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Exporting photos

The backup techniques we have discussed so far all produce backup files that can be read only by Lightroom or another application that is capable of reading and interpreting the exported XMP metadata. If you wish to send your work in a usable format to somebody who doesn’t have Lightroom installed on his or her computer you’ll first need to convert the images to an appropriate file format. This is comparable to saving a Word document as plain text or as a PDF document for distribution; some of the functionality is lost but at least the recipient can see what you’re working on.

Your choice of file format for the exported photos will depend on the purpose for which the images are intended. To export an image for use as an e-mail attachment intended to be viewed on screen, use the JPEG file format and minimize the file size by reducing the resolution and dimensions of the image. To export an image to be edited in another application, use the PSD or TIFF file format at full size. For archival purposes you can export the images in their original file format or convert them to DNG.


  

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