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Exporting images

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Video: Exporting images

A common conceptual problem that many of us encounter when we we're new to Lightroom is okay well now that we've imported our images, and we've worked on them; how do we how them out of Lightroom? And what we need to do to get our images out of Lightroom is export them. We are going to take a look at that here. And in this particular folder, surf_ sponsor, I have some photographs that were taken of a pro surfer for his sponsor. And I am just clicking through these photographs. And let's say that what I want to do is I want to export these images.

Exporting images

A common conceptual problem that many of us encounter when we we're new to Lightroom is okay well now that we've imported our images, and we've worked on them; how do we how them out of Lightroom? And what we need to do to get our images out of Lightroom is export them. We are going to take a look at that here. And in this particular folder, surf_ sponsor, I have some photographs that were taken of a pro surfer for his sponsor. And I am just clicking through these photographs. And let's say that what I want to do is I want to export these images.

And I want to export all of them, so that I can send them to the client. Because the client says, "Hey, these photographs are great, we want to use these on our Web site." So I need to export these 4 res DNG files as JPEGs. Or they say, "Hey, we really want to use these in a print ad. We need to export these as really hi- res TIFFs of hi-res JEPGs," whatever it is. What I need to do first is make a selection of the images. So I'll go ahead and click on one, hold down the Shift key and click on another in order to make a contiguous selection. If I don't want to select any of the images, like this third one I don't really like, on a Mac hold down the Command key, on a PC hold down the Ctrl key, and click on that particular image.

All right, well now that we have our selection, we are going to navigate to File, and we are going to choose Export. You definitely want to write this shortcut down. On a Mac, it's Shift+Command+E; on a PC, it's Shift+Ctrl+E. And you want to write this down because of course we are going to be exporting all the time. Well let's click on that option. And it will open up our Export dialog. Now this dialog has changed a little bit inside of Lightroom 3. And one of the first things you'll notice is that we have this Export To option.

We can either export to a Hard Drive or folder, or we can export to a CD or DVD. In this case, it will then help us expedite that process, where it'll copy the images to a folder, and then it will automatically bring up a dialog which allows us to burn that CD or DVD. Well in my case, I am just simply going to export them to a hard drive, because let's say what I really want to do is create some JPEGs, e-mail these to the client. So go ahead and choose Hard Drive. And then let's take a look at a few of our other options here. We can define a location.

And I am going to put these in a subfolder. And I'll name the folder cis, for Channel Islands Surfboards, which is a particular sponsor for which these photographs were taken. Now what I want to do in regards to the Existing Files? Well you can overwrite those files, chose a new name, skip them or simply Ask what to do. And Ask what to is probably the safest option there. We can rename the files. We've seen this before, all of our standard options here. And in this case I am going to leave that off. Just to use the default name. File Settings, well, what de we want to do in this case? We can choose different types of formats.

If I choose DNG, you are going to notice I have different options here. Or in contrast, if I choose TIFF, or for that matter Original, again I have different options every time I make a format selection. Well in my case, I am going to choose JPEG, so I want these to be small little JPEGs. Color Space sRGB because we are going to be online. I am going to choose a Quality setting. Most quality settings need to be somewhere for the Web around 75 or so. I am going to make these a little bit high because what I want to do is size these images a little bit larger than needed, so that the client can then make the final resizing decision based on their Web site dimensions and how it's going to be integrated into the site.

And that's almost always typically a good idea, right? You typically give files, in regards to their dimensions or their quality or their settings, to be a little bit better than the client needs, so they have some flexibility. All right, well, scrolling down, what about resizing? Here what I am going to do is Resize to Fit. And I am going to choose just the Long Edge. In other words, whether they are vertical or horizontal, I want them to be let's say 1500 pixels wide or tall, I don't want to enlarge these images.

Now, these dimensions for the Web work really well because most images online won't ever be larger than 1500 wide or tall. Resolution 72, great! Output Sharpening, going to Sharpen For Screen, Standard. I don't need any Metadata, so I'll minimize that. I don't need a Watermark. And then Post-Processing. After Export I could Show in Finder, I could Do nothing, or I could open these files in Photoshop if I felt that was helpful. So go ahead and select Show in Finder. Now that I have dialed in all of these settings, what I am going to want to do is save them, because let's say I work with this client quite a bit and I know that I am going to be exporting files to e-mail them all the time.

