Lightroom Tips

Tip – Export for Email

Here’s a cool tip I got from blog reader Jason earlier this week. I had posted about the various options for saving JPEGs from Lightroom. I mentioned email settings that I use in the Export dialog but if you want to export for email all you really have to do is right-click on the image (or images if you’ve selected more than one) adn choose Export > For Email. They’ll be ready to attach to an email and you’ve saved yourself a trip to the File menu and Export dialog box. Thanks Jason!
I hope you (all of you, not just Jason) have a great weekend! 🙂



  1. Mike Roy 13 November, 2009 at 23:50 Reply

    Hi, just stumble here… just want to say that you and Corey are my idols… You are the only two persons i can watch on video and i really enjoy watching…love your sense of humor also. i’m teaching Photoshop also now…and you are for a big part of my succes!
    Thank you !

  2. Julie 27 August, 2009 at 09:34 Reply

    Could someone please tell me how I can print an 8.5 x 11 (borderless) from the LR print module? There isn’t a template for even an 8×10!

    Thanks in advance.

  3. Klaudia 2 August, 2009 at 13:31 Reply

    Thanks for the tip! On this subject, using export to create jpegs, what is the best way to maximize a raw picture? What I mean by this is there a way to let the export function make the biggest jpeg possible with the data available from the developed picture? I know I can plug in different sizes in inches or pixels, but if I want the absolute biggest picture without having to keep on trying different sizes is the a “best possible” choice if size had no constraints?
    thanks klaudia

  4. Sam Ludwigg 31 July, 2009 at 23:34 Reply


    So after realizing that you don’t have a (public) email address I figured I’d post a question to you here.

    I’m having an issue with copying/pasting settings from one file to another that I intend on stitching together. There’s three files and I locked the exposure so that’s all the same as well.

    This was with a tilt/shift lens so my three shots are from almost exactly the same place, only difference is that I shifted the lens up and then down. So in theory I would have even less problems than if I moved the camera around like people normally do for panos.

    Either way, I’ve made adjustments to the middle shot, but when I paste the settings to the top and bottom photos the result is that they are massively underexposed. I made sure to not paste an ‘auto tone’ adjustment, and the white balance is custom. Same camera profile, etc etc…

    So any thoughts as to why one setting isn’t working on all shots even though the exposures are all the same in the same place?


  5. Michael S. 31 July, 2009 at 22:38 Reply

    Hey Matt,

    Just a quick thank you (and plug I guess?) for the print panorama print template. I used it for my last batch of Boston images I posted this evening on my blog. Thanks for your continual support!

    Michael S.

  6. 31 July, 2009 at 18:59 Reply

    Forget the plugins, you don’t need them!

    Under Post-Processing in the export dialog choose “Open in Other Application” under the After Export drop down, then specify the application in the “Application” spot below that.

    For example if you choose Mail in OS X it will export the photo to your desired location, then open up a new mail message with the photo attached!! No special plugi-ins required.

    I would assume this would work with most email applications but it depends on how the app handles photos being thrown at it. Also, this will not work with gmail directly (via Google Notifier, etc), BUT if you setup your Gmail account in you mail application using IMAP or SMTP you can use your mail application to send via gmail. No plugin needed there either!

  7. James Arendell 31 July, 2009 at 12:16 Reply

    Well I´m stymied as far as I can see. I have downloaded the Mapimailer from Lightroom (as per Scott kelby´s LR book) installed ok, (although it through up a trojan virus which AVG nabbed!!.Now the problem: I havn´t got Outlook, I have the Office Suite 2007 for Students and Home edition,but doesnt include Outlook, I tried to download this from Msn site,but it won´t load due to the version I have (I know its longwinded!).I am on Windows Xp sp 3, I use safari as my bowser, and I´m stumped, as this email function would be of great use to me.Any ideas anyone.
    If I don´t reply,its because tomorrow I on my way to Ibiza for a week,without any form of Internet etc:)

  8. Fabian Dierckxsens 31 July, 2009 at 11:36 Reply

    Sending pictures by email is even more easier if you do the following:
    1. download the (written by Steve Sutherland for windows), unzip the files to the LightroomExport Actions directory. You can find this directory if you go to export presets and select post-processing. In post-processing dropdown, select “go to export action folders now”.

    You can download the MapiMailer from here (I didn’t find the original download location):

    2. next create a new lightroom export preset where you select the post-processing option. In the after export dropdown select Mapi Mailer. Save the new presets and that’s it.

    To attach files a new email on the mac version, you need to add an alias to the email application to the export actions folder. Follow the same actions as for windows to open the post-processing folder. Drop an alias to your email application into that folder by holding down the CMD and OPT KEYS, while dragging your mail application icon to the export actions folder.

    Now everytime you want to send mails directly from lightroom through your mail-application you choose the just created export preset.

    Have fun,
    Fabian Dierckxsens

  9. IbrahimZen 31 July, 2009 at 11:13 Reply

    Nice tip, although i always see these “email” options around LR app, but i’ve always done it manually by exporting to a folder i call “export to share” where i can email/send to other people, however, over time it’s a hassle to go through that chaos folder.

    Have a great weekend 🙂

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