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Tips & Tricks

Quick Tip: Setting Up Export Presets in Lightroom

By Trevor Dayley on March 31st 2016

When exporting your images out of Lightroom, are you constantly inputting the same settings time and time again? Here’s a quick tip on how to eliminate that portion of your workflow by utilizing Lightroom’s Export Presets function.

Setting Up Export Presets in Lightroom Video

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Lightroom’s Export Dialog Box

When you first click into the Export Dialog Box (File>Export), it’ll bring up all of your export adjustment settings. For myself, I have settings in this dialog box for the ones I use the most often for things like Facebook Post exports. Since I’m looking to upload my images to Facebook on a daily basis, I don’t necessarily want to remember what settings I previously exported my images at. However, I still want to maintain the same good quality export settings from my previous Facebook posts.


Instead of having to remember my settings every time, once I have everything dialed in, I simply go to the left side of the dialog box and click “Add” to save my settings as a “New Preset.”


What’s great about having your Export Presets set up is that if you’re going through and editing your photos, and you find that you’d love to post a certain image to Instagram, you can bypass the typical export function and select File>Export with Preset, and it will automatically send it to wherever you designate as your Instagram folder.

My tip for you is to input your most commonly used export settings and save them out as Export Presets so that you can save time and keep yourself from keep having to constantly plug in your settings.

Hope that helps speed up your workflow just a little bit. If you are looking to master your post production workflow, be sure to check out our new Lightroom CC Crash Course Workshop that will teach you the fundamentals of Lightroom.

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Trevor Dayley is a full-time wedding photographer based out of Arizona. He has six kids and has been married for 15 years. When he is not shooting weddings, he loves helping the photo industry. He has written hundreds of articles and shared countless tutorials. In 2014, he was named one of the Top 30 Most Influential Photographers in the Industry and one of the Top 100 Wedding Photographers by BrandSmash.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Clarke Scott

    great tip man! JpegMini?

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  2. Ralph Hightower

    Great tip!

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  3. Jon Smallwood

    Good stuff. Thanks for the tip!

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