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I find myself quite frequently sharing images with others via email for a variety of purposes, and so I'm really have that Lightroom 4 now includes a feature that enables me to email a photo directly to anyone I would like. I use to have to export images and then attach them to an email, but now Lightroom makes it incredibly simple. I've selected a photo here that I'd like to email, and so I'm simply going to go to the File menu, and then choose Email Photo. That will bring up an email message. I need to first set up an account, and this is a one-time process to plug in your existing email information into Lightroom, so that it can send an email on your behalf.
I'll go ahead and switch the service provider. In this case I'm using Gmail. Ill enter an accoutn name wich is just the name I want to use for the email itself in other words who the emails coming from, ill then plug in my email address, then type in my password, then ill click okay. Now at any time I can go and modify the existing accounts I can take a look at the email accounts I've created. And this where I can establish the server settings for my email as well as my credentials, my user name and password, essentially.
And it's important first, to actually validate the email. You can see that my email here, my gmail account, has not yet been validated. I'll go ahead and click the Validate button, and Lightroom will essentially sign into my email account to make sure that it's actually able to access that account. You can see that this account is now validated, so I'll go ahead and click the Done button. I can then set up the other options for my email. I'll set a to email address, and in this case, I'm simply going to send the email to myself, so I'll type my own email address. And I'll type a subject, we'll just call this "rusty car" since that is the subject of the photo. It's coming from Tim Grey, now I could choose a different email account if I had set up multiple email accounts within Lightroom, and I can also type a message. You can see that I can change the font and the size. I'll change the size to a medium size, for example. And I'll just type a little bit of a message here. (NOISE) Obviously not the most interesting email ever sent but of course I'm just trying to demonstrate the basic process of creating an email within light room that includes a photo.
You can see that I have the photo attached. I can also include caption metadata, so if I had added caption information in the IPTC metadata, I could turn this check box on to automatically include that as a caption. For this photo I've not done that, so I'll just go ahead and leave the check box turned off. I can also specify a preset for the image itself. I can specify essentially a size That I want to use for this image. I'm going to send a relatively large image. 800 pixels on the long side with the high quality setting. You see, I have a full size setting. I can also create a new preset if I'd like.
But I think large is going to work just fine. And that's it. I've set up an account in Lightroom. And I'll be able to use that in the future very easily, without having to add my credentials anymore. I've established the address I'm sendign the email to the subject, I've typed a little bit of a message for the email, the photo of course was attached automatically by light room so I'll simply click the send button and then light room will process the image and then create and send an email on my behalf. I'll go ahead and switch to my web browser where I have my email pulled up, and you can see sure enough. I've received a message with the email attached.
You can see it was to myself and from myself. Of course, there's that message body and of course, the photo that was included in the email. So as you can see, Lightroom makes it incredibly easy to send images via email with almost no effort at all.
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