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Saving & Exporting Files

As you work with digital images, at some point you’ll reach a point where saving a file is a good idea.  It might be an in-progress save to capture work to date as you edit a photo.  Perhaps it’s to prepare a file for printing or sharing on the Internet.  Or maybe an export to social media.  Luminar offers many different options for saving and exporting images to meet your needs.

Exporting Images

You may need to export multiple files for other tasks.  Maybe its to post online, to drop into a presentation, or to collaborate with others. When you export a file, you can save in a variety of file formats including JPG, TIFF, and PNG.

Saving an Image File

1. To create a new graphic file choose File > Export or click the Share image button in the upper right corner and choose Export to image….  A new dialog box opens.

2. Choose a new location to store the saved file on your hard drive, an attached disk, or using a Cloud storage provider.

3. Select fa file format from the pop-up list.

4. Give the file a descriptive name and click the Save button to write to disk.

Supported File Formats

The following types of file can be created in Luminar.

JPEG (.jpg). The Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) format is most often used to display continuous-tone images (such as photos) on the Internet. Most digital cameras use JPEG because it provides excellent compression; the maximum setting provides comparable image quality to much larger file formats like TIFF. Occasionally, the print industry (especially newspapers) will use JPEGs. JPEG is a lossy compression, which means that some data is discarded during compression of the image. JPEGs should not be used as an archive or production file format. You should generally only save JPEG files once, because re-saving continues to discard data and lower image quality. If you have acquired an image as a JPEG in your camera, be sure to save the edited document as a native Luminar file.

PNG (.png). The Portable Network Graphics format provides lossless compression. It is increasingly common on the Internet, as most web browsers support it. The PNG format was created to be a patent-free alternative to GIF. Its major advantage is the PNG-24 file, which allows for 24-bit images (8 bits per channel) and embedded transparency. It is technically superior to GIF.

TIFF (.tif). The Tagged-Image File Format is one of the most common and flexible formats available. It is widely used to exchange files between applications and computer platforms, and has a long legacy of compatibility.  Additionally, TIFF is one of the formats to work in a bit depth of 8 or 16 bits per channel. 

Open an Image in other Apps or Services
If you’d like to send your image to another application or service, that’s easy too.  Luminar integrates with several other applications and web services to make sharing your finished photo (or a work in-progress) fast and simple. Just click the Share Image button in the upper right corner and select a targeted application.

Facebook. Add an image to your post,
Twitter. Add an image to your Tweet,
Mail. Attach a JPEG to a mail message.
You may need to separately have an account on these services to access them within Luminar.  If an application isn’t installed on your machine, it will be grayed out in the menu

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