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Emailing images from Lightroom

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Video: Emailing images from Lightroom

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.

Emailing images from Lightroom

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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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

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  1. 5m 57s
    1. Welcome
      2m 11s
    2. Strategies for success
      1m 49s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 57s
  2. 39m 0s
    1. Understanding how Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop work together
      6m 25s
    2. Working with Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop
      6m 35s
    3. Maximizing compatibility with Photoshop
      4m 7s
    4. Resolving Camera Raw mismatches
      7m 47s
    5. Customizing external editor naming
      3m 54s
    6. Stacking multiple photos
      5m 25s
    7. What to do when Bridge isn't seeing the raw adjustments
      4m 47s
  3. 18m 30s
    1. Setting up an additional external editor
      6m 38s
    2. Should I work with TIFF or PSD files?
      1m 3s
    3. Setting up an export preset
      4m 4s
    4. Integrating Photoshop actions into Lightroom
      6m 45s
  4. 11m 46s
    1. What are catalogs and why do they matter?
      3m 38s
    2. Where are my images?
      4m 2s
    3. The nuts and bolts of catalogs
      1m 52s
    4. Understanding catalogs, collections, and folders
      2m 14s
  5. 15m 22s
    1. Working with folders
      3m 22s
    2. Working with collections
      3m 55s
    3. The collections workflow
      8m 5s
  6. 16m 5s
    1. Exporting and importing catalogs
      7m 52s
    2. Diagramming multiple catalogs and computers
      2m 10s
    3. When to use multiple catalogs on one computer
      3m 40s
    4. Cleaning up the catalog mess
      2m 23s
  7. 10m 55s
    1. Catalog backup defaults
      4m 7s
    2. Performing a better catalog backup
      3m 45s
    3. Restoring from a backup catalog
      1m 27s
    4. Optimizing catalogs
      1m 36s
  8. 12m 24s
    1. Hard drive options
      9m 50s
    2. Further resources
      2m 34s
  9. 9m 46s
    1. Setting up tethered capture
      3m 12s
    2. Custom tethered capture white balance
      6m 34s
  10. 43m 38s
    1. Enhancing eyes
      8m 59s
    2. Whitening teeth
      2m 51s
    3. Smoothing skin
      6m 45s
    4. Reducing small blemishes
      6m 56s
    5. Darkening or dodging with the Adjustment brush
      2m 29s
    6. Adding dimensions and contrast
      4m 53s
    7. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 1: Reducing blemishes
      7m 10s
    8. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 2: Smoothing skin
      3m 35s
  11. 21m 42s
    1. Understanding color space and preventing color profile mismatch
      3m 29s
    2. Monitor calibration with ColorMunki
      1m 5s
    3. Working with ColorChecker Passport
      59s
    4. Creating and exporting a ColorChecker Passport profile
      5m 44s
    5. Choosing and applying a profile
      6m 42s
    6. Saving a profile as a preset
      3m 43s
  12. 19m 0s
    1. Are your prints too dark?
      5m 47s
    2. Monitor brightness presets
      3m 4s
    3. Custom grid layouts
      3m 38s
    4. Importing and exporting custom presets
      2m 31s
    5. Exporting from Lightroom to Pictage
      4m 0s
  13. 20m 19s
    1. Designing a custom watermark in Photoshop
      7m 0s
    2. Implementing a custom watermark
      3m 54s
    3. Using a custom watermark for effect in a slideshow
      5m 54s
    4. Using a custom watermark for effect in a web gallery
      3m 31s
  14. 15m 28s
    1. Exporting images for a Blurb photo book
      6m 45s
    2. Downloading and installing Blurb BookSmart
      44s
    3. Building and designing a Blurb book
      7m 59s
  15. 17m 26s
    1. Publishing to the iPhone or iPad
      8m 45s
    2. Publishing to Facebook
      2m 24s
    3. Publishing to Flickr
      3m 19s
    4. Publishing to SmugMug
      2m 58s
  16. 17m 31s
    1. Web galleries and web hosting
      2m 52s
    2. Creating and uploading a gallery
      6m 29s
    3. Popular web gallery plug-ins
      3m 10s
    4. Installing and uploading a web gallery plug-in
      5m 0s
  17. 25m 44s
    1. Exporting to burn on DVD or Blu-ray
      5m 33s
    2. Exporting to a blog
      9m 16s
    3. Exporting for the web
      3m 26s
    4. Exporting and posting a slideshow or video
      4m 34s
    5. Creating a Lightroom screensaver
      2m 55s
  18. 10m 10s
    1. Creating a client web gallery template
      4m 1s
    2. Sending high-resolution images via FTP
      6m 9s
  19. 10m 23s
    1. Emailing images from Lightroom
      5m 31s
    2. Emailing images from Lightroom with Gmail
      4m 52s
  20. 11m 59s
    1. Installing plug-ins
      6m 17s
    2. Accessing plug-ins
      3m 10s
    3. Creative plug-in resources
      2m 32s
  21. 45m 6s
    1. General navigation shortcuts
      6m 21s
    2. Importing shortcuts
      5m 49s
    3. Library module shortcuts
      8m 15s
    4. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 1
      4m 42s
    5. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 2
      4m 29s
    6. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 3
      5m 24s
    7. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 4
      3m 39s
    8. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 5
      5m 11s
    9. Shortcut resources
      1m 16s
  22. 6m 13s
    1. General tips
      2m 28s
    2. Increasing the cache size for greater speed
      3m 45s
  23. 55s
    1. Goodbye
      55s

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