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What format do you export from Lightroom?

 
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Jan 30, 2014 16:50 |  #1

Just a simple question. Up until now, I have been exporting all my photos from Lightroom as JPEG. (Original size for prints, smaller for flickr).

Should I be exporting as something else? (TIFF, DNG, Original)?


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Jan 30, 2014 16:58 |  #2

If exporting to work on the file further in an external editor, TIFF; if simply exporting a final product, JPEG.


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Jan 30, 2014 17:51 |  #3

For final photos that I then upload to the web...I always use JPEGs

edit: I don't see a reason why you would want to export them in another way out of lightroom. Unless you wanted to edit them again in another program, and in that case TIFF would be OK


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Jan 30, 2014 19:02 |  #4

Brodog2525 wrote in post #16651058 (external link)
For final photos that I then upload to the web...I always use JPEGs

edit: I don't see a reason why you would want to export them in another way out of lightroom. Unless you wanted to edit them again in another program, and in that case TIFF would be OK

Sometimes I like to export from LR and open in CS6 to make more tweaks using different tools (cloning something out, using more in-depth curves, etc.)

I just like the tools LR has to offer for initial contrast, highlights, etc. editing. Then I finalize and perfect blemishes in CS6


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Jan 30, 2014 19:04 |  #5

I open them in Photoshop by exporting a PSD directly into Photoshop.

Otherwise, it's almost always a JPEG, unless the client requests a TIFF or something else.


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Jan 30, 2014 19:40 |  #6

JM Photos wrote in post #16651195 (external link)
I just like the tools LR has to offer for initial contrast, highlights, etc. editing. Then I finalize and perfect blemishes in CS6

For this you should be selecting "Edit in" and LR will then send the files to PS which will open them as PSD files. Work on them and then save them and they return back to LR automatically. You then export from LR in whatever final file type you need, normally JPEG for uploading to the web.


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Jan 30, 2014 20:18 |  #7

Dan Marchant wrote in post #16651275 (external link)
For this you should be selecting "Edit in" and LR will then send the files to PS which will open them as PSD files. Work on them and then save them and they return back to LR automatically. You then export from LR in whatever final file type you need, normally JPEG for uploading to the web.

If I recall correctly, you have to set this in Lightroom options, otherwise it'll open as a TIFF.


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Jan 30, 2014 20:20 |  #8

nathancarter wrote in post #16651368 (external link)
If I recall correctly, you have to set this in Lightroom options, otherwise it'll open as a TIFF.

Correct.


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Jan 30, 2014 20:29 |  #9

I export to TIFF only. And I keep the raw file around in case I want to reinterpret. I will export to JPG from CS6 which is where I add finishing touches.




  
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Jan 30, 2014 23:01 |  #10

jetcode wrote in post #16651393 (external link)
I export to TIFF only. And I keep the raw file around in case I want to reinterpret. I will export to JPG from CS6 which is where I add finishing touches.

Out of all the options mentioned, this seems like the way I should be doing things. Seems the most practical for my style of editing.


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Jan 30, 2014 23:06 |  #11

I do what Dan Marchant said above, but with Tiff format. That is, I right click the photo in the film strip in LR, select Edit in PS. For multiple photos, I select them within LR, right click and Open as Layers in PS. This sends them automatically to PS for editing. Then I just click the x to close and it asks me if I want to save. I click yes and it automatically saves as a Tiff and imports it into LR, without me having to do anything else.

The process of exporting as a Tiff and then bringing it back into LR by importing seems like extra steps to me.

The RAW file(s) remain(s) in the film strip and therefore on the drive. The last thing I do is select the Raw and the newly created Tiff file, stack and collapse them.


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Jan 31, 2014 02:43 |  #12

I never export any file automatically or routinely, only as the need arises. If I am uploading to the web, I make the appropriately sized and spaced jpg. If I am sending to a lab or to clients, different jpgs. But the jpgs never stay inmy system for longer than it takes to send them off and then they are deleted. Tiffs for extra editing are of course saved, but they are only 5% of photos.


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Jan 31, 2014 03:00 |  #13

JM Photos wrote in post #16651709 (external link)
Out of all the options mentioned, this seems like the way I should be doing things. Seems the most practical for my style of editing.

It should be noted I do not use LR. I use Bridge, RAW, CS6.




  
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Jan 31, 2014 07:59 |  #14

OP - Are you saying to export as jpg then upload to Flickr? You don't upload straight to Flickr from LR?

tzalman wrote in post #16651979 (external link)
I never export any file automatically or routinely, only as the need arises. If I am uploading to the web, I make the appropriately sized and spaced jpg.

I export under 3 conditions:

  • 98% of the time = Smugmug, jpg, highest res possible... Friedl's plugin says 92% quality
  • 1% of the time = For e-mail or facebook, jpg, usually 800 px on long side
  • 1% of the time = For other purposes I can't think of right now.
RAWs and Tiffs remain in my catalogue... never jpgs. If they get exported onto my harddrive, they eventually get deleted. I just never mess with Tiffs outside of LR or without the "edit in PS" function of LR.

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It should be noted I do not use LR. I use Bridge, RAW, CS6.

Lol... so why are you in this thread?


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Jan 31, 2014 09:09 |  #15

Nathan wrote in post #16651721 (external link)
I do what Dan Marchant said above, but with Tiff format. That is, I right click the photo in the film strip in LR, select Edit in PS. For multiple photos, I select them within LR, right click and Open as Layers in PS. This sends them automatically to PS for editing. Then I just click the x to close and it asks me if I want to save. I click yes and it automatically saves as a Tiff and imports it into LR, without me having to do anything else.

Any reasons for using TIFF over PSD?

In my experience, layered TIFFs are larger in filesize than an equivalent PSD, with all else equal. You have to turn on "Maximize Compatibility" for Lightroom to read the PSD, which bloats the PSD a little bit, but it's still smaller than the TIFF.


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