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How to Export Images from Adobe Lightroom for Your Wedding Photography Business

After you decide exactly how you want your wedding photographs to be used, you’re ready to actually save your images. In Lightroom, the process of saving your photos is called exporting.

Lightroom is a nondestructive software that creates a link to the original file within the program. Exporting creates a brand new file using the edits you made. The process is quite simple if you follow these steps:

  1. Open Lightroom and click on the Library Module at the top right-hand corner of your screen.

  2. Select the images you want to export.

    To select all the images in an album or collection, select the first photo in the filmstrip at the bottom of your screen, hold down the Shift key, and click the last photo in the filmstrip to select all. You can also click a thumbnail and press Command+A on a Mac.

    If, however, you don’t want to choose all the images from an album or collection, you can select the first photo you want and then hold down Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and click your desired photos to pick which ones you want to export.

  3. Click the Export button found at the bottom left-hand corner of your screen.

    A new dialog box opens that gives you a list of options for how you want to save your photos.

  4. Under Export Location, choose Specific folder from the dropdown menu and then click Choose to browse through your folders and select the correct folder where you want your photos to be saved.

  5. Navigate to File Naming and select how you want all your photos to be labeled.

    For this option, you should usually choose Custom Name - Sequence and enter the newlyweds’ last name and category description into the Custom Text box (for example, Smith Wedding Preparation, Smith Wedding Formal Portraits).

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  6. Scroll down to File Settings and choose which file format you prefer by clicking on the Format box and selecting your format.

    In this box, also make sure that Include Video Files and Limit File Size To are unchecked.

  7. Navigate to the Image Sizing section and select your size and resolution.

    If you’re saving the photos for printing, make sure that the Resize to Fit box is unchecked and that the Resolution box is set to 300 pixels per inch. If you’re saving for the web, however, you can resize your image by checking the Resize to Fit box and selecting Width & Height option in the dropdown box.

    Then you can enter the desired dimensions into the Width and Height boxes. You should also lower the resolution to 72 pixels per inch.

  8. If you would like to sharpen your images before saving them, scroll down to Output Sharpening and check the box next to Sharpen For.

    Here, you have a couple of options. In the left dropdown box you can select either Screen, Matte Paper, or Glossy paper based on what your photo will be used for (if you are putting your photo online, choose Screen, and if you are printing the photo, choose the option that coincides with the type of paper you’ll be printing on).

    In the right dropdown box select Low, Standard, or High for the amount of sharpening you prefer.

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  9. If you want to add a watermark to your photo, open the Watermarking panel and check the box next to Watermark. Then select your desired watermark from the dropdown list.

  10. Under Post-Processing, you can choose what you want to do after the images are finished exporting.

  11. Click on the Export button in the right-hand corner of the dialog box.

    When the button has been clicked, the dialog box disappears and you see a status bar at the top left-hand corner of your screen. This bar shows you how far into the exporting process you are. When the photos are finished, the status bar disappears, and you’re done! Now don’t forget to back up your hard work.

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