In Lightroom, you don't save photos in the traditional sense. Instead, you export photos. You can export photos in various file formats suitable for a wide range of uses.

For example, you can:

  • Export photos as JPEGs to share online or as TIFFs for a print publication. 
  • Export to a folder on a computer or to an attached or networked drive, such as a Flash drive.
  • Burn the photos to a disc after exporting so you can share them on a CD or DVD. 

When you export photos, you create new files that include Develop module adjustments and other changes you’ve made to the photos’ XMP metadata. When exporting, you can choose a photo’s filename, color space, pixel dimensions, and resolution. You can save export settings as presets for reuse.

In addition, you can use the Publish Services panel to export and upload JPEG photos directly from Lightroom to photo-sharing websites. You can also upload layouts from the Book module to See Post photos online using publish services and Create photo books.

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

1. Select the photos to export.

Select photos from the Grid view or the Filmstrip. See Select photos in the Grid view and the Filmstrip.

2. Open the Export dialog box.

Choose File > Export, or click the Export button in the Library module. Then, choose Export To > Hard Drive in the pop-up menu at the top of the Export dialog box.

The Lightroom Export dialog box
The top of the Export dialog box indicates how many photos will be exported. Expandable panels provide options to rename files, select a file format, and more.

To export to a Flash drive, choose Export To > Hard Drive, and in the Export Location panel, choose Export To > Specific Folder. Then, click Choose and navigate to the Flash drive.

3. (Optional) Choose an export preset.

Lightroom has several presets to make it easier to export photos to disk in specific file formats. For example, the For Email preset generates a 72-dpi JPEG image and automatically sends the email from Lightroom. If desired, select a preset from the left side of the Export dialog box and skip to step 6. See Export photos using presets.

4. Specify export options.

Specify a destination folder, naming conventions, and other options in the various Export dialog box panels.

For example, use the File Settings panel to choose a format for your exported photos — JPEG, PDF, TIFF, DNG, or the original format — and choose a color space. See File settings.

In the Image Sizing panel, specify how to size the image — dimensions and resolution. See Image sizing

For information on settings in the other panels, see Export files to disk or CD.

File Settings and Image Sizing in the Lightroom Export dialog box
The File Settings and Image Sizing panels in the Export dialog box

5. (Optional) Save your export settings.

To save your export settings for reuse, click Add at the bottom of the Preset panel on the left side of the Export dialog box. See Save export settings as presets.

6. Click Export.

Video tutorial: Export and save your photos as JPEGs

Video tutorial: Export and save your photos as JPEGs
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