Export from Lightroom to Facebook

The Publish Services panel in the Library module allows you to send photos directly from Lightroom to Facebook. First, establish a connection between Facebook and Lightroom, then create a publish collection of photos to export. Finally, upload the photos.

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Create a Facebook connection

The Publish Services connection allows Lightroom to communicate with your Facebook account.

  1. In the Publish Services panel on the left side of the Library module, click the Facebook connection Set Up button.

    The Publish Services panel

  2. In the Lightroom Publishing Manager dialog box, look under Facebook Account and click Authorize On Facebook.
  3. Follow the prompts to allow Facebook to communicate with Lightroom.
  4. Specify additional export options in the Publishing Manager:
    Publish Service
    A description that appears next to the connection name in the Publish Services panel.

    Facebook Album
    Choose a Facebook album to which you want to upload.

    Facebook Title
    Set photo titles using a photo’s filename, IPTC Title metadata, or Leave Blank. Choose the preferred behavior when updating photos: Replace Existing Title or Leave Existing Title.

    Note: For information on File Naming, File Settings, Image Sizing, and other export options, see Export photos to disk or CD.
  5. (Optional) To change your Facebook connection settings at any time, click the + button at the top of the Publish Services panel and choose Facebook > Edit Settings.

Add and manage photos in a Facebook collection

Photos that you want to upload to Facebook are managed in a Facebook publish collection.

  1. To create a collection of photos to export to Facebook, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the Facebook connection in the Publish Services panel and choose one of the following:
    Create Collection
    A collection of any photos you choose. Give the collection a Name, indicate if you want to include selected photos, and choose or create a Facebook album to upload to.

    Create Smart Collection
    A collection of photos based on rules you define. See Work with smart collections. Give the smart collection a Name and choose or create a Facebook album to upload to.

  2. For a regular Facebook collection , drag photos from the Grid view to the collection in the Publish Services panel. If you create a smart collection , the photos that match your rules appear in the collection.
  3. To manage your Facebook collections, do any of the following:
    • To edit, rename, or delete a collection, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) it in the Publish Services panel and choose Edit Collection, Rename, or Delete.

    • To remove an unpublished photo from a regular collection, select it in the publish collection and press Delete.

    • To add or remove photos in a smart collection, change the rules for the smart collection.

    • To view the photos in a collection, select the collection in the Publish Services panel. The photos are organized in the following categories, or queues, in the image display area:

      New Photos To Publish
      Photos that have not been exported.

      Modified Photos To Republish
      Photos that were edited in the Library or Develop module after they were exported.

      Published Photos
      Photos that have not been modified since they were exported.

      Deleted Photos To Remove
      When you press Delete to remove previously-exported photos from a collection, Lightroom marks them as Deleted Photos To Remove. They are removed from the collection in Lightroom the next time you click Publish; you must remove them from Facebook using your browser on the Facebook website.

Upload to Facebook

Photos waiting to be published appear in one of two queues: New Photos To Publish or Modified Photos To Republish. Lightroom uploads everything in both queues when you publish a collection.

  1. To publish to Facebook, do one of the following:
    • Select a Facebook collection in the Publish Services panel and click Publish.

    • Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) a Facebook collection and choose Publish Now.

  2. If prompted, click Replace to update published photos with newer versions.
Important: If you experience problems uploading to Facebook using the Publish Services panel, make sure you are using the latest update: In Lightroom, choose Help > Check For Updates. Also, see the Facebook Help Center topic Uploading photos and creating albums for restrictions on photos and albums. For example, albums cannot include more than 200 photos. See also Error deleting Facebook photo | Lightroom 3.