Lightroom: Printing using an outside vendor - Should I use Print Module or Export to get JPEGs?

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I have reached the end of my Lightroom trainig! Yeah. but I can’t find an answer to my question:

I do not print to my crappy printer, I send out to have printed, mostly 5x7 or 4x6.

So, do I:

1. Export the photo as a jpeg using the export screen.

or

2. Use the Print module and click Print to JPEG file?

The print module provides a brigtening slider that I don’t get when I simply export. However, in the print module you have to choose paper size and etc....I just want straight prints.

What do you do when you send your prints out for printing?
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If they're single photos, use Export.

If you've created a page with multiple images, then you might use Print to JPEG.

For most off site printing though, Export is your best option.
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Thank you! I would like to see a brightening slider that can be added to an export preset. Thanks again.
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For what purpose? If your screen is properly calibrated and you're using a decent lab, you shouldn't need to brighten the photos before sending them to print. The Brightness and Contrast sliders were designed as a quick and easy hack for people who just wanted to print something quick to their local printer without getting deeply involved in color management or where the profiles weren't quite accurate, but for offsite labs, they should have that sorted.
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Thank you for further info, really helps this former Aaperture user!