How Do I Export My Mac Photos Library

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Let’s face it when using apps from different places they don’t always communicate well with each other. For those of us who like using Lightroom for photo editing, the task of moving your photos after editing can be tedious. First, they need to be exported, and then after that, you still need to upload them into the Photos app if you want access to them across your devices.

Export photos in a selected format. In the Photos app on your Mac, select the item you want to export. Choose File Export Export number Photos. Click the Photo Kind pop-up menu and choose the file type for the exported photos. JPEG creates small-size files suitable for use with websites. In addition to moving your multi-gigabyte iTunes library to an external drive, a significant amount of Mac storage space can be freed up by moving your photo libraries onto a separate drive. If you take a lot of pictures with a DSLR camera or your iOS devices and import them in Photos, you’ll fairly quickly run out of free space on most Macs. How to transfer your iPhone or Mac Photo library to an external drive. By AppleInsider Staff Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 04:40 pm PT (07:40 pm ET) Storing an entire collection of photographs in.

There is an easier way, it just requires jumping through a few hoops at first. Using Automator you can create a workflow that will upload your photos for you, and we have the details for you here!

How Lightroom switchers can move to Photos for Mac

If you switched to Lightroom a while ago but now want to make the move to Photos, your best bet is to load your Lightroom folders and files directly into Photos. Just note down where they’re stored on your hard drive, and then import away.

How to prepare for setting up Lightroom photos to sync

Before you can jump through the hoops required to set up an automated export of your Lightroom photos to your iCloud Photo Library, you’ll need to prepare a few things. These steps will simply ensure that, once you’ve started, you’ll be able to create the Automator rule without having to stop and set something up. You’ll need to set up a folder in finder, create an export preset for Lightroom, and enable your iCloud Photo Library.

Create a folder in Finder

First things first, you’ll want to create a new folder in Finder. This is the folder where all of the photos you want to sync from Lightroom will be exported to. If you’ve already got a folder for this, you can use the existing one.

Create a Lightroom export preset

Next, you’ll want to create a preset for exporting your Lightroom photos. This makes it easy to ensure that all of your files are exported to the correct location and in the correct format.

Enable iCloud Photo Library in Photos on your Mac

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How to use Automator to export Lightroom photos to Photos for Mac

You should now test the Automator rule to make sure it works correctly. Click on Run in the upper right corner of the Automator window. If the actions are listed correctly, you’ll see a note in your log that the workflow is completed. If not, repeat the steps above, making sure to have three actions in your workflow. You’ll probably get an arrow, but you’ll also get the notification that a photo has been imported into Photos.

Questions?

Do you still have questions about syncing your Lightroom photos to your iCloud Photo Library? Have you used this method to make sure your edited photos are accessible on your other devices? Let us know about it in the comments!

Updated May 2019: Took into account macOS Mojave.

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Your Photos library holds all your photos, albums, slideshows, and print projects. If your library is large, and you want to free up storage space on your Mac, turn on iCloud Photo Library and use Optimize Mac Storage, or move your library to an external drive.

Before you start, be sure to back up your library.

Prepare your drive

You can store your library on an external storage device, such as a USB or Thunderbolt drive formatted as APFS or Mac OS Extended (Journaled).1 Find out how to check the format of your external storage device.

To prevent data loss, Apple doesn’t recommend storing photo libraries on external storage devices like SD cards and USB flash drives, or drives that are shared on a network.

Move your Photos library to an external storage device

Delete original library to save space

After you open your library from its new location and make sure that it works as expected, you can delete the library from its original location.

In a Finder window, go back to your Pictures folder (or whichever folder you copied your library from) and move Photos Library to the trash. Then choose Finder > Empty Trash to delete the library and reclaim disk space.

Open another Photos library

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If you have multiple libraries, here’s how to open a different one:

Photos uses this library until you open a different one.

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If you have a permissions issue with your library, you might be able to resolve the issue by using the Photos library repair tool.

1. You can’t move your library to a disk that’s used for Time Machine backups.

2. If the volume isn’t formatted APFS or Mac OS Extended (Journaled), or has been used for Time Machine backups but hasn’t been erased, this checkbox will either not be present, or won’t be selectable after unlocking. Erase and reformat the drive for this option to be available.

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