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P: Ability to export files in the HEIC/HEIF formats

LEGEND ,
Sep 03, 2018 Sep 03, 2018

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Now that HEIC is starting to get some reasonable adoption after iOS 11, it’s great that Lightroom Classic CC can import those files. But it would be even better if it could export them too. For various reasons, I end up exporting from Lightroom to Apple Photos.app, and it seems like a no-brainer for me to use HEIC if Lightroom supported them. (Why not save the extra disk space?)

I know I can export to TIFF or some other lossless format and then use a third-party utility to convert them to HEIC, but that’s too much of a pain. Having native support in the Export workflow would be ideal.

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Adobe Employee , Jan 04, 2024 Jan 04, 2024

Update:

The recent additions of JXL and AVIF formats to Export provided improved quality, fidelity, bit-depth, and file size improvements, largely mitigating the need for this request.  At this time, HEIC exports remain 'not planned.'

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New Here ,
Aug 18, 2018 Aug 18, 2018

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I would like to save a RAW photo as HEIF (.heic) format.  The primary option available seems to be 8-bit JPG.  HEIF supports 16-bit color and is much more efficient so that is the preferred export format.  At this point it seems wrong to save images as JPG and TIFF is far too big.

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LEGEND ,
Aug 18, 2018 Aug 18, 2018

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At this point, you will have to use the save option to save to whatever formats are available and then use other software to convert it to the format that you prefer.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 04, 2018 Sep 04, 2018

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3 years already and there's still no sight of supporting Live Photos in Lightroom CC.  Is it really that difficult to be able to back up a Live Photo and be able to export it as Live Photo back to the Camera Roll?

I heard Google Photos was able to do that already.

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Lightroom: Support for importing Live Photos (iOS 9, iPhone 6s).

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New Here ,
Sep 24, 2018 Sep 24, 2018

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But than you are adding compression artifacts twice instead of only once. Or you have to export lossless the first time which results in huge (temporary) files. And it just adds to the overal workflow.

Exporting directly to heif would be a great addition. I would also closely watch the AV1 Image File Format (AVIF), which is based on AV1, fully open source and promises even better compression than heic / h.265.

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LEGEND ,
Sep 24, 2018 Sep 24, 2018

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You have no argument from me about that issue. I'm just telling you what is necessary to accomplish the goal right now because the option you are seeking is not available. Since the conversion option you are seeking is not currently available, my suggestion would be to make your request in the forum where the developers monitor much more closely than they do these user to user forums. I might also mention that the feature you are requesting is still not available in the much more robust Lightroom Classic CC. But you can make your request in the following form:

Lightroom CC | Photoshop Family Customer Community

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 19, 2018 Oct 19, 2018

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I was able to backup a Live Photo to Google Photos and restore the photo back to my iPhone just like the original.  I want Adobe to take my money, but I'm going to Google this time.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 27, 2019 Nov 27, 2019

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Please add HEIC export to Lightroom (Classic CC)

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LEGEND ,
Nov 27, 2019 Nov 27, 2019

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It's sad that Photoshop or Lightroom doesn't support exporting to new efficient file formats as like as AVIF and HEIF 😞

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LEGEND ,
Nov 27, 2019 Nov 27, 2019

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Still no sign of HEIC export. In fact, i had hoped that the "big" (cough) yearly update would bring this functionality ... but unfortunately, more or less very minor (not very useful) "updates" were delivered... why are we paying monthly fees?

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 09, 2020 Jan 09, 2020

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Please add heif / heic exporting to PS/LR/CR.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 10, 2020 Mar 10, 2020

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When will this happen? In this century? Wikipedia: "The technical development of the specification took about one and a half years and was finalized in the middle of 2015." Well Adobe takes our money (every month) but delivers almost nothing (no HEIC export, no lens profiles for new Nikon glass even though the built-in profiles are of low quality etc etc)

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Contributor ,
Mar 10, 2020 Mar 10, 2020

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Is there other software that supports exporting HEIC?

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LEGEND ,
Apr 20, 2020 Apr 20, 2020

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Need HEIF/HEIC export options.  I need this for my workflow, and it's something that needs to happen anyway.  Please Adobe get with the times.

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New Here ,
May 05, 2020 May 05, 2020

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Yes there is, Affinity Photo and half a dozen other software...


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LEGEND ,
May 05, 2020 May 05, 2020

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A slightly sinister explanation for why Adobe wouldn't implement HEIC export is that they would have to pay licensing fees - which may mean less money for rich shareholders intended on milking customers (some of whom like me use Lightroom strictly privately)?

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New Here ,
May 05, 2020 May 05, 2020

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Except that stuff like this forces loyal customers like you and I to look at other software... 
And to my surprise, there's some pretty darned good photo editing software out there!

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Contributor ,
May 05, 2020 May 05, 2020

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That documents opening or importing, not exporting. Found a tweet from Affinity back in November 2019 but maybe things have changed since then? https://twitter.com/affinitybyserif/status/1198893324817580032?s=20

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Explorer ,
Jul 09, 2020 Jul 09, 2020

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Canon's announcement of the R5 and R6 mirrorless cameras today made a big splash.  Now Canon's Flagship DSLR 1D-X Mark III, Flagship Mirrorless R5 and the R6 all support HEIF file type.  It is possible to import these photos into Lightroom Classic, but not possible to export them as HEIF.  Adobe please add HEIF export ability.  Forcing us to use jpg negates the advantages of shooting using HEIF.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 10, 2020 Jul 10, 2020

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Adobe, please please please add support for HEIF export. It's long overdue. This will save precious space on our disks and thus contribute (a little bit) to a better environmental footprint of our photographic activities (if Adobe cares about those things?).

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LEGEND ,
Aug 11, 2020 Aug 11, 2020

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Please please give us an option to export to HEIF! Sure, it’s still a pain to widely use it as a sharing format, but it’s excellent for storing all my edited photos. At least let us know you’re working on it.

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Explorer ,
Sep 28, 2020 Sep 28, 2020

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Canon now has multiple cameras (1DXM3, R5 and R6) with the ability to take photos in HEIF format.  Lightroom is able to import them but when will we have the ability to export those photos after editing back to HEIF?

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LEGEND ,
Oct 12, 2020 Oct 12, 2020

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whenever I try to export the HEIC photos shot on my iPhone I get the following error:

"some export operations were not performed. The file appears to be unsupported or damaged"

 

I usually import them in Lightroom on my phone, but when I open/edit and then try to export on my desktop, I get this message.

 

All software is up-to-date (MAC OS Catalina, iOS 14.0.1)

 

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Community Expert ,
Oct 12, 2020 Oct 12, 2020

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I have seen this too and thought it may be a hardware glitch with my MacBook and the external drive but like you it is always HEIC files. 
My current work around is to restart Lightroom and they will export then.....

I haven’t any ideas on the cause yet.

I have had on 10.13.6 and Lr9.4

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Explorer ,
Oct 22, 2020 Oct 22, 2020

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Version 10 is out but still no support for HEIC export. This means 50% more energy per image exported from Lightroom. I wasn't aware that Adobe actively committed to not contribute to fight climate change...

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 11, 2020 Dec 11, 2020

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While Lightroom (regular and Classic) can read and import HEIF images, they cannot export in the format. HEIF has many advantages over JPEG, support for more colors/bit depth and more optimized sizes. It would really be nice to export edited 12 or 14-bit RAW images into a 10-bit format (HEIF) while still maintaining manageable file sizes. 8-bit JPEG is not as efficient nowadays for all instances. While TIF can handle higher bit depths, its large size makes it unmanageable. In anyone can achieve this, Adobe should be able too.

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