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Creating and using exporting presets

From: Lightroom 5 Essentials: 02 Managing Images with the Library Module

Video: Creating and using exporting presets

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.

Creating and using exporting presets

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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  1. 2m 32s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 22m 0s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      3m 52s
    2. Adding flags, stars, and labels more quickly
      5m 10s
    3. Using Auto Advance to speed up rating photos
      4m 44s
    4. Rating and ranking groups of photos
      1m 50s
    5. Rating and ranking in the Grid and full-screen modes
      4m 5s
    6. Quickly delete rejected photos
      2m 19s
  3. 14m 0s
    1. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 44s
    2. Filtering by still photos, virtual copies, and video files
      1m 51s
    3. Filtering by text, metadata, and file type
      3m 3s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 30s
    5. Stacking photos into groups
      2m 52s
  4. 18m 14s
    1. What is a collection?
      2m 36s
    2. Creating a collection to group images together
      4m 35s
    3. Creating targeted collections
      2m 50s
    4. Using Quick Collections
      2m 42s
    5. Using Smart Collections
      5m 31s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Overview of the new Map module
      2m 47s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 21s
    3. Creating saved locations
      4m 41s
  6. 11m 10s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      4m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 58s
    3. Making incremental adjustments to images
      2m 33s
  7. 15m 54s
    1. Playing video in Lightroom
      2m 40s
    2. Trimming a video
      3m 47s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 21s
    4. Setting the poster frame
      1m 54s
    5. Capturing a still image from a video
      2m 12s
  8. 11m 1s
    1. Exporting to a hard drive
      3m 29s
    2. Publishing to a hard drive
      4m 18s
    3. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 14s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Using Fast Load DNG
      5m 0s
    3. Saving size with Lossy DNG
      6m 23s
  10. 27m 56s
    1. Adding keywords
      6m 3s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 35s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      2m 13s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      3m 4s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 24s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 36s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      4m 1s
  11. 31m 0s
    1. External editing preferences
      4m 23s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      6m 15s
    3. Editing an original TIFF or PSD
      4m 30s
    4. Editing an original JPEG
      5m 36s
    5. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPEG file in Photoshop
      4m 3s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      3m 16s
    7. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      2m 57s
  12. 27m 40s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      5m 51s
    2. Exporting photographs with previously used settings
      1m 32s
    3. Creating and using exporting presets
      3m 45s
    4. Emailing photographs from Lightroom
      6m 40s
    5. Using Publish Services to export photographs to a folder
      5m 16s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      4m 36s
  13. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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