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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques, photographer Chris Orwig shows how to master the subtleties of Lightroom 3 and maximize its efficiency. The course begins with an in-depth exploration of Lightroom catalogs to keep track of photos, collections, keywords, stacks, and more. Along the way, Chris shows how to integrate Bridge and Photoshop in the Lightroom workflow and shares advanced techniques, including image editing with the adjustment brush, automating actions, using plug-ins and extensions, exporting to email or an FTP server, and more. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here I want to highlight a small, little application that you can use in order to take advantage of your Lightroom catalog and all those images that you have in that, in order to create a screensaver. To find out more information about this, navigate to lrsaver.com. And there you can read about how this works, by taking advantage of that Lightroom cache, it's a really lightweight file. You can also take advantage of some criteria that you already use inside of Lightroom, for example, like star ratings. What you need to do in order to use this is to navigate to the Downloads section and then to click on DOWNLOAD.
Now while this isn't truly exporting our images, what it will do is it will tap into what we were doing in Lightroom, and then kind of bring those images to a new spot to create Lightroom screensaver. All right. Well, I have already downloaded this file here. I will go to my folder where I have downloaded it, and I'm going to run through the install process. And I want to do this just to highlight the instructions that you'll find here at the end of this install process. So here I will go ahead and enter in my password. And then at the end it will say, hey, this was installed successfully, but in order to use it, you have to go to this location where you will find more info about your screensavers.
Now whatever operating system you are on, it will give you the appropriate instructions. Here I'm on a Mac. And it's telling me I need to go to my System Preferences, so let's do that. Close out of that window there, and then go to my Apple pulldown menu and choose System Preferences. Now next, I want to go to Desktop & Screensaver, and then scroll all the way down to the bottom and choose this one here, which is Lrsaver. Currently, I am not seen anything for the Lightroom screensaver, so I go to Options, and in Options, this is where we get to choose a few interesting things.
We can choose the Picture change interval, the Order, if we want to stretch files in order to fit that full resolution of our monitor. We can choose that option or not, depends on your own preference there. Then what gets interesting is you can use Lrsaver to just show your images say with five stars. You can see its two pictures are selected there. Or I can go down and say, well, show me all my one-star images in the screensaver. In other words, we can take advantage of this criteria that we've already created in Lightroom, and then we can kind of bring that into the screensaver.
And if you've not seeing anything in this little field here, you may want to click Refresh, or may want to browse and just make sure that you're actually selecting your appropriate catalog. And once you've done that, you should see an update, in this case here. And once you click OK, we will go back, and we will start to see a little bit of a preview of these photos. Now if this isn't working as you'd hoped, you can always click on Options and make any needed changes in order to customize this further.
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