final images” folder inside the main folder for each recipe of photo session.

“Put in subfolder” – depends on you, if you don’t have a folder of your final images created yet, you can do so from here.

File naming

In this section you can choose the name for your exported images. Lightroom offers you a few options there, such as create “custom name – original file number” or others. What you choose it’s up to you.

I always use the custom name, as I can mention all the important keywords here, such as my name, or a studio name, what type of photography – landscape photography or food photography, and also what is in the photo. This is important for the SEO, once you upload these images on the website.

File Settings

The other section is the File settings:

  • image format – you have a few options for what type of file you want to export. If you choose the original, Lightroom will export the raw file for you. DNG is also a raw file. PSD is a photoshop format, then you might use most of time JPEG, TIFF, PNG. If you export images for the web, the best is JPEG.
  • Quality – if you are shooting for a client, or you need high-resolution images, you might keep quality to 100. If you export images for your blog, you can lower the quality. I keep it at about 85-90 for images I use on the blog or Instagram.
  • Color Space – I recommend choosing sRGB
  • Limit file size to: you can select this if you need to export image with a specific limit. I personally use the quality slider.

Image sizing

Image sizing – this is the section where you decide how bit the file is going to be.

  • Resize to fit – I personally like using the percentage where I choose that the final image will be 60% for images on the web. But, you can also choose the size of the file based on short edge, long edge and other as well. This is what you can choose if you need to export a very specific size of the image for your website – such as banner for example.

For example: instagram square – choose an option “width&height” of 1080 x 1080.

  • Resolution – 300 pixels per inch for a high-resolution images, 72 pixels per inch for instagram.

Output sharpening

Output sharpening – I don’t recommend, as we already added the sharpening during editing.


Metadata – are extremely important. You can apply them during import or during export. Here, you can decide what type of information you want to keep in the metadata of your images.

  • “copyright only” – will keep the copyright information you added into your Metadata preset
  • “copyright and contact info” – will add the copyright info and your contact details if you added them into metadata preset.
  • “all except camera raw info” – any adjustment you make to your images,
  • “all expect camera and camera raw info” – information about the type of camera too.
  • all metadata

Here, I use the Copyright only for my images.


The next section is about the Watermark. So this is the logo or your name you can add into your images.


And the last section is about post-processing, but as we don’t want to do anything else with the image, just click do nothing. If you want to see these images in the folder, just click on “show in finder” and lightroom will open the destination folder for you.

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