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In part two of Chris Orwig's Lightroom Essentials, you'll learn how to add important metadata to your images that will help you find and filter your library, process images and video, and export, email, and share photos—all from within the powerful Library module in Adobe Lightroom. First you'll learn how to flag, rate, and rank your photos and use the information to find images that match those criteria. Then tag them with locations and add keywords and identifying information that clearly distinguish the subject and your copyright. Chris also shows you how to make image adjustments with Quick Develop, and play, trim, and edit video. Lastly, find out how to export your photographs to a hard drive, email them to friends and clients, and upload them to sharing sites like Flickr and Facebook.
Next let's take a look at how we can take advantage of export presets in order to speed up our overall work flow. In order to work with export presets, what you want to do is select an image and then click on the Export button or navigate to File and choose Export. This will open up the Export dialog and here you can use one of these predefined Lightroom presets, for example, to burn a full size JPEG. Or you can also create some of your own user presets. Yet if you're going to create one of your own user presets, what you'll need to do is to customize a few fields here.
So what we'll do is we'll go to our export location, and rather than using a specific folder, I'll choose the folder later. This is, as it says, useful for presets because this will allow us to determine the folder when we're creating the exported file. We also want to make sure that when we're working with file naming, that we don't use a custom text. As you saw in the previous movie, you can run into issues with having images with the same name. So rather than doing that, we'll just leave the naming convention as the default name as it appears on the file.
You also want to go through and choose and dial in your options. But let's say we want to create a preset to export JPEGs at this quality setting, at this particular size 800 pixels on the long edge. With some sharpening applied and then also it will open the finder once this is complete. In order to create this preset, we'll click on the Add button, in doing that this will open up our New Preset dialog. And I'm going to go ahead and name this one JPG-800 and then here we can click Create. And once we click Create, this preset will show up in our user presets.
You want to create presets for those times when you're exporting images to certain sizes that you do, or that you use very frequently. Ideally, you'll have a whole slew, or a whole set of presets which you can then access. Now, in order to take advantage of a preset. All that you need to do is to click on the preset name. And it will change all of the various settings as you can see here. When we go back to JPG-800. It will dial in all of the settings which we've defined. Then, of course, to use this, simply click Export, and this will run through this preset process.
The first step here is to choose a folder, which is kind of handy because now what I need to do is I need to create a folder. So I'll go ahead and create a new folder. And I'll just title this new. And then I'll create and open that folder. In this way, it will then save this file to that particular location. And this is nice because then every time we run this preset, it will ask us which folder. So we can make sure that we're just saving our images in the correct location. You know, another way that you can use a preset is to go back to Lightroom, select the image and then navigate to the File pull down menu and here you can choose Export with Preset. Here it will show you all of the pre installed Lightroom presets and any that you've created.
In this case I'll select the one we just created which was JPG-800. It will go through this process and say, hey, what folder do you want to use? I'll use the same folder here, new. Then I'll click Open or Choose. And that will then save this file out as a small JPEG to that particular location. And now again, keep in mind that I've showed you how to create a preset to save a JPEG. Yet you can also create presets to create TIFFs or PSDs or DNG files. And you can dial in or change all of those settings so that they meet your needs. Again here I just wanted to show you one way that you could save a preset out, as we've done so here with this particular file.
Most importantly, what you'll want to do is take a look at how you can create those presets so that you can have a whole set of presets. Because this will really help you to optimize your work flow when it comes to exporting your photographs.
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