Non-destructive edits in Zoner Photo Studio work transparently, that is, you see the edited versions of your pictures everywhere in the program. However, in order to use a non-destructively edited picture in other software, it must be exported. To call up the Export window, click the Export button in the right panel; this feature is available both in the Manager and in the Develop module. In Develop, it normally exports a single picture—the one you are currently adjusting. However, if multiple pictures are selected in the Filmstrip, the Export will be applied to all of them at once.
The Export window lets you pick a target folder for the files being exported, as well as their format, quality, and color space, and lets you resize them and choose what metadata will be left out of the exported versions. You can modify these settings as needed, or quickly apply whole sets of them using Presets. To apply a preset right while you’re starting an export, click the small triangle next to the Export button.
- Presets – use these to apply a whole set of export settings at once. Several presets are built into the program. Any saved presets you create are shown here are well. To save presets, click the diskette icon at the top right. To use multiple presets within a single export job, click . Checkboxes are then displayed next to all of the presets; use these to define which presets will be included in the export job. To quickly read what a preset actually does, click that preset and then check the headings of the different settings groups.
- Location – You can leave exported pictures in the same folder as the original pictures, or choose the export folder manually by clicking . This shows the Choose Folder subwindow, where you can choose from among the same folders as are available in the Navigator—Favorites, Catalog, Zoner Photo Cloud, Zonerama, OneDrive, Google Disk, Computer, and Network. Right-click a folder here to show a menu with items for renaming or deleting that folder or adding a new folder. (These will only be shown if they are relevant for the folder clicked.) Pictures can be uploaded directly to the subfolders of Zonerama galleries.
Use Subfolder to set how any export subfolders will be named. Set the name manually, or use the program’s Metadata Tokens feature to set up automatic naming. Clicking the icon opens a menu with these options: Edit Metadata Tokens, Date, Rating, Colored Label, Export Preset Name, and Counter.
- Rename – Sets if and how the exported versions of the files will be renamed. The header for this group shows the name, or a few sample names, produced by the renaming. Click the small triangle on the right to use one of the renaming presets: Filename, Counter – Filename, or Date – Filename. Use this same menu to set up the Counter or to Edit Metadata Tokens, that is, to set up automatic naming using the Metadata Tokens feature. Use Case to force Lowercase or Uppercase text.
- Format – use these controls to select the source and the format for the exported file(s). Use Image Source to set what image from each source picture is used as the source for each exported picture: Full quality including Develop module edits, Full quality without Develop module edits, Preloaded Fast Preview, JPEG stored inside RAW (Embedded), or JPEG associated with RAW. As for file formats, you can choose among JPEG, TIFF, and PNG format. Settings are available for each of these formats; use these settings to adjust various quality-related parameters, including the color space (sRGB, Adobe RGB, ProPhoto RGB, Colormatch RGB, or Linear ProPhoto RGB).
- Resize – use these settings to either leave the export at the same size as the original or adjust the Width and height, the Longer side, or the Shorter side. The export’s dimensions can be set in pixels, inches, centimeters, or millimeters. Check the Do not enlarge box to keep pictures from being enlarged, so that they will not lose quality during export.
- Sharpen – use the settings in this group to sharpen pictures during export, in line with how they’ll be used: For screens, For printers, or Do not sharpen. To set the sharpening strength, use the Strength slider.
- Video – use these settings to define how ZPS deals with video files in an export batch. You can have it Skip them or Copy and Rename them.
- Metadata – use All to keep all of the exported files’ metadata—except for any that you exclude using the checkboxes. Use None to keep none of it—except for any that you include using the checkboxes. There are checkboxes here for ratings and colored labels, keywords, name and description, copyright, GPS coordinates, location, exposure data, camera info, and picture-taken time and date). Checking them retains this data; unchecking them removes it.
If your export settings are problem-free and export can begin, the words The export is ready appear above the Export button. If they are not, you’ll find a message here stating which specific export items have bad settings.
The export itself runs in the background while you work. To check the status of a long-running export job, visit Notifications – see the bell icon at the top right of ZPS. Notifications also shows any warning or error messages that may come up.