Lightroom includes a preset that sizes and configures exported photos for email. You can edit this preset so that it opens your email software automatically when you export photos, allowing you to email photos from Lightroom with a single click.

Set up Lightroom to find your email application

  1. In Explorer (Windows) or the Finder (Mac OS), create a shortcut (Windows) or an alias (Mac OS) to your preferred email application.

  2. Start Lightroom and in the Library module, click the Export button.
  3. Select For Email from the Lightroom Presets list on the left side of the dialog box, and scroll down to the Post-Processing Settings area on the right side of the dialog box.

  4. Choose After Export > Go To Export Actions Folder Now.

    Lightroom takes you to the folder in Explorer (Windows) or the Finder (Mac OS).

  5. Drag the email application shortcut or alias you created in step 1 into the Export Actions folder.

  6. Back in Lightroom, choose After Export > [Email application].

  7. Click the Add button to save this new preset as a user-defined preset.

  8. Click Cancel to exit the Export dialog box.

Email photos from Lightroom

Now that you have a preset that is connected to your email software, you can export photos to email in one click.

  1. Select the image(s) that you want to export in the Library module.
  2. Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) and choose Export > [your custom email preset].

    Your email client opens a new message with the exported photo(s) attached.

Note: If the Export dialog box was set to your emailing preset the last time you used it, you don't have to open it. Press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E (Windows) or Command+Option+Shift+E (Mac OS) to bypass the Export dialog box and apply the last-used settings.

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