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Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

Video: Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD

Exporting photographs is perhaps one of the more important and powerful features inside of Lightroom and here's why. Typically, in Lightroom, we're working with a lot of photographs and we need to figure out a way to somehow get these images out of Lightroom and to get them out of Lightroom without really interrupting our overall workflow. This is where the Export dialog really comes into play and Lightroom's workflow here is great because it can do all of this kind of behind-the-scenes. Well, let's say that we want to export these photographs. I'll press the G key to go to the Grid view.

Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD

Exporting photographs is perhaps one of the more important and powerful features inside of Lightroom and here's why. Typically, in Lightroom, we're working with a lot of photographs and we need to figure out a way to somehow get these images out of Lightroom and to get them out of Lightroom without really interrupting our overall workflow. This is where the Export dialog really comes into play and Lightroom's workflow here is great because it can do all of this kind of behind-the-scenes. Well, let's say that we want to export these photographs. I'll press the G key to go to the Grid view.

You can see all these pictures. There were pictures of some family friends captured down at a local beach. I want to export these photos off from Lightroom. Well, the first step will be to select all the photographs. You can click on one and then press Command+A, or Ctrl+A in order to select all of them. Next step will be to navigate to the File pull-down menu, and then to choose Export. This will open up our Export dialog. Now, the first thing you'll notice in the Export dialog is we have a decision. Where do we want to export these files to? We have the ability to export them to a folder on hard-drive. That could be good. We could also prepare them for email or export them to be burned on a CD or a DVD, or export them to Adobe's new subscription service.

Well, here what I want to do is export them to a hard-drive. So let's take a look at these options. In this case, I'll export them to the hard-drive, to a folder say on my desktop. I will put them in a subfolder. I am just going to call this "beach_family." Next, I am going to go down to my File Naming options. Is there anything to rename here? No, filename is pretty good. No Video files, so we'll move down to our File Settings. In File Settings, I can choose a file format. Let's say that this family just wants these files in order to post them on Facebook.

Well, in this case, I'll choose JPEG. I'll take my Quality setting down a little bit. Right around 70 should be pretty good. Next, Color Space, I want to go do sRGB Color Space. Now, I can resize these files; resizing them to fit a Width and a Height or maybe a Long Edge. If they are going to be viewed online, 500, 600, 700 pixels, right around there will be pretty good. Well, what about Output Sharpening? Well typically, whether you're sharpening for Screen or for a Paper type, the amount of Standard is going to work best.

So typically, you want to choose that option there. Now, with my Metadata, I'll go ahead and choose my Copyright and Contact Information. No Watermarking needed here. Well, after this is done, Show these pictures in the Finder or the Explorer Window, so that I can see where they are, so that I can then copy them to a hard-drive or something like that. Okay. Well, let's go ahead and click Export. What's great about this is this is all going to happen behind-the-scenes. In other words, I can click on the images, I can continue working, I can do whatever I need to do while all of that takes place in the background.

Once it's complete, in this case, it's opening up this folder of images. Now, here I could copy these to a thumb drive or to a hard-drive, so that I could deliver these images to the client or a friend or whatever it is. I can also do other types of exporting. In this case, it was just to a hard-drive. Well, what if I want to burn these files to a disk? The process is nearly identical. Let me show you that briefly. I'll go over here to Lightroom, File menu, and then choose Export. In this case, I'll export to CD or DVD.

Now, it's going to ask me a few things; File Naming, File Settings. I'll leave all this the same, again no need to change any of that, if I'm going to have the same output at least for the client. Again, you are going to want to choose the options which are appropriate for your workflow. If I'm delivering files to be printed in a publication, well, I am going to choose a different file format than if they are going to be displayed on Facebook or on a blog or something along those lines. So just choose the settings that fit your needs. Next here, we'll go ahead and click Export, and what this is going to do is prepare these files and then once the files are exported, it's going to queue up the dialog which allows me to burn the disk, whether a CD or a DVD.

