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Exporting to burn on DVD or Blu-ray

From: Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

Video: Exporting to burn on DVD or Blu-ray

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.

Exporting to burn on DVD or Blu-ray

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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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

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  1. 5m 57s
    1. Welcome
      2m 11s
    2. Strategies for success
      1m 49s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 57s
  2. 39m 0s
    1. Understanding how Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop work together
      6m 25s
    2. Working with Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop
      6m 35s
    3. Maximizing compatibility with Photoshop
      4m 7s
    4. Resolving Camera Raw mismatches
      7m 47s
    5. Customizing external editor naming
      3m 54s
    6. Stacking multiple photos
      5m 25s
    7. What to do when Bridge isn't seeing the raw adjustments
      4m 47s
  3. 18m 30s
    1. Setting up an additional external editor
      6m 38s
    2. Should I work with TIFF or PSD files?
      1m 3s
    3. Setting up an export preset
      4m 4s
    4. Integrating Photoshop actions into Lightroom
      6m 45s
  4. 11m 46s
    1. What are catalogs and why do they matter?
      3m 38s
    2. Where are my images?
      4m 2s
    3. The nuts and bolts of catalogs
      1m 52s
    4. Understanding catalogs, collections, and folders
      2m 14s
  5. 15m 22s
    1. Working with folders
      3m 22s
    2. Working with collections
      3m 55s
    3. The collections workflow
      8m 5s
  6. 16m 5s
    1. Exporting and importing catalogs
      7m 52s
    2. Diagramming multiple catalogs and computers
      2m 10s
    3. When to use multiple catalogs on one computer
      3m 40s
    4. Cleaning up the catalog mess
      2m 23s
  7. 10m 55s
    1. Catalog backup defaults
      4m 7s
    2. Performing a better catalog backup
      3m 45s
    3. Restoring from a backup catalog
      1m 27s
    4. Optimizing catalogs
      1m 36s
  8. 12m 24s
    1. Hard drive options
      9m 50s
    2. Further resources
      2m 34s
  9. 9m 46s
    1. Setting up tethered capture
      3m 12s
    2. Custom tethered capture white balance
      6m 34s
  10. 43m 38s
    1. Enhancing eyes
      8m 59s
    2. Whitening teeth
      2m 51s
    3. Smoothing skin
      6m 45s
    4. Reducing small blemishes
      6m 56s
    5. Darkening or dodging with the Adjustment brush
      2m 29s
    6. Adding dimensions and contrast
      4m 53s
    7. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 1: Reducing blemishes
      7m 10s
    8. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 2: Smoothing skin
      3m 35s
  11. 21m 42s
    1. Understanding color space and preventing color profile mismatch
      3m 29s
    2. Monitor calibration with ColorMunki
      1m 5s
    3. Working with ColorChecker Passport
      59s
    4. Creating and exporting a ColorChecker Passport profile
      5m 44s
    5. Choosing and applying a profile
      6m 42s
    6. Saving a profile as a preset
      3m 43s
  12. 19m 0s
    1. Are your prints too dark?
      5m 47s
    2. Monitor brightness presets
      3m 4s
    3. Custom grid layouts
      3m 38s
    4. Importing and exporting custom presets
      2m 31s
    5. Exporting from Lightroom to Pictage
      4m 0s
  13. 20m 19s
    1. Designing a custom watermark in Photoshop
      7m 0s
    2. Implementing a custom watermark
      3m 54s
    3. Using a custom watermark for effect in a slideshow
      5m 54s
    4. Using a custom watermark for effect in a web gallery
      3m 31s
  14. 15m 28s
    1. Exporting images for a Blurb photo book
      6m 45s
    2. Downloading and installing Blurb BookSmart
      44s
    3. Building and designing a Blurb book
      7m 59s
  15. 17m 26s
    1. Publishing to the iPhone or iPad
      8m 45s
    2. Publishing to Facebook
      2m 24s
    3. Publishing to Flickr
      3m 19s
    4. Publishing to SmugMug
      2m 58s
  16. 17m 31s
    1. Web galleries and web hosting
      2m 52s
    2. Creating and uploading a gallery
      6m 29s
    3. Popular web gallery plug-ins
      3m 10s
    4. Installing and uploading a web gallery plug-in
      5m 0s
  17. 25m 44s
    1. Exporting to burn on DVD or Blu-ray
      5m 33s
    2. Exporting to a blog
      9m 16s
    3. Exporting for the web
      3m 26s
    4. Exporting and posting a slideshow or video
      4m 34s
    5. Creating a Lightroom screensaver
      2m 55s
  18. 10m 10s
    1. Creating a client web gallery template
      4m 1s
    2. Sending high-resolution images via FTP
      6m 9s
  19. 10m 23s
    1. Emailing images from Lightroom
      5m 31s
    2. Emailing images from Lightroom with Gmail
      4m 52s
  20. 11m 59s
    1. Installing plug-ins
      6m 17s
    2. Accessing plug-ins
      3m 10s
    3. Creative plug-in resources
      2m 32s
  21. 45m 6s
    1. General navigation shortcuts
      6m 21s
    2. Importing shortcuts
      5m 49s
    3. Library module shortcuts
      8m 15s
    4. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 1
      4m 42s
    5. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 2
      4m 29s
    6. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 3
      5m 24s
    7. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 4
      3m 39s
    8. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 5
      5m 11s
    9. Shortcut resources
      1m 16s
  22. 6m 13s
    1. General tips
      2m 28s
    2. Increasing the cache size for greater speed
      3m 45s
  23. 55s
    1. Goodbye
      55s

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