One of the best things about Lightroom is being able to send images directly to your email client without exporting/opening your client/attaching the file etc etc.
Unfortunately, setting this up to work with a Gmail account can be problematic because, unless you use this workaround, you need to lower your Gmail security settings (never a good thing) to make it work.
Here’s how to set up the workaround:
- Make sure that you are logged into your Google account (if you see your gmail, you are logged in)
- Go to this link to create a special password for Lightroom
- In the first block of the section called “Signing into Google”, you should see App Passwords as one of the choices. Click on those words. Note: you may have to turn on “2 step verification’ to get App Passwords to display)
- After verifying your Gmail password, click the Select App dropdown, choose “Other” and type “Lightroom (or whatever)”, then click Generate.
- Copy the password that is generated (highlight it, right click on it, choose copy) or just write it down…
- Open Lightroom and go to File > Email Photo
- In the From: dropdown, select Go to Email Account Manager
- Click the Add button lower left, name it Gmail and select Gmail from the Service Provider: dropdown
- Fill out the lower section as follows, entering your own email address for both the Email Address AND User Name and using the Password that you copied in Step 5 above from the Gmail website – NOT your usual Gmail password! (to paste, click in the box, right click > paste or just write it in – no spaces)
- Click Validate to make sure it works – should change in left column from Unvalidated to Validated – Click Done (lower right)
From now on, you will be able to select an image(s) and go to File > Email Photo and send it straight out of Lightroom using your Gmail acct.
Let me know how this works for you!