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One of the most common needs for all photographers is the ability to effortlessly and seamlessly e-mail our photographs. Whether it's e-mailing those photos to clients, family, or friends, it's important to be able to do that. Here, we're going to explore how we can communicate between Lightroom and our e-mail application, so that we can actually export an image from Lightroom and then send that image, by way of an attachment, in an e-mail. We're going to look at how we can do this on Mac and Windows operating system.
First though, let's take a look at it on a Mac. Well here, I have a couple of images of my buddy Martyn. We were surfing this place called Witch's Rock in Costa Rica. And in the morning, it was small. You can see that here. But then in the afternoon, it was big, and the waves were amazing. So, I want to e-mail both of these photos to my buddy. Well, in order to do that on a Mac, we have to do a few things behind the scenes. So first, let's hide Lightroom. Next, what we're going to need to do is we're going to need to go to our Applications folder and find the icon for our e-mail client.
Now, whether this is Mac Mail or Entourage or whatever it is, we want to find that. Then right-click or Ctrl+Click, and here what we want to do is make an alias. So I'll go ahead and click on that option there to make this little alias file. Now, we're going to need to put this alias file in a particular location, which I'm going to show you here. Now, this is a bit of a tongue twister, yet, I'll try to show this slowly so you can actually pick it up. You want to go to your user folder, then Library. Next, Application Support, Adobe.
Then you're going to go down to Lightroom. Next, you're going to go to Export Actions. Now, if you didn't catch that, just rewind that part, then write down those different steps, because what you're going to want to do is copy your e-mail program's alias into this Export Actions folder. So over here in Applications, I have my little alias. I'll drag and drop that alias into this folder here, underneath Export Actions for Lightroom. Now, once you've done that, all that you need to do is to go back to Lightroom.
And here inside of Lightroom, I'll select both of these images by holding down the Command key or Ctrl key on Windows, so we have two images selected. Then I'm going to go to File and choose Export. Now, this is something that I do all the time, because I am always e-mailing clients, family, or friends photographs. So here what I can do then is go through my Export options. For example, Export To a particular folder, In this case, I'll just leave it on the Desktop. Or you could be a bit more organized and choose a folder that you always want to save these files to.
Next, File renaming, leave them as is. File Settings, because this is going to be done via e-mail, I'm going to go to JPEG, sRGB, and a Quality of approximately 75 or 80. Next, for my Image Sizing, I'm going to resize these to fit, and I'm going to go with about 650 pixels wide. Again, it depends upon how many images I'm sending or to whom I'm sending these photographs. But anything really between 5 and 700, or 500 and 800 pixels at the longest edge, would be a pretty good size for e-mail. Resolution, we'll put at 72. Output Sharpening for screen, and we'll use an Amount of Standard.
Then no metadata, no watermark, but in Post- Processing, this is where the magic takes place. After the export, what we want to do is we want to select that alias that we just copied to that folder. In this case, this is for Mac Mail. Here you can see we've selected that from the pulldown menu. The other option there might be your alias for Entourage, if that's the e-mail program that you use. All right! Well, once you've done all of that, all that you need to do next is click Export.
Here, what will happen is is Lightroom will take these full-res files-- I mean these are RAW files as captured-- It will convert them to that small sRGB file, open up your e-mail program-- you can see it's included those images inside of this e-mail here--and there I'm just going to click through these, add a little space between those. In this case, I could type out the e-mail, and send this message to my friend Martyn. And I'm just going to type some fake copy here, but just to give you an idea.
Now I have this little message with these images, and all that I would need to do would be to add an e-mail address and then to send this off. As you can see, by copying this little alias into that Export Actions folder, it can really expedite this process, so that you can more frequently and more easily e-mail your photos to your clients, family, and friends. All right! Now you may be thinking, "Okay, that's great for those Mac users, but what about Windows users?" What can you do? Well, in those situations, what you can do is you can go to the Adobe Exchange, and do a search for this particular export plug-in.
It's called MapiMailer. So first what you'll want to do is go to Google and do a Google Search for Adobe Exchange, and then once you're there, do a search for M-a-p-i-M-a-i-l-e-r, MapiMailer. This is a little plug-in that works incredibly well for those on a Windows operating system. And this little plug- in allows you to export an image and then include it as an attachment to an e-mail.
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