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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques, photographer Chris Orwig shows how to master the subtleties of Lightroom 3 and maximize its efficiency. The course begins with an in-depth exploration of Lightroom catalogs to keep track of photos, collections, keywords, stacks, and more. Along the way, Chris shows how to integrate Bridge and Photoshop in the Lightroom workflow and shares advanced techniques, including image editing with the adjustment brush, automating actions, using plug-ins and extensions, exporting to email or an FTP server, and more. Exercise files are included with the course.
For enthusiasts, amateur, and professional photographers alike, having a blog has become an integral and essential aspect of being a photographer. Here what I'm going to do is highlight a great little plug-in that we can use to export our photographs from Lightroom straight into our blog. Now the plug-in that I want to highlight here is called LR/Blog. You can find more information about this plug-in by going to photographers-toolbox.com/products/lrblog.php.
Now once you'll get to this landing page, you'll discover that this particular plug-in works well to export to WordPress blogs or to Blogger blogs, which are hosted on the Blogger site. Now if you do a Google search for exporting from Lightroom to your blog, you'll find a number of different plug-ins as well. Yet I just find that this one works really well. Okay, well, once you get here, the one thing that you'll want to do is just click on this button here to download the LR/Blog plug-in. Now you will notice, as you read this information, that the trial or free version only allows you to export your images at the longest edge to 300 pixels.
Now that's pretty small. It will give you a chance to really test drive this. If you like it, all that you'll need to do is to revisit the site and then make a small donation here. They will then send you the serial number for the full version, so you can export to any size. All right. Well, first step again is going to be to visit the site. Click on this button to download this great little plug-in. Now I've already downloaded it to my Desktop, so I'm going to go ahead and hide this browser window here and go back to Lightroom.
Well, inside of Lightroom, what's next is we need to go to our Plug-in Manager. You may remember, you can find that by going to your File pulldown menu and then by choosing Plug-in Manager. Now here inside of the Plug-in Manager, what you can do is you can click on some of these different plug-ins. It will show you where they're located. Now what's great about this is you can click on Show in Finder or Show in Explorer. In this case, what it's showing us is all the plug-ins that we currently have installed.
Now this is a kind of helpful, right? Rather than having to dig around and find that folder and click on the application and go all the way to there, it just takes us directly to the right location here in our Finder, or our Explorer Window. So in my case, I really like that, because I can then copy the plug-in into this location, which has already been opened for me. Well, you may remember that I have my plug-in file on my Desktop. So in my case, being on a Mac, I'll press Command+N to open a new document window.
Then I'm going to go to where I have that plug-in file here on my Desktop. This was the one that I downloaded from their web site. Now all that I need to do is copy this into this folder here. Then I can close these little Finder windows and go back to Lightroom. Now back here in Lightroom, it's not going to pick up that that plug-in is in that location. What I'll need to do is to click Done and then Quit Lightroom. Then re-launch it. So to Quit Lightroom, I'll go to my File pulldown menu. I'll choose Quit.
I'm going to Skip backing up my catalog. Don't need to do that this time. Then once that has quitted out, I'll go ahead and re-launch Lightroom. Once I've re-launched Lightroom, I'm now going to go to my Plug-in Manager. Now here inside the Plug-in Manager, what I should see is that I have this new plug-in here. Well, I want to enable this one, so I'll go ahead and click on Enable in my Status field. Now all the other default settings you can really leave as is, except perhaps in User Registration.
If you have purchased a registration code, you want to paste it into this location here. All right, next step. Go ahead and click Done. Now how do we get an image from Lightroom to our blog using that plug-in? What's next? Well, what we do next is of, course, select an image that we want a post on our blog. From there, we'll go through our workflow process, do anything in the Develop module, et cetera, that we want to do. Then we'll export this image. Here is how it works. You go to your File pulldown menu.
Then you choose Export. In the Export dialog, what you're going to do is Export To. You're going to choose from this pulldown menu the plug-in you want to export with, in this case LR/Blog. Now I've already entered my information in here, because this is a plug-in that I use all the time. In this case, you can see some of the information I've entered. Let's walk through it though, together. First, the URL of your blog, in my case, http://www.chrisorwig.com/flipside.
So in other words, the full URL string, whatever that is for your blog. You're going to enter your username and password--again, whatever that is in your case. You can click on Test credentials to make sure you've gotten this correct. When you click on Test credentials, what you should see is a pop-up window, which says hey, it has authenticated this successfully. Then you can go down and you have a number of different options. This one I really like, your Export to Location. Here I have it set to export to a temporary folder, which will be discarded upon completion.
I can also have this exported to another location, but this is kind of nice, because it does all the housekeeping for me. I don't have to keep track of that file. It exports it and then gets rid of it. We can rename our files. We can choose File Settings here, in regards to Quality. Something around 75 or 80 will be really good for this situation. All right, what about image sizing? Well, on my blog, I know that about 500 pixels wide works really well, so that's what I've selected here. Resize to Fit on the Long Edge at 500 pixels. Output Sharpening, here I'm choosing For Screen.
Amount is Standard. Then down here in the Lightroom Blog Post Creation--this is interesting--what you can do is you can create a new post. Also, I have the option turned on to open my browser at the edit page after the upload. I like that because it gives me the ability to see it before I actually commit to it and post it. I can add a little title here. I'll just change this to "sp harbor." Then scrolling down, we have some HTML presets. You can dig it a little bit deeper into that and customize how it appears on the page if you want.
That takes us through all of our options. Now once we've done all of that, once we've dialed in all of those settings, what you want to do is you want to create a preset. Here I'm going to go ahead and click Add. I'm just going to call this one "Blog - Basic." Then click Create. So here, you can see we have this nice preset that we can take advantage of. What we can then do is when we use that preset, we'll need to go through a few places--like right here, we'll just want to change the file name. Otherwise, we'll be good to go in order to use these settings to upload to our blog.
Okay, well, how does this work? Once we've dialed all of this in, we simply click Export. This will then take us through the process. What will happen is Lightroom will convert this file- in this case, this huge high-res file--convert it to a smaller JPEG. It will then send it to my blog. Then it will open up the browser window. With that browser window opened, I'll be able to make any final adjustments in order to just customize it a bit more and then finally post this to my blog. Okay, great.
Well, here you can see I'm inside of my dashboard for WordPress. In this case, I have the title. I have the image here. One of the reasons why I like to go to this field is I want to add a tag to this. In this case, I'll go ahead and just add santa barbara there. I can choose to publish this today. I'll go ahead and click on that option. Here I'm going to click on Publish. This will then publish this image to my blog. As you can see, by using this plug-in, it makes this process really quite fluid and seamless.
Okay, well, that's now live on my blog. I'm going to go over here to visit the blog and just make sure everything turned out okay. So here I am now navigating to www.chrisorwig.com/flipside. There you can see I have that image as the top post on this blog. That is a wonderful way to get your work out there. Now some of you may be watching this movie and thinking, "Oh, wow, that is phenomenal. I want to start doing this. I want to start getting my work out there in this way. But I don't have a blog." Well, if you don't have a blog yet, lynda.com has some great training titles on working with WordPress, which is what I use here for my blog.
It's a phenomenal way to create a really simple and easy blog interface. You can use other different types of templates and layouts and whatnot. You can customize those. You can create a really effective and great way to work with blogs. Or if you want to learn more about WordPress, you can always do a simple Google search for WordPress and explore how you can then install it. Once you've installed that on your domain name, what you can then do next is, of course, use this Lightroom plug-in in order to expedite and make your workflow even more fluid and more efficient.
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