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Carlton Ward
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/13/2005

Question on Lightroom

I downloaded Lightroom 2 for a 30-day trial and have watched and read several tutorials but cannot find where I can take my raw CR2 file after editing in Lightroom and save it as a tif. Do I have to open it in Photoshop to do this or can Lightroom do this?
Thank you.

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5/2/2009 11:23:12 AM

John Rhodes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/24/2005
  Hi Carlton, You're going to love LR2 once you use it a little. Keep in mind, LR doesn't "contain" your images, only a map to where the image is stored. You can't do a "save as" in LR.
Go under the Edit menu to preferences and go to the "External Editing" tab. There you will set up how LR exports the image after you have edited the raw file. Set the file format to tiff and select the other parameters such as color space, etc. When you are ready to save the tiff file, go to the Export button at the bottom left side of the library module. The export dialog box lets you determine where the file will be stored.

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5/2/2009 6:37:15 PM

Elida Gutierrez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2007
  Hi Carlton, I have had LR for some months now and LOVE IT!!!
Try this: File > Export > Export location, File name and File settings (here you can choose to save as TIFF.
The only problem I have with LR is that my TIFF files when editing in PS it doesn't give me the option to save them in JPEG. Otherwise, it's great. I really LOVE IT!!!

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5/3/2009 9:30:36 AM

Debra Booth
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/2/2004
  Elida, Are you exporting your files as 16 bits? If so, try changing them to 8 bits before you try to save as JPEG:
Image > Mode > 8 Bits/Channel
That always does the trick for me.

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5/3/2009 10:00:17 AM

Carlton Ward
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/13/2005
  Thanks everyone.
I am still getting used to the layout and the way Lightroom works but it seems pretty cool so far. I am just so used to Photoshop as I know where everything is and it will take a bit of using LR to get comfortable with it.
Cheers, Carlton

Editor's Note: FYI ... Lewis Kemper teaches the excellent Adobe Lightroom - A Comprehensive Look online course here at BetterPhoto.

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5/3/2009 2:58:48 PM

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