Now, if I really wanted to do this, I would insert a disk and then I would simply click Burn and that process would be done. So as you can see, this really is quite unintrusive. In other words, it doesn't really interrupt your overall workflow. You can have all of this kind of take place without really having to think about it very much. Also, while it's preparing those files, especially if it's a huge folder of RAW files, it's going to take a while, but all of that processing happens behind-the-scenes, so you can just keep working in Lightroom and keep doing what you need to do. All right! Well, I am not going to burn a disc here.

So I'll go ahead and click Cancel and let's continue to talk a little bit more about exporting and let's do that in the next few movies.

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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
      5m 56s
  3. 30m 18s
    1. The Photoshop Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    2. Using the interface shortcuts
      4m 57s
    3. Working with panels
      4m 24s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      5m 49s
    5. Customizing interface elements
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a custom panel end mark
      3m 45s
    7. Using module tips
      57s
  4. 36m 32s
    1. Importing images and looking at file formats
      5m 27s
    2. Importing preferences
      3m 13s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 10s
    4. Setting catalog preferences and import and preview options
      5m 38s
    5. Importing from a folder
      4m 2s
    6. Importing photos from a CF card
      10m 22s
    7. Creating an import preset
      2m 40s
  5. 11m 37s
    1. Drag-and-drop importing
      2m 8s
    2. Auto-importing from a watched folder
      4m 48s
    3. Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
      4m 41s
  6. 9m 36s
    1. Introducing tethered capture
      3m 47s
    2. Working with tethered capture
      2m 55s
    3. Considering color management with tethered capture
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 21s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      3m 12s
    2. Demystifying catalogs by way of comparison
      3m 34s
    3. Optimizing and backing up catalogs
      6m 13s
    4. Importing and updating legacy catalogs
      6m 38s
    5. Exporting a catalog
      3m 53s
    6. Learning more about catalogs
      51s
  8. 41m 51s
    1. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      2m 14s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      4m 47s
    3. Customizing the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 14s
    4. Customizing the Filmstrip
      3m 17s
    5. Comparing two images
      5m 23s
    6. Surveying two or more images
      3m 15s
    7. Working with folders and files
      4m 2s
    8. Deleting and removing images from folders
      3m 1s
    9. Working with multiple hard drives
      8m 2s
    10. Dual-monitor support
      2m 36s
  9. 30m 25s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      5m 20s
    2. Adding ratings with the Painter tool
      3m 32s
    3. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 58s
    4. A filtering workflow
      5m 54s
    5. Filtering by file type
      1m 54s
    6. Filtering by type and metadata
      3m 22s
    7. Sorting photos
      1m 58s
    8. Stacking photos into groups
      4m 27s
  10. 21m 51s
    1. Using Smart Collections
      4m 7s
    2. Using Quick Collections
      2m 25s
    3. What is a collection?
      3m 39s
    4. Working with collections
      3m 22s
    5. Going further with collections
      3m 17s
    6. An evaluative-collection workflow
      5m 1s
  11. 12m 23s
    1. Overviewing the new Map module
      2m 32s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 46s
    3. Creating saved locations
      6m 5s
  12. 10m 44s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 12s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      3m 53s
  13. 31m 41s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 49s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
    7. Exporting to a hard drive
      2m 37s
    8. Publishing to a hard drive
      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 18s
    10. Publishing video to Flickr
      2m 35s
  14. 17m 11s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Converting to DNG and the Embed Fast Load Data option
      3m 45s
    3. Reducing file size with the lossy compressed DNG
      5m 54s
  15. 22m 39s
    1. Adding keywords
      3m 33s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 58s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      1m 29s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 44s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 23s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      3m 26s
  16. 27m 34s
    1. External editing preferences
      5m 14s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Editing an original TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      3m 40s
    4. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      4m 34s
    6. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      4m 39s
  17. 29m 1s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      4m 44s
    2. Publishing to a folder
      4m 5s
    3. Using exporting presets
      4m 51s
    4. Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom
      5m 34s
    5. Exporting to Adobe Revel
      3m 39s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      6m 8s
  18. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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