So in those scenarios, simply click Add. And here I am going to type out the client name and the dash Web because that's these are going to be used for. Hit Create. Here I have this little preset. And the nice thing about this preset is that if I choose another option, like let's say DNG, I am going to have all these settings dialed in. When I go back to my User Preset, you'll see that it'll show me my folder name, my File Naming, my File Settings and everything that we have defined in this particular Export dialog. So the nice thing about this dialog is that it is incredibly easy to use.

Now that we've dialed everything in, all that we need to do is to simply click Export. And then Lightroom will show us the progress of converting these DNGs to JPEGs. Well, what we can do is while this is happening is we consider that this is happening in the background. And that's one of the advantages of Lightroom, because if you are processing let's say 100 images, well that's going to take a ton of time. So what you can do is work on other areas of your photographs in Lightroom while that happens in the background. All right, well the process has been completed.

And here you can see that I have these images. I'll go ahead and just view them this way. And they are all nice, relatively-small files. And the nice thing about this is I could then e-mail these to the client, and then they could start to integrate them into the marketing for which they needed these photographs. So exporting as you can see is actually a really easy process. And my only recommendation here is that as you export more and more - let's go ahead and navigate back to Lightroom - that as you do this more frequently, that you define more User Presets.

So that you do this by client name also by output type, so that you have these presets which you can then take advantage of in order to speed up your overall Export workflow.

