Implement an option for WebP in LR-exports

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Explorer ,
Apr 20, 2021 Apr 20, 2021

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WebP exists since 2010 and has an industry-standard for pictures on the web. Yet Adobe doesn't seem to bother. I cannot export them neither in LR nor PS. Yes, there are plugins for PS, but I do my bulk-exports for eventphotos in LR and have no need for PS for sports pictures (for example).

 

Programs like ACDSee support the webp-format, I still need to convert them after exporting. Pls Adobe implement that format in LR so I don't have to convert hundreds of pictures every time I exported them from LR.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 20, 2021 Apr 20, 2021

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We're not Adobe in this forum. we are other Lightroom Classic users who can't add features to the program. You need to notify Adobe, and you need to do this in another forum which Adobe does monitor and respond in.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 20, 2021 Apr 20, 2021

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In particular, please add your constructive opinion to this feature request:
https://feedback.photoshop.com/conversations/lightroom-classic/camera-rawlightroom-classiclightroom-... 

and be sure to click Like and Follow at the bottom of the first post. That will make it a little more likely that Adobe will consider implementing the feature and you'll be notified when they do. Product developers rarely participate in this forum and won't see your feedback.

 

 

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LEGEND ,
Apr 20, 2021 Apr 20, 2021

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Given that you might be waiting for a long time for Adobe to implement Webp, you might consider this workaround: Install Imagemagick or the Google Webp tools and use a LR Export post-processing action that will invoke Imagemagick's "convert" or Google's "cwebp" to convert the exported photo from JPEG to Webp.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 06, 2022 Aug 06, 2022

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Good suggestion, @johnrellis. Thanks! 

For everyone: if you are interested in following his suggestion, here is how to do it using Google WebpTools. 

Please note: the solution works for Windows only, as we need to create and use a DOS batch file. This DOS batch file will be executed after each of your EXPORT actions, and it will create a .WEBP converted version of your images in the same folder you exported the .JPEG one. 

 

1) download the Goole WebpTools and extract the zip file in a folder. Please extract the files in a folder that you are not going to change, otherwise the batch we are going to build in a few moments will need adjustments.

To simplify the explanation, I will assume that you extracted the files in a folder C:\WEBP, which therefore should contain the subfolders BIN, INCLUDE, LIB and the other files included in the Webp zip file.

The important thing is that in C:\WEBP\BIN you should have the CWEBP.EXE file. 

 

2) in C:\WEBP, create a new text file calling it CONVERT.BAT. Right click on it and select EDIT (with Windows 11, after right clicking you will first need to select "Show More Options" to see the EDIT menu item).
The file is normally opened with Notepad. 

 

3) simply copy in Notepad the following batch command, and then save the file. 

 

FOR %%x IN (%*) DO C:\WEBP\BIN\CWEBP.EXE -q 85 %%x -o "%%~dx%%~px%%~nx.webp"

 

What does it do? Well: the EXPORT feature of Lightroom will call this batch file passing him ALL the path of the images we have exported, one after one. 

And the FOR... DO loop will execute, for each of them, the CWEBP.EXE command, converting each image in WEBP format, and saving it in the same folder as the original image. 

The "85" you see is the QUALITY of the conversion. If you want a different quality, simply change that value. 

The strange %%~dx%%~px%%~nx.webp is used to remove from the path of the image the file extension (i.e. I need to get rid of ".JPEG"). As you can see, I am appending the ".WEBP" extension to it.

 

4) Now, let's configure Lightroom so that it executes that batch after each JPEG export. I think you already created a custom EXPORT Preset in Lightroom to export your images as JPEG, right? Otherwise please first create a JPEG export preset in Lightroom, a simple one is enought. 

Now in Lightroom go to FILE menu, then select "EXPORT...", left click on your preset, on the right part of the form go to the bottom section "Post processing", and in After Export select the "Open in Other Application..." option. 

Then click on "Choose..." button and browse to C:\WEBP, selecting the CONVERT.BAT we've just created.

 

IMPORTANT: before clicking on DONE, don't forget to RIGHT CLICK on your preset (in the left "Preset:" listbox) and select "Update with current settings", otherwise your recent changes to the preset will be lost.

Now you can click on "DONE". 

 

You're done.

 

To verify that everything is set correctly, reopen FILE\EXPORT..., select your preset, and verify in "Post-Procssing" that you see "Open in Other application" in After Export, and you see "C:\WEBP\BIN\CONVERT.BAT" in the "Application". 

 

Now you can select your images in Lightroom and then select the EXPORT preset we've just modified.
In the export folder, you will find both .JPEG and WEBP files. 

 

If you want to see what the CONVERT.BAT does, please simply add a PAUSE at the end of the CONVERT.BAT file.
Like this: 

FOR %%x IN (%*) DO C:\WEBP\BIN\CWEBP.EXE -q 85 %%x -o "%%~dx%%~px%%~nx.webp"
PAUSE

The batch will pause after the execution, so that you can read the information in the DOS screen where CWEBP is executed. Simply type ENTER and the DOS screen will close.

 

I hope it'll be helpful for you! Thanks again @johnrellis for suggesting that, I've never realized there was a "post processing" feature in the Export presets!

 

Bye,

A.-

 

 

 

 

 

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 15, 2022 Aug 15, 2022

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Please add native support for WebP image format in Lightroom Classic / Lightroom. Both the ability to import WebP images, but also ability to export images in this format.

At the moment Photoshop can open WebP images, but not Lightroom, for some reason.

 

This would allow cataloguing and managing all those WebP files we have. For example, I have a large collection  DNGs, PNGs etc. AND WebP files. There is no means I can manage those WebP images in Lightroom at the moment. I could convert them to, for example, PNGs but I'd like to (and need to) keep them in their original format. Also, having to do file conversions all the time is not very productive either and greatly interferes with the workflow.

 

It is already pretty widely used and adopted image format, so it's hard to understand why there is no support yet. 

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LEGEND ,
Aug 15, 2022 Aug 15, 2022

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"I have a large collection  DNGs, PNGs etc. AND WebP files. There is no means I can manage those WebP images in Lightroom at the moment."

 

As a workaround while waiting for Adobe to implement this, consider the Any File plugin.

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