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You can export images directly to CD or DVD using Lightroom.  The feature is a little bit hidden:

  • In the Library module, select your images to export.
  • Click on the Export button
  • At the top, you see the following:
The Default: Export to Disk

The Default: Export to Disk

  • Click on the drop down arrow next to Files on Disk, and change it to Files on CD/DVD.
Export to CD/DVD

Export to CD/DVD

  • If you want to keep a copy of the exported files on your hard drive, select and specify a specific folder or the same folder as the original photo.  Otherwise if you want them to only go to the CD/DVD, choose Temporary Folder.

Lightroom will write the exported files to the permanent or temporary folder, and then launch and run the CD/DVD burning process.  If your images don’t fit on one disk, you will be prompted to put in additional disks.

Unfortunately this process doesn’t work with the 64 bit version of Windows — the 3rd party burning software the Adobe is using doesn’t support it.  In this case, choose Files On Disk, write to a folder, and then launch your CD/DVD burning software and specify this folder to burn.


  6 Responses to “Exporting Images to CD/DVD”

  1. Does lightroom come on a disc? My darkroom computer is not on line.

    • You can buy a download version, Theodore — definitely through adobe.com, and I believe through Amazon as well.

  2. Hi Laura, I was wondering if you’d be able to help me out. What I can’t figure out is how to burn images to a DVD in the order I want them. It seems that when I burn the images, the software always reverts back to the original order. I’ve tried moving them to a collection and organizing them there and burning the collection, but that doesn’t seem to work. Is there an easy way to do this? Or even a complicated way that works will do. Thank you.


    • Hi Swan,

      Your operating system sorts your files by filename, so you’ll need to rename your exported copies that you are burning to DVD. In the Export dialog, in the File Naming section, check “rename to”, choose Custom Name – Sequence, and enter some custom text. Your files will be renamed whatever-text-001, whatever-text-002, etc. This will preserve your order.

  3. Hi Laura,
    Once I’ve started to burn images to a DVD/CD using Lightroom 4, how can I see which images have already been burned and which haven’t?
    Obviously one can open the disk and see which pictures have been burned – but, I’m wondering if there’s an easier way?


    • Hi Sig,

      Exports show up in the History panel in the Develop module — I don’t know that it will specify that it was an export to DVD, however.

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