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In part two of Chris Orwig's Lightroom Essentials, you'll learn how to add important metadata to your images that will help you find and filter your library, process images and video, and export, email, and share photos—all from within the powerful Library module in Adobe Lightroom. First you'll learn how to flag, rate, and rank your photos and use the information to find images that match those criteria. Then tag them with locations and add keywords and identifying information that clearly distinguish the subject and your copyright. Chris also shows you how to make image adjustments with Quick Develop, and play, trim, and edit video. Lastly, find out how to export your photographs to a hard drive, email them to friends and clients, and upload them to sharing sites like Flickr and Facebook.
And while at the previous chapters we already talked about how we can export and publish our video files. Well here in this chapter, we'll shift our focus to doing some similar things with our photographs. We begin by taking a look at how we can export a group of photographs so we can take some images which are high-resolution or full resolution RAW files and export them as lower resolution JPEGs. In this case I have a folder of images which is titled Steven. These are some photographs which I captured recently for a client. And what I want to do, is I want to export these so I can send them lower resolution JPEG's so they can make some decisions about which photographs they want to use. So here, you can select one or more images.
I'll go ahead and click on this photograph. Then hold down the Command key on a Mac, or Control key on Windows. And click on a few others. So that I've selected five images from this group. Next, we can either click the export button. Or you can always navigate to the file pull down menu, and select export here. Either way by pressing the button or by choosing this menu item it will launch our export dialogue. Now, the first thing that we need to determine is where we want to export these files to. Do we want to export them so it triggers our email client and then so that we can email them these pictures or just export into a specific location or we can export them so that it will trigger the burning of a CD or a DVD.
In my case, I just want to save these to a specific location. So I'll select hard drive. Next what we need to do is define the location. And we'll go through these different fields here, so that you can become familiar with a few of these options. I'll go ahead and click to expand this. And here we can define a location. When I choose a specific folder, I'll put these on my Desktop in a subfolder, which is titled Steven. Next I will define the file naming. Here I want to rename these files. So I'll go ahead and choose a new naming convention, a custom name, and sequence.
You don't have to do this, but it just might be nice. In this case the client will get these files with some names which make a little bit more sense. The subject's name, and again an extension. Or A sequene number then we'll go ahead and navigate past video because we don't have any video files. So we'll go down to file settings. In file settings we can choose the image format. We have a number of different formats PSD TIF DNG or the original file. What I'm interested in doing is sending over a lower-resolution JPEG file. It will be viewed on a monitor, so I'll use this sRGB color space.
For the quality, though, I'm going to crank that up to somewhere around 70 or 80. That should work well. And we also will need to resize these photographs. In the Image Sizing area, we can resize these to fit within a certain area. What I tend to like to do, especially if you have verticals and horizontals, is to choose long edge. And that way you can make sure that these images are never longer or wider than a certain size. In this case I'm going to change this to 800 pixels here. That again works well for e-mail resolution.
We'll leave it at that 72 pixels per inch. Let's make our way down to output sharpening. These will be viewed on the screen, we have a few options we could also view some sharpening options for matte paper or glossy paper. And in most scenarios I found that standard works really well. If you want it to be a bit more subtle Perhaps low, or if you really want to crank it up, you can try high. And that being said, when you have a high amount of sharpening. It is never, as I've looked at my files. It's not like it's overdone. Rather, it is just a little bit more intense.
Yet, in most scenarios, I just used the standard amount. And that tends to work really well. Now, we can add some metadata here. In the meta data I want to include is just my copyright information, so I'll go ahead and include that copyright info right there. You can also include other information as well. I'm going to pass the option for adding a watermark because I don't want that on these photographs. I know the client, I work with them all the time, so I just want to send them the images so they can actually look at the work and evaluate it. Then in regards to our post processing what we can do is we can have it trigger something after we're done.
In this case I'm going to have it trigger to show in the Finder if you'er on a Mac or Explorer if you're on Windows. This will then open up that folder, and that's kind of nice because it will remind me, oh yeah, I need to do something with these photographs... And that I could send them over to the client or whatever I need to do. Well, after having gone through all of these different steps, the next and final step is to simply click Export. In doing that, you can see that Lightroom will go through these files one at a time. Here it will show us the progress above. And what's great about this is we can continue to work in Lightroom. In other words, we can select a different photograph.
We can work in the Library module, and work on keywording. Or we can navigate to any of the other modules as well. In doing that, it will allow us to continue our overall workflow, and then once this is complete, as you can see here What it will do, is it will just show us these files. Well now here I have these five images that are in a folder. What I could do next is perhaps create an email and then include these images as an attachment and then send them to the client. Or I can also copy these files to an external hard drive or thumb drive, or whatever I needed to do. So here we can start to see how we can take our images and how we can export those out of Lightroom.
And in this particular example, I showed you how you can export JPEG files. Now keep in mind you can also export the original file, a DNG, a PSD, a TIF, or a JPEG file. So again, you'll want to choose the file format which obviously fits your particular needs and your work flow. In this case, I'm actually going to send the client these JPEGs right now. So this was kind of helpful for me to go through this process. And now we've looked at how we connect sport our photographs let's dig a little bit deeper and take a look at how we can automate this a bit more.
And we'll do that in the next movie.
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