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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques, photographer Chris Orwig shows how to master the subtleties of Lightroom 3 and maximize its efficiency. The course begins with an in-depth exploration of Lightroom catalogs to keep track of photos, collections, keywords, stacks, and more. Along the way, Chris shows how to integrate Bridge and Photoshop in the Lightroom workflow and shares advanced techniques, including image editing with the adjustment brush, automating actions, using plug-ins and extensions, exporting to email or an FTP server, and more. Exercise files are included with the course.
One great way to share your photographs is to share them on a social networking site, like good ol' Facebook. To do that, head to the Library module first. Then go to your Publish Services panel, and here we're going to go to Facebook and click on Set Up. Now this will take us to the Lightroom Publishing Manager. We're just going to go through these various fields. Here I'll name this "chris orwig - fb," for Facebook. I want to authorize this, so I'll go ahead and click Authorize and OK. This will launch Facebook, and here I'll say yeah, it's fine if Lightroom connects with this. And then back to Lightroom, I'll click Done.
Let's go ahead and hide Facebook there in the background for a moment, so we can focus in on Lightroom. But the authorization process is really simple. We basically click authorize and OK. That takes us to the Facebook, and then we come back to Lightroom. All right, well, where do we want to put these photos? We'll put them in a Facebook album. We can choose a title or just leave that title blank if we want. We can rename if we want. File Settings, what's appropriate here? Well, typically you want a pretty high file size--something like 70, 75, or 80. Resizing it, you want it something lower than 800 pixels per inch, just something that can be viewed on a monitor.
So here, we'll resize to fit the longest edge--something like 720, that default setting there, or less. Let's turn on our Output Sharpening for screen at a standard amount. That typically works well. And then with Metadata and Watermarking, I'll leave all of those off. Here, we'll simply click Save. Now when we go back to Lightroom, what we'll see is we now have a connection to the wall photos. To add some photos there, we'll just drag these over. I'm just going to select a few of these, and I'll go ahead and click and drag those into that folder location and add those there.
Next, you know the drill. You click on this publish service option here. A lot of times it's helpful to see it in the Grid View, so press G or click on the Grid icon. And then next, all you need to do is to click Publish. This will then take these photos and process them based on our settings that we defined, and it will also upload these directly to Facebook. All right, well, now that those are published there, let's go ahead and navigate over to Facebook. Here, I'll pull up Firefox again, and there you can see on the wall we've now published those different photos directly to Facebook.
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