Exporting Your RAW Image from Lightroom Mobile

Hi Gang, and happy Wednesday! In the most recent update to Lightroom Mobile, Adobe added in a feature that was requested by a lot of users — the ability to download a RAW image taken using Lightroom Mobile’s built-in camera to the Camera Roll (rather than syncing it back to Lightroom desktop as the only way to move a copy of that RAW image). Here’s how to do it:

Tap on the image you want to save your Camera Roll, then tap on the “Share” icon. A pop-up menu (seen above) will appear and now there’s a menu item called ‘Export Original.’

When you choose ‘Export to Original’ the RAW image saved to your camera roll.

The RAW files are pretty HUGE (like you’d expect from a RAW file, right?). When I went to email the image from my camera roll to myself (probably not the most efficient method, but it works), a file size warning comes up that the file is probably too big to email, at a whopping 48.2 MB for a single image (many folks maximum email attachment size taps out at 10MB). So, now that your image is on your camera roll, you might want to consider moving it via DropBox, or iCloud Drive, or Google Drive, or AirDrop, or anything other than email.

Hope you found that helpful. 🙂

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Have a kick-butt Wednesday everybody!


Author: Scott Kelby

Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Editor of "Lightroom magazine"; Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography books. You can learn more about Scott at http://scottkelby.com

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  1. Hi Scott.
    I have a question regarding my Lightroom Mobile workflow in exporting a high res photo.

    I take a photo with a Leica M9 camera and I import the file to my iPhone 5 in its original resolution JPEG + raw format.

    Once in my iPhone camera roll I then import this photo into Lightroom Mobile, where I ‘m able to make any adjustments to it.

    Once done, I want to be able to email, share or save this photo to my camera roll in the same resolutution that it was imported into lightroom.

    Each option I try to use the resulting photo is much smaller/lower resolution version of the originally imported photo.

    How can this be ?

    However whats annoying, when trying to email or share the photo from lightroom mobile it reduces it down to 72 dpi!?! That`s fine for screen viewing, but i need the file for print.

    Best regards

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  2. I don’t see this option in the Android version. When I select photos and click the Share button I just get the destination.

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  3. Let’s export the RAW files sez when I found that all these 12Mp images that I take in Lightroom are filling up my iPhone.

    HHmmm It seems that I need to open and export each one INDIVIDUALLY, ONE AT A TIME! Gah. I’m old enough and grey enough already.

    Do you have any suggestions for getting the RAW files off the iPhone en masse? Thanks very much.

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  4. Maximum available only copies a jpg. Export Original will export the original file (either JPG or DNG if you shoot raw).

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    • Hi Rudi – Doh! You are absolutely right (I don’t know what I was thinking). I updated the post. Thanks for catching that. 🙂

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      • No problem Scott, happens to all of us 😉

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  5. Erm, doesn’t the way you explained export just a big jpg?
    I use the last point Export Original to get the RAW file to the Camera Roll instead…

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    • Hi el flojo – you are right – I totally whiffed on it – thanks for letting me know – I updated the post with the right info. Appreciate the heads up. 🙂

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