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Exporting from Lightroom to Pictage

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Video: Exporting from Lightroom to Pictage

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.

Exporting from Lightroom to Pictage

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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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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