So you’ve beautifully edited your images in Lightroom, and you’re ready to share your fabulous images with the world…….
But when you upload your image to Facebook, it looks either too soft, too crunchy, or simply a pixelated mess, and nothing like the gorgeous image you saw in Lightroom!
The problem’s not you (or at least not only you) as Facebook and Instagram will compress our images when we upload them if we make them too big, simply to reduce the file size, and save on their bandwidth space.
We want to do all we can to avoid that happening, so in this post I’m going to go over step by step how you can export your images from Lightroom to make sure your images look fab on all social media platforms!
You can also download an exporting cheat sheet so you have all of this to hand next time you go to export.
Step One: Open up the Export Dialogue Box
Simply select the image you want to export from Lightroom, and then click on the Export Button. This will bring up the Export Dialogue Box where we are going to make some changes to the export settings that are ideal for sharing images online.
Step Two: Decide Location and Naming
Make sure you choose where you are going to save the files to, such as your Desktop, or in the original folder, and if you wish, you can rename the files.
Step Three: Change the File Settings
OK, now we are getting onto the good stuff!
Under File Settings, you want the following:
Image Format: JPEG
Color Space: sRGB
Limit File Size To: Make sure box is UNCHECKED
Step Four: Change the Image Sizing
The next one section is on image sizing, and you want the following:
Resize to Fit: Checked, and choose Long Edge
Don’t Enlarge: Make sure box is UNCHECKED
Resolution: 72 and make sure it says Pixels Per Inch
Step Five - Apply Output Sharpening (Optional)
I often apply a little bit of output sharpening, but this is optional.
Lightroom does tend to apply a fair bit of sharpening, so to make sure it doesn’t overcook it, choose Low for the setting if you do choose to apply.
And you’re done!
You can now press on the Export button, and LIghtroom will get to work exporting your image as per your command.
And you should have a beautiful image ready for uploading to Facebook or Instagram!
Remember to download the Exporting Cheat Sheet so you always remember these settings, plus learn the ones for a high quality print 🙂
Prefer to watch? Then check out this video of the above I made for my Facebook page!