The Publish Services panel in the Library module allows you to export a collection of photos to your hard drive. Publishing to your hard drive is an expedient way to prepare photos for upload to a mobile phone or tablet device, such as an iPad.
Set up a Hard Drive connection
Add and manage photos in a Hard Drive folder
Photos that you want to export to your hard drive are managed in publish collections, also known as folders.
- To create a hard drive folder, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the Hard Drive connection in the Publish Services panel and choose one of the following:
Create Published Smart Folder
A folder of photos based on rules that you specify. See Work with smart collections.
To edit, rename, or delete a folder, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) it in the Publish Services panel and choose Edit Collection, Rename, or Delete.
To remove an unpublished photo from a regular Hard Drive folder, select it in the folder and press Delete.
To add or remove photos in a smart folder, change the rules of the smart folder.
To view the photos in a Hard Drive folder, select the folder in the Publish Services panel. The photos are organized in the following categories, or queues, in the image display area:
New Photos To Publish
Photos that have not been exported.
Modified Photos To Republish
Photos that were edited in the Library or Develop module after they were exported.
Photos that have not been modified since they were exported.
Deleted Photos To Remove
When you press Delete to remove one or more published photos from a folder, Lightroom marks them as Deleted Photos To Remove. They are removed from the folder the next time you click Publish.
Export photos to Hard Drive
Photos waiting to be published appear in one of two queues: New Photos To Publish or Modified Photos To Republish. Lightroom uploads everything in both queues when you publish a folder or folder set.