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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 we're going to take a look at a plug-in that we can use, which actually allows us to export an image, or images, from Lightroom and include those images as an attachment to an e-mail when we're using Gmail. Now in order to find this plug-in, navigate over to photographers-toolbox.com, then click on Lightroom Goodies, and then click on this first button, Export and publishing plugins. And the plug-in that you're looking for is this LR/GMail. Now when you get there, you'll find some information about how this plug-in works.
It also will tell you that the trial, or the free version of this, allows you to only send one image at a time. But if you give a little bit of a donation, you can then have the full version, which allows you to work with as many images as you want. All right. Well, to work with this plug- in, simply click on Download LR/GMail. That will then download a little plug-in file, as you can see here. All right, well how then do we work with that plug-in inside of Lightroom? Oh, you remember how to do this, right? What we're going to do inside of Lightroom is we're going to go ahead and navigate to our File pulldown menu.
We're going to go to Plug-in Manager. Now in the Plug-in Manager, it's a good idea to click on one of your other plug-ins and then simply show where that's located in your Finder or Explorer. Here you can see it took me to this plugin folder. And I like to keep all of my plugins in that main folder, so I'll do the same thing with this Gmail plug-in. Here I'll just drag and drop that into the location. Now we're ready to go back to Lightroom. Here we can close these windows, and also back in Lightroom, close that plugin manager.
Next, I want to restart Lightroom, so first I'll go to Lightroom and Quit. No need to back up my catalog this time. And then go ahead and relaunch Lightroom. Here it says, "Your catalog must be updated." I'll go ahead and Update that. It's just recognizing that that plug-in is there. And if we go to our File pulldown menu and then choose Plug-in Manager, we should see a green light with this one, and there it is. It's installed and running.
If you did give a little bit of a donation, they would send you a serial number. You could enter that into this field right here. All right. Well, in this case, we'll go ahead and click Done. And let's say we want to e-mail this photograph. What we'll do is we'll then go to our File pulldown menu and choose Export. Now in the Export dialog, what we're looking for is the plug-in right here, LR/GMail. We'll choose that, and what we'll need to do is connect to our Gmail account. So I'll go ahead and type out my Gmail account information and then click Connect.
I can add this information here, and I'm going to go ahead and e-mail this to myself, just so we can test it and see how it works. And we can go down the line here, and I'll just say, "photo," and type out a message. And there you have that e-mail interface. Signature, if we need to. We can also archive this as a zip file. And then this is a nice little housekeeping. It will export to a temporary folder. The image will be discarded upon completion.
So we don't have to worry about that and then the usual settings: File Naming, File Settings. We want to choose a JPEG, an sRGB. Approximately 75 for a Quality, Longest Edge, somewhere right around 500 or 600 pixels, and again, a Resolution of 72. We've seen all these variables before, right? Output Sharpening for Screen, a Standard Amount. No metadata or watermarking. And all that we need to do now is simply click Export. This will then run this image through that process. And again, this is a full-res file so it's going to take some time to really crunch that down to this smaller JPEG file, so that it looks good.
E-mail was successfully sent. I'll go ahead and click OK. And what I want to do is then pull up my e-mail, just to check this to make sure I received this. So here I'll go to my e-mail program, and let's just expand this a little bit, so we can focus in on this e-mail. It was sent from myself. We'll click on the e-mail, and there you can see the e-mail and also the photograph. And if we want to view this in a larger way, we can do so. And we get that full-size image, based on the parameters.
You can see the sharpness of the file looks good, the color looks good, and the image looks great. It looks really close to the image that we're working on inside of Lightroom. And that then wraps up our conversation about how we can use that little plug-in in order to export a photo, or photos, from Lightroom, and include those images as an attachment when we're working with Gmail.
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