In Lightroom desktop, learn how to save photos locally and download original and edited photos to a computer, hard drive, or Flash drive. You can then invite people to view and contribute to your albums, and share photos publicly or as an Adobe Portfolio.

Share a Group Album

Introduced in Lightrooom 2.3 (May 2019 release)

Create a group album and invite others to contribute

You can now share and invite others to view or contribute to an album. You can also select photos which aren't a part of any album, share them through an invite, and request others to contribute to the album. This way, you can easily access all your desired photos in one place.

To share and invite others to an album, follow these steps:

  1. Select an existing album from the Albums panel or create an album. You can also select multiple photos in the Grid view. Once you've made the selection, do one of the following:

    • Ctrl-click (macOS)/right-click (Win) the album or selection of photos and select Share & Invite from the context menu.
    • Click the Share & Invite icon  at the upper-right corner of the grid header.
    • Click  at the upper-right corner of the grid header and select Share & Invite.
  2. In the Share & Invite dialog box, click Enable Sharing if the album is private.

  3. The Link Access field is set to Invite only, by default. This creates a private link that only members whom you invite can view or contribute to your album.

    Alternatively, change the Link Access setting to Anyone can view to create a public link, where anyone with the link can view your album. You can then invite members to contribute to your album.

  4. Click  to copy the link to share it with others. If your Link Access setting is Anyone can view, you can also click the Facebook or Twitter icons to share the album on these social media sites.

    To invite others to view or contribute to your album, enter their email addresses in the Invite section and click Invite. The invitees will then receive an email to access your album.

  5. In the Invite section, you can view the list of the email addresses you have sent the invite to. Next to each email address, click the drop-down list to set the album access setting of that person:

    • Can View The invitee can view the shared album, add comments in photos, and mark them as Favorite.
    • Can Contribute The invitee can add photos to the shared album, add comments in photos, and mark them as Favorite.
    • Remove Removes the invitee from the shared album list.
    Change access setting of Share and Invite

    In the Invite section, you can view access requests from people. Next to the name of each request, click  to allow access or click  to deny that person's access to the album.

  6. In the Share & Invite dialog box, click the Display tab to view and edit the following settings:

    • Title Displays the name of the album. Deselect it to hide the name. By default, the existing album name is displayed. If you have selected a set of photos in the grid, the date and time when you generated the link is displayed as Title.
    • Author Displays the name of the person who generated the link. Deselect it to hide the name.
    • Theme Select the desired arrangement of photos that you want in your share. You can choose from Photo Grid, One-Up, and Column.
    • Appearance Select Dark or Light to set the color theme of the arrangement of photos.
  7. In the Settings tab, you can edit the following settings:

    • Under General:
      • Allow JPG downloads Select this setting to allow others to download the shared set of photos.
      • Show metadata Select this setting to allow others to view metadata of the shared set of photos. 
      • Show location data Select this setting to allow others to view location info of the shared set of photos. Deselect it to hide location info.
      • Allow comments and likes This setting is selected by default to allow your viewers to leave comments and likes on your shared photos. Deselect it to disallow viewers to comment and like.
    • Under Link:
      • Allow access requests This setting is selected by default to let people request access to view your shared photos.

    Note:

    To modify the share settings of the group album, click  icon in the left panel. In the Shared to Web panel, expand the Photos folder to view a list of the shared albums. You can then do one of the following:

    • Right-click (Win)/Control-click (Mac) a desired album and select Share & Invite from the context menu.
    • Click the Share & Invite icon  at the upper-right corner of the grid header.
    • Click  at the upper-right corner of the grid header and select Share & Invite.

  8. Click Done. Your group album is now created.

View or contribute to a group album as an invitee

If you have the shared group album link or invite by email, follow these steps to access it:

  1. Log in to lightroom.adobe.com with your Adobe ID.

  2. Paste the link in the address bar of the browser to view the group album. Ensure that you are successfully logged in with your Adobe ID. If you are unable to view it, click the Request Access button on screen. The group album owner can then allow or deny your request.

    If you have received an invite by email, click the View album button in the body of the email to view the group album.

  3. Depending on the access setting the group album owner has provided for you, you can view or add photos to the group album, while you view the album in your browser.

    If you are an invitee who can only view the album, you can add comments in photos or mark them as Favorite.

    If you are an invitee who can contribute to the album, click  at the upper-right corner of the screen to add photos to the group album. You can also drag-and-drop the desired photos to the grid of the group album.

Share to Adobe Portfolio

Introduced in Lightroom CC 2.0 (October 2018 release)

Lightroom CC allows you to share selected photos or albums and publish your creative work as an online project or a personalized website with Adobe Portfolio. To publish to Adobe Portfolio, you begin with adding a connection.

Add a connection

To add a connection, do the following:

  1. Click the Sharing  icon from the left pane.

  2. In the Sharing panel, select the Add Connection option under Connections. Follow the instructions on the Add a Connection dialog box that opens to establish a connection to Adobe Portfolio.

    Adobe Portfolio is visible in the Sharing panel as a connection
    Adobe Portfolio is visible in the Sharing panel as a connection

    Note:

    To remove Adobe Portfolio as a connection, right-click (Win) / Control+click (Mac) Adobe Portfolio in the Sharing panel and select Remove Connection. The connection to Adobe Portfolio is removed but all published content remains in your online portfolio until removed manually.

