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Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

Video: Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom

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.

Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom

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, chris@chrisorwig.com 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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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
      5m 56s
  3. 30m 18s
    1. The Photoshop Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    2. Using the interface shortcuts
      4m 57s
    3. Working with panels
      4m 24s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      5m 49s
    5. Customizing interface elements
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a custom panel end mark
      3m 45s
    7. Using module tips
      57s
  4. 36m 32s
    1. Importing images and looking at file formats
      5m 27s
    2. Importing preferences
      3m 13s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 10s
    4. Setting catalog preferences and import and preview options
      5m 38s
    5. Importing from a folder
      4m 2s
    6. Importing photos from a CF card
      10m 22s
    7. Creating an import preset
      2m 40s
  5. 11m 37s
    1. Drag-and-drop importing
      2m 8s
    2. Auto-importing from a watched folder
      4m 48s
    3. Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
      4m 41s
  6. 9m 36s
    1. Introducing tethered capture
      3m 47s
    2. Working with tethered capture
      2m 55s
    3. Considering color management with tethered capture
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 21s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      3m 12s
    2. Demystifying catalogs by way of comparison
      3m 34s
    3. Optimizing and backing up catalogs
      6m 13s
    4. Importing and updating legacy catalogs
      6m 38s
    5. Exporting a catalog
      3m 53s
    6. Learning more about catalogs
      51s
  8. 41m 51s
    1. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      2m 14s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      4m 47s
    3. Customizing the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 14s
    4. Customizing the Filmstrip
      3m 17s
    5. Comparing two images
      5m 23s
    6. Surveying two or more images
      3m 15s
    7. Working with folders and files
      4m 2s
    8. Deleting and removing images from folders
      3m 1s
    9. Working with multiple hard drives
      8m 2s
    10. Dual-monitor support
      2m 36s
  9. 30m 25s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      5m 20s
    2. Adding ratings with the Painter tool
      3m 32s
    3. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 58s
    4. A filtering workflow
      5m 54s
    5. Filtering by file type
      1m 54s
    6. Filtering by type and metadata
      3m 22s
    7. Sorting photos
      1m 58s
    8. Stacking photos into groups
      4m 27s
  10. 21m 51s
    1. Using Smart Collections
      4m 7s
    2. Using Quick Collections
      2m 25s
    3. What is a collection?
      3m 39s
    4. Working with collections
      3m 22s
    5. Going further with collections
      3m 17s
    6. An evaluative-collection workflow
      5m 1s
  11. 12m 23s
    1. Overviewing the new Map module
      2m 32s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 46s
    3. Creating saved locations
      6m 5s
  12. 10m 44s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 12s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      3m 53s
  13. 31m 41s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 49s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
    7. Exporting to a hard drive
      2m 37s
    8. Publishing to a hard drive
      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 18s
    10. Publishing video to Flickr
      2m 35s
  14. 17m 11s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Converting to DNG and the Embed Fast Load Data option
      3m 45s
    3. Reducing file size with the lossy compressed DNG
      5m 54s
  15. 22m 39s
    1. Adding keywords
      3m 33s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 58s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      1m 29s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 44s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 23s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      3m 26s
  16. 27m 34s
    1. External editing preferences
      5m 14s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Editing an original TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      3m 40s
    4. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      4m 34s
    6. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      4m 39s
  17. 29m 1s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      4m 44s
    2. Publishing to a folder
      4m 5s
    3. Using exporting presets
      4m 51s
    4. Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom
      5m 34s
    5. Exporting to Adobe Revel
      3m 39s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      6m 8s
  18. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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