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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
So far in this chapter we've been focusing in on how we can functionally export our photographs from Lightroom. How can we do this more effectively and seamlessly without interrupting our workflow? Well here, we're going to focus in on something which is going to be functional and fun. This is going to be all about e-mailing photographs straight from Lightroom. Now what's great about this is this is functional. This is something we need to do all the time. It's a great way to communicate with clients and friends, It's a great way to get our pictures out there.
It's also a ton of fun because it's so easy once you've set it up, it's kind of amazing, it's almost like a paradigm shift. It allows you to share your work with others really, really quickly. Well let's take a look at how we can set this up. We'll go ahead and navigate to the File pull -down menu then we'll click on Email Photo. Now the first time we do this, we're going to see this dialog and we're going to need to set up a few things here. I'm going to go ahead and click From and rather than Apple Mail I'm going to go to my Email Account Manager. Now I need to set up a new e-mail account, so I'll click on Add and I'll name this one CO-GMAIL and that's the account I'm going to be sending these e-mails through.
I'll select that from this pull-down menu here and again select whatever e-mail client you want to use and then next click OK. Well here it fills in all of this information for me. I need to go ahead and enter in my Email Address, firstname.lastname@example.org and then type in my Password there and I use Gmail as the server for my chrisorwig.com emails. I want to validate this just to make sure I've entered in all of this information correctly and once I've done that it will tell me it's Validated.
Lightroom will give me the green light; I'm now ready to go. I'll go ahead and click Done here and then I'm going to send this e-mail. This dialog has changed a little bit now I have my information in there and I'm just going to send myself a test e-mail here. I'll call this one "Test" and I'll say, "Hello! This is a test!" The reason why I recommend you send a test e-mail like I'm doing here to yourself is just to see how it's displayed to see how it all appears. Before I send my important clients photographs I do send them to myself again just to make sure I've included the correct images, make sure I don't have any typos and again it's just a nice way to see how this all functions.
Next, I'm going to include the attached file, that's the one that we had selected. If you had selected more images you would see all of those in here as well. Now, we can use a preset and have a few presets to choose from. Do we want it to be a small, medium, large or full size? Medium is going to work pretty well 500 pixels wide. That appears to be of nice size inside of Gmail which is a web mail program and then I'll go ahead and click Send. Now this is going to happen behind-the-scenes, it's kind of funny. You'd would think it would need to open up your e-mail program or something but no, it's just going to do that in the background then tell you, message has been sent.
Alright, well now that that's been sent, I'm going to go ahead and open up my e-mail program here and there we can see that e-mail has come in. We'll expand this a little bit so we can view it. And there you go, we have that image inside of that e-mail and that was incredibly easy. Well let's say we want to send another picture. Well here I'm going to go ahead and click on a few pictures. I'll click on one, hold down the Command key and then click on a few others that I want to send. Next, I'm going to navigate to my File pull-down menu and choose Email Photos. This is going to open up the same dialog.
Again I just want to display how it will show you multiple images in this case. And what you can do is click on this Address button here. Now you can actually add addresses in order to have them in this. I'm going to go ahead and click New Address and I'm just going to go ahead and type out a name Chris Orwig and then type out the e-mail address that I have here and click OK. Now what's great about this is this will be saved in this Address Book. So if I click OK here I can then go to my Address book and when I want to send an e-mail to a person that I'm continually sending it to, say those top 10 or 20 or 30 clients you have.
Well you can check off their names and then click OK and that e-mail will automatically be added to this line here. Next thing we want to do is just do test. Let's call this "Test #2" just so I can show you what it looks like to have multiple files in the e-mail, they are either horizontal or vertical. Now, we'll simply click Send. This will take place in the background and once it's complete, it'll give us a message that the e-mail has been sent. And once it tells us that we'll go ahead and pull up the e-mail account, click in my Inbox here and then take a look at Test #2.
And when we do that we can see that we have these images, they fit really nicely into this size window and we can see the verticals or the horizontal images and how they work with this. And again what's great about this is this gives us a way to kind of connect our workflow to getting our work out there. So here's what I recommend you do. Spend a couple of minutes setting this up, entering in your e-mail information and then also enter in 10 or 15 e-mail addresses in that Address Book, so that you can have those at your disposal or at your access.
So that you can quickly send off those photographs to those friends, family members or clients that you have on that e-mail address. And hey I just want to include a shout out that if you want to send me a photograph, I'd love see it. I'd love to see how you're working in Lightroom and what your photographs are. One of the wonderful things about being a photographer is being part of this larger community where we share ideas and pictures and where we kind of collectively grow and change and develop. Well, I hope to hear from you and that wraps up our conversation about e-mailing photographs from Lightroom.
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