How I Use Lightroom – Export Presets

Last time, I covered how I get my images out of Lightroom using Publish Services.  This time, I’ll cover Export presets.

I use export presets when having an image outside of Lightroom is only temporary and there isn’t a plugin to handle it automatically.  For example, if I want to share my images using social media that doesn’t have a Publish Services plugin, I setup a preset to export the image out of Lightroom, typically at a lower resolution.

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Another time I use export presets is when I need to send an image to be printed (AdormaPix, WHCC, Bay Photo, etc.).

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I also use export presets for when I bring images to a photography meetup.  Each month, the meetup group I’m in gets together and critiques everyone else’s images.  The images are exported out large enough where the detail can be observed but not so large that it takes time to progress from one image to the next.

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Of the nine areas that can be configured, I typically only change 5-6.

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I assign a separate export location for each preset and do not add the images back into the catalog.

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When I export images, I tend to leave the filename as it is since I rename during import.

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For file settings, I’ll leave image format as JPEG, color space as sRGB and change the quality to 80%.  I also don’t limit the file size.

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For image sizing, I only resize when needed.  For print, I leave the resolution at the original size.  Depending on the image and how large I’m printing, I may enlarge.

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Depending on the final medium, I’ll either sharpen for screen or print.

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I strip out person info for all images and also remove location info if the image was taken at home.

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