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3.1 Export Your File and Move to Pixelmator

A RAW file is a linear recording from the sensor that needs to be interpreted and exported before you can do anything permanent to the pixels. In this lesson you'll learn how to use a couple of the export options available in DxO OpticsPro. Then we'll export our image and our file in Pixelmator.

3.1 Export Your File and Move to Pixelmator

Welcome to chapter three. In this chapter we're going to export our file auto DxO and then finish it up in the Raster editing software, Pixelmator. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the export options available, export our image and then open it up in Pixelmator. So at this point, if there were any additional adjustments that you would like to make to your image, now would be the time to do that. And let's take another before and after look using our compare button above the image, and I'd say it's ready to go. As far as exporting your file, you have a handful of ways to do this. You can up to Image and then Export, and from there you can export your file to a number of locations. Another way of doing the same thing is to bring back the file browser portion of your editing area and using this blue button in the bottom right hand corner. Currently, it's set on Export to disk. But if you select the small button next to it, you get additional options as well, as far as where you can send your file. Now if you select Export to disk, it'll bring up a number of options for you. They have a number of preset options on the left-hand side, and then you can further format those options on the right-hand side. And for each pre-made option you can make adjustments to the quality, the destination folder, the resolution and size of the image as well as the ICC profile. For this course, we'll actually be exporting our image as a 16 bit TIFF. And if you wanted to put it into a sub-folder, you would give that a name here. And you can also change the suffix of the file. And so if you wanted to, you could select the Export button, and it would export the file to the destination location, which would be within the original folder. You could also change that to a custom folder, and you can select that from your hard drive. Now in this case, we're going to select cancel, and we're going to export our image directly to Pixelmator. And so we're gonna head down to the bottom right corner, and we'll select the small button next to the blue button. And we'll select export to application. In this case, it lets us select the application that we want to send our file to, in which case we would select the browse button and find Pixelmator on your hard drive. Once you've found it, you can click select and now that we have it set to export to Pixelmator, you can adjust the format of your image. And so in this case, we are going to process it as a TIFF. And as far as the quality, we'll set it on 16 bit. We'll change the resolution to 300, and we'll change the size to inches. And this can all be according to your preferences, and in the case of using your own photo, the intended use of your photo. We'll leave the ICC profile as shot for this course. And then we'll select export. And you can tell by the small arrow that DxO is in the process of exporting our image, and there's a progress bar beneath the arrow. And you'll get a message saying that the export has finished. And you'll notice within our file browser that our additional TIFF has appeared. And also, Pixelmator is automatically opening. In this case, because we're using a free trial, you'll get a message saying thanks for trying Pixelmator. We'll go ahead and select the try button, and Pixelmator is now open. In this case, you can go ahead and close DxO OpticsPro. And so here is our Raster TIFF in Pixelmator. And that brings us to the end of this lesson. In this lesson, we exported our file out of DxO and opened our resulting TIFF file in Pixelmator. In our next lesson, we're going to make some Raster edits to our image, meaning that we'll be, from this point on, changing the pixel information of the image itself. This is an important distinction from raw processing. We'll go ahead and stylize our image.

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