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One very common way to create prints is to export your photos from Lightroom to an external, third-party printing company. Here we are going to take a look at how we can actually export our photographs from Lightroom directly to a photo-sharing site like Pictage. Now in order to work with Pictage, what we're going to need to do is first pull up our web browser here. Then in the web browser, go ahead and do a Google search for Lightroom to Pictage plug-in. What this will do is it will take you to a link up here at the top, where you can then download a plug-in that you can use in Lightroom, so that you can export directly from Lightroom straightly to Pictage.
The advantage of using a site like this is you can order prints, and you can also have little galleries, and also have your clients order prints directly from a particular printing company like this. Well here, I'm going to go ahead and click on this link. This will take me to the site. Now if you are not logged in or if you don't have an account, it will ask you to log in, or to create account. It's free to do so, so you want to do that. Next, what we'll want to do is download a version of this particular plug-in. We can do that by downloading the version that's appropriate for our operating system.
Now I've already done that, so I'm going to go ahead and simply hide this browser here. I'm also going to hide Lightroom. Here you can see I have this plug-in here on my Desktop. Now you may recall that there are many different ways to install plug-ins. But the technique or the approach that I like to use is to go to Lightroom, and to go to the Plug-in Manager, and then to find the folder where you want to keep all these plug-ins by way of that Plug-in Manager. Let's go ahead and do that. Here we'll go over and click on the Lightroom icon to go back to Lightroom. Then I'm going to go to the File pulldown menu.
I'm going to choose Plug-in Manager. This will take me directly to the Lightroom Plug-in Manager. Next, what I want to do is click on a common plug-in, say like this Facebook one here. Then click on Show in Finder. In this case, it's going to open up my Finder and show me where all of my plug-ins are currently saved. Now all that I need to do is to select the plug-in from my Desktop, in this case, and then drag it over into this folder. It's now inside of that folder there. All right. Well, we can close these little Finder or Explorer windows. Back inside of Lightroom, what we're going to need to do is to restart Lightroom, or quit it and then restart.
So here, we'll click Done. We'll go to Lightroom, and we'll choose Quit Lightroom. We'll skip the backup of our catalog, because we don't need to do that this time. Then I'll go ahead and re-launch the application. Now upon re-launching it, Lightroom is going to be able to look at that plug-in folder and identify that there is a new plug-in. If we go back to our File pulldown menu and choose Plug-in Manager, what we should able to see is that we now have this new plug-in, which is Upload To Pictage. I want to go ahead and enable this, so I'm going to turn that on by clicking on Enable.
All right. Well, so far, so good. Let's click Done to exit out of this window. Next step will be to select an image, and then to export it, we'll go to our File pulldown menu. Here, we're simply going to go to Export. There are two places where you can select or choose to use this plug-in. You can either go to Export To. Then from your pulldown menu, you can select it from this list here. Or you can also do the same thing by simply clicking on Upload To Pictage > Pictage Best Practice. Now of course, when you do this, you want to make sure you're logged in.
Then you simply want to go through these different menu items, which you should be familiar with in regards to file settings, image size, upload options, et cetera. So the one thing here to point out, obviously, is that all of these various settings are going to be contingent upon your overall goal. In other words, what types of images are you uploading to Pictage, what size you want to upload those to? Really, that will be dependent upon your overall, or your own personal goals in regards to exporting these images, and in regards to using Pictage. All right. Well, once you've gone through that process, your last step will be to simply click Export.
Lightroom will then take you through the process of exporting this image and uploading it to Pictage, which you will then be able to access via their site.
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