Learn how to export edited photos as JPGs, TIFs, or originals. Share photos or albums with the people you want and invite them to contribute to the shared albums. You can also share photos to WHCC, Blurb, or 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

Note:

Starting from Lightroom desktop version 3.0, you can contribute photos to shared albums using Lightroom desktop, Lightroom for mobile (iOS and Android), and Lightroom on the web.

If you're using an earlier version of Lightroom desktop, you can contribute to shared albums using Lightroom on the web only.

  1. To access shared group albums on Lightroom desktop or mobile (iOS and Android), click the  icon.

  2. Under Shared with You, you can view all the shared group albums. Select the album you want to view.

  3. If the group album owner has provided access to you to contribute, click the  icon and select Add Photos.

    After you've selected photos to contribute, you can choose to include keywords, star and flag ratings, and GPS coordinates before you add them to the shared group album. The photos you share can be deleted within 48 hours of adding the photos.

Note:

  • Alternatively, use the link in the invite you received by email to view and contribute to a shared group album. Click the View album button in the body of the email to view the shared album on Lightroom on the web. If you have access to contribute (which is granted by the shared group album owner), click the Add Photos button to contribute.
  • As a contributor, you cannot edit photos in the shared group album. You can however, edit them outside of the shared group album.

Share to additional services

Lightroom allows you to share selected photos or albums and publish your creative work as an online project to Adobe Portfolio, Blurb, and WHCC. To publish to these online services, 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.

    Add Connection
  3. From the list of online servcies, select the one that you want to connect to and click Add Connection.

    All connections

Share photos or albums to a connection

After you have added 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 and select Share To > <Connection Name>.

    Share to
  3. If you are sharing a selection of photos, type a name for the project and click Continue

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

View your projects

To view your projects, do the following:

  1. Click Sharing  from left pane to display the Sharing panel.

  2. Select a connection to view the list of images and albums shared to the service.

    View project

To add photos to a publicly shared set of photos or album, do the following:

  1. Select one or more photos from the grid view or the filmstrip.

  2. Right-click (Win) / Control+click (Mac) over your selection of photos or the album name and select Share To > <Connection Name>.

  3. In the dialog box that appears, select the project, from the Add to drop-down, to which you want to add the new selection of photos.

    Share to existing 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.

Remove a connection

To remove a connection, do the following:

  1. Right-click (Win) / Control+click (macOS) the name of the connection in the Sharing panel.

  2. Select Remove Connection.

    Remove connection

    Note:

    The connection is removed but all published content remains in your online service until removed manually.

Export photos in the format of your choice

You can export photos to a folder on a computer or to an attached or networked drive, such as a Flash drive. When you export photos, you create new image files that include the edits and other metadata changes you’ve made to the photos.

Starting from Lightroom desktop version 3.0, you can export edited photos as JPEG, TIF, or Original + Settings. Lightroom also provides export options for JPG Quality, Output Sharpening, Color Space, and more.

To export photos, follow these steps:

  1. Select photo(s). If you're in Photo Grid () view or Square Grid () view, select the photo(s) you want to export. 
    If you're in Detail () view, select the photo(s) that you want to export from the filmstrip.
    You can use Shift-click or Cmd/Ctrl-click to select multiple photos.

  2. Click the Share icon  in the upper-right corner.

  3. In the Share dialog box, you can find preset options to quickly export your photo(s) as JPG (Small), JPG (Large), or as Original + Settings. Select the desired option. Lightroom will then prompt you to select a location to export the photo(s) to.

    If you want to access more export options, click Export.

    Click Export in the Share dialog box to view more export options.
    Click Export in the Share dialog box to view more export options.

    You can also do one of the following to view more export options:

    • Press (macOS) Cmd+Shift+E/ (Windows) Ctrl+Shift+E.
    • Right-click the selected photo or selection of photos and select Export from the context menu.
    • From the menu bar, choose File > Export.
  4. In the Export screen, you can find the following:

    File Type

    Choose from JPG, TIF, and Original+Settings (exports the photo as full size original).

    Dimensions

    You can choose from the following options:

    • 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.

    Quality

    Choose an option from 10% to 100%.

    Click More Options to access:

    • Options to export photo(s) with all metadata or export with copyright only
    • File Naming You can choose to name your exported photo(s) as the original name, custom name, or in 'date-filename' format. 
    • Output Sharpening Set the sharpening settings based on the medium in which you want to view the photo(s) and amount of sharpening you want.
    • Color Space Choose a color space based on the intended output. See the in-app tooltips for more details.
    Export in Lightroom
    The Export screen in Lightroom desktop

    To update the Export settings panel using preset options, click the Preset drop-down in the upper right corner of the screen.

  5. Click Export Photo(s). The number of selected photos to be exported is displayed in the Export button in the upper-right corner. Lightroom then prompts you to select a location. Select a folder or location to export your photos to, and you're done!

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. 

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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