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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.
Here we're going to take a look at how we can use these export controls, in order to export pictures to something completely new. The first thing that we want to do is select some picture. So I'll go ahead and click on one photograph, hold down the Shift key and then click on another. Next we're going to navigate to the File pull-down menu and choose Export. Now I've already mentioned briefly that we can export to a hard drive or CD or DVD or e-mail, we can also export this new feature which is called Adobe Revel. And if you select that you can see that you can log into an account. Now what it is an Adobe Revel account? I'm going to pull up a browser here quickly just to give you some information and to share with you a link where you can get some more info.
If you go to adobe.com and then search for products you can find information about this product. And basically what this allows you to do is to upload photographs to the Cloud so to speak, so that you can access these images from different devices. Now if we scroll down a little bit you can see a few feature highlights and screen grabs, also it shows you how you can access pictures from your iPad, your computer, your iPhone.
You also have the ability to modify those photographs and then to share these pictures with others to give others full access to these files. Now this is a subscription service, so it does cost money although you can try out a 30 day trial if you're interested in this particular product. Well let's go ahead and hide that, and back to this process. Well I'm going to click Authorize and log into my account that I've created here, and then type in my Password and Sign In. Once this is authorized it will tell me that it's authorized there. Next I can go to My Carousels.
Now carousels are kind of like what you'd think of with old traditional slideshows. Remember when you had a carousel of slides; it was a way to group slides together. Currently I have this chris's Carousel; I could also create other carousels, other groupings. Again it's just a way to group images together. Next we can determine file naming; I'll leave the files as they are. File Settings; well what do we want to upload? In this case we're going to go full Quality setting for these JPEG files, Image Sizing, no need to resize.
Metadata, do you want to include any metadata here? Well sure, I'll add my copyright information there and no need to add a Watermark. Next thing I need to do is to simply click Export. Like with all of these different types of exporting functionalities, all of this again takes place behind-the-scenes. Now in this case I'm uploading some lower resolution JPEG files. If these were really full high-res files this would take a bit more time, and obviously it would be something that you'd want to do, when you had that time for the Lightroom to kind of process those files in the background.
Alright, well now that that's complete, I'm going to go ahead and navigate to this particular application on my desktop. I will just pull over the window and here's the window for it. And you can see this is the Carousel that I have currently just my default. It's organizing these by date and I can access these files. I'll go ahead and click on one so that we get a little bit of a larger view. You can see how we can go through these pictures. I'll go ahead and go back to these photographs here, I could select another picture maybe this one here, and again just a nice way to be able to access those files.
I could access these on my iPhone, on my Desktop, on my laptop, you name it. So this really is a little bit of a paradigm shift, this is something which is completely different. Rather than exporting to burn these files to a CD or to a hard drive, put them in a folder on a hard drive, this is something completely different in the sense that we're exporting them to a server which is online, which we can then log into and access from these different devices. It's a new way to think about how we view and share and work with our photographs.
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