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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
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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