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  1. 2m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 4s
  2. 17m 59s
    1. Creative tip: Using Lightroom
      1m 31s
    2. An overview of Lightroom
      3m 53s
    3. Photographic workflow puzzle
      2m 36s
    4. Why use Lightroom?
      6m 25s
    5. Lightroom and Photoshop
      3m 34s
  3. 29m 34s
    1. The Lightroom interface
      3m 19s
    2. Essential interface shortcuts
      4m 50s
    3. Using the interface shortcuts
      5m 4s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      2m 41s
    5. Using a graphic identity plate
      4m 44s
    6. Changing the panel end marks
      2m 12s
    7. Creating a custom panel end mark
      2m 54s
    8. Changing the image background
      1m 46s
    9. Modifying other interface preferences
      2m 4s
  4. 49m 43s
    1. Importing and file formats
      4m 35s
    2. Importing preferences
      2m 36s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      6m 27s
    4. Catalog, import, and preview preferences
      6m 40s
    5. Importing photos from a folder
      5m 44s
    6. Creating a metadata preset
      4m 45s
    7. Importing photos from a CF card
      9m 16s
    8. Using Auto Import
      3m 53s
    9. Using multiple hard drives
      4m 14s
    10. Creative tip: Discard
      1m 33s
  5. 11m 17s
    1. Introducing tethered shooting
      3m 46s
    2. Working with tethered shooting
      7m 31s
  6. 40m 30s
    1. Working in Grid view and Loupe view
      3m 0s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      5m 14s
    3. Shortcuts in Loupe view and Grid view
      1m 39s
    4. Customizing Loupe view and Grid view
      2m 46s
    5. Comparing two images
      4m 55s
    6. Surveying multiple images
      5m 20s
    7. Working with the toolbar in Grid view and Loupe view
      3m 58s
    8. Working with folders and files in the Library module
      6m 25s
    9. Using dual monitors
      7m 13s
  7. 27m 28s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      4m 27s
    2. Working with catalogs
      3m 19s
    3. Exporting catalogs
      1m 44s
    4. Updating legacy catalogs
      3m 2s
    5. The relationship between the raw and DNG catalogs
      3m 8s
    6. Working with raw files in Lightroom
      3m 53s
    7. Working with DNG files in Lightroom
      6m 5s
    8. Creative tip: Using the right gear
      1m 50s
  8. 9m 43s
    1. Using Quick Develop in the Library module
      2m 37s
    2. Synchronizing processing settings across multiple images
      3m 32s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      1m 45s
    4. Applying white balance and auto tone adjustments
      1m 49s
  9. 35m 28s
    1. Introducing flags, stars, and labels
      5m 0s
    2. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      6m 34s
    3. Adding images to a Quick Collection
      2m 11s
    4. Integrating collections with your workflow
      5m 13s
    5. Grouping images with collections
      3m 7s
    6. Using Smart Collections
      4m 39s
    7. Sorting images
      3m 0s
    8. Renaming images
      2m 1s
    9. Stacking images
      3m 43s
  10. 18m 44s
    1. Adding keywords
      4m 51s
    2. Working with the keyword list
      2m 51s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      2m 26s
    4. Keywording with the spray can
      1m 48s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      3m 58s
    6. Adding copyright metadata
      2m 50s
  11. 17m 46s
    1. Filtering overview
      3m 49s
    2. Locking library filter options
      1m 38s
    3. Filtering based on text
      2m 0s
    4. Filtering by metadata
      6m 13s
    5. Filtering your photos using the Metadata panel
      2m 7s
    6. New filtering criteria in Lightroom 3
      1m 59s
  12. 45m 24s
    1. Exporting images
      6m 19s
    2. Export quality and watermark options
      2m 3s
    3. Exporting movies
      5m 13s
    4. External editing preferences and considerations
      2m 56s
    5. Editing preferences
      5m 6s
    6. Editing photos in Photoshop
      5m 4s
    7. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      3m 30s
    8. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      2m 16s
    9. Merging multiple images in Photoshop
      3m 34s
    10. Creating a panorama
      2m 20s
    11. Working with a CMYK photo
      7m 3s
  13. 15m 37s
    1. Setting up Flickr services
      3m 45s
    2. Uploading photos to Flickr
      3m 35s
    3. Working with comments
      1m 49s
    4. Publishing to a folder
      5m 38s
    5. Creative tip: Visual poetry
      50s
  14. 39m 26s
    1. Develop module overview
      5m 45s
    2. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      3m 46s
    3. Comparing the before and after
      2m 33s
    4. Resetting images to their default settings
      2m 24s
    5. Using the Develop module presets
      3m 10s
    6. Using Snapshot and History
      5m 10s
    7. Using the Histogram
      4m 6s
    8. Working with collections
      4m 25s
    9. Introducing virtual copies
      2m 22s
    10. Creating virtual copies
      2m 46s
    11. Introducing the Develop module tool strip
      2m 59s
  15. 50m 0s
    1. Understanding white balance and color temperature
      3m 10s
    2. Correcting white balance with a ColorChecker
      3m 11s
    3. Using the White Balance tool
      2m 36s
    4. Creative uses of white balance
      3m 47s
    5. Demystifying the tone controls
      3m 39s
    6. Using the tone controls
      3m 45s
    7. Recovering detail in highlights
      2m 29s
    8. Working with vibrance and saturation
      4m 11s
    9. Making color adjustments with the Vibrance and Saturation sliders
      4m 28s
    10. Creative uses of vibrance and saturation
      3m 12s