Share photos or albums to Adobe Portfolio

After you have added Adobe Portfolio as a Connection in Lightroom, you can share and publish photos or albums. 

  1. Do any one of the following:

    • To share a selection of photos, select one or more photos from the grid view or the filmstrip.
    • To share an album, click My Photos  from the left pane and select an album under Albums.
  2. Right-click (Win) / Control+click (Mac) over your selection of photos or the album name.

    Select Share To > Adobe Portfolio from the context menu.

  3. In the Add a Title dialog box, type a name for the shared photos and click Continue

    Your selection of photos or album is now shared with Adobe Portfolio.

    This step is not applicable if you are sharing an album to Adobe Portfolio.

  4. You can also publish your shared photos and albums to Adobe Portfolio where you can edit the layout of your project and publish your site.

    Blue grid header with Go to My Portfolio
    Blue grid header with Go to My Portfolio link after you share your photo or album. Click the 'x' icon at the right to exit.
    Grid header with a link to your Adobe Portfolio page
    Grid header with a link to your Adobe Portfolio page, after you exit the Blue grid header.

    Click Go to My Portfolio from the blue grid header in the grid view to which you are directed immediately after sharing your photos or album. You can also click the portfolio link from the top of the grid header that is displayed after you close the blue grid header. Adobe Portfolio opens in your default web browser. 

    For Adobe Portfolio related Help resources, see Adobe Portfolio Help documentation.

To add photos to a publicly shared set of photos or album, make a selection of photos from the grid view or the filmstrip. Click the Sharing  icon to display the Sharing panel. Under Connections, select Adobe Portfolio. Then, do any of the following:

  • Right-click (Win) / Control-click (Mac) the public set of photos or album name under Adobe Portfolio to which you want to add the new selection of photos. Select Add Selected Photos from the context menu.
  • Drag the selection of photos over the name of a public set of photos or album under Adobe Portfolio.

Your selected photos are now added to the desired public set of photos or album.

Note:

To remove photos, open the grid view of the desired public set of photos or an album and right-click (Win)/Control+click (Mac) over the selection of photos to be removed. Select Remove Photo from the context menu. The selected photos are then removed but not deleted from the publicly shared set of photos or album and you can still find them in All Photos.

Store an album locally

Introduced in Lightrooom CC 1.5 (August 2018 release)

You can choose to download the photos in an album locally on your computer. Storing an album locally allows you to edit photos in that album even when your computer is not connected to the Internet. For example, when you're traveling somewhere without Internet and want to work on your photos. Edited photos are automatically synced to the cloud whenever you're next connected to the Internet.

  1. Click the My Photos  icon at the upper-left corner of the window or press P.

  2. Under Albums, right-click (Win)/ control+click (Mac) an album and select Store Album Locally from the context-menu.

  3. A () badge appears on the album thumbnail indicating that the album is now stored locally. 

Save photos to a computer, hard drive, or Flash drive

Save as full-sized originals or JPEGs at a specified size

In Lightroom, you choose to save your edited photos as JPEGs (small, maximum, or custom size) or as full-sized originals. You can save to a folder on a computer or to an attached or networked drive, such as a Flash drive.

When you save photos, you create new image files that include the edits and other metadata changes you’ve made to the photos.

To save photos from Lightroom to a computer, hard drive, or Flash drive, follow these basic steps:

  1. Select one or more photos to save.

    • If you're in Photo Grid () view or Square Grid () view, select the photo that you want to save. Control-click to select multiple photos.
    • If you're in Detail () view, select the photo that you want to save from the filmstrip. Control-click to select multiple photos.
  2. Open the Save dialog.

    After selecting the photos, do any of the following:

    • Click the Share () icon at the upper-right corner and choose Save To from the menu that appears.
    • Right-click the selected photo or the selection photos, and choose Save To from the context menu.
    • From the menu bar, choose File > Save To.
  3. Specify save options.

    Save dialog in Lightroom CC
    Specify save options in Photoshop Lightroom.

    In the Save dialog box, specify the following:

    File Type

    Choose JPEG to save the photo in .JPG format. Choose Original+Settings to save the photo as full size original.

    Location

    Save at the default location or select another folder to save the photo. The default location is:

    • Win: C:\Users\[user name]\Pictures\Lightroom Saved Photos
    • Mac: /Users/[user name]/Pictures/Lightroom Saved Photos

    Size

    You can specify a size if you've chosen File Type as JPEG. Choose any of the following from the drop-down list:

    • Small: Limits the length of the saved JPEG photos to 2048 pixels. The breadth is scaled accordingly to maintain the original aspect ratio.
    • Full Size: Exports the selected photos in highest available quality in JPEG format.
    • Custom: Applies the specified pixel value to the long edge of the photo and uses the original aspect ratio of the photo to calculate the other edge. The long edge value can't exceed 65,000 pixels.
  4. Save your photos.

    After specifying the options, click Save.

Share photos on Facebook

Caution:

You can no longer upload photos to Facebook from Lightroom. See this TechNote for more information.

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