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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.
Here we are going to briefly take a look at how we can export our photographs, so that we can burn those images onto a CD, a DVD, or a Blu-Ray Disc. Now before we actually take a look at how to do this, we have to ask the question, why? Why do this? Well, typically, there are two reasons. One reason might be that what we need to do is to take all of these raw files, all these DNG files here, and we need to export them, and then burn them to a disc, so that we can deliver them to a client. Now the other reason might be that what we want to do is create a backup of all of these files on one of these different types of media--again, CD, a DVD, or a Blu-Ray.
Well, whatever the goal, either client delivery or a backup, the first step is going to be to select the images. So here I'm going to go ahead and press the G key to go to the Grid View. Then I want to select all of these images inside of this folder. To do so, on a Mac press Command+A. On Windows, press Ctrl+A. I just like doing that in the Grid View, so I can really see if these indeed are all of the images that I want to work with. Then the next step is to go to the File pulldown menu. Here we're going to choose Export.
You'll notice there is a shortcut. I want to talk about that shortcut for a minute, because it's an important one. It's Shift+Command+E on a Mac. That's Shift+Ctrl+E on Windows. The reason why I want to bring this one up is this shortcut is very similar to another shortcut that we've already talked about. That one you can find in the Photo pulldown menu: Edit In, and then Edit in Photoshop. The shortcut for editing a file in Photoshop--which means you bring it out of Lightroom into Photoshop--is Command+E on a Mac, Ctrl+E on Windows.
Now the shortcut for Export is very similar. We're just adding one more key. So rather than just Command+E or Ctrl+E, it's now, as you just saw, Shift+Command+E or Shift+Ctrl+E. The reason I want to highlight that is just to help you remember that shortcut, because it's something you'll actually use quite often. All right. Well, if you don't like shortcuts, no big deal. Just go to the File pulldown menu and then choose Export. This will open up our Export dialog. Here it's telling me hey, do you want to export 21 files? Yeah.
I want to export those to CD or DVD. Next step is going to be to walk through these different settings. We can rename the files if needed. We also have some options for File Settings. Now it's worth thinking about these for a moment. Let's say, for example, you photograph a wedding. You want to give your client a DVD with all of the images. Well, in those situations, you'll probably choose the JPEG format, the color space of sRGB, and then you want to choose a real high quality.
Now why JPEG and why sRGB? Well typically, what the bride or groom wants to do is they want to take those images to a printing bureau, and they want to make prints, so they can send them to relatives, or whatever. In those situations, typically, most of those places print in this sRGB color space. Having this real high quality JPEG will be a big enough file that they can use in order to create a huge range of prints. Now a lot of times you'll need to choose JPEG, because if you're were to choose a larger Format--say like, TIFF or something like that-- what would happen is that you wouldn't have enough space on a DVD.
You need to create multiple DVDs. Also, JPEGs are great files, especially when you have a super high-quality JPEG file. In certain situations for my clients, what they'll request is actually a full-res JPEG, and they'll want that to add a color space of AdobeRGB (1998). So again, the decision you make here will really be contingent upon your overall goal and also the final destination for these photographs. On the other hand, let's say if this is back up, you may choose something like the original file.
You just want to have another duplicate version of this file. You can have that on the CD, DVD, or Blu-Ray disc. Next, below you have the option to include video files. If you open up this little dialog, it basically will tell you it will always export video files, their native size. It's not going to do anything to those video files in regards to resizing. That's especially helpful to keep in mind if you choose say, for example, JPEG. It's not going to lower the quality of the video file. Basically, the way Lightroom deals with video is it can recognize it.
You can add metadata. You can do certain things like that. But you can't change the actual video quality. All right. Well, here I don't have any video files, so I'll turn that off. Next option we have Image Resizing. We can choose to change the size if we want to. We could choose to add sharpening, metadata, or a watermark. Well, here, let's say that all that I want to do is simply export really high-quality JPEG files. So I'm going to go ahead and just dial in those File Settings here. Next, I'll go down to my Export button, and simply click Export.
Now when I do this, what's going to happen is it's going to prepare these files to be burned on a disc. Once it's done preparing these files, it's going to open up a dialog in order to trigger the next step. All right, now that it's prepared those files for disc burning, it's brought up this dialog, which says it's waiting for a disc to be inserted. Now once I would insert that disc, I would then go ahead and click Burn. That would complete this overall process. So as you can see here, it's a really integrated process. I can go straight to Lightroom to actually burning to disc.
Now I'm not going to do so here, because I already have these images backed up. If I were, once again I would simply install that disc and then click Burn.
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