    11. Understanding clarity
      3m 20s
    12. Working with clarity
      3m 51s
    13. The standard Basic panel workflow
      4m 4s
    14. Synchronizing basic settings across multiple images
      4m 17s
  16. 23m 58s
    1. Creative tip: Why crop?
      1m 50s
    2. Cropping an image
      4m 18s
    3. Straightening with the Crop tool
      3m 51s
    4. Working with the Crop Overlay tool
      3m 18s
    5. Changing the aspect ratio of an image
      1m 38s
    6. Auditioning different aspect ratios
      1m 56s
    7. Quickly changing crop orientation
      1m 49s
    8. Using Crop to improve a composition
      5m 18s
  17. 11m 16s
    1. Retouching with the Spot Removal tool
      5m 43s
    2. Retouching away dust on a lens
      3m 22s
    3. Fixing red-eye
      2m 11s
  18. 22m 59s
    1. Introducing the Graduated filter
      4m 37s
    2. Darkening a sky with the Graduated filter
      4m 31s
    3. Enhancing a landscape with the Graduated filter
      3m 33s
    4. Improving a portrait with the Graduated filter
      5m 14s
    5. Increasing color variety and saturation with the Graduated filter
      3m 50s
    6. Creative tip: Tenacity
      1m 14s
  19. 44m 2s
    1. Adjustment Brush overview
      7m 4s
    2. Essential Adjustment Brush shortcuts
      3m 33s
    3. Enhancing makeup color
      4m 14s
    4. Whitening and brightening teeth
      3m 17s
    5. Improving eyes
      5m 57s
    6. Softening and smoothing skin
      7m 10s
    7. Brightening and improving shadows
      3m 5s
    8. Darkening lips and cheeks
      3m 25s
    9. Correcting overall exposure
      3m 48s
    10. Subtly correcting exposure
      2m 29s
  20. 16m 9s
    1. Demystifying the tone curve controls
      5m 15s
    2. Increasing contrast and color with the tone curve controls
      4m 46s
    3. Correcting exposure with the tone curve controls
      4m 34s
    4. Creative tip: Shoot what matters
      1m 34s
  21. 26m 53s
    1. Understanding the HSL controls
      5m 2s
    2. Using the HSL Target Adjustment tool
      3m 44s
    3. Brightening tones with HSL
      1m 36s
    4. Using HSL to increase warm tones
      3m 4s
    5. Using HSL to increase warm and cool tones
      2m 56s
    6. Creative color with HSL
      2m 57s
    7. Desaturating color with HSL
      3m 27s
    8. Using the Color panel
      4m 7s
  22. 23m 34s
    1. Introducing black-and-white conversion
      2m 15s
    2. Understanding Black & White Mix
      2m 21s
    3. Converting to black and white
      4m 10s
    4. Black-and-white workflow with virtual copies
      3m 35s
    5. Enhancing black-and-white images with the Adjustment Brush
      3m 7s
    6. Using presets to convert to black and white
      3m 12s
    7. Creating a black-and-white collection
      4m 54s
  23. 10m 54s
    1. Understanding split toning
      3m 37s
    2. Advanced split-toning tips
      4m 10s
    3. Split-toning a color image
      3m 7s
  24. 21m 27s
    1. Introducing noise reduction
      3m 26s
    2. Introducing sharpening
      3m 42s
    3. Sharpening in Lightroom
      5m 44s
    4. Advanced sharpening in Lightroom and Photoshop
      5m 4s
    5. Removing chromatic aberration
      3m 31s
  25. 24m 54s
    1. Using the Lens Correction controls
      5m 53s
    2. Enhancing images with lens correction
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing vignette settings across multiple images
      2m 32s
    4. Combining lens correction, Lightroom, and Photoshop
      3m 36s
    5. Adding a post-crop vignette
      3m 57s
    6. Adding film grain with the Effects panel
      5m 50s
  26. 7m 37s
    1. Understanding Camera Calibration in Lightroom
      4m 46s
    2. Creative color with Camera Calibration
      2m 51s
  27. 38m 28s
    1. Basic Develop module workflow
      7m 28s
    2. Workflow for converting to black and white
      10m 11s
    3. Workflow project: Surfing
      6m 8s
    4. Workflow project: Portrait
      4m 58s
    5. Workflow project: Portrait details
      8m 39s
    6. Creative tip: Go outside
      1m 4s
  28. 36m 31s
    1. Creating a collection to make a slideshow
      3m 56s
    2. Selecting the best images for the slideshow
      3m 17s
    3. Customizing the layout of the slideshow
      3m 34s
    4. Customizing the background of the slideshow
      4m 14s
    5. Customizing overlay elements for the slideshow
      6m 39s
    6. Creating titles for the slideshow
      2m 27s
    7. Playing back the slideshow
      4m 24s
    8. Previewing the slideshow
      4m 0s
    9. Exporting the slideshow to different formats
      4m 0s
  29. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a collection of images to print
      3m 20s
    2. Laying out images into preset templates
      4m 34s
    3. Customizing the layout of a single image
      4m 26s
    4. Choosing page options for a single image
      6m 8s
    5. Specifying the print job options for a single image
      6m 19s
    6. Creating a custom package
      4m 36s
    7. Creating a picture package
      4m 16s
    8. Printing one image quickly
      1m 42s
    9. Creating a custom print template
      4m 34s
    10. Effective print workflow
      8m 39s
  30. 32m 3s
    1. Creating a collection of images for a web gallery
      5m 18s
    2. Using web gallery templates
      3m 27s
    3. Customizing a web gallery
      6m 49s
    4. Uploading a web gallery
      4m 19s
    5. Creating color and black-and-white galleries
      3m 48s
    6. Uploading color and black-and-white galleries
      3m 32s
    7. Online web gallery resources
      2m 53s
    8. Domain name and hosting overview
      1m 57s
  31. 3m 26s
    1. Online resources and the Lightroom Newsletter
      2m 55s
    2. Goodbye
      31s

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