Lightroom Tips

Tip – Exporting Photos with Last Settings

Here’s a neat little tip I use a lot so I hope you will too. If you want to export some photos and use the same export settings you used the last time, you can bypass the Export dialog and just go to File > Export with Previous. Better yet, memorize the keyboard shortcut Cmd-Option-Shift-E (PC: Ctrl-Alt-Shift-E), and it will automatically export the photos using your last settings. Like I said, its a little tip but it’s one I use all the time. Thanks for stopping by this week and enjoy your weekend!



  1. kenneth Hill 12 February, 2010 at 01:18 Reply

    Mat; I have a question. How do I darken the end panels so the white lettering shows up clearer? I guess the real question is how do I make the lettering brighter? I just bought a 27″ I max and have to reduce the brightness to get the monitor to match the print I get from my Epson R2880. This also reduces the brightness of the lettering to the point that it is difficult to see. I’m sure that I’m not the only one having this problem. I have the same problem with both Lightroom 2 and 3. I used Datacolor for monitor calibration. I would appreciate any help you can give me. Ken Hill

  2. jay B 5 February, 2010 at 11:58 Reply

    Jim –

    There isn’t a way that I know of to do what you are asking thru the print module. However, if you’ve ever used the web module, when you export a web gallery it does just that. It exports a thumbnail and a high res photo. You could go set up a web gallery with the low res (thumbnail but you determine the dimensions) and a high res version. Export to your desktop then go and find the high and low res folders within the exported folder and just throw away all the web stuff since you don’t need it. Try it. I hope that helps.


  3. Dennis Zito 5 February, 2010 at 11:40 Reply

    Hey Matt,

    Very cool tip! I’m in the process right now of doing just that with a bunch of photos my office wants me to print out. Your tip is going to save me a bunch of time! Thanks much! I have a question if you have time to answer that would be great. I have a Canon 9000 MK II printer that I’m going to use to print off the prints for the office. With your experience, what would be the best paper to use? They will be under fluorescent lighting. Should I use the ambient lighting feature of the 9000? Should I print out of Lightroom or Photoshop? I’m just getting into the printing as you can tell.

    Thanks again for your great tips and videos!


  4. Jim Poor 5 February, 2010 at 10:46 Reply

    Yep, real time saver. Here’s a related question.

    Is it possible with one export preset, to export multiple versions of a photo?

    One high-res and one low-res for example?

  5. Matt Sanderson 5 February, 2010 at 10:17 Reply

    Great tip – one that I also use a lot, especially when exporting hundreds of photos at once and also when doing a ‘double’ export to speed things up (that’s where you start the export going for half the photos you’re exporting, and then export the remainders too as two separate exports – makes things a lot quicker).

    – Matt

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