Are you uploading your original image file or an exported derivative of your image.?
Only an exported version will show your edits.
I am uploading the original images into Lightroom and then once I edit them, I exported them in Jpeg format to a file on my computer. From that file I am attempting to print.
Try this test-
1. Select one image in the Lightroom Library GRID view
2. Press the V key on the keyboard (your preview thumbnail image should go monochrome)
3. Click on the EXPORT button
4. Choose the default Lightroom preset on the left panel of the export window- "For Email (HARD DRIVE)"
5. Click on EXPORT button at the base of the export dialog window.
6. Select your DESKTOP as the folder to save the new file.
7. Exit (or minimize) Lightroom and look on your desktop- do you have a new "....copy" jpg image that appears as monochrome?
If this happens then your develop has been applied to the new exported image.
Thank you so much for your help. Before I read this I was playing around all day. I tried burning the images to a disc to see if they would print fine and they did. Realized it was definitely with my export. When I changed the image sizing during export 1000 x 1000 pixels to 1024 x 768 pixels (what my other images are in Windows Picture manager) I was able to print and upload to Shutterfly. I have no idea what any of that means exactly or why that would make such a difference (I'm a noob), but just so happy it works now!
I also just tried out your way and it works too. Is that a better way to export for printing photos, does sizing matter? Hoping to be able to print some large images as well as small images?
Thanks again, Wobertc. I appreciate it!
Never mind, just tried resizing on other images and it doesn't always work. It appears saving it as you had stated is the only thing that works 100% of the time!!! Thank you, thank you!
Okay I had my setting all wrong. I had the box "fit to size" checked off and ProRGB (no idea what that means, but my printer and Shutterfly didn't like it, must be for special photo labs), however, I set my settings now to: unchecked "fit to size" "sRGB" "300ppi" and sharpen for matte paper. PERFECT! It works every time now. So happy!
Pleased I could help.
The Export dialog is very powerful. When you learn all the options you can export image files to suit many different purposes.
Only resize down if you want smaller file size for email or web use. Full pixel size (no tick in 'Resize') is best for quality prints.
The Resize options are somewhat cryptic. If you set the method to "Width & Height" in the drop-down box, then the pixel numbers you enter in the boxes will set the maximum pixel dimensions allowed. For example if you cropped an image to square 1:1 in develop, then W1025 x H768 would export an image 768x768 pixels in size.
ProRGB is a "Colour space" that Lightroom uses for best colour editing, but sRGB is recommended for web images and many commercial print labs.
When you have all the options as you want them in the Export dialog- click on the "ADD" button to save that as a User Preset that will always be available in the left panel of 'Export'
The Export dialog is 'sticky' and stays the same unless you change something or select another preset. As you change it to your needs always make a preset with a descriptive name.
Great information to have. I am so new at this, lol. Again, thank you so much for all your help.