Getting Started With Darktable Part 4 {Exporting}

Now that you’ve completed your editing, your ready to share it with the world. But how? Well, the answer lies within this tutorial.

It should be noted that edits to your image are not saved directly to the image file. Instead, the editing data is recorded in darktable’s database and an XMP file if the preference default settings are left unchanged. To share your images, you’ll need to “export” them, and the edits you applied will be included.

If you’re ready to learn how to export your images with darktable… let’s do it!

Table of Contents

The Darkroom Export Module

export module

The following includes information on each feature of the export module. However, it will not be an in-depth view of every aspect of each option. That would be impossible to do in one article. In fact, entire books have been written on some of the options… color profiles and color spaces. I’ll provide the necessary information you’ll need to know, and it will be up to you to do further research.

To export your images, make sure you’re in the lighttable module to access it. It’s located at the bottom of the right panel. Although JPEG is the most common use to save your images, the export module offers various options based on your needs. Let’s discover the export options…

Target Storage

The first question you need to answer is where the exported file will be saved to. This section lists that folder location on your internal drive. If the default isn’t satisfactory, click the icon to the right of the box. This will reveal the “select directory” window where you can specify the exact location.

By default, on export, your new file will be renamed. This is to ensure you don’t overwrite the original or another copy. If needed, you can select “overwrite” or “skip” as required. Either option can be chosen via the drop-down menu below the directory box. Click on “create unique filename” to access the menu.

Format Options

file formats

The next question you have to answer is the file type (format). JPEG is the one you’ll probably use the most, especially for social media. If you have other needs, you can find the most popular choices via the drop-down menu (click on JPEG 8-bit) to access it.

Global Options

Edit Metadata Exportation

Click the image to enlarge.

Before hitting that export button, you may want to click the clog icon to its right. This will reveal the “edit metadata exportation” window. This will allow you to set what metadata is written to your image file.

If your camera captures geolocation, you might not want that data floating around the internet. For example, suppose you’re sharing images of your kids (that you shot at home). In that case, the geolocation will be accessible in your exported file! To turn it off, de-activate “geo tags.”

Pro Tip

If you find yourself using the same exporting settings each time you can export directly from the darkroom view with the following keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + E.

What's Next?

Did you miss one of the three other guides in this “getting started with darktable” series? If so, here are the others…

Darktable Part 1
Darktable Part 2
Darktable Part 3

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