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Exporting file from LR Classic

New Here ,
Jul 18, 2021 Jul 18, 2021

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When exporting files, I would like some feedback.

I am trying to limit my storage capacity on my hard drive.

Under heading

File Settings

A - to save file for a 4x6 print

      Quality 100

       ? Limit size to    ?    K

B - to save file for a 10 x 13 print

      Quality 100

        Limit size to   ?  K

Image Sizing

A - to save file for 4x6 print

      Resolution      ?     pixels per inch

B - to save file for a 10 x 13 print

      Resolution      ?     pixels per inch

 

Thanking you in advance

Ray

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LEGEND ,
Jul 18, 2021 Jul 18, 2021

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Export to a different hard drive.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 18, 2021 Jul 18, 2021

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First, do not export with 100 quality, that creates unnecessary big files. Read this: http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies/jpeg-quality

Second, resolution has no influence on file size, so just use what is recommended for these kind of prints: 300 ppi.

Third, you do not have to keep the exported files, because you can always export again. So export only if and when you need it, and trash the exported files after you have used them. That is the whole philosophy behind the non-destructive edits in Lightroom.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Engaged ,
Jul 18, 2021 Jul 18, 2021

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Just one slight correction to @JohanElzenga comment of "Second, resolution has no influence on file size". This is true when your dimensions are PIXEL.  Resolution is used if you choose INCHES or CENTIMETRES.

 

There are also guides around if your export is destined to be printed.  Examples are  https://www.nationsphotolab.com/pixelchart.aspx and https://www.omnicalculator.com/other/pixels-to-print-size

 

Also as Johan states there should be no need to save an export. If you want to replicate export/print savings, export Publish and Saved Print 

 

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 18, 2021 Jul 18, 2021

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Are you exporting because you want to send these images to others to print, or for you to print? Because if they are just for you to print, there is no need to export them; just print from Lightroom Classic.

 

If they are for others to print, the next question is, are they for family and friends, or for professional reproduction?

 

If they are for family and friends, you could get away with a Quality setting as low as 60, and resolution of as low as 150 ppi. But if it is for professional printing for business, the Quality should be at least 85 and resolution should be 300 ppi (lower if the print will be viewed from a distance), and if the file sizes are larger than you want then you should buy a larger hard drive that is charged to your business expenses.

 

The file size limit is not intended for printing. It is intended to help web graphics stay within file size limits on web pages, and will compromise image quality as much as is needed to get under that limit. The file size of JPEG images depends on how well the image content compresses, so images with a lot of detail will lose more quality at the same file size as a simpler image.

 

In the big picture, unless you export thousands of them, JPEG images are generally small enough that they should have less effect on storage space used than many other factors, In other words, if you are getting concerned about running low on storage space, chances are your time would be better spent looking in areas other than the size of JPEG images. For example, if you are talking about your system storage, various types of previews, caches, and swap files can occupy more space faster in a day than the JPEG files you exported that same day.

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LEGEND ,
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Printing where?

 

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